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What is a Basket Party?

Basket or sample parties are becoming more popular.  Instead of the traditional party where the direct sales consultant comes into the home and does a presentation, a basket is given to the hostess and then passed around to her guests.  This gives them a chance to try the product and make their own decisions.  Depending on what you sell, this can be a bit time consuming but it should also be higher sales as people have experience with the product already.

Basket full of toys...

Basket full of toys… (Photo credit: lorises)

Having a Basket Party

There are a couple different ways to do this and how you do the basket will be determined by the type of product you sell.  For those that sell candles, a basket that goes from home to home is likely easiest.  If you sell a consumable, the basket also goes from home to home but a few could get together and try it out.  In that situation, encourage your hostess to have a get together with a few people and do some cooking/baking to try things out.

Put together some of your best selling items and put it in an attractive and easy to carry container.  It can be a basket or it can be a bag.  Whatever works for you and your product.   Include order forms, information on how to fill out the order, and any specials that are going on.

Include a notebook and encourage people to make notes or comments about the products they tested.  Offer an incentive for writing something – a chance to win something, a discount on orders, whatever you think will entice them.  If they have questions, have them indicate that and make sure you go through the book and call them with answers before placing your order.

Set a deadline for the party.  Depending on how many people the host is planning to pass the basket to will help determine this.  Typically, you never want a party to last more than two weeks as those who had it first start to wonder about the status of the party and when their product is going to show up.

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How to Host a Party

No matter your reason for throwing a party, it is important to be a proper host. Take the time out of your schedule to plan the perfect party for your situation. It will depend greatly on the reason for hosting the party, and the space you have available. Take this into account before starting the process.

A birthday party in Oregon. Taken by me.

Party in Oregon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Direct sales

One common reason to host a party comes from a form of direct sales. The party plan is when a party is hosted from the home or other place with the intention of selling a product. This can be helpful for both the host and party goers to get the most from their party experience. This can be any product from kitchen appliances to makeup and other facial accessories.

The important thing to remember about planning this type of party is to not focus the entire thing on the product. Although it will be the focal point, make sure there are other elements. Set up the party in a space where guests can talk and get to know each other. Have food and beverages available whether it is simple snacks or a full on meal. These elements will keep your guests happy.

Being a good host

For those who get nervous about hosting a party, there are many different options to ensure your event is a success. The first and potentially most important is to give yourself plenty of time. Start planning the party as early as possible by putting it together one piece at a time until the actual date. This will keep you from frantically running around at the last minute and make it an allover success. Don’t try and do it all on your own, but get the help of your family and friends whenever possible.

The first thing to decide on is why you are throwing a party. Is it for a direct sale, a birthday party, the holidays, or something else entirely? Make the theme correspond with the reason for the party. From there you can plan the games and activities that will fit in with the plans the best. Choose those that your guests will enjoy, and that will work best for your own situation.

One of the biggest mistakes a host can make is not letting others know about their event far enough in advance. Send out invites at least a full week before the party is scheduled to take place. If you send it out too far in advance, some may forget about the event by the time the date rolls around. If you have guests that are coming from far away, be sure to send the invites far in advance, but also send a follow up reminder. This reminder can be a text or an email, something simple to reiterate your plans.

There are many aspects of being a good host. Make sure that you start out planning your party right. No matter your reason for throwing the event, be prepared and organized way beforehand to ensure everything will run smoothly on the actual event.

By +Cassie Costner

Cassie writes for www.eventrentalutah.com, a company dealing with tent rentals in Salt Lake City. She has written on the best methods for party planning, and how to get the most for your ideas.

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