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Sweet ChariTea: Royals dressed to the Tea!

Holly Zapasnik

This Sunday, 18 September, the Abbey will be transformed into an opulent royal high tea with each table meticulously styled by Swish Vintage for Sweet ChariTea

This year will be Sweet ChariTea’s 4th annual event and it will be more luxurious than ever. Kartika Medcraft, owner of Swish Vintage, originally started Sweet ChariTea to give back to Pediatrics at the Canberra Hospital (PatCH). After receiving support from them for her son who was born with a rare spinal cord tumor and her other son was born prematurely, Kartika combined her passion for design and her enthusiasm to give back and Sweet ChariTea was born.

“Seeing the great things our funds are doing for the patients and families of PaTCH,” says Kartika. “That’s the ultimate heart-filling piece of this journey. We all did that. We all have made, and continue to make a difference.”

Guests are encouraged to attend in their favourite royal inspired attire, with prizes for best dressed. Are you the Queen of Dragons? The King of Rock and Roll? Guests are invited to get involved with the playful theme and make it their own.

What’s the point of dressing up if there are no photos? Luckily, a photo booth will be available for everyone to secure some happy snaps to commemorate the event between mouthfuls of delicious cupcakes and cakes fit for a royal. Tea addicts will appreciate the tea station right outside the event that they are able to make use of straight away from 12.30pm as they queue for the event, with a selection of teas available to start off the afternoon.

Kartika explains the high tea degustation will consist of sandwiches, mixed tarts, slices, scones and many more. The food will be served throughout the day in several stages (about six!) as well as the all day candy buffet to keep you on your sugar highness.

Kartika explains that it’s through the good of the community and support from local business that Sweet ChariTea can continue to be such a success.

“The two businesses that started this journey with me back in 2013, who I couldn’t do this without, have become two of my best girlfriends, Belle of Belle photography and Vicky of Rockstars and Royalty,” she explains.

The three businesses’ passions came together to create the vintage high tea in 2013 and each year this has been honed to create bigger and better events. Of course, a collaboration of this stature would be complete without a fashion show of Canberra labels such as the divine creations by Rockstars and Royalty. Children’s’ label Little Monsta’s will also be making their catwalk debut.

As for other entertainment, a photography and floral show will showcase local talent including photography by Belle Photography whose family, children and maternity photography will melt your heart and the hilarious Sparrow Folk will have you tapping your feet and laughing aloud as they catch you off guard with their satirical lyrics and whimsical performance.

When you’ve had your fill of delicious food and hilarious entertainment, be pampered with the Nail Pampering Station and relax with a cup of tea to be treated like the queen you are!

Kartika is confident the event will hold something for everyone, saying the Sweet ChariTea will showcase services and products that are “something very special that anyone getting married, or thinking about getting married, will want to know about!”

the essentials

What: Sweet ChariTea 2016
Where: The Abbey, Federation Square, O’Hanlon Pl, Nicholls
When: Sunday 18th September from 12.30pm until 6pm
Tickets:$90.68 – $97.85. You can secure your tickets now at Eventbrite

Feature image by Belle Photography


Holly Zapasnik

Holly is a final year public relations student at University of Canberra who will talk your ear off about her dog, Archie (who she will claim is the cutest kelpie in the world). As a Canberran who has lived here her entire life, Holly enjoys quaint little bookstores full of character and making people uncomfortable with her terribly bad puns. When she isn't at home geeking out on her computer, Holly can be found lurking around dog parks patting and playing with the best of them. More about the Author