My Summer Lights Party for Macmillan











Macmillan Summer Lights Party

Macmillan Cancer Support is one of those charities that seems like it knows you personally. It’s like a friend, your gang, your rock and is now synonymous with coffee mornings, the coming together of friends and lashings (yes I said lashings and yes I read a lot of Enid Blighton) of cake.

When I found a lump in my breast, the whole world stopped. Thankfully, my journey didn’t continue past the biopsy and mammogram, but for so many others, the story is very different.


Macmillan Summer Lights Party

I spent the day getting the garden ready for my Summer Night’s Dream Party. Malibu Round Lantern: Talking Tables


Macmillan Summer Lights Party

The ribbons added a lovely movement and softness to my look…


Macmillan Summer Lights Party

Pink pompoms: Talking Tables I made sure I hung my decorations at different lengths, so my look wasn’t too symmetrical


Macmillan Summer Lights Party


Macmillan Summer Lights Party

Blossom & Brogues Accordion Lanterns: Talking Tables


Macmillan Summer Lights Party

Malibu Fabric Bunting: Talking Tables


Macmillan Summer Lights Party

Rings: Accessorize


Macmillan Summer Lights Party

Butterfly garland: Talking Tables


Macmillan Summer Lights Party


Macmillan Summer Lights Party

The amazing support that is being given to people affected by cancer across the country is so incredible that it makes me want to high five everyone that is working at Macmillan, helping ensure that no one faces cancer alone… but I can’t and nor can you – it’s not physically possible!

What we CAN do is shine a light – a light so bright that it can’t be ignored and will let the world know that we will never give up… and that those dear people whom we all know who are living with this disease, are in our hearts, our souls and we love them.


Macmillan Summer Lights Party

Firefly Mason Jar Fairy Light Clusters


Macmillan Summer Lights Party

Flower Fairy Lights – The more different shapes, sizes and styles of lights I used, the more magical and enchanted my look became…


Macmillan Summer Lights Party

Dragonfly lights


Macmillan Summer Lights Party

Heart lights


Macmillan Summer Lights Party

Summer Lights is a truly beautiful campaign from Macmillan, which its longstanding partner npower is helping to support. You may not be aware, but for over 12 years npower has been working with Macmillan. In this time, npower has given more than GBP7 million to help over 29,000 families by providing them with support such as emergency energy grants or writing off their debt, meaning they can keep warm, without the worry.

This year, npower has pledged a further GBP4 million over the next three years – what total legends.

For my own Summer Lights event, I held my ‘Summer Night’s Dream’ celebration in my mum’s garden and had an enormous amount of fun decorating the space with beautiful lights and decorations. Every light represents hope, support, love and friendship… and I gathered a gaggle of neighbours and friends to talk, eat cake, laugh and wave a sparkler or two…

I wanted to create a romantic and magical look, so I chose a number of different twinkly lights, all of which required batteries only, so there was no faffing about with outdoor power!


Macmillan Summer Lights Party

Vanilla and Cardamon cake with vanilla buttercream decorated with strawberries and edible rose petals: Love Rosie Cupcakes & Cakes


Macmillan Summer Lights Party


Macmillan Summer Lights Party

Chocolate cake with chocolate ganache decorated with pistachios and edible rose petals: Love Rosie Cupcakes & Cakes


Macmillan Summer Lights Party

Winter spice cupcakes with a vanilla buttercream rose swirl decorated with edible petals and berries: Love Rosie Cupcakes & Cakes

The amazing girls from Love Rosie Cupcakes & Cakes created some stunning Summer garden-inspired cakes, (which were unbelievably delicious!) all the different lights I used were from Lights4Fun and all my finishing touches, including the lanterns, pom poms, bunting, plates, ribbons and napkins came from Talking Tables – my ‘go to’ emporium for all things celebration related!


Macmillan Summer Lights Party


Macmillan Summer Lights Party


Macmillan Summer Lights Party

Plate: Talking Tables


Macmillan Summer Lights Party


Macmillan Summer Lights Party

Skirt: Banana Republic


Macmillan Summer Lights Party


Macmillan Summer Lights Party


Macmillan Summer Lights Party

A glass of bubbles always gets a party off with a pop!


Macmillan Summer Lights Party


Macmillan Summer Lights Party

As the sun dipped down, the lights really began to twinkle…


Macmillan Summer Lights Party


Macmillan Summer Lights Party


Macmillan Summer Lights Party


Macmillan Summer Lights Party

My finishing touch…Sparklers from Talking Tables


Macmillan Summer Lights Party

After a few attempts, I gave up trying to write ‘Summer’ in the sky!

I hope that my look has inspired you to host your own Summer Lights celebration at home. All of the money you raise at your Summer Lights party will go towards helping Macmillan ensure that no one has to face cancer alone.

I am so proud to be a part of Macmillan’s incredible, beautiful and important Summer Lights campaign that npower is supporting… and I invite you all to join me in celebrating and supporting those you love who have been affected by cancer.

@macmillancancer is asking you to hold a #summerlights gathering. Share a photo of who is the inspiration for your celebration with @npowerhq and npower will donate GBP5.

Also, for the chance to win one of ten Summer Lights goodie boxes filled with decorations and lights, check out the @npowerhq Twitter page to view the daily competition which launches today!

Please send me your pics!

Poppy x

Photos: Head Photographic

Some of the shots in the post were taken on my LEICA D-LUX – dinky but dynamic 😉

// Written in collaboration with Macmillan Cancer Support

3 Comments

  1. This is all sorts of lovely! And what a fabulous idea. You’ve inspired me to do something like this myself. Not only is it a great cause but it allows me to indulge my love of all things pretty!

  2. DANIELLE VEDMORE

    Looks like you had a lovely time! Fab charity x Ps your photo are gorgeous!

  3. cute photos! but also a very important theme I guess… thanks for informing and recommending the Macmillan Cancer Support..
    greetings from my ski holidays dolomites
    Claudia

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