With so many fundraising ideas to choose from, it’s often difficult to decide on one that suits you. But if you’re looking to attract a group of people, it may be worth considering a charity lunch or dinner – after all, everyone needs to eat!
The first thing to decide is whether you want a casual lunch or fancy dinner. One thing that can help you choose this is thinking of the theme that you are going for. Do you want your guests dressed up in black tie and ball gown? If so, it’s probably better to sway towards an evening dinner; that is unless you fancy breaking the mould and having sandwiches while wearing your poshest frock. For a theme such as this, it’s a nice idea to combine the dinner with an auction for goods or services. Try contacting local businesses to see if they would help you out with lots and get the wine flowing a bit to help your guests relax before you begin the auction for best results.
The venue is also something to consider, but it doesn’t have to be grand. You can have a great charity lunch in your dining room at home, though get some extra hands on board to give you some help with the food preparation if you go down this route so you can have some fun yourself too. Village halls or community centres are also a great place to have an informal meal. It doesn’t have to be something cooked either, just plenty of sandwiches, cake and cuppas for a small donation will go down a treat with many.
If you do fancy going down the grander venue route, many large halls and manor houses look for events to host when the summer sun has died down, so try giving them a call and seeing what they have available. They may even be on board to give you a hand with the service to take the stress out of the day.
Things to consider for a successful charity lunch or dinner:
- Book your venue (if you’re using one other than your home) early.
- Advertise your lunch or dinner using social media, adverts in the paper or post flyers to ensure a good attendance.
- Make sure you enjoy yourself on the day by planning foods and drinks ahead.