Doing a Craft Home Party
I hope this means you’ve decided to give it a go! Doing a craft home party really is a fun way to sell your crafts – you get to chat for ages about your hobby to people who are actually interested, and make money at the same time, and there’s usually a glass of wine or a cup of coffee in it for you too!The most important things you need to worry about (apart from not getting wine all over your beautiful creations) are:
Obviously you want as many people browsing (and buying) your creations as possible!
Read here for some tips on inviting guests, to make sure your craft home party is well attended.
Pass them on to your hostesses as well as information on how to increase party bookings.
A Happy Hostess
It’s important to make this a wonderful experience for your hostess as:
Here are some great tips on how to keep your hostesses happy.
- You probably want her to host another home party for you
- You want her to tell her friends how great it was so that they book parties too
- A stressed out, grumpy hostess is not going to set the scene for a happy shopping experience for the guests
One of the most important parts of keeping your hostess happy is the hostess incentives. Giving her great gifts or discounts that make it worth her while mean that she’ll want to do it again, and will spread the word to her friends. Because there are so many different crafts and they all have different values, it’s difficult to give exact guidelines on incentives, but
here are a few general bits of advice on setting up your incentive structure.
A Dazzling Display
The way you display your crafts will have a big impact on how people react to them and whether they buy or not. But this needs to be balanced with keeping it quick and easy to set up – if your hostess is holding a 2 hour craft home party for you, she may not want you around for another hour both before and after as well!
Read these suggestions on setting up a good home party display.
Lots of Sales
Generally this isn’t a problem at a craft home party, provided your crafts are of good quality. But as crafters we’re not usually born salespersons, and there are things you can do to make sure you sell as much as possible –
read these tips to increase home party sales.
Booking More Parties
Provided you want to keep doing this, booking more parties is important. And the best place to get parties booked, or at least find potential hostesses, is at the craft home party you're doing now. Finding new hostesses was the biggest learning curve for me, but hopefully my
advice on booking more parties
will help you get the hang of it.
Quite often it's the little things that make all the difference, but they're the easiest to forget.
Use this checklist
to make sure you've got everything you need to make your craft home party great!