GET YOUR “TEAM” TOGETHEREven a little house party has lots of tasks. A friend, a spouse, a colleague to share the work and bounce ideas off will help you tremendously.
• Make up your guest list, set a date, time, and place, then mail your invitations. (Email has a much lower response rate). Consider friends, neighbors, coworkers, family, members of your union, PTA, or book club, and members of your church or synagogue, professional groups, local peace or social justice groups 12-50 people works best.
• Hold your event in your home or apartment, a friend’s house, a church hall, community group room; anywhere that is large enough and has good parking.
• Figure on 1-2 hours. Evenings and weekends are best for working folks.
• Figure that 1 out of 4 or 5 invited people will attend. We have included invitations: feel free to create your own using the guidelines we have included. Send out the invitations as soon as possible! Follow up your invitations with a phone call a few days later.
•Remember, a house party is a way to build the movement. You will want to mention that in your invitation.
ABOUT INVITATIONS / INVITATION HINTS
• Experience shows that only 1 out of 4 or 5 people who are invited to your house party will attend. The response rate is even lower (1 of 10) if you use email only. The most effective way to get good attendance is to mail out invitations, and follow up a week later with a personal phone call. 5 to 7 days before the party, make a second reminder call. It will greatly increase the attendance at your party.
• Be sure your invitations include the date, time, and address of the house party. Include good directions to your house (a map is very useful). Include your phone number. Ask your guests to RSVP so you have an idea of how many people are coming. This is a movement building event. Be direct about that.
SET A VOLUNTEER GOAL BE AMBITIOUS!It has been said that successful movements have at least one leader for every ten members. Asking people to volunteer is the first step in building such a movement.
WE LOVE FOOD!Hey, this is a party! Music, food and drinks break the ice and put people in a good frame of mind. Veggies and dip, crackers and cheese, water or wine, it’s up to you.
CALL YOUR GUESTS TO REMIND THEM A WEEK BEFOREA reminder phone call is always appreciated by busy folks, and can make a BIG difference in attendance at your party.
ONE DAY TO GO!Meet with your “team” the day before to plan who will do what at the party. Make sure you have enough chairs/places for people to sit.