(Originally posted on my old blog "Work Around Your Wallet" on 2/22/07)
I hosted my first party ever a couple of weeks ago. It was a Pampered Chef party to be exact. Now I had heard of Pampered Chef and had been invited on a quite a few occasions to a party that an acquiantence was hosting. I finally decided to lose my PC virginity and attend a party at my friend Robin's house and even decided to book a show of my own! I know right? I'm wild!
I knew I could get free and discounted products depending on how well my party did, but honestly, it wasn't the reason I decided to host one. A group of fellow mom friends and I get together often and I thought this would be a good way to get together inexpensively. I invited a lot of people but only 6 actually came. Others had to cancel but still ordered something and I emailed all the ladies on my contact list and told them if they wanted to order something just let me know. I also asked briefly when talking to someone...no pressure, just simply asked if they wanted anything. Before I knew it, I had almost $600 in orders. Not bad for a first timer!
But I say all that to say this...Hosting a party is a good way to get some nice things at a hugely discounted price. For my $600 party, I only had to pay $45 for all this:
With tax and shipping, I would have had to pay $184.03 for everything you see in the picture. What a great deal to only have to pay a fraction of that! Plus it's Pampered Chef! It's good quality stuff we're talking about here. I love all my items and I like to joke with my husband and tell him to check out my rack...my three tier rack. LOL
There are so many consultant businesses now so you have a variety of types of parties to choose from that you could host. I never thought of this as a way to get free and discounted things. I'm biding my time and plan to host another party in the future. Now I just have to decide what kind!