It's Time for a Night Out!

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After a long winter break (made even longer for many of us thanks to the horribly frigid weather), us moms really need a break.

Not that we don’t love our wonderful children, it’s just that sometimes we could use some time to ourselves with friends.  So, we asked ourselves - is there a way to achieve this level of paradise AND make some money for our organization???

The answer?  There most certainly is!

Mom’s Night Out

The easiest way to create this fundraise opportunity is to charge a simple ticket price for attending your Mom’s Night Out event.  You make all the arrangements – choose the theme or activity, find a locale, and provide the materials (or you could do make it potluck-style).  Figure out your costs and then sell tickets to generate a profit for your organization.

Here are some fun ideas for bringing moms together for a great time while earning money for your organization:

  • Pottery Painting Party - Contact your local pottery-painting studio such as Color Me Mine or search for local pottery studios at the Contemporary Ceramic Studios Associate website and schedule a private party.  You supply the food and drinks, and they supply the fun. 
  • Game Night – Apples to Apples, Bunco, Pictionary, Pokeno just to name a few.  Set up tables with different games and bring tasty snacks for a night of laughs!
  • Floral Arranging Party - Contact your local florist and see if you can organize a class.   Learn how to create a beautiful centerpiece or a holiday decoration to brighten your home or give as a gift. 
  • Wine Tasting Party* – Work with a local wine shop to create a wine tasting event.
  • Cooking Class – Find a cooking school or local chef in your area to create a cooking class.  How about healthy foods kids love?  Easy weeknight dinners?  Meals to freeze?  Great party food?  There are so many great ideas!!  You could easily pair this with a wine tasting for a truly amazing evening.  Be sure to send all of your guests home with the recipes printed out on cute paper.
  • Painting Party - Check out www.paintnite.com - they will send out an artist who will host a party at a school, park district, or even your local tavern.  They bring all the supplies needed to learn how to create a piece of art.  You supply just the treats!  There are other locations around the country where you can host your painting event at their studio.   Check out Painting With a Twist for locations throughout the United States.  If you want to host it yourself, just purchase painting materials and tarps, and head outside in a park or at a school for a fun outdoor activity.  (This could be done as a family event or kids event as well.)
  • Appetizer and Dessert Exchange –Half the group brings appetizers and the other half brings the desserts.  Don’t forget the recipes to share!
  • Kickball or other sports party - When the weather is nice, why not get a group of moms together for a game?  Provide a picnic lunch to round out your event.
  • Private Movie Showing –If you have an independent local theatre, rent it out during the day for a private showing.  Otherwise, your local community center, library, even the school in the evening will work.  Include popcorn and snacks in your ticket price.  For a funny twist, why not a make it a pajama party?
  • Bring in a speaker – A social-media expert, an educator, a cook or author or motivational speaker will often draw a crowd.  Bring in lunch or coffee and dessert to follow so that there is plenty of time to discuss afterwards.

There are just so many things you can do!  A mani/pedi party at a local salon, a “Cash for Gold” party, a Pinterest party, a book exchange, a “Create a Care Package” party for military members or college students, a service project…  the list goes on and on.

Make sure that you create an event worthy of the ticket price so that you will be sure to sell out.  And don’t forget - advertising and promotion are key to your success.

Do you have a fun Mom’s Night Out idea?  We would love to hear about it!!

           

* One important side note – be sure you are aware of the laws in your state with regards to alcohol.  Hosting your wine tasting at a restaurant or wine shop with a license to serve alcohol, rather than a separate venue, is a safer idea so that you don't open yourself up to liability.