Category Archives: Fundraising Events

Turn Homecoming Into a Successful Alumni Fundraiser

Homecoming isn’t only a fun celebration for high school students, it’s a time when those who have graduated can return to their alma mater and remember their high school days. Many alumni groups use this time to fundraise. It’s a prime time to hold some great fundraisers. Turn homecoming into a successful alumni fundraiser with some of these ideas.

Sponsor Homecoming Activities
The week of homecoming is typically filled with student events. It’s the one week of the school year that tends to be more about school spirit than academics. School-Spirit-Supplies-Team-SuppliesDecide on a homecoming activity the alumni can sponsor. Maybe it’s the annual powder puff game, another sporting event or host a homecoming talent show. Make money by charging an admission fee.

If you don’t want to charge people to attend an event, consider charging students to be a part of the event. Hold a banner decorating contest where student groups create a homecoming-themed banner and have them pay a small fee to enter. Start a homecoming parade where each float entered must pay an entry fee.

Alumni Tailgate
Sell tickets to an alumni tailgate party before the big game. Grill out, bring a few footballs to toss around, and decorate the tailgate area in balloons and other spirit decorations in the school colors. If possible, have some tables with old high school yearbooks on them. People will love looking through them and reminiscing of their days in high school.

Provide the meat and buns for the tailgate, but have everyone bring a covered dish. Advertise for the event in the weeks leading up to it, and hopefully you’ll end up with a good turnout!

The Homecoming Football Game
This is probably one of the most packed football games of the season. Take advantage of all the spirit-filled alumni by offering them lots of ways to support5h106c their alumni association. Have a bake sale, sell hot chocolate, popcorn, or even spirit items. After all, there’s probably no better time to catch people in the spirit of their high school!

Another great idea for the football game is to sell raffle tickets. See if local businesses will donate prizes, or have a 50/50 drawing where half the money goes to the winning ticket and the other half goes to the alumni association.

Alumni Golf Outing
Since many alumni will attend the Homecoming football game on Friday night, hold a golf fundraiser the next day. Advertise well in advance by sending out invitations as well as having a personalized banner hanging the night of the Homecoming football game. There are many different ways to raise money through golf outings. Do your research and see what will work best for your group. At the outing, use some of the other ideas listed here like the raffle, cookout, and selling of spirit items.

People love to help out their school. Take advantage of homecoming week to raise funds for the alumni association. There’s no better week of the year to do so!

Live in the Middle of Nowhere? Host a City Themed Event

Select a New York or Paris theme this spring as you plan a prom, wedding or formal fundraising ball. City event themes are perfect for events involving large groups – with the bonus of a big ooh-ah factor if this is a significant change of pace for you and your guests.

For decorating city parties our mantra is, “Height, lights and luster.”

By “height,” we mean to re-create the unique feeling of walking the “canyons” between rows of skyscrapers. Look for city decorations as tall as your ceiling will allow. Landmark buildings, silhouette backgrounds and other skyscraper props range from 7 to 9-feet-plus and should form the basis of the focal point along one wall (or perhaps the middle of the room if you have 3D decorations).

Place additional good-sized, free-standing props in ways that functionally divide a cavernous space, support the focal point and tie the room together. Most of our columns — including our popular stretch columns that are reusable and have replaceable fabric slips — start at 8 feet tall. The cute, mod subway entrance is also 8 feet, and skyscraper columns are 8-1/2.

You can also draw the eye upward with ceiling decorations such as hanging lanterns and chandeliers — our Exquisite Beaded Chandelier would be just the ticket here.

When it comes to lights, nothing feels as romantic as low or indirect lighting or as festive as twinkles. Backlight your major decorations or add light strings to them – some city props come with lights so keep your eye out for that feature. Black city street lights, Old World lampposts and LED lighted trees bring charm as well as light to sidewalk cityscapes such as Parisian style outdoor cafés and Central Park locales.

Black or white, silver or gold, we like bringing luster with the objects guests will touch. Provide radiance and gleam to tables and pedestals with shimmering fabrics, metallic fringed table skirts and super-shiny vinyl floral sheeting.

Look for luster, too, in personalized city favors for table top or swag bag. The right design in candy jars, travel mugs or other city favors can echo your cityscape for an everyday reminder of a special evening.

Imagine the complexity of your own unique combination of city height, light and luster and the completeness of the picture as guests arrive and drink it all in. Then, make it happen with the help of the City Event Party store.

Top 10 Themed Dance Ideas for February

Mid-winter calls for events with lots of color, warmth and maybe a bit of glitz. Here are party planners’ most popular theme choices for brightening up a February that may otherwise seem longer than it actually is.

1. Mardi Gras. Any day in February is fair game for a Mardi Gras event! It is a season and state of mind as well as a special Tuesday. Check out the delicious new colors and mood of Brazilian Mardi Gras event supplies as exemplified by the Rio Carnival line, which includes the arch shown above.

2. Valentine’s Day. An annual event in many communities, a Valentine’s Day dance tradition can be freshened up by incorporating elements of a garden theme such as Red Roses, or by planting tongue firmly in cheek with a gangster theme event.

3. Hollywood. Chase the chill with lots of palm trees and warm spotlights – and if you are holding your dance party anywhere near the 24th, rest assured that Hollywood props and décor include many that are suitable for Oscars™-related themes.

4. The 80s. Party planners like decade and retro themes for milestone birthdays and more casual school dances, and the 1980s are particularly hot right now for these types of events. You should, like, totally make an 80s theme event a costume party, too.

5. Casino. A Casino event theme is a perennial favorite for a winter fundraiser whether your aim is to re-create Vegas, Monte Carlo or one of the rising stars in exotic locales for gambling, such as Nassau, Bahamas.

6. Candy. A candy event theme can be tied to a Valentine’s dance, or it can stand alone. Either way you’ll be offering the sweetest favors ever! Consider combining candy and winter theme elements for a winter formal; the Candy Land Ice Castle standee shows how.

7. Castle. Speaking of castles, this fairy-tale favorite is a hit whether you put it on ice or not. Castle event theme supplies also include decorations that are exclusive to Stumps, and new products you’ll love to discover.

8. Stars. A Stars event theme makes the grade pretty much all year round, but can be particularly popular in winter. Dressed up, they make terrific themes for after-parties for organizations that have performance seasons in winter, such as opera companies and symphonies – and yes, some of the best star-gazing (and star parties!) happen this time of year in the Northern Hemisphere.

9. City. Whether the tone is Deco or sleek sophistication, there is no theme that can surpass the drama of a cityscape for a winter black-tie event.

10. Under the Sea. Yes, underwater theme events are popular for February. For a few hours at least, we can exchange less-than-ideal conditions for a serene color palette and other-worldly feel. Place the Depths of Forever theme kit in a browser window, zoom in and see what we mean!