There’s no denying mums work hard. But as most mums are out of the workforce, when it comes to winding up the year, celebrations are lacking. Last year Amber Beckwith and Beth Oleary decided they no longer wanted to watch the Christmas party circuit pass them by.
“It came about because as our husbands were having Christmas drinks and parties, our best offer was a nativity play at Kindy - although lovely, of course,” Beth says. “Last year, our much-deserved fun was no longer going to take a back seat and so Mummapalooza was created.”
Mummapalooza is a chance for mums to get together after a busy year and celebrate with other mums, without the screaming ankle-biters running around! It’s a Saturday lunch with canapés, mains, dessert and a four-hour beverage package, plus a fantastic cheese buffet and makeup touch up stations.
“There are heaps of raffles and special touches, like edible centrepieces and random prizes,” Beth says. “It has grown from 150 people last year to 300 this year - we had 500 people request tickets but unfortunately space didn’t permit that number.”
As numbers have exploded this year – selling out within a few hours of going on sale - Amber and Beth are seeking more sponsors for this not-for-profit event. “We are hoping to gain more prizes and in particular samples for our goody bags,” Beth says. “We have been offered donations from $1,000 cash to dinner vouchers and various things in between.”
“We are donating to Mummy's Wish this year, which is a Brisbane based charity that supports mums battling cancer,” Beth says. “$15 dollars from each ticket will go to the charity ($4,500) and I would estimate a further $2,000 in raffle ticket sales.”
“Our sponsors receive 'shoutouts' on our Facebook page in the lead up and after the event, their logo displayed on two massive AV screens at either end of the function room, a spiel in our sponsorship booklet (three on each table) and a short speech at drawing of prize.”
Amber and Beth coordinate the entire event in their spare time. They say they do it for the pure love of it.
“We each have three young children so most work is generally carried out in the evenings,” Beth says. “I feel it's a double 'feel good' event because we really treat the mums to a great day while supporting a great charity.”