Party before we Cycle Across Canada?

I am not sure this will come about but a couple of my friends/curling buddies and I went to dinner and they suggested that I have a send off party.

Sounds like a great idea. Any ideas for format out there?
They are so sweet offering to organise it and use theier homes.
The idea is great so I think I will come up with something that they can help me to make without them doing all the work.
My son flipped the idea by me to have an auction to fund raise at the party. Hmmmmm…..We shall see. Stay tuned and tuned up…Maxine