How to Run (and Promote) a Silent Auction for Your Non-Profit

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Community fundraisers not only get the word out about your cause, they’re also a sure fire way to pad your non-profit’s operating budget and fund vital programming. It’s a win-win! Here’s a crash course on how to run a silent auction at your fundraiser and get your supporters excited about the upcoming event. Schedule the Event Secure a location and…

How to Promote a Charity Golf Tournament on a Budget

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There’s no doubt nonprofit organizations must undergo quite a bit of work to organize a successful golf tournament, however the results can be tremendous, especially when the event is properly promoted. Promoting a charity golf tournament can be an expensive task. Advertising and marketing efforts can quickly dry up the funds a foundation has available. These tips can help a nonprofit…

5 New & Bright Themed Work Celebrations

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Everyone expects a Christmas or New Year’s party. While holiday parties are fun, it can be even more fun (and effective) to have unexpected and off-season themed work celebrations. For most adults, the office is where they spend a huge portion of their life. Interacting with the same people in the same environment day after day can cause even the…

Christmas Party Planning Tip #11 – Last Minute Checklist

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You’ve collected the RSVPs and the big Christmas party is just around the corner. To make sure you’ve got everything in order take a big breath and go over this task list ASAP! Count the RSVPs one last time and update the caterer with the final number. Make sure the venue’s audio system is compatible with the DJs technology needs….

Christmas Party Planning Tip #10 – Christmas Playlist

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Tip 10

What keeps guests feeling upbeat and jovial at a party? Great tunes! It’s time to think about a fabulous playlist for the Christmas party. To keep everyone content, choose a mix of classic seasonal songs sung by popular artists. Here’s our favorites. 12 Perfect Picks for Your Holiday Party Playlist All I Want for Christmas is You ~ Mariah Carey…

Christmas Party Planning Tip #9 – RSVPs

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As the Christmas party draws near, RSVPs pile up. If things seem to be moving a little slower than planned, send a reminder message via an office communications system or email to complete RSVPs as soon as possible. As the notes start arriving, stay on top of the party planning by checking these five tasks off your to do list:…

Christmas Party Planning Tip #8 – Activities

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Tip 8 Party Planning

As guests arrive for the Christmas party, keep them entertained. In addition to lingering over the appetizers and punch bowl, encourage party-goers to participate in one of these festive activities and games. Photo Collage: On the party invitations, ask each person to bring a printed snapshot of themselves from a holiday celebration as a child — with their name printed…

Christmas Party Planning Tip #5 – Planning the Menu

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Christmas Party Planning Tip #5 - Planning the Menu

Don’t deny it: One of the best parts of party planning is thinking about the food! Before you start scheduling food tastings, there’s a few things to think about when you’re serving dinner to a large group: What’s my budget? Break it down by how much you can afford per plate or person, since that’s how caterers will charge you….

Christmas Party Planning Tip #3 – Reserve The Venue

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You’re not the only one in town planning an amazing Christmas party. It’s time to finalize your party venue location and put down a deposit before someone steals your favorite location. But before signing any contracts, use your savvy business skills to negotiate the best deal possible. Here’s a few questions to ask the venue’s event coordinator: Are appetizers for…

Thanksgiving Table Setting Guide [Graphic]

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While there are many ways to set a table for Thanksgiving, we believe there should be a nice balance between elegantly formal and excessive utensils. Below is a Thanksgiving table setting graphic to help guide you this Thanksgiving: How to Set a Table for Thanksgiving: As you can see in the above graphic, you’ll need a few things for a…

Christmas Party Planning Tip #2 – Brainstorm

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You have a budget in place. Your dream of having an amazing Christmas party is real. Now you need to find a place to host the event. Think through your list of friends and colleagues. Do any of them have connections at a local venue? Is there a location in your city that makes you smile each time you visit?…

Christmas Party Planning Tip #1 – Set a Budget

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Set a budget

Before ordering invitations and polishing your best flatware, set a budget for your Christmas party to make it a success within your means. It’s easiest to think of the key expenses in terms of before, during and after the party. Before the Party Creative invitations House cleaning service or book a venue Holiday decor, centerpieces and favors During the Party…

The Ultimate Office Party Planning Checklist

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Whether your idea of an office party is hosting your company’s version of Michael Scott’s Dundies or simply relaxing with a can of beer and a slice of pizza, you’ll want to make a point of acquiring all the necessary supplies ahead of time. No, you do not need an entire party planning committee to complete the job, but the…

What to Include on Graduation Announcements

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Deciding what to put on graduation announcements seems like a simple task, but being creative and elegant at the same time can be difficult. Here are simple tips for graduation announcements: 1. Basic Info You’ll want to include all the necessary information like place and time, but you still want it to be interesting. Some ideas: [FULL NAME] Is graduating…

10 After Christmas Company Party Ideas

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December brings more chaos than most people care to deal with, especially during a season when people are supposed to be spending time with family. Adding a company Christmas party in the midst of a chaotic December isn’t always welcome, which is why many companies are transitioning to celebrate after Christmas instead of before. This year, consider these after Christmas…

The Top 5 Customer Appreciation Event Ideas

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If you’ve recently started a new company, then you recognize the importance of your customers. You know that your customers have taken a chance on working with your company, and you want to show them that you are committed to them and that you appreciate their business. The best way to do this is through customer appreciation events. These customer…