Firstly, can I say sorry .... I only managed to take one picture from last nights card party, and I didn't remember to ask the ladies permission to publish it, so I am sharing the event without pictures of the evening I am afraid.
So, a Tupperware party with greetings cards ... turned out to be a really lovely evening. I had a hallway full of cards which was a daunting sight. I know I had been preparing for this for a while, but I didn't realise quite how much stuff I had to take!!
I had been prepared and in hopes of making some sales gone to the bank to get some change, but what I hadn't properly prepared for was suitable boxes to display the cards in. Sadly it ended up being a whole mixture of boxes, and in future, I will be purchasing some decent uniformed display boxes! To be honest, just to have the same boxes for each set of cards would have been a whole lot better, so lesson one learned!
Once I arrived at my hosts house, she prepared light snacks and drinks, and I set up the table. I was surprised how much space I needed. Guests started to arrive, and some people took their goodie bags, and some didn't, and we all stood around the table, chatting and having a peek at the boxes. In future, I think I might suggest that people use another room to chat in as well, I think the added space would have been good- and although my hostess had made the space, I should have directed everyone into it myself. Equally, I should have been more proactive in giving out the goodie bags, not everyone took one, which made the give-away harder.
Overall, it was lovely to hear some positive comments, and also some constructive criticism. One interesting comment that caused much discussion was one guest did not like the term 'with sympathy' on a card, and she will always try and find a different sentiment which she found difficult. I hadn't considered using anything other than that or a bible verse, so that's given me a lot to think about. Also the guests commented on my mini coffee cupcakes that I made to take for my host, and they suggested that I sell them. Funnily enough this was something I considered last year when I moved to Margate, but chickened out because there are two local companies that already do such a wonderful job at cupcakes. But it is something I may go back to considering, especially now I am baking for the coffee shop too!
The prize went down well, especially the box of cupcakes generously given by Lindsey of Lexilou's cupcakes. If you live in the Thanet area you should really check these lovely lovely cupcakes out! She is often out and about at craft fayres and events, so if you see her, please stop by to say hello, and check out the amazing things she makes!
Lastly, the guests all seemed to like the bottle tag that I made for the give-away (see the previous blog here) so I think for my next card party that I will make some, and definitely will be making more for Christmas. They really do make a bottle of wine that little bit more.
I have had a few orders come in from the event, so I will be sharing these with you after the birthdays and anniversaries have passed, and in the meantime, I will be cupcake making and also making a baby boy and baby girl card, so I will catch you sometime during the week to let you know the progress I have made!
Thanks for stopping by