How to host a charity dinner party for BBC Children in Need
Find top tips on hosting your own fundraising dinner party for BBC Children in Need and discover exactly how to donate.
We’ve teamed up with star chef Tom Kerridge to create a special menu for you to cook for your friends and family to raise funds for BBC Children in Need and help underprivileged children. Visit our menu page to find all the recipes you need or, if you're ready to donate, go straight to our official donation page.
Tom says: 'It gives me immense pride to put together this menu for one of my favourite causes, BBC Children in Need. This menu is easy to shop for and prepare ahead, easily adaptable for vegetarians and easy to scale up for bigger numbers. The total food cost is about £4 a head, so charge whatever you think people can afford to #DonateForDinner. This isn't a posh sit-down dinner – this is about getting friends and family over for a good time to raise as much money as you can for an amazing charity. Happy cooking!'
Hosting a charity dinner for friends and family couldn’t be easier. Just follow these simple steps:
1. Send your invitations
Invite lots of friends round for dinner, letting them know that it’s in aid of BBC Children in Need. If you really want to get into the BBC Children in Need spirit, arrange your dinner for Friday 16 November – the official 2018 appeal night. Tom's menu serves 8 people but it's easy to scale up or down.
2. Decide your donation
Suggest a price per head, and make it realistic. We suggest around £10 per person, but you know your dinner guests better than we do – so, of course, feel free to charge a little more or a little less.
3. Make your donation
Either ask your guests to donate straight to the dedicated BBC Good Food donation page (remind them to leave a message so you know who has donated) or ask them to bring/transfer money for you to then donate to our official donation page all in one go (again, make sure you leave a message for us!).*
4. Prepare and cook!
Buy all the ingredients (make sure you’ve checked if your guests have any special dietary requirements) and cook a wonderful meal for everyone. Read our top 10 dinner party tips for plenty of additional advice.
5. Share your snaps
Share lots of photos on social media, using the hashtag #DonateForDinner. Encourage your guests to do the same and we’ll repost our favourites from the official BBC Good Food accounts.
Top tip: In order to keep hosting costs down (especially for larger groups), ask your guests to bring a bottle of wine or their own soft drinks. Chances are they’ll end up spending less than if they’d gone out to dinner at a restaurant anyway!
*Make sure you donate via the official BBC Good Food donation page and not to BBC Children in Need directly. This helps us keep track of our campaign and how much money we’ve raised across the brand. Feel free to copy and paste this link to your guests in an email for ease: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/bbcgoodfood. Note that all proceeds from your event will go to BBC Children in Need. If you’ve any questions, don’t hesitate to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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BBC Children in Need will return to BBC One for its 39th Appeal Show on 16 November. Since the charity started in 1980, the public have raised more than £950 million for disadvantaged children and young people across the UK, currently funding over 2,700 projects. See where the money you raise is spent in your area by visiting bbc.co.uk/Pudsey.