Friday, August 27, 2010


We truly had a BLAST tonight at our fundraiser!

We basically rented a local bounce house facility, advertised, brought in crafts and snacks to use in two back rooms, and readied for the night.

If you think you may use this idea in the future, here's a few things I learned that I will pass on...

You can email your local McD's and get an "orange bowl"... a huge cooler and cups with a gallon of concentrate orange drink. You put a deposit down on the container, which you get back when you drop it off. The drink mix and cups - $5!!! And that was enough drink for about 130 people!

Take into consideration things like sports. I didn't even THINK about tonight being the first high school football game night for all our local schools! :( Plus we still have a big soccer group going on! :( So while we had a blast, our turn out wasn't great. Mostly my friends and a few friends of their kids.

Drinks are key, snacks not as big of a deal. Crafts went over very well, and I got these extremely cheap! Hobb*y Lobb*y had their summer craft sets 66% off and I had a HUGE bag (still have lots left) for about $24.

Surround yourself with some wonderful, take charge kind of friends to help chaperone. The people helping tonight were amazing! It was so great to see people sweeping up, setting things up, helping, taking charge so I had less to worry about. So great!

And ALL the kids had so much fun!

Braeden finally met his match! Extreme bounce house wrestling! :)

It was a great night, the people who run this establishment were so great and helpful! They've suggested doing another later in the year where I don't pay for the location and just take in half of whatever is paid by all who come, that way we're out nothing. May just take them up on it! :)


Sara said...

I think that is a wonderful, and very creative idea! I think you should definitely take them up on that offer and plan it for a day when you know the sporting events will be at a low. :)

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