Stuck for a children’s birthday party idea? What if children could have great fun and make a difference at the same time?

Let me tell you about TOMS.

TOMS is an inspirational organisation which sells shoes, bags and sunglasses. For every purchase made, TOMS will help a person in need. They call it “ONE FOR ONE.”

The book, Start Something That Matters written by the founder of TOMS has been a big influence on me so I am more than happy to promote them. (see Amazon Affiliate disclosure)

One thing on offer which is great for a children’s birthday party is a Style your TOMS event. You can bulk order some blank canvas TOMS shoes, organize your arty supplies and get the children to design their own shoe. (You can do this with TOMS bags or TOMS mugs too.)

Fun and Impact rolled into one.

Not only does every child get to take home a self-customized gift, but they also learn how each pair of shoes helped provide a new pair of TOMS Giving Shoes to a child in need.

Find out more about the impact you could help TOMS have.

How to organise an event

Visit Style your TOMS and look for the link to Download the Style Your Sole Guide.

This will give you advice on how to host a Style Your TOMS event, a checklist for on the day, design tips and ordering details. You then email them at

They advise placing an order 3-4 weeks in advance.

Let me know if you try this out. I’d love to hear about the impact it has and the fun your children will have.

(Thank you to OhNo! Doom Collective Chicago for the use of the picture under The Creative Commons)

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