COME ONE, COME ALL TO THE POPCORN BALL
A Circus of Delights
The Greatest Benefit on Earth
A benefit your members and friends won't soon forget that can raise a large
sum of money for your charity. Using the always fun circus theme that brings
out the kid in everyone, you'll entertain your guests from the moment they
walk in the door until they leave. They'll clown around and have three rings
of fun all for a good cause-and have the memories to prove it.
Guests step right up to a fabulous BIG TOP of delights that includes much
more than you usually find under the Big Top. The Center Ring should be filled
with cocktails and clowns, hors d'oeuvres on the high wire and silent auction
acrobatics. Guests can have their likeness made into a clown caricature, get
circus fancies painted on their faces or treat themselves to circus-style
peanuts and popcorn.
Photo opportunities abound. Guests can poke their heads into the likeness
of any number of clowns, the strong man or the bearded lady…for a small
donation, of course.
A fabulous sit-down dinner can include tableside entertainment from some of
your local and best performers and a "clowning around" photo
competition with prizes for the table who submits the best group photos of
their tablemates. Dinner should be followed by a dessert buffet that includes
cotton candy for all plus dancing to the delightful sounds of a live band.
To make sure your tables are full, consider honoring one or more
distinguished individuals who have made unique contributions to your cause.
There are great clown balloons that are 36 inches tall. These make for
great centerpieces. To make sure you don't block guests from seeing each
other, use a large popcorn box and tie the clowns off a weight but make sure
your decorator puts at least 18" of ribbon as a lead. The room will look
great especially if the ceilings are high!
One other thing. Save money by using white tablecloths and putting 2 inch
and 4" colored dots on the tables. These can be cut out of sticky-back
paper or you can buy them on that static cling plastic used on windows. A lot
less money than colored linens and at the same time, useful for your guests to
decorate themselves for the photo competition mentioned above.
Cocktail hour is filled with playful fun. But the best is yet to come. When
guests get to their dinner tables, ask everyone to pay attention. At each
table, place a Polaroid One-Shot or a Spectra camera that produces instant
pictures. As well, have a display board ready with the table number written
across the top. Give each table 10 minutes to clown around and take creative
and original pictures of each other posing, etc. Anything can be used as a
prop (including the centerpiece or the dots on the tables)! At the end of 10
minutes, collect all the displays and give them to a panel of judges. The
table that is most creative wins! Get prizes donated from local merchants.
- Silent Auction…If you have a lot of people in a room, you should
definitely have a silent auction. Put together a committee to approach local
merchants as well as board members and others to donate vacation homes,
products and services. Tie in the Popcorn Ball theme when you write the
descriptions (e.g., you'll have a ball clowning around on this trip for four
to the zoo with dinner following at…)
- Program Book…Sell advertisements to local merchants as well. They
will get great visibility and good will throughout the community by
supporting your event-make sure to tell them that!
- Raffle…Get a great prize donated. Sell raffle tickets during cocktail hour and
also from table to table. You could make another $500 or $1000 this way.
- Photo Opportunities…those shots listed above are great ways to
fundraise. Don't charge a lot but do charge $2 or $3 a photo. Every little
This is a fun event. Adults are just big kids. Play into it, let them clown
around and they'll be back for more next year!
You can price tickets in the range of $250 for patrons (Trapeze Artists),
$125 for donors (Jugglers) and $100 for those under $35 (Jr. Juggler). Creative
black tie or clown attire should be optional and parking should be made for the
higher ticket prices.
The Party Girl
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