It is now officially British Summertime, although in many towns and cities across the country it may not quite feel like it yet!
PTAs often find that a Summer Fayre is a great community event, as well as a good way to raise much needed funds for their school. However, throwing one together at the last minute isn’t usually an option, and a little foresight is required to raise the maximum amount of money.
As many PTAs start their planning and preparation during the spring, we’ve put together this blog post to give you some ideas and help make your school summer fayre your most successful yet.
To theme or not to theme?
It doesn’t matter whether you have one or not, but many PTAs choose a fun theme to get the community more involved and tie each of the elements (refreshments, decorations etc.) together.
New Waltham Academy chose to have a beach theme at their 2015 summer fayre, and were even blessed with a hot, sunny day:
Summer fayre day is here. Lovely hot sunny day to go with our beach theme. See you at 3pm!— New Waltham Academy (@NewWaltham) July 3, 2015
Mundham School PTA had a brilliant farm theme for their summer fayre – just take a look at these incredible scarecrows:
Springburn Academy opted for a Hawaiian theme. What better way to kick off your summer fun?
Summer Fayre tow 26 June. Fayre-games,stalls,food,drinks Callaghan singing.Hawaiian theme dress, bring pocket money!— SpringburnAcademyPC (@SpringburnAPC) June 25, 2013
Types of stalls
When it comes to choosing what stalls to have, the sky really is the limit. The most successful summer fayres usually have a good variety, from local small businesses promoting and selling their products, to school-run fundraising stalls.
Check out Kingswear Primary’s plant stall:
There was a wide range of stalls at N Lancing Primary’s summer fayre:
Willowbank PTFA sold stalls at their summer fayre for just £5 each, raising funds while enabling stall holders to make a profit too:
Take a look at this gorgeous jewellery that was for sale at the Beehive Prep School summer fayre last year:
Games and entertainment such as bouncy castles and slides help to keep the kids amused while parents browse. Negotiate a good deal with the providers to bring in some additional fundraising too.
Maypole dancing at Highnam Academy:
Lots of inflatable fun at St Gregory’s Primary:
Sant Elfod PTA showcased their epic face-painting skills:
Mascots are a great way to interact with little kids (and the big ones too!). Buzz Lightyear stopped by Warberry Academy:
Inverkeithing Primary had a ‘Splat the Teacher’ stall which was a huge hit:
A refreshment stall with hot and cold drinks, snacks and sweet treats is always popular. There are plenty of external catering suppliers – either negotiate for a percentage of their sales or some other financial contribution towards your fundraising.
Ideas we have seen include ice cream vans, burger vans, candy-floss, popcorn stalls and even a hog roast.
Sellincourt School in Tooting found their ice cream van to be extremely popular with parents and children:
At Birchgrove Primary, the burgers were a massive hit:
If you’re lucky to have PTA volunteers like Headteacher Roger Averis, you too could cook up a storm of more than 300 hot dogs and burgers:
Just cooked 300 burgers and hotdogs on bbq at school summer fayre. No rain! About to sit in garden with wine and sunshine.— Roger Averis (@villainderby) July 7, 2012
Don’t forget to advertise outside of the school too
Although all the parents at your school may know when your summer fayre is taking place, there is a much wider community that you can invite to join in the fun.
Posters don’t have to be expensive to make, but can help get the word out.
Check out this amazing effort from Meriden Primary:
Attach the posters to the school gates, and ask local shops if they wouldn’t mind putting them up in their windows too.
Social media is another great way of spreading information about your PTA’s events. Why not take a picture of your poster and share it on your Facebook or Twitter pages?
You could even create your very own hashtag to track how effective social sharing has been. Feel free to hashtag #PTAsocial if you’d like us to retweet you!
Want more ideas?
And of course communicating with parents and recruiting volunteers for your fayre is exactly what the PTAsocial app is for – so check out this 2 minute video explaining how PTAsocial help you run your fayre smoothly.
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.