Questions to Ponder – Home Show?

It seems I’m one of the only people I know who have not been to numerous home demonstration shows during their lifetime.  In my 31 years I have attended ONE Tupperware party and that was about six years ago when I first moved to Florida.  Since then I have been invited, but have never gone to other shows for things like Pampered Chef and Creative Memories scrapbooking.  Honestly I’ve never had the desire to go to those parties, but I’ve heard other people talk about them with great delight and satisfaction.

Recently I was prompted to think about doing my own jewelry home shows.  Last fall I was supposed to do a show at a friend’s house, but because of some unforseen events on her side, that never happened.  I put the idea on the backburner until a couple days ago.  This is a slow craft show season in SW Florida, but I still want to get my things out there for everyone to see.  I’ve decided to go ahead and host my own party.  A bit awkward though since I don’t know quite what to do as a hostess.

So my questions to ponder:

  1. Is it weird to host my own party?
  2. Am I just basically asking people to come into my house and buy something?
  3. Do I play games? 
  4. Give prizes?
  5. What food do I serve?
  6. Is my house even big enough to host a party like this?
  7. Should I start with a smaller party for people I know or go for the larger party for the neighborhood?

These are the things I need to work on…  and soon since I’m hoping to hold this party the second weekend in August. 

As always, thanks for reading!

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3 Comments »

  1. Susan said

    Hi – Your jewelry is really nice! I do some small stuff – (www.crazyforcrystal.com) but it’s been interfering with my Creative Memories biz (LOL I saw you mentioned that in your blog) /I wear too many hats . . . so I’m on a hiatus from beads for now. I think you should invite your friends over to “make their own” – offer a simple class to make a bracelet – and while they’re there – let them see “all” your stuff. Anyway – good luck with the biz!

  2. awenydd said

    It isn’t weird to host your own party. You might feel more comfortable calling it an open house. I know a lot of jewelry makers have them. I haven’t had one, but I live in the middle of no where. I’m not sure if you really need to play games. I would give prizes for a drawing or something. Everyone that shows up gets a ticket for the drawing. If you have food, I would just have simple snack type stuff. If your having nice weather set up your craft booth in your front yard. Then people won’t be in your house and passer-bys can see you too.

  3. Thank you both very much for your suggestions.
    I hadn’t thought about setting up outside. I do have my show tent I could use to add shade, so that might work.

    I could also definitely invite people over to learn how to do a simple bracelet. Of course, most of my friends have claimed they’d never be able to do what I do (eventhough I think it’s simple enough) and they might be intimidated by the idea, ha!

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