How to host a charity coffee morning
Here's a rundown of fundraising ideas, cake recipes and decoration inspo for your next charity coffee morning
Hosting a coffee morning is one of the most popular ways to raise money for charity. So, if you are organising a gathering for a select group of friends or are taking your coffee morning online, here’s our guide to getting it just right.
Virtual coffee mornings
Under normal circumstances, many people host coffee mornings with a large guest list to create a wonderful party atmosphere and to really get those donations flooding in. Delivering parcels of sweet and savoury treats will be a nice way of making your guests feel part of things, as will sending them a selection of Party Pieces decorations (or letting them know which ones to order themselves), so everyone has the same backdrop. We’re thinking balloon arches, foil curtains and bunting. Everyone using the same fun tableware, such as items from our Truly Fairy collection, will be a lovely touch, too.
In terms of your fundraising, get those invites out early and ask people to donate in return for attending the coffee morning (be it in person or online!), and you could up the ante by organising some extra fundraising activities. If yourself or one of your friends is a baking expert, ask them to lead a bake along session – send people a list of the ingredients they need ahead of time and make sure the recipe isn’t too complicated! The resulting bakes could then be sold for donations. Quizzes are another great way to make Charity Coffee mornings a good laugh and inclusive of all participants. We’ve put together a guide to running a successful quiz virtual here. One particularly relevant idea for charity coffee mornings is to give people the chance to play Jokers by buying answers to questions they are stuck on - £10 per answer, say, with all cash raised going towards your fundraising total. Offer a nice prize to the winners of the quiz to really get the competitive juices flowing.
No coffee morning is complete without a delicious cake (or two!) to get stuck into. Whether you are hosting a small group in person or you are delivering cake to a larger group, a homemade cake just can’t be beaten. Why not give Tanya Burr’s unbelievably decadent and chocolatey ‘Sunday cake’ a go? Former Masterchef semi-finalist Theo Michaels No Bake Chocolate Cheesecake is another winner – and absolutely foolproof. For further inspiration, go to the Macmillan website, which is stacked with recipes, including savoury snacks, such as vegetable samosas and chorizo sausage rolls, and more cake ideas. Don't forget to present your chosen cakes on some cake stands.