Top Tips for your Butterfly Tea Party

Using a sheet of Snakes and Ladders gift wrap 'sell off' each of the 100 squares to friends, family and customers for £1 each. When all squares have been sold, roll a dice and whatever square it lands on, that person wins a £25 gift voucher/credit to spend on Phoenix Trading products. Offer a 2nd prize of £10 and a 3rd prize of £5. The remaining £60 goes to Children's Hospices UK.
Natalie Collinson

I have contacted the local Brownies to see if they would be willing to help me run a tea party for the children in the area. This allows them to gain a badge from the Brownies and they can spread the word, encouraging all their friends and families to come along. I will have extra hands to help me on the day and everyone wins, especially the charity! The Brownies have come up with many great ideas for fundraising. We are all looking forward to a great day!
Carolyn Matthews

My 'Top Tip' is to ask guests to pay to play 'guess the wine' as an alternative to a raffle. I used this at all my butterfly events last year and they were hugely popular! This year, one host has already offered to provide the wine for guess the wine! Wrap a bottle of wine in some beautiful butterfly wrap (GW50) and on a clipboard ask your guests to guess:

1) The colour of the wine (red/white/rose)
2) The country it's from (I usually try and pick somewhere unusual)
3) The name of the wine
4) The year it was produced

There are so many variations that guests can have and as many goes as they like. You can charge either 50p or £1.00 per guess. The winner with the most correct answers wins the wine! If there isn't a clear winner, I have taken it to a second event and kept going until I have a winner! Remember to write the details down yourself before you wrap it, and keep it somewhere safe!
Annie Hillman

Butterfly Orienteering: You will need:

•To think of a 10 letter word
•10 AL69 Blue Butterfly samples labelled with numbers 1-10 (or ten pictures for younger children)
•10 wooden food skewers
•Pieces of paper with numbers one to ten of them

1) Write the numbers 1-10 on the back of the butterfly samples and one letter from your word (or a simple picture/shape).
2) Attach a skewer to the blue butterfly card with sellotape.
3) Hide the butterflies around your garden/park/venue by inserting skewers into the ground (you can make it as easy or hard as you like depending on the ages/abilities of the children).
4) Children have to search out the butterflies and write the letter on their piece of paper, they should end up with a word to claim their prize (A cupcake? Colouring sheet? Or choice of bookmark?). This should keep the children entertained while the adults have a cup of tea and look through all the lovely Phoenix products.
Susan Hathaway

Take the butterfly notepad and on the reverse of each page write one of the following:

•Sorry you have not won this time;
•Congratulations you have won a butterfly notepad;
•Congratulations you have won a greeting card;
•Congratulations you have won 10% off your order;
•Host a party and receive 25% off your order plus a pack of thank you cards etc.

Stick the butterfly note pages over a notice board or on a wall and charge people 50p to select a butterfly. The proceeds go to the charity. Not only that, but you may get future party bookings from the last suggestion!
Emma Howell

I have contacted the local Brownies to see if they would be willing to help me run a tea party for the children in the area. This allows them to gain a badge from the Brownies and they can spread the word, encouraging all their friends and families to come along. I will have extra hands to help me on the day and everyone wins, especially the charity! The Brownies have come up with many great ideas for fundraising. We are all looking forward to a great day!
Carolyn Matthews

Having had a small party last year, I wasn't convinced everyone donated for all the little craft activities that were on offer. So this year, I've moved location from home to the village church hall and I have decided to sell tickets at £5 per family and include all the craft activities. This way, I will get more of an idea of how many people to expect on the day, and more importantly, get the money in advance. I'm aiming for at least 100 ticket sales. To encourage sales I'm planning on giving away a free goodie bag with every advanced ticket purchased. Bags will include a couple of the colouring sheets, some Phoenix goodies (that I will donate) and a packet of flower seeds (hopefully donated by a local garden centre). I thought it would be nice for everyone that comes along to plant the seeds in their gardens to encourage the butterflies to come.
Rachel Partovi

Draw a grid on a sheet of Treasure Map gift wrap with about 20 squares and 'sell' the squares to those who want to guess where the treasure is hidden. Have a small prize for the winner of the correct square, this can either be predetermined before the squares are sold or drawn from a hat at the end.
Penny Reynolds