I was recently asked to style a local Boys & Girls Club Fundraiser and when given the stipulation that it had to be YELLOW I jumped at the opportunity. I love yellow! The fundraiser was a “preview” to the organization’s larger black-tie affair called “The Greatest Big Kid Celebration.” Jacqueline Kronk and her BGC member, Laylaa were paired up together and assigned the color yellow + a $10,000 pre-event goal for their team, so my mind started racing with themes and gimmicks involving the bright color.
Laylaa just so happens to also be in the running for BGC “National Youth of the Year” so it clicked… we were going to “Place our Bets on Jacqueline + Laylaa” and host “A Night at the Derby!”
I absolutely love this organization and what they offer a community’s children. And this event gives people the opportunity to “vote” for a team at $40/vote. ($40 covers the cost of one child’s Boys & Girl’s Club Membership for the year.)
The Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Joseph County is a welcoming place for all boys and girls. A safe place to be after school and during the summer. A fun place. A place to learn and grow. A place to develop ongoing relationships with caring adult role models. A place to explore a variety of programs and activities. A place to inspire and empower future community leaders. A place to call their own. A place of hope and opportunity. A positive place!
A rose wreath welcomed guests to our party. It was such an elegant way to say "hello"!
Working within a budget for a fundraiser is sometimes a challenge. To keep costs to a minimum we chose to serve a select number of signature drinks. The Lemon Drop Martini was the big hit!
The dessert table was a big focal point at our party. It brought the theme together in a fun and cohesive way, but was also functional. Check out my tips to set up your own dessert table and add some dimension to your party space.
I made a couple of desserts for the fundraiser to reduce costs. These No-Bake Oreo Truffle Pops were easy to make for the crowd and also kept shopping costs down.
Another dessert we served were my easy banana parfaits. To dress up the desserts and party space without spending a ton, I tried to incorporate paper decor creatively, including these vintage menu signs and dessert flags.
With so many foundations, charities and organizations out there, it's tough coming up with a concept to raise money and get people to donate. There are a few ideas to help you though, just as they helped me with this party!
Party Styling: MJ Paperie: Paper & Party Design
Photography: Hemmerlein Photography
Floral Design: Polly McCarthy of Pollies Floral
Food & Linen Donations: Hilton Garden Inn South Bend
Yellow Seersucker Fabric Donation: Sweet Stitches on Etsy
Yellow Cupcake Stand Donation: OliviaDru on Etsy
Cupcake Donation: Indulgence Pastry Shop & Café
Cupcake Topper Donation: Edible Details
Derby-themed Sugar Cookies: The Cookie Jar
Wooden Crates & Apothecary on Dessert Table: JoAnn
From photographers, to tent rentals, to party planners, search our party database to find the perfect vendor.