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Buy-In Parties

A Buy-In Party is an event you host as part of the Gala fundraiser. People sign up at the Gala by buying a slot to attend your party or event. They are very popular and a great way to participate in the gala, raise funds for Giddens AND build community! The host decides:

  • The theme of the party
  • The location (at their home or out in the community)
  • Who the party is for (adults, children or families)
  • The number of participants who can come to the party
  • The date and starting bid to attend the party

You may want to consider co-hosting a party with one or more families to share labor and offset costs. Many buy-in parties can be done with very little expense. Once you are ready to sign up, fill out this form with the details!

Host a Buy-In Party

Some examples of Buy-In Parties (and, yes, you are welcome to steal these ideas and make them your own):

For Adults:

  • “Go for a hike and eat a Picnic Lunch” Hosts will pick up the cost of the ferry ride and will provide lunch – you get to enjoy the food, company, beautiful setting and satisfaction of some good exercise without the hassle of organizing any of it. Limited to ten hikers.
  • “Farm to Table” Dinner. Hosts will take you around the farmers market and pick-up dinner then come back and cook a 5-course meal paired with wines that will be seasonal fresh and have you singing praises to the farmers.
  • Traditional Family Dinner. Hosts to treat you to their native cuisine – aka Indian, Chinese, Dim Sum, Latin American. Try dishes passed down from their families and taste a new culture that will excite the palate and learn to make new dishes of your own.

  • English Tea Party for 8 (drop-off) – host dress-up tea party in your home – serve ‘tea sandwiches’ with all the accoutrements and make tea cookies to bring home
  • Lego Party for 8 (drop-off) – host a build and keep it Lego party where kids can build to their hearts content and bring home any creation they make. Serve snack or lunch along the way to keep their creative minds at play.
  • Tide Pool Discovery for 6 – walk along the beach during low tide and discover the plants and animals around them. Bring some magnifying glasses to see all the details in the pools and what surrounds them. Serve a snack or picnic on the beach.

I hope these ideas will spark your imagination! As always, feel free to email events@giddensschool.org with any questions.

FAQ for Buy-In Parties

What is a buy-in party?

A Buy-In Party is an event you host for Giddens as part of the gala fundraiser. People sign up at the Gala by buying a slot to attend your party. The cost to participate varies based on the party. 100% of the funds raised go to support Giddens School.

What kind of party can I host?

Anything you, your friends, or your family likes to do!

Who pays for the buy-in party?

The party host (you). Consider co-hosting a party with one or more families to share labor and offset costs. Many Buy-in Parties can be done with very little expense.

How many guests should attend my buy-in party?

The number of guests depends on what you are going to do and how much space you have. Use this information to determine a maximum number of buy-in guest slots available for the party you are hosting.

When should I offer my buy-in party?

You can host parties all year long, even the summer! They can be indoor, outdoor, at night, in the morning. However, once a date is set it cannot be changed. All events should be held within one year of the Gala.