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"How to Stage a Stellar Candidate Fundraising Events"

Political campaigns and friends of candidates who want to support candidates in the best possible way. From time to time, we at Designer Weddings and Events have been asked for ideas and solutions. Therefore, we would like to offer the following tips.

1. Giveaways. These include many things, such as bags, campaign buttons, and yard signs. Do you have a reliable vendor? A great vendor is also a partner, offering suggestions for tasteful colors, custom gifts, and other ways to promote the brand of your campaign.

2. Table settings. These should match the décor of both the campaign AND the home or other venue where the event is being held. Patriotic themes are always appropriate. Centerpieces should reflect these considerations. They can include flowers and flags. For table settings, make a checklist that includes flatware, table settings, china, glasses, linens (tablecloths, chair covers, napkins, and sashes).

3. Food and beverage. These should include finger foods, appetizers, dinner or lunch as applicable, and cocktails (open bar). The food should be appropriate for the tone of the campaign and constituencies. Some clients may want barbeques, some may favor a fish fry. Others may favor brandy and cigars.

4. Meeting or conference room. How public is the event? Events such as election watch parties and victory parties are normally help at public or semi-public venues such as hotel ballrooms or restaurants. Fundraisers are normally private events, hosted at homes of donors. One litmus test is media coverage. If the media is not invited or wanted, do not host the event at a public place. Host it at a private home.

Designer Weddings and Events is always ready to assist with planning and execution for top-shelf events. For more information, contact us anytime at info@designerweddingandevents.com.