Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Cocktail Evening for Macmillan

One of Macmillan Cancer Support's biggest fundraising events is its Coffee Morning. The other week, my friend hosted her own version of a Coffee Morning. As the picture below may suggest, the coffee was replaced for cocktails and therefore, it couldn't be a morning affair. A cocktail evening it was! I spent the day helping to prepare ingredients and whipping up some baked goods before everyone else arrived.


Obviously, we had a green-theme. I had so much fun researching green drinks recipes and baking ideas on Pinterest. Does anyone else find organising to be amongst the best bits of throwing a party? The Macmillan fundraising pack that Cathy had requested was also full of good ideas and a few little things to get us started, such as balloons, a green patterned table cover and biscuit templates.


We got to work baking spiced biscuits, little cupcakes and enormous brownies. We had intended that the cupcakes have green butter icing on top, with a slice of kiwi (good old Pinterest idea) but ran out of icing sugar so instead used edible flowers and had a separate little fruit platter.




I was left in charge of decorating the biscuits above. Now, did you get that they are meant to be mugs? Too many people thought that they were handbags! What have handbags got to do with a coffee morning??!!


When the guests arrived, the table was treated with more baked goods and we started making cocktails, including mojitos and appletinis. We also all placed our bets to guess how many coffee beans we thought were in the 2D jar...I tried to work it out with a calculator but this is definitely not the way forward guys... how many do you think there are?



Don't you love these little drinks umbrellas? They remind me of childhood birthday parties more than cocktails, interestingly.


All in all, we had a lovely evening, decided that hosting parties is so much fun and managed to raise a whopping £114.39 for Macmillan. £25 pays for a Macmillan nurse for an hour, so with the money we raised, that's four nurses or four hours of help. Wonderful! Did any of you attend a Macmillan Coffee Morning?

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6 comments:

  1. Aw this looks so fun, pinterest is the best although my attempts at recreating are pretty darn poor. So nice to see Ellie!

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    1. Pinterest definitely instils a false sense of hope in me that I will become super creative overnight!

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  2. Looks like you had a great time. I love baked goods and cocktails - perfect combination! I have never organised a party myself but I do love to make lists and be organised so I can imagine loving it. My mum is planning on having a Great British Bake Off party for the final actually, and i can't wait for that! xo

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    1. Lists are the best! Enjoy your GBBO final party - that's SUCH a good idea! xx

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  3. I love this! Such a good cause and love that you put a spin on the original coffee morning idea. It looked like such a fun night!!!xxx

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    1. Well I mean it was green-themed and green cocktails go down much better than green coffee I would imagine! :)

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