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Fairy Friday

SirKevbagsSirKevbags Member Posts: 4,027
edited January 2014 in Community and Events
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

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.


  • LostInTranslationLostInTranslation Member Posts: 5,572
    I am more than happy to share my expertise, such as it is, for this fantastic cause.

    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!!)
  • rancorbaitrancorbait Member Posts: 1,842
    @LostInTranslation Save a piece for me, then mail it (First class) to Canada! ;o)
  • kempo81kempo81 Member Posts: 961

    (And I don't know what this shorts-splitting story is but I have a powerful need to hear it!!)

    It's just too funny.... ;o)

  • jockosjunglejockosjungle Member Posts: 701
    How about we have an online one on the forum for those whose workplace won't let you hold one or you don't work/work alone?

    We could make ourselves a cup of coffee, eat a cake and donate a couple of quid to Fairybricks?

  • SirKevbagsSirKevbags Member Posts: 4,027
    @jockosjungle While I would never discourage anyone from donating, members here do so much already with offering prizes, buying tickets, mailing in sets etc so there will be plenty of chances to contribute in other ways over the next year :-) That said people are free to do what they like and pictures of cakes in this thread would look pretty good!

    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.
  • LostInTranslationLostInTranslation Member Posts: 5,572
    I've got my snazzy t-shirt on because today is Fairy Friday at my work!

    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.
  • SirKevbagsSirKevbags Member Posts: 4,027
    Good luck Lucy and to everyone else taking part. I'm looking forward to seeing pictures!

    One has already taken place in Toulouse and I think we can all work out who did that! @Jenni‌ rocks!
  • alijoezacalijoezac Member Posts: 554
    Yes good luck to everyone and especially @Venunder at the Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham
  • JenniJenni Member Posts: 1,390
    Here's my daughter with the cakes. Yes, that's my girl who told us we were not allowed to wear our Fairy Bricks t-shirts until the day not actually wearing hers.

    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.
  • cheshirecatcheshirecat Member Posts: 5,331
    Some tasty looking cakes there, now i'm going to have to eat my lunch early.
  • CCCCCC Member Posts: 20,526

    How about we have an online one on the forum for those whose workplace won't let you hold one or you don't work/work alone?

    We could make ourselves a cup of coffee, eat a cake and donate a couple of quid to Fairybricks?

    This is probably going to end in anonymously posting cakes to each other, isn't it ... :-)
  • LostInTranslationLostInTranslation Member Posts: 5,572
    It's a cake-eating frenzy here! I've taken some pics, will try and upload them later.
  • cheshirecatcheshirecat Member Posts: 5,331
    Where's the cake porn? I wanna see some pictures...
  • cheshirecatcheshirecat Member Posts: 5,331
    That's awesome. I want to work where you do, those cakes look delicious!
  • LostInTranslationLostInTranslation Member Posts: 5,572
    Last couple. The gingerbread minifigure heads were very tasty!
  • rancorbaitrancorbait Member Posts: 1,842
    @Jenni & @LostInTranslation Wow! We have some pros here people! Looks amazing! I think I can taste it... Oh, wait, that's just a 2x4 brick... :o(

  • SirKevbagsSirKevbags Member Posts: 4,027
    Just catching up with the events from yesterday and wow. What an amazing job everyone involved has done. Completely blown away. I'll have a more accurate number on Monday but combined it should be over £700 :-)
  • LostInTranslationLostInTranslation Member Posts: 5,572
    Yay, loads more money for Fairy Bricks!

    @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!
  • VenunderVenunder Member Posts: 2,659
    LUG Notts made a few donations direct to the Nottingham University Hospitals through Fairy Bricks.
    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.
  • SirKevbagsSirKevbags Member Posts: 4,027
    The full story of Fairy Friday for a bit of Friday cheer
  • LostInTranslationLostInTranslation Member Posts: 5,572
    What a great read. I'm so glad Fairy Friday was a success, and I look forward to doing it again next year. Maybe then I will have a bit less going on and a bit more time to make a more impressive Lego-related edible creation!

    Well done everyone!
  • SirKevbagsSirKevbags Member Posts: 4,027
    Everyone loves a haul don't they? Ready for delivery on Friday in Bolton by @ame_uwagi‌
  • SirKevbagsSirKevbags Member Posts: 4,027
    Looking good Robert!
  • SirKevbagsSirKevbags Member Posts: 4,027
    A sunny day in the north east at St Oswalds Hospice :-) Inspiring place.

  • SirKevbagsSirKevbags Member Posts: 4,027
    Just a couple of things to add after today's donation. It was selected by @LostInTranslation‌ and her workmates after a successful Fairy Friday. Big thanks to @KingDave‌ and @StormKitty for helping massively in the buying process on this one.
  • LostInTranslationLostInTranslation Member Posts: 5,572
    It's that time of year again! Fairy Friday is back on 27th February 2015!

    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?
  • cheshirecatcheshirecat Member Posts: 5,331
    For more information....
  • VenunderVenunder Member Posts: 2,659
    We'll be having a bigger cake sale in Nottingham this year. :)
  • JenniJenni Member Posts: 1,390
    Will the people who did FF at work last year let me know what you did? We did it at home last year but will do it at Jon's work now that he's back in his American office where you can acknowledge you have a life. There seem to have been cake competitions? Did you sell whole cakes or just individual sized treats? I'm just trying to get a better idea of a workplace event, especially as it's not my office.
  • VenunderVenunder Member Posts: 2,659
    I would say "Do it your way."
    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?
  • LostInTranslationLostInTranslation Member Posts: 5,572
    At my work it tends to be individual items or help yourself to a slice of a large cake. I have had people request to buy whole cakes on occasion but not very often.

    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!
  • LostInTranslationLostInTranslation Member Posts: 5,572
    edited February 2015
    Anybody want to see some cake porn?
  • scrumperscrumper Member Posts: 317
    Looks like it was a great success. Congratulations.
  • LegoKipLegoKip Member Posts: 259
    Wow! Nearly cleaned out in 20 minutes. I understand now Lucy why you described it as "frenzied". Here's to empty cake keepers and full Lego coffers!
  • nexandernexander Member Posts: 908

    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.

  • snowhitiesnowhitie Member Posts: 3,078
    edited February 2015
    Waw, really some nice looking cakes and fun to see the frenzy :smiley: well done for beating your total!
  • scrumperscrumper Member Posts: 317
    @LostInTranslation Yes, I saw them and I hate you!  ;) They look great and that's 4 more than we ever got out of it. As for the colour, when it comes to cake, think Friends.
  • JenniJenni Member Posts: 1,390
    We postponed Fairy Friday until a week in which the people in Jon's office have some hope of being employed in June. We thought generosity in the face of joblessness was probably pushing it. If there's no good news soon I'll come up with a plan for doing it at home.
  • LostInTranslationLostInTranslation Member Posts: 5,572
    edited February 2016
    It's that time of year again! 

    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! 
  • VenunderVenunder Member Posts: 2,659
    edited February 2016
    Yep at QMC Nottingham, we are ready and building up to our FF Cake Sale and Raffle.
    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. :)

  • LostInTranslationLostInTranslation Member Posts: 5,572
    edited February 2016
    I sent a reminder out today and got 4 more bakers signed up :-) 
    Purchased all my ingredients and will be building donation boxes tonight in preparation for Friday.  
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