Prom season is among us and parents all across America are breaking the bank to not only send their promgoer out with a bang on that special night but to have elaborate send-off/sip-off parties right before limo arrives. Wait, are they still going to the prom in limos? It’s 2019 already. Anyhow, once the exclusive Uber Black arrives, these kids have already celebrated with friends, family, and neighbors to see them off to a night that will be forever in their memory.
Throwing these outlandish shindigs, complete with food, themes, photographers, red carpets…the works can be fun and glamorous at the same time without spending your own money.
Here are some tips on how to level up the funds needed for your child’s prom party sendoff.
1. Sell T-shirts
Everyone loves T-shirts, especially when the entire party is wearing one. Theme shirts or squad shirts are a great way to raise funds for just about any event or party. You can either use the school’s theme or your own prom colors them. Once you come up with a unified design for all of the t-shirts to be worn, send out those invitations to attend the send-off party and include a way to purchase the hottest shirts in town. By getting the presale money for the shirts, you can apply funds to the cost of the shirts and put the rest towards the partying expenses.
2. Hold a Raffle
There are so many ways to create an appetizing gift as a raffle. The element of surprise is so appealing that the raffle tickets will sell like hotcakes. If the gift was gifted to you, it’s all profit. If not and you only spent a few dollars, the money from the raffle covers the cost of the gift and raffle tickets. The rest goes towards the other expenses.
3. Electronic Money Tree
Money trees are especially helpful because you don’t have to do much to collect the funds. However, keeping up with all of that cash and depositing checks could be a real hassle. Ever heard of the CashApp or Zelle? Get those invitations laid out and politely place your CashApp or Zelle information within the invitation to the prom send-off after explaining the benefits to the attendee (ie. food, fun, music, etc.). Once you mention the money tree and the easy way of contributing, even your last minute guests and non-attending guests will send a little something-something.
4. Unused Gift Cards
Regifting is cool again. Don’t be ashamed to ask your friends and family for unused gift cards to your favorite retail stores. Since gift cards rarely expire, the balances are good until redeemed. Think about it, a Walmart card goes a long way when you need paper plates, chips, and beverages.
There are so many more ways to fundraise for your child’s prom send-off. While a low-cost-to-you party likely requires more time, effort, and legwork than a party where you’re spending way more money or someone else to take care of the details, the savings can be pretty significant when you map it out and stick to the plan.
What additional ways can you suggest to raise money for an upcoming event?
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