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Hosting a royal baby shower, of sorts, for charity

Published 1:47pm Sunday, March 10, 2013

When Prince William became engaged to the lovely Katherine Middleton and implored the world, essentially saying, “Look, please don’t send us any gifts. We already have so much. Please instead send donations to your favorite charity” this raving anglophile had the mini brainstorm of holding a top-tier, fancy-shmancy high-tea to celebrate the wedding at a local restaurant, benefiting our local chapter of Mobile Meals.

I’m delighted to say that because of two good friends and a generous community that enthusiastically became involved and attended, it was an enormous success and we raised a nice fat check for our charity. Adding to the happy ending many readers of this column, upon learning of the idea, wrote to say that they also held benefit wedding teas for charity and had a wonderful turn out. Others wrote to say they loved the idea but didn’t have enough time to pull off such an event.

Well, get your tea cozies ready, ladies (and gents are more than welcome as well, although only one of you brave souls attended my last event. But your hat was simply charming…), because English tradition dictates that one ‘wets the baby’s head’ (going out to the pub for a celebratory drink with friends) after the birth of a child and, naturally, this provides another occasion to help benefit struggling parents in our own communities. 

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