Make Harvest Supper that little bit special
Coming up with fundraiser ideas is always made a lot easier by the annual calendar of church and other events. There is a danger though that you just do the same old thing each year.
Using a bit of imagination means you can turn these events into unique fundraisers that are a lot of fun and bring in a nice amount of cash.
Holding a Harvest Supper has long been a part of many community's celebration of the Harvest Festival. The idea of a meal shared by the whole community to say thank you for a successful harvest is a very old and deep seated tradition.
Of course these days many people have little or no connection with the land and the idea of harvest has become more symbolic. The idea of a shared meal however endures, and like all the best fundraiser ideas any event that brings the community together is valuable in terms other than money.
Held at a church hall or community centre it is easy to organise a traditional harvest supper. Charge people per ticket (enough to cover costs and a small profit). Keep things simple - tasty home-cooked food is the order of the day. Simple stews, pies and pasties are ideal with lovely fresh vegetables followed by a tasty pudding. Try to use seasonal, locally sourced produce. A little bit of entertainment always helps the evening go with a swing.
Second Supper - A nice touch is to offer guests the chance to pay double. The extra money covering the cost of a supper for someone less fortunate, either actually at your supper, or as a group donation to an appropriate charity.
In this modern day and age Harvest Suppers can easily be updated to include all sorts of ideas.
They can also be turned into celebrations of whatever industry is important to your community.
You can see there are lots of great ideas that can give the idea of a harvest supper a new twist.
For a harvest supper with a real difference how about these tasty fund raising ideas?:
A shared picnic is a great alternative to a traditional harvest supper.
Simply add a few of your normal church fund raising activities around the edges.
Keep it simple and fun and the cash will come in.
Book the hall and put on a harvest supper party for the kids.
Start of with some cool craft ideas. How about some corn dollies traditional or with a modern twist!
Then a lovely supper. Finish with lots of traditional party games and singing.
How can any parent resist buying a ticket for their nippers?
Producing simple cookbooks or recipe books is a great way to both bring your community together and raise funds. You also might discover something very Tasty in the process!
The end of the summer provides a great focus for a harvest themed recipe book.
Your book can be very simply put together or far more professional and there are a number of companies who will be only too keen to print them for you. Check out our church cookbooks or cookbook fundraising pages for more information.
With a little bit of imagination your Harvest Supper can become one of the best fundraiser ideas you have ever come up with.
If only all fund raising ideas were this tasty!