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Hosting a great coffee morning or afternoon tea

Hosting a coffee morning or an afternoon tea is a lovely idea! What a great way to get together with neighbours or friends. It can also be really simple to organise.

Here’s a recipe for organising something wonderful from our partners at The Big Lunch and Macmillan, both experts in organising community events. Make sure you’ve signed up for a free pack to help you host yours.


  • A couple of hours

  • A pinch of bravery

  • A dash of kindness

  • Some neighbours or friends (as few or as many as you’d like)

  • Tea, coffee and maybe biscuits and cake


Decide when and where

The Great Get Together is the weekend of the 16-18 June, so choose the day and time that would work best for you. Most people are choosing to host their coffee mornings and afternoon teas in their homes, but you could also do it outside in the park, a local community centre - or anywhere else that works for you.

Send out invites

Decide who you want to come and how you’ll invite them. You could simply drop invites through your neighbours doors - or knock and hand it over in person. Click here to download invites to print and customise. Don’t feel shy about asking people to bring something.

Want to get to know some of your neighbours better? This could be the perfect opportunity.

Happy munching

A selection of tea, coffee and biscuits always goes down a treat. If you need inspiration, here’s a recipe for a delicious vanilla buttercream sponge cake from our partners at The Big Lunch. And you can always ask people to bring something.

Get creative with gingham

We’d love you to get creative with gingham decorations - the theme for The Great Get Together. In Batley and Spen, Jo Cox’s constituency, they’re hosting a massive street party and covering all the tables in gingham tablecloths. Get your free pack and see how you could incorporate gingham into your get together..

You have plenty of time to organise your get together and we hope you have a blast planning it too! If you do have any questions, check out our FAQs page.

Advice for hosting a top-notch coffee morning comes from our excellent community events comes from our partner The Big Lunch

Big Lunch