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The lowdown on what goes into hosting a great house party for Love the Children.

What is a Love the Children house party?

Love the Children house parties are informal events that allow us to tell your friends why we love the children of Haiti and to encourage them to join us. A Love the Children house party is NOT a fundraiser. We will NOT ask for money.

Why throw a house party for Love the Children?

1. To raise awareness of Love the Children’s mission.

2. To help Love the Children reach out to new folks who care about those who Jesus called “the least of these, my family” and have a desire and who want to do something about childhood poverty in Haiti.

3. To have fun and meet other like-minded folks.

Important steps to planning a LtC House Party

1. Pick a date: The date should be one that is convenient for you. Others have found the Wednesday and Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons work well. We will work closely with you to be sure to have either the Principal or a member of the Board of Directors available for your party.

2. Build a guest list: Invite your friends, neighbors, coworkers, and members of groups in which you are involved. Recruit cohosts to help spread the work and invite their contacts.

3. Plan the party: Think about details like:

· Directions to your home or the party location

· Where the guest will park

· Where in your home is the most comfortable place to accommodate the group

· Providing enough seats

· Where the food and drink will be located, etc.

You might want to consider a theme to encourage attendance as long as it remains clear that the primary reason for the party is to give information about Love the Children’s mission. Food and drink is up to you, but food that can be eaten while standing is best. Finger foods that don’t require utensils, like hors d’oeuvres, cheese and crackers, veggies, cookies and brownies work well. It does not need to be fancy.

4. Send invitations: Send the type of invitation with which you feel most comfortable. You may find it convenient to use or instead of traditional paper invitations.

· The Party Title: Love the Children Informational Party

. Text: Please join me to learn more about a great organization. Love the Children is showing God’s love to the children of Haiti by helping their parents and caretakers provide basic needs such as food, water, shelter and the hope that an education can give. This is NOT a fundraiser and you will NOT be asked for money. (It is important to use this text so that it is clear to your invitees that this is purely informational and not a fundraiser.) We can send a digital image of our logo and pictures if you would like to add them to your invitation. Include date, time, location, directions, your own message and any other information about your party theme, what will be served, etc.) Consider asking each invitee to bring a guest.

5. Reminder: Make follow-up phone calls and or reminders to invitees who haven’t responded.

6. Plan the agenda: We will work with you to make your party both informative and fun for you and your guests.

7. Enjoy the party: Have fun and know that raising awareness of child poverty and what can be done to help solve it is pretty cool.

What the heck do we do at the party?

Organize the party in the way that is most comfortable for you – be innovative and creative. If you want a guideline, here is a party timeline you can use. Adjust it to fit your needs.

7:00 – 7:30 Host welcomes guests as they arrive. Ask guests to sign in (see sign in sheet) so that we can keep them informed about Love the Children, if they wish.

7:30 – 8:00 Guests mingle, enjoy food and drink. Host will introduce guests to the Love the Children representative.

8:00 – 8:30 The host will address the group, welcomes them and introduce the representative from Love the Children who will make a 15 to 20 minute presentation about Love the Children, explaining our mission, our goals and our programs. The presentation will include a brief description of conditions in Haiti and how Love the Children is helping the people of Haitian break the cycle of poverty there. There will a short question and answer period after the presentation.

8:30 – 9:00 The host will thank the guests for attending and invite them to have more to eat. The Love the Children representative will stay available to answer any questions that the guests may have

What we will bring

1. Audio/visual equipment to show pictures, if convenient for use.

2. Literature describing Love the Children’s ministry in Haiti.

3. Recent newsletters.

4. Sign-in forms.

Party Supply List
Food and drink: Finger foods are great! Food preparation can be as simple or elaborate, as you like.

1. Savory: Fruit and veggie platters, chips and dips, cheese and crackers, pita and hummus, breads or rolls, skewer-style grilled veggies, soups etc.

2. Sweet: Cookies, brownies, cupcakes, etc.

3. Beverages: Alcohol and/or nonalcoholic beverages.

4. Supplies: Plates, cups, napkins, utensils, garbage bags, theme supplies.