Saturday, 27 April 2013

Fun(d) Fair SUCCESS!

What an amazing day!

We have just returned home, exhausted but super happy as the Fun(d) Fair we organised with our church youth group is over... and was a huge success!!!

I for SURE have caught the sun, that is - I am pink and freckly (not tanned!).  Weather-wise, we had the best day of the year in Toronto so far, with beautiful hot sun and around 19°!  Pretty amazing... and lucky, because we did not want umbrellas and rain for our outdoor planned event.

So for our Fun(d) Fair we had a yard sale, bake sale, games, cotton candy and face painting!  It was all SO fun and everybody worked so hard and also so well together!  Yey!

The yard sale had an incredible amount of donations from church members, youth group families and members of the public who wanted to donate a few boxes!  We rented a super cute cotton candy machine, and also had our talented arty youth group members doing the face painting, and tattoos for the kids.  We had a LOT of fun with a few different games; pick a stick, water balloon toss and guess how many jellybeans in a jar!  For our bake sale, we just asked if anyone who felt like baking for us could bring along things to sell... we had some beautifully packaged butter tarts, biscotti and cookies, and also some of the traditional Estonian 'saiad', amazing almond pastries and then of course cupcakes and other fun baking :-)  Late last night I baked some mini cupcakes and did various colourful toppings and decorations.

The best part was how well it all went!  We had such a great day... This was the first year we had tried this event and worked hard (really hard!) to make sure all of the details worked and that everything was organised... and it was a success! Phew!  We had a lot of fun, altogether, in the sunshine - joining not only our church community but also the local neighbourhood - we had a few kids who just could NOT stop playing the games - they had a lot of fun!

And the best part... it was all for charity!  For the last few years, around this time of year FOJ (our youth group) had done the 30-hour famine in aid of World Vision.  Challenging and also fun, being together fasting and learning about the charity and why we were doing it... but this year we wanted a change.  And we went big!  But for sure we'll be doing it again next year :-)

We are so proud to have raised $1200.50... And this was just the first year.  Hopefully we will get even more visitors next year, more yard sale donations, more baking and even more fun!!

Here are a few pictures of the event... Let me know if you want any more info on the games and how we put it all together.  I will write more about it soon, but for now - it is time for dinner and then rest!  A crazy crazy April is done! Now to enjoy the start of this sunny weather R

The night before, planning and sorting!
Water balloons ready to go...
There were many many many that popped before we got a bucket full!
Pick-a-stick game all stuck in the sand :-)
The morning of!  Yard Sale being set up and all laid out.
Posters and banners on display...
A couple of "former" youth group members helping us out!
Tall people and banners!
YUM!  Bake sale goodies making their way outside.
The shopping begins... 
Fire Escape doing double duty, clothes rail for a day!
Well this water balloon toss didn't win the hamper or
Toronto Maple Leafs mini stick set, that's for sure!
SO CUTE!  I love the cotton candy machine we rented :-D

And a few of the cakes I made for the Bake Sale...
Pre-Baking the night before...
Mini vanilla cupcakes later to be topped with water icing and sprinkles
Baking done... colourful and cheerful :-)
Cherries... Chocolate sprinkles and blue black and white for the Estonian flag!!
My favourites, little sprinkles...big sprinkles!!


  1. Congrats on your youth groups success! I enjoyed reading your post and your cupcakes look lovely! Stopping by from Crafty Confessions :)

    1. Thank you so much Andrea! So great you could come by and check out my blog post - I am so proud of the group and how successful it was, I'm glad you enjoyed reading about it!

  2. Looks like a fun time! I seriously want a cupcake right now. Hopped over from Adventures of a DIY mom!

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  3. GREAT idea for a fundraiser!!! We need to raise some funds for girls camp for the girls, so I will be using some of these.... THANK YOU!!!

    1. Hi Crystelle, thank you so much for coming by and reading about our Fun(d) Fair - please let me know if you want or need any more details on any of our games or what we did/how we did it! Good luck with your girls camp :-D

  4. What a great idea for a fundraiser! I'm glad it was so successful, especially for a first time event :)

    Thank you for sharing on Much Ado About Monday! We hope you come back next week and more of what you've been up to :)


    1. Thanks so much Karla! Can't wait to link up again and join you all again this week :-)

  5. Congrats!
    By 19 degrees, you mean Celsius right? Cause if not your Canadians are TOUGH! :)

    Thanks for linking up for F-it Friday. You throw a pretty awesome looking fundraiser! :)
    Parlo & LOGI

    1. Ohh haha yes 19°C! That would be crazy weather if it was Farenheit! Thanks for coming by :-)

  6. Wow Hannah, the fair looked like a big success! Thank you so much for linking up to Get Crafty Friday. I hope you will stop by again next week =)


  7. Wow! That was a lot of work. So glad it was a great success. I will mention this to our church outreach committee. We are doing all sorts of events with the community in mind.

    Thank you for sharing it at to What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great week!


    1. It was a lot of work, but hopefully that means a lot of the work has been done for next year!

      Please do let me know if you have any questions about how we ran it, any of the games, or what we did - I love that you are going to mention it for your church to try! It was a really great way to link with the community and next year we are going to send out even more flyers in the neighbourhood and see how many more people we can get!

      Let me know if you run one too, I`d love to see :-D

  8. Those cupcakes look yum!
    Thank you so much for sharing this on Tutorial Thursdays Linky Party :)
    I look forward to seeing what you share this week.
    Marigolds' Loft

    1. Thanks Natalie! So glad you could stop by :-)

  9. Thanks for visiting Friday Flash Blog on The Jenny Evolution. Next week, please submit your best post of the week rather than a week's worth of posts. Thanks!

    1. Oops sorry Jennifer! I tried looking for rules on that but maybe I missed it... 1 post this week, deal!

      Thanks for coming by my blog!

  10. Wow! That looks like so much work. Great job! Thanks for visiting me and commenting at

    1. A lot of work but totally worth it! It was great to stop by your blog, thanks for coming to visit me here as well :-)

  11. Congratulations! What a wonderful event. It always feels so good to know you made an impact :) I love the fun cupcake liners that you used for the bake sale! You know the kids were having fun if there were runaway balloons :) Thanks for linking up with me @ Great Idea Thursday's. Krista @ A Handful of Everything

    1. Thank you so much :-) You're right, even though it was small this first time, we're so pleased we could raise this money, and join with the community! Thanks for checking it out!


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