Members of the Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton invite their neighbors to an “epic house party” that could very well include cupcakes.

All of Bluffton is invited to join the Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 18 for a fun and relaxed night to help raise money for the club. The event promises to an “epic house party.”

The twist is YOU are the host. All you need to do is sign up, then invite seven other people to enjoy the party-in-a-box, provided to each host by Southern Graces Catering and Planning.

“During the past 10 years, it costs on average $1,500 to support one child for one year at the Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton,” said Executive Director Molly Hornbeak. “Our mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. The Boys & Girls Club offers that hope and those opportunities.”

The club currently has a waiting list of more than 500 children hoping to join, and 25% of Bluffton’s population is younger than 18, said Kristen McGuire, director of resource development. “That’s almost 6,000 potential members.”

The evening will include a catered dinner for eight with everything provided by Southern Graces. The menu will include a charcuterie board with an online demonstration by Chefs Christopher and Bethany Hewitt of Southern Graces on how to build an epic charcuterie board.

There will be hors d’oeuvres, a hearty tapas-style cuisine that includes Chile almond shrimp cocktail, filet mignon slider stacks and delectable grown-up hot pockets; the Lowco Luxury, a signature cocktail/mocktail; a dessert cocktail demonstration by Burnt Church Distillery; and a feast capped off with Glam S’mores.

The house parties will all be held simultaneously, and part of the package will include instructions on how to access the club’s online video presentation (tech support included) for a tour of the Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton as well as the online silent auction. The house party package also includes a hostess package and special hostess gifts.

“We want you to celebrate the young people who will one day be the leaders of the town of Bluffton. By hosting one epic house party, you will be investing in the next generation of leadership for our community,” Hornbeak said. “Together, we are building a Better Bluffton, one child at a time.”

There is still time to sign up, and Southern Graces will deliver a party box for the number of guests invited directly to the host’s house on the day of the event.

For more information and to sign up, go to

Gwyneth J. Saunders is a veteran journalist and freelance writer living in Bluffton.