#1: Holding this fundraiser for your school, church, sports team, or another great cause? Start advertising it everywhere possible – posters around the school and church, word of mouth through social media sites, the newspaper, local tv and radio, etc. Ask for a $10 donation for each person entering, and have them send it to you as a pre-registration, or alternatively, they can register on the day of the event.
#2: Choose enough gingerbread house kits for your fundraiser. We recommend our Small Gingerbread House Kits, as you’ll want the contest to last about an hour or two. If you end up having some leftover, donate them to a local homeless shelter.
#3: Our gingerbread house kits come filled with the gingerbread, of course, in addition to must-have architectural elements like icing, icing bag and tip, Mike & Ikes, Hot Tamales, Double Bubble Gumballs, and Cry Baby Candy. That’s all the contest participants need to whip up a gorgeous gingerbread house kit, but we definitely suggest having Holiday Candy on hand for participants to happily snack on as they toil away on their houses! Have some hot cocoa and soft drinks out, as well. Perhaps even Santa can drop by for a pre-Christmas visit ;-)
#4: Entertainment also helps get the crowd in a festive mood. Ask a local acoustic musician to come in and play holiday songs, or simply purchase a few holiday soundtracks and play them throughout the event. Wear Santa hats and cover the tables in red and green tablecloths.
#5: Choose three judges to evaluate which gingerbread house kits will take home the top prizes. We suggest selecting community leaders to give the contest even more exposure – perhaps one of the local government leaders, a well-known priest in the area, and a school board menu or popular teacher.
#6: You’ll need to have prizes for those fantastic Gingerbread House Kits that take first, second, and third places. If it’s supporting a great cause, local businesses may donate gift cards to their establishments, so first call up local restaurants and businesses and see if they can supply you with prizes for the top contestants.
#7: Have fun! The most successful fundraisers emphasize the “fun” in fundraiser and really get the participants excited for the contest. Gingerbread house kits are one of those holiday traditions that we can’t help but love, and the contestants will get even more excited as they see how much fun you and the other contest organizers are having. The more successful your gingerbread house contest fundraiser, the more likely you’ll be planning the 2nd Annual Gingerbread House Kits Contest fundraiser and helping your cause reach its goals!