When you’re preparing your party invites, why not give your guests the chance to feel good before they even arrive at your party by requesting that they bring canned or boxed goods to donate to the local food bank?
Everyone has a little extra something hanging around in their pantry at home – a can of soup, a box of cereal – so it’s not a hardship to bring a donation for the food bank. In fact I’ve discovered that most people welcome the opportunity to do something to help others, especially when you make it so easy for them to do so.
You can ask that they bring something specific that your food bank desperately needs – baby formula is one thing they are always requesting, as is pet food – or leave it totally open so they can just grab something off their cupboard shelf.
Decorate a bin to the theme of your party and put it at the entrance so your guests can deposit their donations as soon as they arrive.
Have a jar or some sort of container that goes with your party theme to collect coins and cash for those who forgot to bring a food item. They’ll be glad you did, because it feels awkward to be the one left out. Make sure you put up a sign to let them know where their money is going and to whom they should make checks payable if they so choose.
Want to collect even more? Make it a little competition between the guys and the girls to see who collects the most, or think up a fun way to compete that is part of your party theme.
It’s a good idea to remind your guests to bring their donation by tweeting, mentioning it on your Facebook Event page, texting or emailing them a couple of days before the party.
And don’t forget to thank them for their donation when you send out your thank you cards. . .