Well. I blew it. I missed two posts this weekend during the 31 day series. (Hangs head in shame.) I had a crazy day getting ready for a fundraising event and had one of those days where everything seemed to be going wrong. (In reality it all turned out just great, but not without several hiccups.) I intended to do my post early so as to avoid such a situation, but I forgot. And today was catch-up day. I guess if I post 29 out of 31 days that’s still not bad. Right?
The event I participated in gave me an idea to share ways to save money when participating in a fundraising event and/or donating, so that’s the topic of today’s post! Last night I participated in our town’s 3rd “quarter mania”, or Girl’s Night Out as it’s called. The raffling event serves as a fundraiser for local charities and also as an opportunity to promote local business women. Nineteen vendors and myself donate two raffle items and a door prize, and proceeds go to the charity of the evening. This time the charity was Shop With a Cop. In the past we’ve raised money for the local crisis center and Make-a-Wish, each time raising around $4000. Vendors are responsible for decorating their guest table, where their 10 guests (who we have sold tickets to) will sit.
Whether you’re a vendor or just someone who wants to contribute to a cause, there are ways to make an impact and help while not breaking the bank. One way that I saved was to keep decoration costs low while still creating a table for my guests that I could be proud of and that they’d enjoy, and a display table that coordinated and was attractive.
|My display table|
Realizing now how wrinkled my make-shift tablecloth was (sigh).
At any rate, the “tablecloth” was simply fabric from Hobby Lobby which I bought on sale and cut to length. I used the same for my guest table. The little aqua cube is a Thirty-One Littles Carry-All that I keep business cards in, and it also doubles as a balloon weight! The balloons were purchased at a party store, then I blew them up at home with a helium tank that we have. We got it a couple years ago for my husband’s surprise party, and have used it since for a few other birthdays and a few vendor events. Considering the cost of helium balloons these days, I think it was well worth our investment!
The frames on my table are Dollar Tree frames. The gold one I spray painted, as well as the branch in the back (more on those in a bit). I purchased the umbrella early in the year to use for booths (goes with my logo), so that has also been reused several times.
On top of the tablecloth you can kind of see a gold “runner”. That’s Dollar Tree wrapping paper, cut in half length-wise! The banner came from Vistaprint (1/2 off), and in order to have something to “show”, I have a Shutterfly photo book and also made a slideshow of projects I’ve done in our home.
|Washi and decorative masking tape from Staples|