Helen Davies, PTA Vice-Chair, Speen CofE School, Princes
Risborough, Bucks (40 pupils) shared their unusual
'We are lucky to have an active PTA, which is well supported by
current parents, past parents and the local community. Our first
safari supper was held 14 years ago. It was such a huge success it
has continued annually, and last year we hosted 90 guests! The
event involves a roaming 3-course dinner around the village of
Speen. Guests are asked to collect their invitations from the local
village shop (Speen Stores) on the morning of the supper.
Ten parents open up their houses as hosts, each catering for 6-8
guests. The invite will tell each guest the address of their host
for the first course. The guests will not know whom their fellow
diners are (the rest of their pride) until they arrive at the
host's house! As the first course comes to an end, guests are given
another envelope telling them the address of the host house for
their main course. All guests will be with different diners for
Desserts are served back at the school, allowing all the guests
to get together and compare their dining experiences! The PTA
provides a disco and bar - after all, everyone enjoys a good boogie
on a Saturday night, especially when our Head is the first on the
dancefloor! The cost of the evening has increased over the years
and we now charge £22.50 per person, which includes the 3-course
meal plus wine served with each course.
The hosts are provided with the wine by the PTA and are
encouraged to claim expenses for the food (although no host has
ever claimed yet!). Last year we raised nearly £1,000, which is
amazing for a school of just 40 children. I would encourage any PTA
to give this type of event a go; it is a great way of integrating a
school with the community. While it isn't the easiest of
fundraisers for the organisers, it is well worth it.'
TIP: The aim of a safari supper is that guests
meet as many different people as possible, so the trick for those
planning this event is for no two pairs to eat more than one course
together! Hold a safari supper at the end or beginning of a school
year, with parents of new starters invited to attend.
A TEN is required for an event involving a disco and a bar - read
our guide to licensing requirements.
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