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How to Host a House Party

Getting Started


  • Generate an invite list. Creating a "House Party Host Committee" can help generate an invite list that is large and varied… invite members of your church or club you are involved in, friends, family, and co-workers!

  • Set a party Date, Time, and Location.

  • Determine the House Party theme/ Goal.

    • Will there be a "ticket" per person to enter? (Set the price)…or if dinner will be served—a cost per plate?

    • Depending on the invitees, you may opt to ask guests to "bring their questions and checkbooks"— many may have the potential to contribute much more than a $50 party ticket

  • Create a pitch. Pick a particular current issue relevant to Haiti, or a Lambi Fund project or area of work that will strike a chord with guests (like the environment, gender equity, or the Ox-Plow Service)…asking attendees to support a specific and particularly urgent campaign is most effective


More fun ideas


  • A compassion meal (see a description of this in the box to the right)

  • Wine and cheese tasting

  • Have a Haitian band perform, charge a cover!

  • Send out the invitations. Send using either conventional mail, E-vite, or Facebook

  • Encourage RSVPs Offer an opportunity for individuals to give if they cannot attend the event by including donation forms in the invitations or links to donate online at:



Work Out the Details


  • What food will be served? Dinner, Hors Dóeuvres, drinks, etc.

  • Serve wine from Laurel Glen Vineyards. All proceeds of their Chévere label go to the Lambi Fund

    • Chévere wine

  • Arrange to borrow or rent tables and chairs.

  • Play Haitian music.

  • Start to generate a number of guests based on RSVPs. Call those who have not yet responded.

    • Arrange for door prizes, a raffle, or silent auction. A nice Haitian rum, popular Haitian music CD, or Haitian book make great gifts

  • Download and print out Lambi Fund literature.


A Sample Agenda


Prior to the Party


  • Set up a large basket or donation box that says, "Donations for The Lambi Fund of Haiti"

  • Place a welcome sign outside. Using a Haitian flag is a nice touch.




  • 6:00 - 7:00 pm — Mingle, Socialize, Eat and Drink

  • 7:00 - 7:10 — Ask all guests to gather in the main room

  • Welcome and Introductions - Offer your personal perspective and reasons for hosting this house party

  • 7:10 - 7:20 —Overview of Lambi Fund - Specific insights and information on the featured project or issue

  • 7:20 - 7:35 — Watch Lambi video and/or show pictures

  • 7:35 - 7:40 — Follow- up comments or explanations

  • 7:40 - 7:55 — Question and Answer/Discussion

  • 7:55 - 8:00 — Wrap up - Encourage support and explain menu of options (donation basket, take a brochure, sign up for mailing list, Door Prize, etc.)Thanks for Coming!

  • 8:00 - 8:30 —More discussion for those who want more info. Mingle with those who want to do more socializing.









What is a Compassion Meal?


68% of the population in Haiti lives in extreme poverty. Nearly as many lack access to potable water and sanitation. Host a meal where attendees randomly draw a meal ticket. 68% of the attendees will draw a ticket for a typical Haitian meal. This will be representative of what the majority can afford to eat on a daily basis—rice and beans, with a small portion of meat. The remaining lucky few will enjoy a full course, gourmet meal.


For added effect:


  • Have those eating an "average" meal sit with those enjoying their gourmet cuisine


  • Use plastic plates and cups and fine dishes for each opposing meal


Get creative and have fun with this! During the meal, the division between classes will be eloquently illustrated.

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