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!

Make Your Symphony’s After Event a Music Party to Remember

A successful post-symphony music party embraces certain essential elements. Add your creativity to these elements to mix up an after event to remember.

Establish the Goals
Part of planning a symphony after party is having a clear vision for why you’re doing it. Usually the goal is to add value to an evening out, which may translate to more ticket sales, but it is sometimes the vehicle for an annual or semi-annual fundraising event instead.

For many symphonic organizations it’s important to try to attract new subscribers, especially younger participants who may then develop a habit –- hopefully a lifelong habit — of attending classical musical events as a social activity. In other words, after events can be mixers with longer-term goals.

Understanding the goals enables you to gear advertising and ticket pricing to match the demographic you’re trying to attract.

Create Your Own Hot Spot
Everybody will be dressed in their best, so whether you are holding the music party at your own or another facility, you will want to present an elegant venue to play and nosh in.

Be prepared for anything! Although holding after parties in hotel or convention rooms is typical, you may end up preparing an unusual venue, such as a wine cellar tasting room or a symphony patron’s home.

In general, look to event fabrics for room-softening powers and luxe look – especially in showcasing the musicians’ area if the location doesn’t have an actual stage.

Theme decorations should harmonize with some aspect of the evening program just as the after-party music does. For example, winter decorations work for a party that follows a Christmas program, Italian event decorations when the works of Italian composers are featured, and so on.

Other themes that work well for after parties are black tie event or city theme – do check for your chosen theme design in invitations and tickets, too. We’re sure you’ll be delighted with the quality and the pricing of our event printing services.

Encourage Memorable Mingling
Attendees will be eager to talk about the symphony program when they first come in. Bring them together with symphony musicians and guest artists over good food and drink.

The hottest party trend right now is the tasting party.

Tasting parties can be about food or drink, with wine sampling being the classic and dessert tasting particularly trendy. Food tastings are as much about “eye candy” presentation as anything else, so carry your elegant theme to the table decorations and consider clear tableware (including petite bowls and cube cups) to show off every beautiful bite.

After Party Inspirations
Large cities like San Francisco and Miami have hosted posh post-concert events for years, and smaller towns across the US are just starting to pick up on this excellent event formula. Don’t let size put you off of the idea; if you’re large enough to support an orchestra, you’re large enough for this type of outreach and what it can mean for the cultural health of the community.

Valentine Fundraisers You will Love

You have the assignment of putting together a Valentine fundraiser. Check out all the great items offered for your fundraiser, you will love these ideas!

Advertise for your Valentine’s fundraiser with a Valentine love personalized banner. This banner is so fun and eye catching with swirls, hearts, and sparkles, everyone will be sure to notice it. There are three lines for you to customize your banner with your information.

Candy Bar
Who doesn’t love chocolate? Make these yummy personalized Valentine’s Day candy bars available at your fundraiser. There are four great rich flavors to choose from milk chocolate, dark chocolate, mint chocolate, or milk chocolate crisp. The candy bar wrapper is red and features hearts and dots on it. Best of all, you can add your own message on the front and back of the wrapper.

Mint Tins
The custom hearts and dots mint tins pictured on this page would make a fun choice for your fundraiser. Several other styles of peppermint candy tins are also available. These tins are able to be customized.

These silicone debossed bracelets are very popular items! They include one line of debossed text and they are available in a wide variety or colors.

Check out other great fundraiser items and event supplies at

Black Tie Events

Twilight Memories Kit

Envision an evening of fun, elegant sophistication and you have envisioned a black tie themed event. Bring in black for the sophistication and gold for the elegance. Bring in all of your group’s personalities for the fun. Bring in Stumps Party’s huge selection of prom decorations and you will have all that you need to make the perfect space in which it all happens. This look can easily be created with the Twilight Memories kit customized with additional accessories.

Entrance is everything! Start the wow factor for the evening’s offerings with a Moonlit Whirl Dancing Couple mural or two. Put one on each side of the entrance embellished with bunches of gold metallic latex balloons and metallic black latex balloons. Add a bit of whimsy to communicate that this is the place to be by placing a metallic gold left paparazzi near this entrance as well.

Depict the class of a black tie event with a set of dancing couple silhouettes. Build on the beauty of the dancing couple silhouettes by surrounding them with the gold and the black modern luminescent columns, and the two exquisite lamps found in the kit. Create an opulent look to the center of the dance floor by draping metallic gold gossamer and black gossamer from the ceiling to the floor. Fill out the dance floor with the decorative stretch screen. This assymetrical screen is ideal for bringing your event’s logo and/or theme to life. It’s simple to do. Just shine the logo onto the screen’s white stretch fabric for a great added touch. Accent the screen with the kit’s two gleaming brilliance parasols.

Provide the perfect space for food items and conversation with attractive tables and inviting lighting. Begin by setting off these spaces with luminescent columns. These eye-catching columns measure 8′ high by 2′ in diameter and are available in twelve different colors of which black, white and or gold would be the best match. Incorporate more gold and black balloons as well as some more gossamer. Accentuate the 8′ luminescent columns with some 4′ high lighted fabric pedestal columns available in black, white or silver. These columns can even double as a table where food can be eaten. For the table, consider the black bow tie centerpiece atop a gold glitter taffeta fabric garnished with top hat & bow tie confetti. Complete your table needs by choosing your plates, cups and cutlery items by browsing all of Stumps Party’s event tableware.

Begin the photo scene with sophistication! Repeat the beauty of the tablecover fabric on the wall of your photo decor’s backdrop accented with draping black gossamer. Frame the photo with the use of the kit’s sophisticated stretch arch available in black, white or silver. Add some twinkle to the arch with the kit’s 8′ lighted wire star. Place one of the three dancing couple silhouettes in the background to echo the elegance of the dance floor in the photograph.

Stumps Party’s selection of favors is astounding. The perfect prom favor is just a click away. For this black tie event consider the tuxedo favor boxes for treats and momentos. If the black tie event is to usher in the New Year, select the Jacquie alarm clock and 2″ by 2 1/4″ photo holder imprinted with your event’s theme. Send everyone home with a smooth black stem flute reflective of the black tie theme in its black stem and elegant shape that can also be used at the snack table.

Make this night of fun, elegance and sophistication memorable for years to come. Stumps Party gives you it all for prom supplies – kits, formal dance decorations, tableware, favors, invitations, prom tips, ideas and more. Share your comments with us about your black tie event.

Ideas for Holiday Fundraising Galas

The weather in many areas will soon be driving us indoors to party. In the case of holiday fundraising galas, part of the fun and excitement will arise from finding imaginative ways to bring the outdoors in, turn winter on its head, or simply make us forget the chill altogether!

Here are a few ideas to mull along with your cider.

Get out of town. Coax a warm breeze to your gala with a destination event to a warmer clime half a world away. Imagine an evening spent in tropical heaven! Make it a reality with Stump Party’s Magical Isle kit. The pleasurable island atmosphere will be so authentic that no one will want to leave.

Try black ties for size. Consider a sophisticated black tie theme event kit for a formal holiday fundraising gala or a New Year’s Eve celebration. Stumps Party gives you an impressive eleven different kits to achieve that black tie setting. For example, the A Mystical Evening kit exudes a sense of elegance and fun with dancing couple silhouettes and beaded chandeliers.

Host international guests of mystery. You can easily make your fundraising gala reflect a Masquerade theme with one of Stump Party’s four Masquerade kits. Select the Music of the Night kit to recreate the mystery and romance of the “Phantom of the Opera.” Select the Phantom’s Masquerade kit if you prefer a setting enhanced with rich red and gold tones. Heighten your guests’ masquerade experience by offering any of the six different styles of elegant masks to be worn throughout the evening.

Go with the snow. Sometimes, it’s best not to fight it! Find the beauty in snow-laden landscapes and bring them out of the cold with all of the components shown on our Magic in the Snow kit page. Fill the space with the simulation of a flurry of snow with silver foil snowflakes hung from the ceiling and bouquets of snowflake latex balloons floating in the air at varying lengths with the help of light blue or silver foil balloon weights.

Be sure to visit Stumps Party’s holiday event supply pages. Stumps is just the ticket for gala-planning enthusiasts!