4 ways to Gather For Goats

Gather for goats Benefit for Syrian refugees

With our large public platform, I’m always thinking of how we can use our voice for good and lately I’ve been trying to think of a way that we could pitch in to support the refugee struggle.  I was honored and so pleased when my friend, Linsey Laidlaw, asked if we could help promote a new worldwide benefit for Syrian refugees called Gather for Goats, which she has been tirelessly working on with Lifting Hands International.

The goal is to buy 800 goats for Syrian refugee families living in the desert in Jordan to provide a sustainable source of nutrition and hydration for children in this uninhabited area and the plan is to host a dinner party (or brunch, BBQ, etc); ask guests to donate what they would have spent on a meal at a restaurant to the goat fund. Set a goal! Each goat costs $300—how many can your group buy? And if you can’t host, you can still contribute by clicking here.

This benefit is open to everyone and in any way–small or little–you can. Or, better yet! Give it as a gift for Mother’s Day! Read more about Gather for Goats on this beautiful website Linsey made.

Today we’re sharing 4 different ways to put on your own Gather For Goats party. You can make it a huge deal or keep it small, but either way, I think these party ideas are so fun for any occassion!

Gather for Goats Gather for goats mask

4 ways to create a Goat partyGather for goats pinataGather for goats

Number 1: Make a goat pinata

We took the super rad graphics that Linsey created for the event and turned it into the decor. Use the pinata instructions here and the template here to create a goat head.

Goat head template for pinata making
Gather for goats mask

Number 2: Make a paper goat mask

These are a quick trick, especially if you have a craft cutting machine (we like to use this one). All you need is some

Materials:

  • cardstock
  • craft cutter or scissors
  • template (SVG and PDF)
  • sticks or straws
  • Glue gun

Instructions:

  1. Download the template.
  2. Upload the SVG file to your craft cutting design space if you’re using a craft cutter. If you’re doing it by hand, download the PDF and cut around it.
  3. Paste the straw or stick to the mask.

Gather for goats garlandGather for goats cake topper

Number 3: Make a goat cake topper

Every Gathering for Goats requires a cake topper. We made these with our craft cutter once again.

Materials:

  • cardstock
  • craft cutter or scissors
  • template (SVG and PDF)
  • bamboo skewers
  • adhesive glue
  • 1.5″ circle punch

Instructions:

  1. Download the template.
  2. Upload the SVG file to your craft cutting design space if you’re using a craft cutter. If you’re doing it by hand, download the PDF and cut around it.
  3. attach the goat cut out to the circle punch with adhesive spray.
  4. Glue gun the punch to the skewer

Gather for goatsGather for goats garland

Number 4: Make a goat garland

While you’re making a cake topper, finish it off with a garland!

Materials:

  • cardstock
  • craft cutter or scissors
  • template (SVG and PDF)
  • twine
  • adhesive glue
  • 1.5″ circle punch

Instructions:

  1. Download the template.
  2. Upload the SVG file to your craft cutting design space if you’re using a craft cutter. If you’re doing it by hand, download the PDF and cut around it.
  3. attach the goat cut out to the circle punch with adhesive spray.
  4. Tape the circles to a piece of twine and hang!

Syrian Boy

As for our plans, we’re putting together a special fundraiser that we’ll be announcing soon! Stay tuned.

Photography by Anna Killian for The House That Lars Built  |   Read more about Gather for Goats here

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