Macmillan Coffee Morning with the South Wales Parent Bloggers

Yesterday I was invited along to Parc Play, Cardiff, with several other local parent bloggers for a Macmillan Coffee Morning. I’m a huge supporter of coffee mornings, what’s not to love about getting together with friends, eating cake and raising money for a great charity?

Macmillan coffee morning with the south wales parent bloggers

We’re very lucky as we have a fabulous blogging network in South Wales, we are all there to support each other and always welcome new bloggers into the mix with open arms. Unfortunately, not everyone could make the meet yesterday, but there were still seven of us in total. From left to right on the photo : Kate from Hippy Christian Mum, Cathryn from Cardiff Mummy Says, Sally from Teddy Bears and Cardigans, Alina from We Made This Life, Kerry from Kerry Louise Norris and me. Heledd from Yummy Blogger also came along a little after this photo was taken.

selection of Marks & Spencer cakes for Macmillan coffee morning

Marks & Spencer kindly provided us with a huge selection of cakes. I got a little lost on my way hence the photos of half eaten cakes! The cakes were delicious and I can see why everyone was eager to get their hands on them!

Parc play cardiff

The coffee morning, organised by Cathryn of Cardiff Mummy Says, was held at Parc Play, Cardiff. I don’t tend to take Aria to many soft play places as she isn’t walking yet so can’t really do a lot at them. She had a little go in the toddler area, she particularly enjoyed exploring the tunnels but quickly got bored, she much prefers to sit with the adults, especially when there is cake involved! She quickly made friends with Kerry’s youngest daughter, Ophelia.

two babies sat in high chairs

Thanks to Cathryn for organising, Parc Play for hosting and Marks & Spencer for the cakes – we raised a total of £30 which isn’t bad at all for just seven people.

If you are thinking of organising your own coffee morning register here for your free kit.

Macmillan Coffee Morning and M&S Celebrate 25 Years
Do you fancy fighting cancer while eating cake and drinking coffee with friends? Then carry on reading.

white table with cake and strawberries on cake stand, floral mug and tea towels sign saying it's tea time darling

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Macmillan Coffee Mornings. To celebrate, Marks & Spencer, the main partner, have launched a few limited edition products and will be hosting coffee mornings at their stores nationwide, even my local store, Cwmbran, are joining in. This is the sixth year that M&S have supported the coffee mornings and in that time the retailer alone has raised over £4million for Macmillan Cancer Support, not bad hey! 

M&S Macmillan coffee morning products floral bone china mug, floral tea towels and coffee & walnut cake

The limited edition products include bone china mugs* priced at £5 each, floral tea towels* priced at £5 for a set of two and a selection of delicious cakes* for just £2.70 each. As well as the products pictured above there is also aprons, a limited edition biscuit tin with shortbread and much more available. 10% of the sale of each of these products will go straight to Macmillan. 
Macmillan coffee morning table set up with Marks & Spencer
If you are hosting your own coffee morning this year be sure to head to M&S to buy some products from their coffee morning range, not only will you be raising money by hosting your coffee morning but you will also be helping by buying these products. What better excuse to treat yourself to some beautiful floral treats. 
If you are unable to host your own coffee morning why not head to your local M&S for a guilt free cake and a cuppa on the morning of 25th September? Products available will include a Macmillan Victoria Sandwich and the famous Colin the Caterpillar Cake.
If you aren’t able to make it on 25th September don’t worry, M&S cafes are donating 5p from every cup of coffee and slice of cake sold during September to Macmillan. 
Don’t forget to order your free coffee morning kit here.
Are you hosting or attending a coffee morning this year?

Slimming World Friendly Macmillan Coffee Morning
This year I decided to take part in Macmillan’s Coffee Morning, having a catch up with friends while eating yummy cakes and raising money for charity – why wouldn’t you?
As myself and several of my friends are following the Slimming World plan I decided to use recipes from the SW website and let everyone know the Syn value per serving. 
I made Iced Heart Cookies, Coconut Macaroons and a delicious Chocolate Cheesecake (if you click on the name it will take you to the recipe on the website.) 
My friends bought some more yummy cakes along, some Slimming World friendly, some not so! We had a great time and I raised around £25 in total (I took the leftovers into work on the Monday and asked people for a small donation if they wanted any).
This is definitely something that I would do again, it is such a great way to raise money for such a worthwhile cause.