Tips For Planning Your Next Benefit

Benefits—fundraisers—provide a great way to spread awareness and raise money for a charity, benefit, non-profit, or other organization. Planning a benefit can be exhilarating, yet exhausting. Aside from the entertainment that is present at the event, we have to make sure all of our guests are relaxed and enjoying themselves. Set the mood for your guests with the ambiance and décor of the venue. When planning your next fundraiser, there are a few things to keep at the forefront of your mind. It’s all about the guests, making sure they leave happy and remember your organization’s name when they have money to donate.

First things first, where are you throwing the event? Typical places include

  • Banquet Halls
  • Country Clubs
  • Restaurants
  • Religious Facilities (Churches, Synagogues, etc.)

This must be decided before invitations are sent out, though you won’t know exactly how many people will attend. You will have an educated guess, so make sure the venue can hold the capacity of expected attendants.

What are you doing for entertainment?

A benefit won’t be successful when there’s just a dinner and a speech. I mean, as a catering company in Bucks County, PA, we’ll provide the meals and plan the event, but you need some other form of entertainment.

  • Think about a silent auction where your organization receives a portion of all benefits.
  • Maybe try a 50/50
  • Raffles
  • Hire a prominent figure or public person to speak and promote your organization
  • Get the crowd involved!

When you hire our staff at Village Catering to plan your event, you’ll be assisted in every aspect, including the entertainment.

The best part: Cuisine

When is your charity event taking place? Lunch time, dinnertime, cocktail party? Give the menu a great deal of thought. Think about a buffet option, or a select amount of dishes to choose from for a complete sit down dinner. If choosing the latter, make sure the event staff and planners—like Village Catering—will serve and wait on the guests. Start with a soup or salad, and follow that with a pasta dish, seafood, chicken dish, or other kind of beef. Then, top that off with a mouthwatering dessert.

As one of the renowned catering companies in Bucks County, we have all the entrées and packages you can dream of.

Finally: Décor

Is there a theme for your organization? If so, create napkins, table decorations, light fixtures, and pamphlets in accordance to the theme. We’ll work with you to make sure everything is set up when the guests start to arrive.

Make sure the venue is set up to your liking. From the moment the guests walk in the door, to the last attendees leave, you want them to think of your group, so décor is paramount.

Our event planners will cater to your wishes and allow you to enjoy your fundraiser while we take charge. With all the aspects of planning a fundraiser, it’s nice to have some help.