Sunday, February 10, 2008

So…are you selling this now?

I like having home parties – I like going to them. And I was even a Creative Memories consultant for 9 years. People are always shocked when I tell them that I hate crafts. They say…”but you scrapbook…” Well…yes, I scrapbook. I love taking pictures. And I always have a lot to say (can you tell?!) So…my scrapbook pages are not works of art. They are really simple – lots of pictures, LOTS of words, and a little color (see -- pretty simple!). I sent my kids to pre-school so that I did not have to deal with playdough, glitter, and glue!

Over the years, I have hosted and attended Creative memories classes, and parties for Usborne, Premier jewelry, Pampered Chef, Tastefully simple, Longaberger, Southern Living, and there have probably been some others over the years. Anyway a few months ago I was looking for a pretty paper towel holder for my kitchen. I couldn’t find anything that I liked – but thought I might find something from Southern Living. I ran into a friend of mine who is a consultant with Southern Living and asked her for a catalog. She just happened to mention that January was double hostess points! So…a simple need for a paper towel holder led to a decision to have a party.

I like having parties – but no everyone is as enthusiastic as I am. I have attempted to host parties in the past. I have had to cancel because no one could come. And I have had some really successful parties. I was not sure what this party would bring. I mean, I was having it in January. There is a good reason for it being doubles hostess points month. I sent out my evites; I sent out post card reminders. When I handed some out…some people even asked me if I was now selling Southern Living. What?! Just because I was a consultant before does not mean that I want to be a consultant again!

And then…miracles of miracles…people actually began to RSVP…and in a positive manner. I actually made a call to the consultant to say I had no idea where I was going to fit 21 people in my living room! I actually hoped that not all of them would show up.

On the night of the big event…I had 15 people that came to the house…and lots of outside orders. With the big tally…the party sales were almost $1100! With double hostess points…I got 40% of the party sales in product – and 5 items at half price. That is A LOT of product. And it’s a lot of product that has been delivered to my house. The Fex Ex guy had a lot of comments about all the boxes he brought into the house (they were pretty heavy). And then…I had to sort and bag…so if you came to my party – I have your stuff!! I need to be rescued from all the bags that make it impossible to walk from the kitchen to the laundry room…or maybe that is not such a bad thing...

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Your Southern Living at HOME consultant is thrilled with your results. Remember: if you ask them, they will come! And they will have fun! Enjoy your beautiful FREE and greatly reduced items.

cellista said...

I love the look of your scrapbook pages!! I hate overdone cutesy craftsy looking pages. I don't have the time for that anyway. I just want the pictures and the stories! I have a whole pile of pictures waiting for me. Maybe I'll start working on them again. Thanks for the inspiration :)

Kat said...

Why thank you very much! I am not into cutesy pages either. But that is what is great about scrapbooking (or homeschooling for that matter) - you can do what works for you! When I first started scrapbooking my pages looked like sticker explosions...and now I hardly use them. I do like the sticker letters for titles though. Simple gets it done!

Hot Tub Lizzy said...

You know they always tell you to invite a lot of people because only like 10% will show up. I had a Party Lite party once and she said invite like 40 people... so I did... cause then 4 would show up, right? At most 8...

Try 32... smooshed into my living room....

Holy CRUD did I get a lot of free stuff!!!

Karen said...

Those scrap books look so great. Think of all the memories your kids will have in the years to come. I've just started scrapbooking. Wish I'd started years ago !!!

Tiffany said...

Oooooh, I LOVE coming to those parties. But I don't have a lot of room to host them. Our house just isn't set up for hosting many people, unfortunately. I LOVE the Southern Living line too.