’Tis the season to be jolly…and that applies to you as well as the children and parents at your school! One of the best things about being part of a PTA is that you meet a heap of new people, many of whom become good friends.
PTA membership is a social experience, and Christmas is the ideal time, both let your hair down and enjoy yourselves and show prospective volunteers the perks of being part of one of the best PTAs in town!
So, now you are ready to get your party on, let’s take a look at some of the possibilities for your Christmas social, to celebrate your achievements and acknowledge all your hard work.
For something a little different to your typical boozy night out, why not try bowling, a bounce centre or laser tag? It’s active, loads of fun and a little competition keeps things interesting…
(Just watch out for the kids if you take them along!)
Many venues offer party packages from buffet menus to sit down meals – some good inclusive options that don’t necessarily centre around alcohol.
Seek out venues that offer Christmas party nights with a whole host of themes to choose from. Whether it’s 80s, 90s, 00’s, Abba, Dirty Dancing, BeeGees, Spice Girls or Robbie Williams, there is something for everyone.
Ramp up the fun factor by going in fancy dress (check the venue dress code though)! Many party nights include a three course meal as part of the package, making them reasonable value for money.
Let’s Do Lunch
Of course, your Christmas season social doesn’t have to be an evening out at all. If your volunteers are mainly stay-at-home parents of primary school age kids, a daytime-do means no worries about childcare.
A pub or restaurant lunch is a great way to hold a relatively informal festive social, particularly if you have a number of members who don’t feel they know one another well enough to spend a whole night out together.
Drop-by for a Minced Pie
Run a simple Coffee & Minced-Pie drop-in event one morning or afternoon. This provides the perfect chance for your volunteers to relax and chat together, and prospective helpers can come along and get to know the team without any pressure.
This makes the PTA seem far more approachable, and the newbies don’t have to worry about feeling intimidated in a more formal meeting space. Ease them in gradually folks! Remember to smile and welcome new people when they walk in, but not in a “pouncy” way! 😀
If your team’s social calendar has filled up already – you might think about other ways to say thank you. Check out our Volunteer Appreciation ideas on Pinterest.
Over to you...
We would love to hear what Christmas and New Year social events your PTA has planned for 2016. How do you celebrate and thank your volunteers? Email us , tweet us or contact us via Facebook so we can share them with other PTAs.
As always PTAsocial is on hand to help you sign up your volunteers and keep you organised every step of the way.
PTAsocial makes organising events super-easy and inclusive by allowing volunteers to pick out a specific, manageable task. It’s completely free, so just start an account for your school right now in 2 minutes.