Fundraising events for Mother's Day
Host a Mother's Day extravaganza as a fundraising event,
setting up a special event for mums. The possibilities are endless,
but here are a few ideas to get you started
Giving mums the opportunity to indulge themselves is a recipe
for success. Popular treatments include facials, manicures,
pedicures, Indian head massages, Japanese face massages, Reiki,
hair styling, reflexology and eyebrow shaping. Book reputable
therapists who will spend a couple of hours at your event for a
fixed fee, while you charge a small amount for entrance and
refreshments, plus a cost per mini treatment. Remember therapists
will need their own Public Liability insurance cover. The time
between sessions can be spent browsing stalls from local
businesses, and, to give the evening a focus, some PTAs also
arrange a beauty/fashion-related talk or an auction of products and
vouchers. As well as involving local companies, try approaching big
names such as Virgin Vie or Avon. If they can't come along on the
night, they may be willing to donate raffle or auction prizes.
TOP TIP: Give each stallholder/therapist a bin
bag so you don't spend hours clearing up.
Fashion shows are a fun way of boosting PTA funds while giving
mums the chance to stock up on clothes for the whole family. There
are various fashion-show companies such who will come to your
school, bringing good quality clothes with a mix of labels from the
UK and Europe. They also bring everything you need for the night,
such as music, PA and compere. Just recruit a troop of
clothes-horses happy to strut their stuff for around 45 minutes.
You can raise money by selling entry tickets, and you will also
earn a decent commission on sales, but this can be boosted by
adding a raffle, and, of course, refreshments (showing off is
TOP TIP: Make sure you have standby model
volunteers in case anyone gets cold feet!
You may think mums do enough cooking already, but a cooking
party is a chance to sit back and watch someone else do the hard
work (while the PTA fundraises!). Once the demonstration is over
mums can take part in cooking-based fun and games, usually arranged
by the consultant. All products used in the demonstration are
available to buy with around 10-15% of the sales going to the PTA.
Well-known names in the market include Jamie at Home and The
TOP TIP: Ask to see any commercial company's
public liability insurance to ensure they have adequate cover for
Boden, The Body Shop, and even Tupperware (yes, it's back!) are
among the big names who will help your PTA hold money-spinning
shopping evenings. Offer mums a glass of wine, to add to the
occasion (check out the licensing requirements if your PTA is
offering alcohol). These evenings offer discounts as well as a
chance to touch/smell/try the products. It's also an opportunity to
invite smaller local businesses in too, selling anything that might
appeal on Mother's Day. Or you might find some talented parents
among your number who'd like to take a stall selling home-made
bags, jewellery, scarves, canvases and so on. Agree a fee for the
table or for a share of profits made on the night. Bear in mind
that the more variety you have, the more mums will come along.
TOP TIP: If you have to store any merchandise
overnight check your insurance.
Chick flick night
If you have access to high quality audio-visual equipment, then
running a ladies-only film night can be profitable and enjoyable.
Many films are available just 10-12 weeks after cinema release
through companies such as Filmbank Distributors Ltd. They will
arrange the licence you need under copyright law, which can cost
from £83 (excl. VAT) or 35% of your box office takings.
TOP TIP: Increase your profits by selling
popcorn and other related merchandise.
Mother's Day gift ideas.
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