Friday, December 03, 2004

Party with a purpose

Isn't is a joy to get together with friends to eat, talk, and generally have a good time? There's a lot of that happening this time of year. Next time you organize a party, consider asking your guests to bring a little something to benefit someone else. Admission can be canned goods, clothes or books that you can donate after the party's over. You may want to pick a particular organization in advance so folks can bring specific donations (monetary or otherwise).

Or, consider organizing a one-day community sevice project. Something like Habitat for Humanity, where you and your friends all work together, works well. Afterwards, you can all get together for good food, music, conversation, fellowship, and fun. Besides, people might be more likely to volunteer if they know a party awaits them afterwards.

These ideas work great for birthday, holiday, and other celebrations. Now that's a party that everyone can enjoy. Have fun!

1 comment:

Karama said...

Instead of the traditional office or family gift exchange, consider this: Draw names as usual, but instead of buying the person a gift, buy toy that reminds you of the person. Then at the party, exchange gifts, smile and laugh at how creative the gift-givers were, then donate all the toys to an area toy drive. Enjoy! (Idea from Dear Abby's column)