There are about 70 of us in total, and I’m hoping to bring as many people as possible. Last year’s organizer only managed 15, and that might be because we are a bunch of nerds who also happen to be homebodies. Any tips on making the get-together seem more appealing?
I realize this doesn’t really fit in the Etiquette section, but I guessed that there might be some frequenters who have hosted before.
Well, you need to get as many people involved in the planning as possible. The more people hear about the BBQ, the more they will be interested in coming, so be sure to tell everyone. Make flyers or posters if the school allows it and post them in the school. If you’re excited about it and act like it, it will make them want to show up. Ask for the other students’ ideas about what makes a fun party. Have a Who Wants To Be A Millionaire type game with questions about your school or your community. I find that the Honor Society kids at our school are very competitive so a trivia kind of game with small prizes or even certificates could bring a lot of people out. Put someone in charge of entertainment or games, put someone in charge of main dishes, side dishes, drinks and desserts and follow up with them to make sure they have enough people bringing things. If the school or your honor society pay the bill for it, still ask people to bring things and reimburse them. Do a survey asking what type of music to play and then provide a mix of the top types of music. You don’t have to do all of those things of course, but find ways to get the entire group involved. As you delegate more things to more people, your credibility as a leader and organizer grows and more people will want to be there. I hope that helps!
on: 28th July 09