At some point in every grown woman's life she will be invited to attend a Tupperware or similar party. There are many companies that offer business opportunities involving in-home sales. Most of these companies sell products for the home, children, health or beauty. The hostess of the party may be testing out a business opportunity by hosting one of these events, she may do it to earn free merchandise, or she may host simply for the fun of it. Here's a list of some of the parties I've either attended or been invited to attend.
- Tupperware - plastic storage, and other household/entertaining products
- Longaberger - collectible baskets
- The Pampered Chef - high-end kitchen equipment and accessories
- Discovery Toys - educationally oriented toys and books
- Creative Memories - scrapbook materials
- Mary Kay - skincare and cosmetics
- PartyLite - candles
- Lia Sophia - jewelry
- Silpada - silver jewelry
I never received one of these invitations until I was married and owned a home. In my younger days, I would groan whenever one of these turned up in my mailbox. After all, who wants to be locked in a room for two hours with a salesperson trying to get me excited about plastic containers or baskets? I knew that, like it or not, I would not be leaving that party empty-handed because I felt an obligation to my hostess to order something. Times have changed, however, and now I see these parties as another excuse for a night out with my girlfriends. These parties offer a chance for a little girl talk and a few laughs at the products and, sometimes, ourselves. And I only buy something if I really like it!
Which brings me to the Tupperware party that I hosted a few years ago. After years of attending these home product demonstration parties I had never hosted one, mainly because I remembered how I used to feel whenever I received one of those invitations. But after attending many of these parties, I realized that I had enough friends who liked going to them for the same reasons I did. Since I had a good friend who sold Tupperware, it seemed like a good excuse to volunteer my home for a party.
Before I go further, let me offer a few disclaimers. I am not necessarily recommending these companies as business opportunities. It takes a lot of work to be successful as a home party demonstrator and you need to be aware of your contractual obligations to the company, willing to work hard, and comfortable selling. And despite the enticements to be a hostess (such as free and discounted products), you still incur the expense of refreshments. As hostess, you are often responsible for sending out the invitations, following up with phone calls, and delivering the goods to your guests. But, I didn't host this party for the incentives. I hosted it because I now see these events as a nice way to entertain friends as we consider little luxuries for our homes and families.
The menu below is similar to the one I served. If you decide to host one of these parties, feel free to scale it back for economy and time. Many hostesses limit their refreshments to a tray of veggies and dip, a plate of brownies, and some iced tea and soft drinks. Then you can keep to a reasonable budget. Choose a party that demonstrates a product you like and think your friends will enjoy purchasing too. And remember, above all else, you're hosting one of these parties to have fun.
Girls' Night Tupperware Party Menu
Candace's Basil Cheese Loaf served with toasted French bread slices
Honey Mustard Dip served with pea pods and baby asparagus
Easy Chocolate Fondue served with strawberries and cantaloupe
Beverages: Iced Tea, Soft Drinks, Red and White Wine