Tupperware. Norwex. Mary Kay. Pampered Chef. Epicure. Partylite. Arbonne. Avon.
These are all products that carry out business through a little machine known as the Home Party: you get invited to one, you go and drink some bad coffee, you listen to a spiel, you feel guilted into buying something and then you leave having spent $50 on something you didn't even really want to.
I have gone to a lot of these parties, mostly in the name of supporting friends who are starting their own businesses. There are some items from most of the above brand-names that I do actually enjoy (I'm looking at you, Pampered Chef stoneware line and Mary Kay ultimate mascara) and I am all about showing solidarity to those who are trying their best to make extra income for their families, but I don't like the unspoken pressure that usually hangs in the air at home parties.
But guess what I'm hosting this week at my house? A Stella & Dot Jewelry party for a friend of mine who is just starting to sell the line.
I have looked through the catalogue and I actually really love the inventory. I have invited all my friends, but made it abundantly clear that there is NO PRESSURE to buy anything and that the real fun will be in the cupcakes and wine I'll have waiting for them. I think it's going to be fun.
How do you feel about home-based parties that sell stuff? Love them? Hate them? Host them regularly? Are there any wonderful brands or products you have come to know and love as a result of these parties?