Make a Meal with friends & whānau

Make a Meal in May is an ideal opportunity to get together with friends and family as the autumn weather draws in. Your meal can be as simple or elaborate as you like – here are some ideas to get you started.

  • A shared Sunday brunch with your flatmates
  • An after-work potluck dinner
  • A wine and cheese night
  • A rip snorting party with home brew and tequila shots
  • Why stop at one meal? Get together with a few friends for multiple small meals throughout the month of May.

Read on for ideas and tips from some of our previous May Meal Makers, then check out our step-by-step guide to hosting a meal.


Katrina’s Pot Luck Dinner

Meal made

A pot luck meal, with each guest bringing something along – from ceviche, to spaghetti and meatballs, to cake.

Why Make a Meal in May?

Katrina says:

“I really love what Kaibosh do, and I’d been wanting to do something big for Make a Meal in May. BGI (a youth development organisation that Kaibosh gives food to) kindly lent me their space, and we were away.

It was a great reason to gather a bunch of lovely people together in a beautiful space, and share kai, laughs, music and good times. Raising money to help Kaibosh do their amazing work was a huge cherry on top.”

How donations were made

In cash, with a charity auction raising some bonus funds on the night.

Katrina’s top tip

“Give yourself plenty of time to plan and prepare, and get your guests to help with decorations, food and entertainment so it’s a shared experience. Most importantly – enjoy the chance to connect with people while you contribute to a worthwhile cause!


Rachael & Maeve’s 36-person feast

Meal made

A three course dinner for 36 friends, made while trying not to spend a cent. Maeve and Rachael sourced ingredients from as far afield as the Otaki River, and as close to home as the fig and olive trees on Elizabeth Street, Mount Victoria.

Why Make a Meal in May?

Rachael and Maeve say:

“Cooking dinner or hosting a pot luck meal is an easy way for people to help out their community, because you’re not asking your guests to spend anything they wouldn’t spend otherwise when they go out to catch up with their friends.

We hate the idea of food going to waste and we love the idea of helping people who aren’t finding it easy to buy good food. As well as wanting to give back to the Wellington community, the whole thing suits what we like doing; cooking and getting our friends together. We all have to eat so let’s do it well, with love, laughter and fun!”

How donations were made

In cash on the night, or online afterwards.

Rachael’s top tip

“Don’t over think it, have fun and give it a shot. Grab a recipe and give it your best. It might be a disaster, it might be amazing or it might be somewhere in between. You won’t know unless you try.”

Maeve’s top tip

“Work out what’s going to make it easy for you, so you can also have fun – that could be making food in advance, doing a pot luck meal, or just ordering pizza to share. Work on the little things that are easy but make people feel special (so they’ll want to donate more!) – like menus and table settings.”