When I grow up party

Posted on
08th Jul 2015
by Anjali Dwesar

Fundraising party
What did you want to be when you were growing up?

Celebrate the launch of Child.org in style and host your own When I Grow Up party, while raising life-changing funds.

If you're helping to give children more opportunities with Child.org, then nothing could be more appropriate than a party that lets you look back on your own childhood dreams. Use this excuse to get celebrating, and help spread the news about Child.org at the same time! We've prepared some top tips for organising your event and promotional resources you can use.

Fancy dress
Fancy dress is a necessity, of course. Encourage everyone to dress up as what they wanted to be when they grew up. Think ballerinas, mermaids, doctors astronauts, popstars and superheroes - be as creative as possible! Make sure you hold a best dressed competition (you could buy a Child.org t-shirt as a prize!)

Themed cocktails
Mermaid mojito? Doctor daiquiri? Popstar punch? Mix up your drinks to fit the theme.

Organise some retro party games and relive your childhood. Our personal favourites are pass the parcel, musical statues and musical chairs. Ask your event attendees to make a donation to participate.

Spreading the word
Use social media to your full advantage. Share your event on Twitter and Facebook and ask your friends to do the same. We've created a poster template for you to use (see left-hand side). 

Collecting donations
Be sure there are multiple opportunities for people to donate before and during the party. Set up an online fundraising page, have lots of buckets at your event and hold a raffle with exciting prizes.

Expanding your event - getting help from your community
Getting help from your local community can be a really great way to maximise your funds, promote your event and secure freebies! You could: 

  • Send a press release to your local newspaper with details of your event and a link to your fundraising page.
  • Contact potential venues (restaurants, bars, church halls etc) to find out if you can use their space, along with local businesses and restaurants to donate food, raffle prizes and entertainment.
  • Speak to venues on campus or your student union about holding a public fundraising event at your university, and your student media about helping to promote it.
  • To encourage sponsorship from local businesses, you should offer incentives. Examples of this would be a thank you Facebook post/Tweet with a link to their website, an area for their business cards at the party and their logo on any promotional resources.

Be persistent! It can often be difficult securing sponsorship for charity event - but hard work and dedication will pay off.

We can’t wait to hear how you get on! If you need a further support or advice, please get in touch with Anjali at anjali@child.org