One way to raise awareness (and funds or goods) for your favorite cause is by throwing a flair-filled fete. Who doesn’t love parties? In my first book I touched on this concept and even created a downloadable tool kit to assist readers in bringing this idea to reality. Many good things start small and gain momentum through grassroots efforts. Good old-fashioned tea parties combined with activism can be a powerful and fun tool for change. A ChariTea soiree helps build community and is a great networking experience. Invite five to fifteen people and ask each to bring like-minded friends: Perfect for getting your name out there as the do-gooding “hostess with the mostess.”
Here’s the skinny: Hosting the soiree in your home allows you to create the complete vibe. If that isn’t possible, look around for a cozy local café that has the same ambiance you want to create. Following is the time line for pulling this off seamlessly and tranquilly.
Four Weeks Before
- Determine charity to highlight, and request promotional materials.
- Send invites to your fave gal pals and encourage them to bring two to three friends.
- Invite a guest speaker from the charity.
One Week Before
- Send reminder and directions.
- Buy dry goods: drinks, treats, and candles, plus assorted teacups, saucers, and cloth cocktail napkins from your local thrift store.
- Purchase goodie bags and their contents: a box of organic fair trade tea, organic fair trade chocolate, scented tea lights, bath treats, promotional materials from charity, tissue paper.
One or Two Days Before
- Buy fresh food.
- Create a playlist to set the mood (suggested: Madeleine Peyroux or John Coltrane).
- Buy flowers.
- Put together goodie bags.