It\u2019s always fun to celebrate alongside family members and friends, but you know what\u2019s an even better time? Throwing a party that helps others, too. From gathering toys for doggies in need to baking cookies for a nursing home, these party ideas will bring plenty of joy to others, including your pals and loved ones in attendance. A Party with a Pup-pose This is a celebration that\u2019s dedicated to your favorite four-legged friends. (Could there be anything better?!) Invite guests and their dogs to your home for a backyard playdate, or have everyone meet at a dog park; the canines can run around while the humans enjoy beverages and bites. In the invitation, ask each guest to bring along an item to donate to a local animal shelter or rescue. These organizations often have wishlists filled with urgently-needed items, like kibble, toys, beds, and cleaning supplies. Take your gathering to the next level: Keep your guests as energized as their pups by setting up a snack and coffee station. Start by brewing Folgers coffee (a crowd-favorite!), then set out cute mugs and tasty add-ins like sugar stirrers, cinnamon, whipped cream, flavored syrups, caramel sauce, and pumpkin pie spice. As for snacks, you can never go wrong with homemade cookies, a veggie platter, or one of these delicious appetizer recipes. Get ready to party!A Cozy Gathering to Warm Up Premature BabiesPreemie babies need all of the comfort they can get, and that includes soft, warming items like handmade hats, booties, and blankets. Many neonatal intensive care units have requirements on their websites regarding knit, crocheted, and hand-sewn donations, so you\u2019ll want to check those out before getting to work. Once you\u2019re up to speed, ask a group of friends to come over for an evening of crafting. Take your gathering to the next level: Win the host-of-the-year award by warming up your guests as well, with hot drinks, a Crockpot of chili, and a fire in the fireplace. Don't forget to set out extra crafting supplies, too.Get ready to party!A Scrapbooking Extravaganza That Helps Teachers Who doesn\u2019t love an evening filled with scrapbook paper, felt-tip markers, and glitter? This crafting party will pull double-duty when you ask your guests to bring extra school and art supplies to donate to local classrooms. Teachers often have to pay for these classroom items out of their own pockets, so donating new goodies that will inspire their students to get creative can be a major help and cost savings. To make the biggest impact, check with the teachers ahead of time to find out what they need the most.Take your gathering to the next level: They\u2019re already giving their time and donated items, but if your guests want to give even more, provide a landing spot, such as a large envelope or jar, where guests can place monetary donations. Get ready to party!A Cookie-Baking Marathon to Sweeten Others\u2019 Days Before your baking party, decide on a recipe or two and determine who's bringing what ingredients so that you aren\u2019t doubling up. Then, when the big day arrives, whip up the treats together and spend time catching up over a spread of snacks and homemade cocktails. Once the cookies are out of the oven, pack them into boxes and head somewhere the treats will be warmly received, like a nursing home, fire station, police station, or homeless shelter. Give the organization a heads-up that you\u2019ll be coming to ensure someone will be there to greet you when you arrive.Take your gathering to the next level: Before your party, peruse the website of your charity of choice for some inspiring stories that you can print out and frame at the party. (FYI, a piece of computer paper is 8\u00bd inches wide and 11 inches long.) It\u2019ll inspire your guests.Get ready to party!A Party That Gives Kids the Best Birthdays EverWe\u2019ve decided that it doesn\u2019t need to be someone\u2019s birthday to throw a good, old-fashioned birthday party! Whether you\u2019re celebrating a birthday or not, throw a bash at your home complete with streamers, balloons, cake, and other old-school birthday must-haves from your childhood. Here\u2019s the twist: This party will benefit an organization that helps kids in need have the best birthdays possible. With your guests, you can put together a \u201cBirthday Party in a Box\u201d for a non-profit like Box of Balloons, ask guests to donate party supplies on behalf of an organization such as The Birthday Party Project, or pick another birthday-focused charity of your choosing.Take your gathering to the next level: Think of some appropriate foods that fit your party\u2019s theme and create the perfect menu. Make the Funfetti cupcakes you adored as a kid, serve ants on a log, or set out a pretty glass jar filled with your favorite childhood candies.Get ready to party!