When we had the celebration for the Duchess’s birth last week, I came up with a great raffle idea to help fill up the cute piggy banks we got from friends. I called it the “penny raffle” and the premise was that we’d get the guests as soon as they come through the door and tell them to empty their pockets of loose change.We told them that it was a starter to her college fund. Each penny would get them one raffle ticket. The prizes we gave away were a big movie basket and spa basket I put together with some stockpiled items. They’re were all items I had on hand, so I could fill the baskets up sky high and entice more people to enter.
But my Mom did me one better: she told me to change the title to “coin raffle” and give one raffle ticket per COIN. So, if they gave a penny or a quarter, they would still get one ticket. Surprisingly, everyone tried to use up as much of their change, especially quarters, on the raffle. The line was even so long that my Sister couldn’t handle passing out the tickets on her own after a few minutes. My Mom and I had to step in and help her out. It was fun and we filled up one piggy bank and halfway filled another.
This would be a great idea for anyone planning parties in the future. It’s ideal for a kid’s birthday party, but it would even be great for an anniversary(a piggy bank to raise money for the couple’s date nights that year), a bridal shower(a piggy bank to start the bride’s “just for me” account) or even a housewarming( a piggy bank to start a “house emergency fund”). I just thought I’d share that with you all in case someone had an event coming up. I hope it helps you!