8.15.2008

My new idol...


I'm finally able to write about my friend's Southern Living at HOME party on Wednesday.

For those of you who have never heard of it, Southern Living at HOME (notice the HOME in all caps...) is a line of products inspired by the style of Southern Living magazine. Independent Consultants, like me, sell the products in people's homes through parties.

Many times, these parties involve quite a bit of alcohol consumption. The party Wednesday night was no exception.

The woman having the party has 9 year old triplets and she is the picture of organization. She contacted me to have a party, and from the moment we started planning the party she was completely take charge. (In a good way.) She was the ideal hostess. She handed out catalogs to all her friends and relatives and sold over $1,000 in products before the party even started!

When I arrived at her impeccably decorated house the day of the party you should have seen the spread she had out for her guests. Homemade cookies, red and white sangria, beer, wine, and appetizers galore. Everything looked beautiful (including her).

Her children were standing in the kitchen DROOLING over the sweets. Finally one of her daughters said, "Mom, you know I'm really dying for one of those cookies." Mom shot her one look, and the child backed off. She has those children completely trained. My kids would have attacked the plates the minute my back was turned. Even her dog was well trained. He sat there all white and fluffy, in his little Burberry collar and we never heard a peep out of him.

I wish I could spend a few days with her and learn how she does it. I think the "organization and take charge" gene is inherited. While I know I will never achieve her level of control, maybe some of it will rub off on me! My husband would love it. (Although he should be careful what he wishes for, she runs a tight ship and on a ship there can only be ONE captain!)

Anyway, the party was really fun, and she sold over $3,000 worth of products. (And the orders are still coming in-YAY!)

The only drawback? Trying to calculate sales, tax and shipping and handling with a major buzz going! Oh well, it's an occupational hazard.

Being a party girl is hard work!
Footnote: I know people's reactions when they get invitations to these parties...most people say "SHIT!" (Believe me, I've been there.) But then they force themselves to go and they are usually glad they do!!
Sooo, if you live in driving distance to Central Jersey and you want to gave a party, let me know! I promise to write lots of nice things about you on my blog!!


16 comments:

Belle said...

Oh my goodness...I want to be her too! I've never been to a Southern Living at HOME party but they sound like too much fun!

Mrs.D said...

I would've liked to have been one of her guests! I love hostesses like that! They always have the good stuff.

Petunia said...

It sounds like a fun time! I'd like to go!

Lane Boyz Mom said...

I wanna be uber organized like her, but well, that gene skipped me:( LOL

I've never been to one of those parties, I knew someone who sold it years ago, but she sure didn't push very hard, she never approached me to have a party, stupid woman...I can't say no to anyone, LOL

clemsongirlandthecoach said...

I love SLAH, unfortunately I think I own it all.. hee hee hee

Also, the Crocs? Way way dorky. So agree!

Shelby said...

Sounds like a great time!! As soon as I live within driving distance of Central Jersey, I'll let you know!!!

Just Ask Beth said...

I used sell SLAH!! love it and their products. That was an awesome show, I never got passed 2,000 first show. Do you do them regularly or whenever. I was a whenever girl. Then i got hooked on Longaberger, done with that phase too damn expensive. they are nice though

Belle in Bloom said...

tagged you

The wife said...

I love SLAH and this would have been my kind of party---however Hubby probably wouldn't have been too thrilled with my "ordering while intoxicated"!

jerseygirl89 said...

Wow, I want a friend like that to learn from.

And I only say "oh shit" for candle and Mary Kay parties. But I'd probably only host a passion party.

NJDecorator said...

Can I do a book party? If not I am in CNJ - right in the middle and well...you could e-mail me.

Jillian, Inc. said...

Wow - now THAT'S a party! And I'm with you on the party buzz thing. There's a SL@H consultant in my neighborhood, so I frequent those parties quite often. So hard to resist buying something every time, too.

Impoverished Preppy said...

Hmmm... I love Southern Living at Home, and I admire people who are uber organized, etc. BUT I'll take my impulsive, out-going and occasionally messy kids over perfect stepford children any day of the week.

The Mrs. said...

That is a really cool way to make extra money! I love it!

Far From Perfect said...

Never have seen this line of stuff before-love it.

Jaina said...

I've never been to a Southern Living party, but it sounds like lots of fun. I've been to Candlelight and Tupperware and Pampered Chef, but that's about it I think.

 
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