A small event with a few friends, these suggestions keep the pressure off hosts, but will still put smiles on your guest’s faces.
1. DINNER PARTY
Do you know a chef, or at least a very good cook? Convince them to put on a three-course meal, or do it yourself! You could even share the load and ask everyone to bring a plate of a certain cuisine.
2. HIGH TEA
Everyone loves a bit of cake and a cuppa, but to make your event special why not add a theme and ask people to dress up? Think hats, gloves, and hair scarfs.
3. HOME SHOPPING
What about hosting a party with some reps from kitchenware or clothing home shopping brands? Ask if they would be prepared to donate a percentage of sales to the cause, or donate goods for a raffle.
4. MOVIE NIGHT
Can’t remember the last time you watched a classic? Sell tickets to a simple lounge room screening with your friends, or go all out and turn it into a themed dress up night with appropriate food and decorations too. Think Casablanca with Moroccan fare and lots of cushions.
5. CLOTHES SWAP
What better way to update your wardrobe, and raise money for a good cause? Ask everyone to donate quality clothes they no longer want and put some price tags on them. You’ll not only get your hands on your friend’s coveted coat, but raise funds for women’s cancers too.
Make sure you decide on an entry fee for your event, and you might even want to have a donation box on display too.
MEDIUM SIZED EVENTS
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.
LARGE SCALE EVENTS
If your dream team of friends is prepared to become an organising committee, these ideas could interest you!
If you want to host a night that won’t be forgotten in a hurry, why not a black tie gala ball? You can invite a large number of people, and ask local businesses or people you know to donate a venue, catering, or goods for a silent auction.
Organise and host a night of music, with all the funds going towards women’s cancers. You could even arrange a speaker to tell your audience about the importance of Cancer Council’s work in research, prevention and support.
3. SCHOOL SLEEPOVERS
For any students interested in hosting a Girls’ Night In, why not have a sleepover at school and invite speakers to talk about Cancer Council’s work, or ask local musicians or a band to perform?
4. ART EXHIBITION/AUCTION
Hold an art exhibition, showcasing the talents of local artists, and either sell the art pieces during the exhibition or hold an auction of the works with some – or all – of the profits being donated. You could also ask artists to donate a portrait or photography session to be raffled off.
There are many opportunities to fundraise at big events, whether through ticket sales, raffles, silent auctions, or corporate donations or sponsorship.