Every year we hear people say they are not fans of this glitzy celebration of musical talent from across Europe (and Australia!) and every year we hear people say, with a heavy heart, they will not be tuning into the show on TV because their “other half” doesn’t want to.
Well, overcome the naysayers with this marvelous plan.
Arrange a Eurovision house party and combine watching the show with raising money for charity. That’s three birds with one stone; a party, fundraising AND Eurovision. Brilliant!
How can it be done?
Read these tips on throwing your very own Eurovision Charity Party:
Send Out Your Invites – Invite everyone you know, Eurovision enthusiasts as well as those who don’t really get why it is so special. Explain the party is to raise funds for charity and to celebrate a live extravaganza of multicultural entertainment.
Remind your attendees to bring plenty of change including 20 pence pieces (around £5 worth should be enough) and £2 coins, for party games.
Prepare Your Fundraising Jar – Any reasonable size jar will do, whether you use a Tupperware box, for example. Mark it clearly so your party guests know it is where their donations need to go. Place it in an easy to reach area.
Prepare Your House – Make sure your TV is working. Make sure you know where the TV remote is and that is has batteries in! The Eurovision Grand Final is set to be broadcast live on BBC One at 8pm on Saturday 13th May. Hide away any breakables or items that won’t manage being knocked about or last if drinks are spilled.
Dress Appropriately – It’s always good to have a fancy dress party, perhaps national dress for each country taking part, but remember being comfortable is a must, as it can be a long night.
Cheesy Music – There is always a break in the festivities or extended babble on screen, so have cheesy music to hand to keep the party swinging. Why not set up a play list of previous Eurovision songs such as Gina G’s “ooh Aah .. Just a Little Bit” or Bucks Fizz’s “Making Your Mind Up”.
Sweepstake – Before the show starts, put the names of all the countries taking part in Eurovision in to a hat. Ask your guests to give you £2 and pick a country out of the hat.
The person who picks the winning country receives half the sweepstake money and the other half goes in to the fundraising jar.
Eurovision Bingo – Here is where all those 20 pence pieces come in to play.
Divide the following items up between your guests; don’t worry if there isn’t enough to go around, it is fine to allocate an item to more than one person, or give one person more than one item.
Every time the following items happen on Eurovision the person with that item should put 20p in to the fundraising jar.
• Someone winks at the camera
• There is a big key change in one of the songs
• There is a fire work on stage
• The host changes their outfit
• A performer drops to their knees in their routine
• An act comes out in National Dress
• A country gives their neighbour 12 points
• The UK is awarded 0 points
• Someone thanks the host for a wonderful evening
The winner is the last person to put all of their money in to the fundraising tub. Click here to download a Eurovision Bingo winner’s certificate.
Get Tweeting – We love to know what our supporters are doing to fundraise, so please do remember to tweet us pictures of your party @YMCADoncaster and use the hashtag #Eurovision2017
Have Fun! – Make sure whatever you do, that it is filled with fun, laughter and lots of dancing!
Donate Your Eurovision Funds – Once your amazing party is finished and the money is collected in from the sweepstake and Eurovision Bingo you need to know how to get it to us.
You can donate in a number of ways. Please click here to find out how.
So, now you have read the top ten tips on throwing a Eurovision charity party, there is nothing stopping you.
We hope you enjoy everything Eurovision!
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