This will be old news to some who have caught things on social media but if you are sane and avoid these things let me introduce you to Fairy Friday.......On Friday 28th February, Fairy Bricks is inviting you to take part in Fairy Friday by organising a fundraising cake sale (with an added twist! More on that further down)How do I organise a Fairy Friday cake sale?
Here are some tips:
Put posters up at your school, workplace, community centre, play group, etc. Maybe stay-at-home parents can get together for a extra-special coffee morning,
Tell your friends and co-workers the date and ask them to contribute by baking something for Fairy Friday. Remind them nearer the day too.
‘Cake’ can be interpreted very loosely! Cakes, biscuits, muffins, traybakes, savoury – all contribution will be greatly appreciated (and scoffed)!
You don’t have to make anything on the theme of Fairy Bricks, but if you do that would be extra-cool.
Make sure you have a large enough area to display all the cake and for people to come and survey the goods!
Rather than pricing everything individually and having to mess about with change, leave an honesty box for people to make their donations – maybe mark that the suggested donation is £1 per item, for example.
It’s helpful to provide some paper plates and napkins – and when people take a plate, they generally want to fill it! Meaning more money raised.The added twist!
The extra dimension to this cake sale is that we’d also encourage you to hold a little LEGO building competition (can’t ignore the ‘bricks’ part of Fairy Bricks!).
Please ask people to bring in any of their own LEGO creations (or those of their children) on the day. You can upload pictures to the Fairy Bricks website and the best (as judged by the Fairy Bricks Team) will win a small prize (LEGO of course!).
The model doesn't have to be huge or amazingly intricate; it can be anything you like, there is no theme, and no limits except your imagination!
This is completely optional; you don’t have to do the building competition as well.
If you have any questions about Fairy Friday, please get in touch with us via our Facebook page. Please let us know if you’re planning on taking part and don’t think you wont be able to raise enough money. Every penny will make a difference.
Hopefully, on Fairy Friday we can have some fun and, more importantly, together raise lots of money to put a smile on the faces of sick children.
Obviously not something that will appeal to everyone but even if it's not you, it could be right for others you know to organise so please share this link http://fairybricks.org/?p=818
Huge thanks to @LostInTranslation
who has been the expert cake consultant in pulling this all together. My knowledge is limited to eating it as evidenced in the shorts splitting incident last week.
I am organising a Fairy Friday cake sale and building competition at my workplace and have already got a dozen confirmed bakers enlisted (at least another dozen or so who have pledged to buy lots of cake! :-))
Hopefully I'll have my Fairy Bricks t-shirt by then too so I can wear it on the day!
(And I don't know what this shorts-splitting story is but I have a powerful need to hear it!!)
We could make ourselves a cup of coffee, eat a cake and donate a couple of quid to Fairybricks?
If anyone has approached management and the idea has been rejected feel free to contact me here or via our website and maybe an official approach would be looked upon more favourably.
Hopefully all the people who said they'd bake will do so and we'll be able to make a good contribution to Fairy Bricks.
Fingers crossed for some models for the building competition too.
I'll take some pics of the spread before the masses descend, and if I can't upload them myself I'll forward them to Kev to do the honours.
One has already taken place in Toulouse and I think we can all work out who did that! @Jenni rocks!
The other pictures are Samantha's MOC, including the princess' parents' apartment building, her pool with lights that look suspiciously like hair brushes, garden and bedroom with lamp, and Thomas' Mos Eisley Cantina for which he downloaded the appropriate music to his phone. I'll just send the rest to Kev once I've made sure of the spelling of the kids names.
At first reckoning, we made £233 :-)
@cheshirecat: there was quite a good spread yesterday but when we did our own version of the Great British Bake-off last year, some of the designs people made were stunning.
We do like a bit of cake at my work :-)
The bulk of what we had for sale yesterday disappeared in about 45 minutes!
4626 , 31004 , 41020 x2 , 41021 x2 , 41022 x2 42020 x2 , 60018
70125, 70127, 70500 , 70720 , 76002, 79106
Worth an incredible £130.83 RRP !!! Thankyou so much LUG Notts and Fairy Bricks.
Some of our Play Therapy Team kindly came to collect these donations and have a few cakes.
Yes we also had Cakes in our Dept at QMC ! :)
Next time, we will try to spread the event to the whole of QMC and the City Hospital.
.... and we had a little raffle, with prizes also donated by LUG Notts ...
The Fairy Friday Event was a great success and our total will be close to £300.
Well done to everybody who has taken part.
Well done everyone!
I will be holding a cake sale at my work again and have challenged my coworkers to come up with more themed bakes than we saw last year and to beat last year's total.
Who else is going to be baking for Fairy Friday this year?
Sell whole cakes, if your staff are likely to buy them?
Or do small cakes/muffins 30p each, or 4 for a £1.
Bake yourself, or find some multipacks at a cash and carry or supermarket, then sell those, or do both.
If you know your local bakery well, you could ask them to donate a few cakes?
We very much work on the honours system - display all the cake in our canteen, tell everyone the sale is on and then let them come down and help themselves but leave an appropriate donation in the box (I made a Lego one). You can specify a suggested donation per cake if you want though. It always gets pretty frenzied so easier to let people leave donations and you don't have to serve individuals or deal with queues or giving change.
I spammed the whole company to let them know about the event and issue a call for bakers to make themselves known to me (about 10 so far, hoping for a few more). I'm keeping a list of those who've committed and I am really encouraging them to bake on the theme of Fairy Bricks. They don't know it yet but I will have a prize for my favourite as donated by @TheCableGuy ;-)
Hmmm, anything else? Just ask @Jenni and anyone else. I would recommend to everyone to give FF a go, it's great fun!
@scrumper not sure if you can see but I managed to get 4 semi-decent brick cakes out of the mould you so generously sent me. They were meant to be red but ended up more pink!
@LegoKip I've attached a pic of a full Lego coffer for you :-)
I knew I could count on the fantastic support of my coworkers both on baking and donating and they have done me proud.
I set them the target of beating last year's total of £233 aaaand........
An initial tally puts this year's total at literally pennies shy of £300!! :-))
So, in common parlance, we smashed it!!
Huge huge thanks to all my bakers and buyers! All the bakers got a little Lego kitchen from the Friends magazine for their efforts and my Star Baker, Steph, also got the #40048 donated by @TheCableGuy for her chocolate fudge cupcakes decorated with fondant Lego bricks. Everyone was a star though really.
What a fab day it's been! :-)
Looks like it was a great success! Pity something like this isn't practical in my work. Hopefully I'm somewhere else next year and can do it.
And for colouring cakes red (or any colour) you need to use loads of gel food dye. In our first rainbow cake the red layer was pink and the blue layer a bit green! The cooked cake mix makes everything a bit yellow, but we learned that the hard way.
Our Cake sale and Lego Raffle raised £225. Well done to every one who helped.
The kind people of LUG Notts have also donated some Lego to the Child Services team of Nottingham Children's Hospital.
Fairy Friday is back on Friday 26th February!
I shall be organising the 3rd annual bake sale at my work and hopefully we will beat last year's total of £300.
I've already got a baker's dozen or so of my colleagues signed up to make tasty treats and I will get to work this weekend building some Lego donation boxes ready for the big day.
Anybody else holding a FF event?
If you want more info just ask!
Hopefully we will equal or exceed last year's total.
It looks like we might have less staff than last year, so I'll keep my fingers crossed. :)
Purchased all my ingredients and will be building donation boxes tonight in preparation for Friday.