Who’s ready to party!?!
While researching Spring Open House ideas for my MOMS Club®, I realized that there are an overwhelming number of party ideas and options out there. To simplify things a bit, I’ve grouped them by theme below. My favorite Spring party ideas are hosting a public Easter egg hunt (in March) and/or a Kentucky Derby themed party (in April).
The first thing you’ll need to do is decide where your open house will take place. If you can’t host the event at a member’s house or a private rented space (a room at a church, library, community center, swimming pool, fire hall, etc) then consider heading to a local park. Parks are great places for hosting these parties because they give you a safe public place to meet new people and they offer plenty of foot traffic! Just be sure to contact the park as early as possible to book a pavilion on your chosen date (if necessary).
Wherever possible, put up some balloons, a welcome banner and a yard sign for your Moms Group or Club to let people know it’s a free public event. Make sure you advertise the event as much as possible beforehand and consider creating a raffle for a free membership (year-long or trial) in order to get the contact information of several potential new members. Also, be sure to encourage members to invite any Mom friends they know that might be interested in joining.
For more games, decorations, and craft ideas, check out my Pinterest pages, linked throughout. My favorite theme ideas are highlighted in bold.
- Bubbles and Balloons Party
- Garden Party
- Mad Hatter Tea Party (Alice in Wonderland themed)
- Pirates and Princesses
- Superhero Party
Or combine your Spring party with holidays and other fun special event days. Some Spring (2016) dates to consider:
2/2 – Groundhog Day
2/7 – Superbowl Sunday (date varies). Combine with a chili cookoff!
2/8 – Chinese New Year (date varies)
2/9 – Mardi Gras
2/11 – Make a Friend Day
2/14 – Valentine’s Day
2/15 – President’s Day
2/17 – Random Acts of Kindness Day
2/26 – Carnival Day
2/28 – Oscar Night (date varies)
2/29 – Leap Day (2016, 2020, 2024)
3/11 – Johnny Appleseed Day
3/14 – National Pi Day
3/17 – St Patrick’s Day
3/20 – March Equinox
3/27 – Easter Egg Hunt
3/28 – Something on a Stick Day
4/1 – April Fool’s Day
4/2 – National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day
4/20 – Look Alike Day
4/22 – Earth Day
4/25 – Kentucky Derby Day (date varies) – My favorite party idea! Grab the biggest, craziest Derby hat you can find and head on over to a pavilion at the park for Derby themed kid-crafts and snacks. Everyone can bring a derby dish (mock mint juleps, tea sandwiches, meatballs, Kentucky pie, etc) to share. Stick your Mom’s Group lawn sign in the ground and put up a welcome banner so everyone at the park knows what’s up because the Derby hats are sure to get you noticed by all the cool Moms.
5/1 – May Day
5/5 – Cinco de Mayo
5/8 – Mother’s Day
5/15 – National Chocolate Chip Day
5/30 – Memorial Day
What does your Moms Group or Club do for your recruitment party? Do you have any ideas, suggestions or advice you’d like to add?
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