Want to extend the invite out beyond your inner circle? Here are some ideas to entertain a slightly larger crowd with minimal hassle.
1. FANCY DRESS PARTY
Have everyone dress in a theme, anything from Roaring Twenties to Superheroes, and charge an entry fee. You could also approach local businesses and ask them to donate prizes for best dressed.
2. GYM OR YOGA CLASS
If you don’t know a gym teacher or yoga instructor, why not approach the local gym and ask if they would be prepared to donate a class for your guests to help you raise money? They may even be prepared to offer a membership or class pass to raffle off.
3. GAMES OR TRIVIA NIGHT
Set up different tables or areas with a number of card or board games, or for different trivia teams and get ready for a night of friendly rivalry. Charge everyone an entry fee or a “buy-in” for each game. Local businesses could also be convinced to donate some prizes.
4. RESTAURANT FEAST
Find a good local restaurant with a banquet menu, and sell tickets for a profit, or even better, ask if the restaurant would consider donating a meal or reducing the cost for a certain number of people. You’re guaranteed great food, and no dishes!
5. HOLD A MARKET
Crafty? Get together with other arty parents to run a market at school, kinder or childcare. And parents don’t have to be creative to get involved, there could also be a second-hand clothes stall, or raffle with giveaways from a masseuse mum or dentist dad. Contact some local food trucks and let them know they’re welcome to attend in exchange for a donation.
Entry fees, donation boxes at your event and raffles are all good ways to raise money at bigger events, especially if you get local businesses on board.