Monday, November 4, 2013

TEA TIME – Celebrating our nation’s 40th year of Independence

Pink flamingos! Blue Marlins! Yellow Elder! Lignum Vitae! These are all national symbols of The Bahamas. 

The year 2013 marked the 40th Anniversary of Independence for The Commonwealth of The Bahamas. As the days drew closer to independence, more people could be seen displaying patriotic colours and clothing. Additionally, there were many events to celebrate this major milestone. Despite July 2013 having passed, the celebration goes on, as Bahamian pride is shown. If you wish to continue the celebration in a beautiful setting, sip on a cup of tea, spend time with family and friends, while seeing fashion in motion, then you want to attend the Heart Ball Committee’s Annual Tea Party & Fashion Show.

Aja Butler in pastel green

Under the patronage of Joan Lady Foulkes, the 2013/2014 Heart Ball Committee will host their Annual Tea Party & Fashion Show. Under the theme “Tea Time: Celebrating our nation’s 40th year of Independence”, the event will take place on the upper level of Government House grounds, on Sunday, November 17th, from 2 pm until 5:30 pm. This event will feature things Bahamian. Teas will be provided by local merchants: Pasion Tea, Beth Stuart and Twinings (kindly donated by Milo B Butler & Sons). There will be a Pre-Tea Art and Jewelry exhibit, featuring the works of local Bahamian artisans: Banesian Designs, Rik Carey, and Aidan Designs.

Ashley Dean, past patient, in coral & brown cocktail dress

The Fashion Show will have a Bahamian flare, featuring Bahamian designed clothing and crafts. Models will wear jewelry and clothing pieces by Brynda Knowles, Giorgio Knowles, Aidan Designs, Mary L’s Kreative Kraft, and other private collections.

Beth Stuart with goodies

The Fashion Show and Tea Party will also include a hat parade and table decorating competition, with prizes for the winners. There will also be an in-house raffle. Up for grabs are: a Rik Carey painting, a round trip ticket for two on Bahamasair, a 5 day Avis car rental in Florida or Atlanta, and a $200 Gift card  kindly donated by Going Places Travel. Other prizes include: a Fortnum & Mason tea set, a Pasion Tea gift set, gift certificates from Nicole’s, facials, day/night pass for Sandals, a Kelly’s gift certificate, dinners for two, a fruit bouquet, and much more. The Annual Tea Party and Fashion show is proudly sponsored by: Bahamasair,,, More94 FM, Love97, IslandFm, ZNS and The Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas) Heart Foundation.

Eleanor Musgrove. 1st place hat parade winner, dances after winning

The Heart Ball Committee is the fundraising arm of the Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas) Heart Foundation. They host two major fundraisers annually: The Annual Tea Party & Fashion Show and The Annual Heart Ball. Over 97% of all funds raised help to repair the hearts of children. To date, over 4,000 persons have benefitted from The Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas) Heart Foundation. On Saturday, February 15th, 2014, the Heart Ball Committee will host the 50th Annual Heart Ball, at Sheraton Nassau. This event promises to be very exciting, providing lots of fun, entertainment and prizes.

Sienna & Savannah Tinker in red & black dresses

To purchase tickets the Tea Party or Heart Ball, please call The Heart Foundation at 327-0806.