Host a hope for Haiti party

The world was shocked when reports of the earthquake in Haiti first broke, and though it has been over a week since the catastrophic event, many people are still reeling.

In order to help the people of Haiti begin to rebuild their lives, many Americans have contributed to relief efforts by donating time, money and supplies to organizations like the Red Cross.

If you feel compelled to do your part to benefit the victims of Haiti, a hope for Haiti party might be the perfect way to contribute and make a difference.

Planning for the party

When planning for the event, act as if you're hosting a fancy fundraiser. The more you impress guests, the more likely they might be to donate money at the end of the night.

You could host it in your own home, or scout out an appropriate local venue if you think that you will need to accommodate more people. The banquet room at a restaurant or hotel might be perfect, but even a nearby bar may work. Talk to the managers about the reason for your fete, and they might be willing to give you a discount or donate money or party supplies to the cause.

Once you have found the perfect location for the fundraising party, send out invitations to members of your community. Because this is a fundraiser, and not necessarily just a social event, it's appropriate to invite as many people as you can think of from your workplace, school, place of worship or other local organizations.

To make it feel like a formal affair, you can request on the party invitations that guests wear black tie attire. However, if you plan on hosting a more casual party, let guests know that it's a casual event.

Next, consider the party decorations. Purchase plenty of balloons, streamers and party lights. The colors of Haiti are blue, black and red, so stock up on party supplies in those colors and find a few Haitian flags to display.

Contact local restaurants to see if any of them will provide you with free or discounted food for the event – you might be surprised by how generous they are!

Next, scout around for local bands that might be willing to perform to provide a fun and festive atmosphere at the event.

Earning money for Haiti

On the day of the party, you could choose to ask guests for a donation at the door, or offer a buffet and charge per plate.

Another way to raise some cash would be to have a cash bar. Stock up on beer, liquor and champagne and charge guests $5 per drink. They won't mind donating to such a worthy cause, and it will give everyone the chance to enjoy a few delicious cocktails.

No matter how you choose to collect the cash, you'll feel wonderful when you are able to send a check to a charitable organization that is helping the people of Haiti recover from the quake and begin to rebuild their lives.


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