Every year, my friend and I throw a house party unlike any other. We bring together our close, mutual friends from the metropolitan area and our respective college friends. (my friends' friends are all from the DC/Virginia area while mine are all over the place - some coming as far as Canada) We buy the food, drinks, decor and even splurge on activities. This year's festivities included movies on a large projector screen and a rented hot tub, among other things.
Our only concern was money. My friend and I split the cost of the party down the middle and only ask for $5-$20 - while it is not even close to covering the cost of the party, we do this so both of us end up not being entirely in the red at the end of the weekend. Unfortunately, only a small fraction of the people who attended last year's party ended up paying us back.
So how did we make sure to collect the money from everyone this time? We didn't hound them at the door or kick them out onto the street. Instead, we organized a raffle with some pretty cool prizes - everything from gift cards to t-shirts to movies. And to guarantee that everyone would not only contribute to the party but also remember the party for years to come, we gave away custom imprinted Beverage Wraps to everyone who contributed $5.
The result? The raffle made a profit of $140, after paying for the can coolers and the 6 other prizes we used. The can coolers were a huge hit, fit snuggly over cans, bottles and cups and it helped remind people who didn't contribute to the party to throw a few dollars our way.
So whether you're throwing a party and need help from contributions or have plenty to go around, be sure to include the Beverage Wraps. They are available in hundreds of different combinations, thanks to the number of color items available and the number of imprint colors available.