Gala Planning Guide | Triangle Lawn Games

Gala and Fundraiser Planning Guide

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Planning a spectacular gala party requires meticulous attention to detail and a focus on creating a luxurious and memorable experience for attendees. While gala events are often associated with elegant décor, gourmet cuisine, and live entertainment, incorporating yard games into the festivities can add a delightful and unexpected element of fun. Whether it’s a sophisticated game of croquet on the lawn or a competitive round of cornhole, these activities provide guests with an opportunity to unwind and engage in lighthearted amusement amidst the glamour of the evening.

Yard games offer a versatile way to enhance the ambiance of a gala party, catering to guests of all ages and interests. While some attendees may be drawn to the dance floor or silent auction, others may seek out opportunities for relaxation and socialization. By providing a selection of games such as bocce ball, ring toss, or giant Jenga, organizers can ensure that there’s something for everyone to enjoy, regardless of their preferences or level of activity. Moreover, these games serve as conversation starters and icebreakers, encouraging mingling and interaction among guests, thereby enhancing the overall sense of community and camaraderie at the event.

Furthermore, incorporating yard games into the gala party adds a touch of whimsy and nostalgia to the proceedings, creating a memorable and immersive experience for attendees. As guests step outside to enjoy the games, they’re transported to a carefree and playful atmosphere, where laughter and friendly competition abound. Whether it’s reliving childhood memories or simply enjoying a moment of leisure in between formalities, yard games provide a refreshing break from the rigors of the evening and help to infuse the celebration with joy and spontaneity. By embracing these elements of fun and entertainment, organizers can elevate the gala party into an unforgettable experience that leaves a lasting impression on all who attend.

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Ideas for Lawn Games at Galas

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Cornhole is an idea game for wedding receptions or happy hours. Many folks know how to play, and it’s a fun and competetive game that can help make things more memorable. 

Swooc Wood Connect 4

Stained Wood Giant Connect 4

Connect 4 is an awesome game for weddings, and is super popular with kids and adults alike. The stained wood versions are particularly popular for weddings as they can add to the formal elegant ambiance of the party. 


Stained Tumbling Towers

Also known as “J3NGA” this game is perfect for weddings as it can be played by a large number of people, is easy to learn, and helps add a fun vibe to the event.

Bocce Ball

Bocce Ball

Bocce Ball is a classic yard game and is perfect for an outdoor party. It adds a little bit of class and excitement to a party. NOTE that you do need grass or sand for Bocce. 



Putterball (sometimes called Battleputt) is an awesome game that is perfect for the golf loving guests at your wedding.



One of the most iconic and classic yard games, this is a sure way to add some classy fun to any event. 

Things To Consider When Planning a Fundraising Gala

Planning a gala fundraiser involves meticulous attention to detail to ensure its success. Here are six key planning items to consider:

  1. Budgeting and Fundraising Goals: Establish a comprehensive budget outlining all expenses associated with the gala, including venue rental, catering, entertainment, decorations, marketing, and staff/volunteer costs. Set clear fundraising goals to guide your planning efforts and ensure that expenses do not exceed the projected revenue. Consider various revenue streams such as ticket sales, sponsorships, auctions, and donations to maximize fundraising potential.

  2. Venue Selection and Logistics: Choose a suitable venue that aligns with the theme and scope of your gala fundraiser. Consider factors such as capacity, accessibility, parking, and amenities (e.g., audiovisual equipment, staging area). Negotiate contracts with vendors and secure necessary permits or licenses well in advance to avoid last-minute issues. Plan the event layout, including seating arrangements, registration/check-in areas, silent auction displays, and entertainment stages.

  3. Marketing and Promotion: Develop a comprehensive marketing strategy to raise awareness and generate excitement for the gala fundraiser. Utilize various channels such as social media, email newsletters, press releases, and direct mail to reach potential attendees, sponsors, and donors. Create compelling promotional materials, including event invitations, flyers, posters, and digital ads, highlighting the event’s mission, beneficiaries, and unique selling points.

  4. Sponsorship and Donor Relations: Identify potential sponsors and donors who align with your organization’s mission and values. Develop sponsorship packages outlining benefits and recognition opportunities for sponsors, such as logo placement, VIP perks, and promotional mentions. Cultivate relationships with donors through personalized communication, stewardship events, and recognition programs to encourage ongoing support beyond the gala fundraiser.

  5. Program and Entertainment: Plan a captivating program that engages attendees and highlights the impact of your organization’s work. Secure keynote speakers, emcees, or celebrity guests who can inspire and motivate donors. Incorporate entertainment elements such as live music, performances, or interactive experiences to enhance the guest experience and create memorable moments throughout the evening.

  6. Silent Auction and Fundraising Activities: Organize silent and live auctions, raffles, and other fundraising activities to generate additional revenue during the gala. Curate an enticing selection of auction items, experiences, and packages that appeal to a wide range of interests and budgets. Implement mobile bidding technology or online platforms to streamline the bidding process and maximize participation. Train staff and volunteers to facilitate auctions effectively and encourage competitive bidding.

By addressing these planning items with careful consideration and attention to detail, you can orchestrate a successful gala fundraiser that raises crucial funds and support for your organization’s mission and programs.



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  1. We would be happy to bring your games to you, and come pick them up. That service starts is an added fee depending on distance. Take a look at our delivery zones on our order page and begin your booking.
  2. We are locally operated in many cities across the country.
  3. We have a great selection of games. From Giant Connect Four, to Spikeball, to party classics like Ladder Golf and Bocce Ball, we make it easy to give your next event an enjoyable element of fun. Try a game you have never played, and just let the day go where it may.
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