We all know that human beings are social animals. We are wired to connect. The more we are connected electronically, the more we crave live human interactions. Opponents of the home party plan concept always say, “I don’t need a home party to get together with my friends.” True, yet a home party prompts that gathering to happen in much the same way that inviting company over to our home gets the house cleaned. We have a goal.
People usually attend home parties if they have nothing better to do; that means no work, school, or children commitments that have a higher priority. For many people, especially working women, the opportunity to get together with the girls is a luxury that gets wedged in between work, kids, and family. As a hostess, we made personal phone calls, emailed a PDF invitation to guests, and posted the party on Facebook. Most of the phone calls went to voice mail, which is normal. The point here is that in today’s busy world, multiple methods of inviting are key to getting a good turnout. If you want to take one more step you can use Eventspot or Eventbrite.com to create an invite and track RSVPs.
Parties can be held in public places. Retail establishments are looking for creative ways to bring customers through the door. Just the other day, I went to a local grocery store, The Market. They had a cafe filled with people, a live band and a wine bar. The atmosphere was more like a festival than a supermarket. Who would have thought a supermarket could evolve to be a local hangout? The store had figured out what we in direct sales have known all along. The best way to bring people together and pleasantly shop was by throwing a party.
We all know that some guests might be ordered extra items and the caterers seemed pleased with the additional business. Caterers permitted to have a separate table for a display. This was manageable because some caterers have servers to help people pick their food on the serving tables. Common to a traditional home party, as a hostess we offered to help the guests with their food and refreshment selections. Wine works wonders. All hostess should offer guests a glass of wine to add to the party atmosphere. This seemed to make the experience relaxing, fun and festive.
In the end. Use your imagination as to where and when to hold the home party. Maybe in the future, we will get some help from party planners of party shops online to get some home party ideas. With the unlimited opportunities to be creative and the need for an excuse to connect with others, our party will surely be fun.