How to Host the Ultimate 'Biggest Morning Tea'

How to Host the Ultimate 'Biggest Morning Tea'

Cancer Council Queensland CEO Chris McMillan shares her top tips for hosting Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea with Style Magazines.

By Cancer Council Queensland CEO Ms Chris McMillan | 22nd May 2017

Consider yourself a party-planning aficionado? Or maybe you've got some insane skills in the kitchen? Whatever your skill set now is the time to put your skills to the test for a good cause - the Cancer Council Australia's Biggest Morning Tea. Hosted each year, Australia's Biggest Morning Tea is the perfect opportunity to experiment in the kitchen, spend some time with friends and colleagues, indulge in some delicious sweet treats, and raise money for the fight against cancer. By getting involved, you’ll be helping the 10,120 people in the greater Brisbane region who will be diagnosed with cancer this year alone. For such a good cause you want to put your best treats forward, but where to start? Whether you're a seasoned party-planner or a newbie who doesn't want to burn the brownies, here are the top tips from Cancer Council Queensland CEO (and brunch-planning extraordinaire) Chris McMillan to ensure hosting your morning tea is easy as pie.

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1. Lock in a date and location. 
Celebrating a special milestone in the office? Or a friend’s birthday or baby shower? Why not make the affair extra festive by hosting a morning tea! While the Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea date is Thursday, May 25, you can host a morning tea and raise funds anytime you'd like throughout May or June. You could host an event at your home, a local park, or even team up with your workplace or local community group.

2. Get creative. 
If you have ever wanted to see your colleagues dressed up as Alice in Wonderland characters, now's your chance. Themes, decorations and costumes (whilst not everyone's cup of tea) are a great way to make the event extra festive.

3. Invite a crowd.
As much as we'd love to eat an entire cheese platter by ourselves, it's more fun when shared with friends. Send save-the-date emails to your friends and colleagues and make sure they RSVP if they will be bringing a plus one. The last thing you want to happen is you run out of pineapple pancakes because Steve bought Larry, Curly, and Moe!

4. Start fundraising!
As much as we are looking forward to blueberry banana loaf and melon fruit cups, let's not forget what this is all about. There's a few ways you can make it easier for your guests to get involved: include a link to your fundraising page, put a donation box out on the day, or sell raffle tickets. You can also sell Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea merchandise to raise funds, or include them as gifts for a raffle. Everyone loves winning coffee mugs!

5. Turn on the oven.
It isn't a morning tea party without mouth-watering treats! Cancer Council has a wide range of recipes available at, from Matt Moran’s orange and almond cake to Dominique Rizzo’s no bake yoghurt cheesecake. You are totally encouraged to make extra so that you can enjoy some in the evening as you're watching Netflix. The fun never ends.

6. Enjoy the day.
Remember to enjoy your own party! Poor yourself a cuppa, indulge in a slice of brownie (and some nachos and some cherry danishes and some chicken cobb salad) and enjoy time with your friends and colleagues. Share your morning tea on social media using #biggestmorningtea and show off your party planning flair!

All funds raised at Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea enable us to invest vital funds into cancer research, prevention and local support programs throughout Queensland. Getting involved is easy. Simply register at, call up your friends and start putting these planning tips to use!

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Article by Cancer Council Queensland CEO Ms Chris McMillan

This story has been written by a Guest Styler for Style


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