Christmas Cafe 2018- UPDATE

Christmas Cafe 2018- UPDATE

23 Dec, 2018 Zias Thai Takeaway & Mini Mart

Angela Suphanit

Sunday 23rd December 2018

CHRISTMAS CAFÉ at Zia’s Thai Takeaway, Parkgate

Setting up and getting ready to start our very first Christmas Cafe Event.

Despite the typical English weather, and Parkgate Traffic jams attendees who managed to make it enjoyed their time spent at our first Christmas Cafe Event.



Relax, eat, drink and catch up with friends

Christmas music played as people chatted among themselves, catching up with old friends and making new ones.

Delicious Hot & Cold food / drinks were available to buy all day at the event. Each adult received a complimentary Tea or Coffee and mince pie on arrival and there was juice and shortbread biscuits for the kids.

A further selection of goodies were available to purchase on the day including Hot Chocolate, Pop, Cakes and buns, mulled wine/ cider for the adults, and Zia had her usual Thai Cafe Hot food Menu to delight the taste buds of anyone wanting to try.

We are so grateful to the community champions at Morrisions Parkgate and Tesco Rotherham for their generous donations of tea, coffee, milk, hot chocolate, mince pies and lots of other goodies to use on the day. Thank you so much for everything!

Free kids Arts & craft workshops

It was lovely to see the children enjoying the Christmas workshops. They  carefully constructed and made Christmas Elves.


Whilst on the other table they patiently spent time threading wool to create their very own Christmas pom pom tree decorations.


My Zombie Best Friend by Terry Lowell

  • Exclusive guest, local author Terry LowellRead his poem “Santa Baby”*

  • Terry was also selling his children’s book “My Zombie Best Friend” and signing books on the day.




Terry Lowell Reading “Santa Baby” poem.

After making their Christmas Crafts the children gathered around near the Christmas tree. They wrapped themselves in fluffy blankets and settled down with a nice drink to listen to Terry Lowell reading his poem “Santa Baby”.

They sat enchanted listening to Terry read his poem and even the adults giggled along with the children. It was an absolute delight to have Terry come along to read on the day.


In between workshops and the poetry reading children enjoyed the chocolate tombola, and took part in a traditional game of pass the parcel.



Later on there was a Christmas Quiz!

The quiz was good fun and tested all the teams on Christmas knowledge in a variety of categories. In the end two teams went into a tie-breaker, which still resulted in a draw. The two winning teams in good Christmas Spirit shared the prize of chocolates with all the other non winning quiz team members that took part.

Afterwards, some enjoyed a bit of Christmas Karaoke, with the children absolutely relishing having the chance to sing along to their favorite songs with an audience.

Closing the Cafe- Facebook Live Raffle Draw

At the end of the event we drew the raffle tickets live on Facebook.

We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who donated raffle prizes for the event, and to everyone who purchased a raffle ticket leading up to the event and on the day.

Kick Start 2019- Money Raised

Despite only two weeks to plan the event, the bad weather and other factors we still managed to raise £395.40!

This is a brilliant amount and will really help us make a good start in the New Year, enabling us to continue our work.

A really big thank you goes out to all those who came on the day to support DBAF.

We hope next Year with more forward planning we can make the event much bigger and raise even more money.

Thank you to everyone who helped out prior, during and after the event, without you it would not have been possible.



Article created and published by Angela Suphanit