PhilanthroParties!: A Party-Planning Guide for Kids Who Want to Give Back

PhilanthroParties!: A Party-Planning Guide for Kids Who Want to Give Back

by Lulu Cerone


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PhilanthroParties!: A Party-Planning Guide for Kids Who Want to Give Back by Lulu Cerone

Why just party when you can party with a purpose? Seventeen-year-old Lulu Cerone shows teens how to bring social activism into their daily lives—and have fun while doing it—with this colorful DIY party planning guide perfect for every socially conscious kid!

PhilanthroParties are “parties with a purpose.” In 2010, then ten-year-old Lulu Cerone was deeply affected by the earthquake in Haiti. She set out to raise money for Haitian relief by selling lemonade, but she upped the ante on the classic lemonade stand: she got her entire class to participate, boys against girls. Their lemonade “war” raised $4,000!

Now seventeen, Lulu is bringing her message of social activism to kids and teens around the world, showing them how to have fun while taking action, giving back, and generally having an impact on the world and the communities they live in.

Having a birthday? Invite your guests to bring a toy to donate to a local charity instead of presents. Earth Day coming up? Host a Guerrilla Gardening party where guests make seed bombs with native flowers and throw them all around their neighborhoods for some drought resistant greenery and color. Want to have a movie night? Invite friends over for National Popcorn Day. Watch movies, snack on some wildly delicious popcorn, but give the party a philanthropic twist by asking everyone to bring old DVDs and Blu-rays to donate for soldiers overseas.

This creative DIY guide gives readers what they need to know—from inspiration to how-tos—to incorporate philanthropy into one’s social life. It includes party ideas and plans, event checklists, recipes, crafts, personal stories, and brief profiles of causes readers should know about. Organized by month of the year, the book features thirty-six PhilanthroParty concepts paired with vibrant photography and colorful design, to get kids started.

Whether they are in their schools or in their communities, individually or in groups, kids and teens can make a difference and inspire others to do the same.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781582705873
Publisher: Aladdin/Beyond Words
Publication date: 05/09/2017
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 643,053
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Lulu Cerone started a nonprofit called LemonAID Warriors when she was just ten years old, an organization that helps kids make philanthropy a part of their everyday social lives. Now seventeen, when she’s not at school, coming up with PhilanthroParty ideas for herself and others, or traveling the world to share her cause or build a well, Lulu likes to spend time rehearsing with her band or writing and directing her own short films. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

Table of Contents

What is a Philanthroparty, Exactly? xi

January 1

Party 1 Martin Luther King Jr. Day: "I Have a Dream" After-Service Party 2

Party 2 National Soup Month: Soup-er Hero PhilanthroParty 7

Party 3 National Popcorn Day: Movie Night for the Troops 11

February 17

Party 4 Valentine's Day: Spread the Love PhilanthroParty 18

Party 5 National Pancake Week: Flapjacks for Firefighters 23

Party 6 Random Acts of Kindness Day: Smile-Gram PhilanthroParty 27

March 31

Party 7 Music in Schools Month: Music Matters Open Mic 32

Party 8 Reading Month: Follow the Reader 37

Party 9 Craft Month: Art with a Heart 41

April 45

Party 10 April Fool's Day: Pranks for a Purpose 48

Party 11 Earth Day: Guerilla Gardening PhilanthroParty 51

Party 12 Poetry Month: Secret Poets' Society 54

May 59

Party 13 May Day: Spring into Action 60

Party 14 Pre-Prom PhilanthroParty: The Cinderella Effect 64

Party 15 Memorial Day: Old-Fashioned Field Day Fun 68

People Who Inspire Lulu 73

June 75

Party 16 International Picnic Day: A Day in the Park 75

Party 17 Pride Month: Fly Your Freak Flag Party 80

Party 18 Veggie and Dairy Month: Ugly Food Feast 84

July 89

Party 19 National Water Month: Water Walk 90

Party 20 National Dance Day: Sock Hop till You Drop 94

Party 21 Day at the Beach: Seaside Scavenger Hunt 97

August 101

Party 22 Lemonade Month: LemonAID War 101

Party 23 National Girlfriends' Day: Beauty Brunch 108

Party 24 Back to School: New Kids on the Block Party 113

Lulu's Favorite Organizations

September 119

Party 25 Hunger Month: Can Carnival 120

Party 26 National Teddy Bear Day: A Caring Campout 124

Party 27 Labor Day: Party-in-a-Box 128

October 131

Party 28 Halloween: Fang-tastic Costume Party 132

Party 29 Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month: Puppy Love Party 136

Party 30 International Day of the Girl: Calling All Feminists Party 140

Causes Lulu Cares About 144

November 147

Party 31 Sweater Weather: Heartwarming Party 147

Party 32 Thanksgiving: Leftovers Potluck Feast 148

Party 33 National Games Day: Game Night Tournament 157

December 161

Party 34 National Cupcake Day: Traveling Bake Sale 162

Party 35 Bingo Month: Bingo to Go 166

Party 36 National Letter-Writing Day: Write Away Party 169

What Are You Waiting For? 175

Acknowledgments 177

Philanthroparty Planning Guide 178

Choosing a Charity 178

Let Safety (and Common Sense) Be Your Guide 180

Lulu's Philanthroparty Checklist 182

Slacktivism Isn't So Bad 187

A Word Form Lulu's Mom for Parents and Educators 190

Notes 193

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The creativity on full display in PHILANTHROPARTIES is inspiring. Our kid has already sold lemonade to raise funds for a local shelter, and we look forward to trying out some of Lulu Cerone's MANY other great party ideas. She's created a way to make just about every event equal parts fun and fundraising. Looking forward to giving PHILANTHROPARTIES as a gift, too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought one copy of this beautiful book - and then went back and bought 3 more! It is the perfect gift for all the young people in your life who you know want to make a difference in the world, but perhaps aren't quite sure how to get started. Every example provided includes stunning photographs that will get your mind whirling around your own philanthroparty. By creating a guide that will inspire all ages, the author has made it so easy for even young children to make giving back a part of any celebration. We can all help this simple but incredibly powerful concept take flight by sharing this book with as many people as possible!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anyone interested in throwing a party with a purpose should pick up this book! Lulu takes the guesswork out of throwing a party and lays out themes, decorations, food, tips/tricks, and more, so you can focus on curating your guest list and event. My kids were so inspired by Lulu that they started their own fundraising organization and are going to make their summer more worthwhile by raising money for animal shelters. Whether you are interested in throwing a one-time event, or want to keep the fundraising going year round this is a great book to buy!