Organizing A Charity Lunch That You Can Be Proud Of

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Have you been wanting to do your bit for charity for a while but aren’t really the sporty type and just can’t picture yourself running a marathon? If you’re someone who loves being the hostess and is a bit of a foodie, perhaps throwing a charity lunch could be the perfect alternative?

Just think, you would be doing your bit for a charity of your choice while spending time with your friends and other local members of the community having a laugh. What could be better than that? Plus, you can share all of your favorite recipes and wow your guests.

Of course, planning a charity lunch does require a lot of organizing, but if you’re smart about it and know how to go about things, you shouldn’t have any problems. To make planning a charity lunch a little less stressful, below are some useful tips and pieces of advice to take note of.

Organizing A Charity Lunch That You Can Be Proud Of

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Think about how to run it

Seeing as it’s a lunch for charity, you need to find a way to raise money. One way to do this could be to ticket the lunch and charge each guest a set price per ticket. You would want the the cost of the tickets to cover the meal cost as well as leaving enough money to support the charity. So let’s say that it costs $10 to serve each guest a five-course lunch, then ideally you would want to charge between $15 and $25 a ticket.

To make costs lower, you could ask local butchers, greengrocers, and bakeries if they would like to donate any ingredients for your lunch. That way, you could charge less for tickets and make it more affordable for your guests.

Or, you could run the event by invite only and then pass around a donation bowl at the end of the lunch.  

Choose a venue

The next step is to pick that perfect venue. This needs to be somewhere that’s affordable, large enough to accommodate the amount of guests that you have attending, and available on the date you’ve set the lunch for. If you’ve got a lovely large garden, you could opt to hold the lunch there, either under a marquee or alfresco.

Photo source Think about how to run it Seeing as it’s a lunch for charity, you need to find a way to raise money. One way to do this could be to ticket the lunch and charge each guest a set price per ticket. You would want the the cost of the tickets to cover the meal cost as well as leaving enough money to support the charity. So let’s say that it costs $10 to serve each guest a five-course lunch, then ideally you would want to charge between $15 and $25 a ticket. To make costs lower, you could ask local butchers, greengrocers, and bakeries if they would like to donate any ingredients for your lunch. That way, you could charge less for tickets and make it more affordable for your guests. Or, you could run the event by invite only and then pass around a donation bowl at the end of the lunch. Choose a venue The next step is to pick that perfect venue. This needs to be somewhere that’s affordable, large enough to accommodate the amount of guests that you have attending, and available on the date you’ve set the lunch for. If you’ve got a lovely large garden, you could opt to hold the lunch there, either under a marquee or alfresco.

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Get the drinks spot on

When it comes to the drinks that you will serve, ideally you want to offer a selection of different things. From champagne to cocktails, as well as a selection of soft drinks, you need to make sure that there’s something for everyone. Alcohol can be expensive, so your best bet is to buy it from a liquor outlet, to keep costs as low as possible. You can opt to head to a local shopping outlet, or you can order it online, it’s completely up to you. Shop around to get the best price.

Another option to cut costs further could be to ask each guest to bring a bottle. It may not be a very luxurious concept, but as your lunch is for charity, you want to pinch pennies wherever you can, so that you can donate as much money as possible.

Think about what to serve

The menu that you serve should have a fancy twist to it but shouldn’t be too complex to create, as else it will leave you stressed out. Ideally, you want dishes that can be prepared easily in advance or are super quick and easy to batch cook.

Due to so many people suffering from allergies, it’s best to avoid using allergens in your cooking wherever possible. Nuts are by far one of the most dangerous allergens, so it’s best to ensure the entire menu is nut-free. As for other allergens like gluten, dairy, and fish, it’s a good idea to check with guests for any allergies to these foods, or any other foods, for that matter.

There you have it, a guide to the ins and outs of planning a charity lunch that you can be proud of.

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