Every year, Corpus Christi School parents come together to host parties as part of the offering at the annual Crab Feed & Auction. Parties are fun, build community, and more importantly, they play a big role in supporting our school. In past years, parties organized and hosted by parents like you accounted for nearly 30% of Silent Auction proceeds, all of which directly benefit the school. Here’s how you donate a party:
Form a group
Reach out to people with whom you would like to host a party. Form a group or a partial group and come up with a great party idea. If you need more party hosts than you currently have to make your party successful, reach out to the Party Chairs for help.
Plan your party
Meet with your group and involve everyone in the planning process to discuss all aspects of the party. Things to cover in your initial meeting:
Budget – Do some research to determine how much the party will realistically cost. Be sure that everyone agrees on the budget,
and work hard to stick to it.
Venue – Where will your party be located? Think about possible spaces that are appropriate (e.g., home/backyard, restaurant, etc.). Consider how many attendees you can accommodate and cost to rent (if any).
Date – When is your party taking place? Choose a few different dates that will work for everyone and make sure the venue that you plan to use is available. Check the school calendar to avoid conflicts.
Food/Décor/Entertainment – Divide and conquer! Don’t let one person do all the work. If hiring vendors/caterers, make sure it fits within your stated budget.
Marketing Plan – Sell your party! Talk it up with friends and other parents, create a table sign/poster to promote your party and, if it's an option, have a representative or two market your event in the party room during the Silent Auction.
All parties will be offered online this year with a few spots reserved to be sold in person at the Silent Auction. Prices will go up at the Silent Auction, so shop early in the Online Auction to make sure you get the parties you want at the best price!
Join a Party in Progress
If you are new to the Party Scene and are not sure how to get started, or if you just want to join a team of people AND get to know others in the Corpus Christi Community, consider joining one of the following host teams in need of more host families:
Father/Daughter Dance: A beloved annual tradition for dads and daughters, this is a great party to not only create a magical experience for our girls, but it‘s also a great way to meet other parents across a variety of grades. To join this party, contact email@example.com.
8th Grade Square Dance: This yearly celebration is a wonderful way to celebrate our 8th graders and their families before they leave us for high school. To join this party, contact Kassy Earhart Batcheller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joining these parties is a great way to get your feet wet in the world of Corpus Auction parties, especially since each of these parties already has experienced lead host families to steer the process. Stay tuned for more posts here and in the Newsline about additional large parties in need of hosts.
Submit Your Party Information
The host captain will receive an email confirmation from the Party Chairs to finalize details.
Party submissions due by December 16, 2022
New this year:
You'll be entering your party's information directly into our online auction system. Here's the information you'll need to have on hand when you go to submit your party:
Party donation title:
Give your party a catchy and descriptive title.
Must include a complete description of your party, along with your first and second date choices, location name and address, time of the event, whether your party is being sold on a per person, per couple, or per family basis, and the last name of all hosts.
Terms and conditions:
Note if there are any specific terms for the party of which people should be aware.
Price per ticket.
How many spots are available.
Use this field to provide information to the Silent Auction team that will be useful but does not need to appear in the item listing.
Add an image that's descriptive of your party. This can be a stock photo, one you find on the web, or a picture of this party from a past year (if it's an annual event). You may also submit your item without a photo and the Silent Auction team will select one for you.
Corpus family submitting this donation:
Only your name and email are required, but feed free to share more if you'd like. The person submitting should be the party captain (if for some reason that's not the case, please let us know in the Notes field).