Coffee House and Poetry Slam
Lattes, mochas, and cappuccinos… Coffee houses are sweeping the nation and are the place to hang out on Friday or Saturday night. This fundraiser works great for a school or church group and is appropriate for all ages. For a smaller group, see if someone has an espresso machine that you can borrow for the evening. They will probably be very happy to act as your barista for the evening. A barista is a person who makes coffee. You will want to have ground espresso, both regular and decaf, skim milk, whole milk, flavored syrups (vanilla, hazelnut and caramel are popular), sugar, artificial sweetener, chocolate syrup, regular drip coffee, and several varieties of tea. If it is a large group, you may want to find someone that rents all of the equipment and supplies. They may be willing to give your group a discount in exchange for the free advertising at your event. They will probably provide a barista too. Fundraising will come from drink sales. Make sure you have non-coffee drinks such as steamers (steamed milk and flavored syrup) and hot chocolate on the menu as well. You should have juice if you are expecting children. To keep the crowd entertained, have board games to play. A poetry slam is also a good idea. Have a microphone and invite people to share a favorite poem they have written or one written by their favorite poet. This will be a fun time for all.
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