House Parties are a very important part of organizing and campaigning. Face to face conversations between you, your friends and neighbors are the most effective way to build support for your candidate, regardless of the office. House parties are low key, fun and informative and the best part is anyone can host a house party.
There are some very simple steps to hosting a successful house party.
- Contact the office of your candidate to see if they can attend, having the candidate there is always a plus but not always practical.
- Set a date being mindful of holidays and other responsibilities or activities like Husker Football that might create conflicts.
- Big events like debates can also act as a catalyst to get people to attend, or inviting people from local non-profits or service organizations to speak.
- House parties normally are held in someone’s home, but there are other venues. Many libraries have free meeting rooms as do some restaurants and when the weather is nice a park would work. Determine the number of people you can comfortably host and the rule of thumb is to invite twice that number.
- There is no end to the pool of people you can invite, just think about who in your widest circle would have an interest in learning a little more about your candidate. If you can host a large group put out flyers, let your local party know so they can promote it too.
- A personal invitation either face to face or in a phone call has the greatest chance for success. But emails and social media can also be effective.
- Ask for an RSVP so you know how many guests to expect and will be prepared.
- If it is going to be a large group you may ask 1-2 of your friends to co-host and make sure you are aware of any food allergies, pets or special accommodations and let attendees know where they can park. In fact encouraging car pooling is always a good idea.
The Day of the Party
- Send out little reminders of the party.
- Make sure you have signup sheets and pens.
- Make sure your phone is charged, not just for phone calls but take some pictures during the party and share on social media.
- Having an Internet connection is helpful if you want to take signups online if a form is available, or for taking contributions.
- Make sure you have sufficient refreshments, they don’t have to be fancy.
You can plan your own agenda and what you want to cover these are just suggestions.
1. Be sure and introduce your self and give your reasons for supporting your candidate. It can be a personal story or something more generic.
2. Invite others to tell their stories, people will start getting excited about supporting your candidate.
3. If you are able you might want to show a campaign video, or if the candidate is there let them speak and answer questions along with any other honored guests.
4. You can play games as well.
5. Don’t forget the sign up sheet you will need to start building your team for holding future house parties.
After The Party
- Contact everyone on the signup sheet, thank them.
- Ask them what they enjoyed about the party
- Ask them if they would like to hold a house party.
- If you invite them to another house party ask them to bring a friend.
- Give copies of your signup sheets to your local party.