Jewelry making parties is a fun and creative alternative to selling finished jewelry through a home party plan. It is basically the same idea except the guests make their own jewelry.
Today an almost limitless variety of products are marketed through party plans — everything from Tupperware to makeup. Jewelry making home parties have become very popular in the last few years, especially for kits and patterns.
Some plans work where the hostess invites her guests, then the demonstrator displays her products, both finished samples and the kits and patterns, quickly completes one or two small projects, then takes orders.
Demonstrating the completion of a project or two familiarizes the customers with your beading projects, teaching and showing them how easy it is to make something, so they will have the incentive to buy the kit or other projects that you offer.
Other plans work where the invited guests must purchase a kit at the party, then the demonstrator helps them to construct the project right there in the hostess's home. Sort of like presenting a workshop but through a home party.
When preparing your kits have just enough supplies in each one to complete a project. You could also sell jewelry making supplies in pre-cut or pre-portioned packages, in which guests can select and choose from to create their own jewelry projects. Make up and pass out "idea sheets" to all the guests giving them a list of supplies needed and quick instructions to the different ideas listed.
Selling through a party plan can be a very economical way of marketing your jewelry making kits and beading patterns because you don't need money for booth or table rental and you can choose the dates when you would like to sell or demonstrate at a party.
Make sure you have extra kits for sale so when the guests realize how easy it is to create a piece of wearable art, they have the opportunity to purchase more kits to take home to make.
Jewelry making parties are also a great idea for a "Ladies Night Out" or a "Make It At The Office" event where you could hold the party in the lunch room or vacant board room during the employees lunch break.
For more information on selling through a home party plan see How to Run a Home Based Jewelry Party Business for Fun and Profit.
While-You-Wait Jewelry Making Party
Another great way of selling your design skills is through a while-you-wait jewelry making party.
At this type of home party the guests choose the beads and you make the jewelry while they watch.
As well as a good display of jewelry to sell bring a line of styles that you can remake on the spot. Bring a tray (or few) of various beads and clasps that the guests can choose from and put their piece together for them.
Make sure you have all beads priced plus a base "make it" cost before hand so everyone will know how much their creations will cost with no surprises.
If you have a variety of beads including handmade lampwork, sterling silver, and gemstones with a various range of costs then the guests can choose the beads that best fit their budget.
Your "make it" costs could be a flat rate where you would include the cost of your components and stringing material. In this cost make sure you include enough to cover the costs of the components and your time. For example, you could say that to make the bracelet there will be a base cost of $8 plus the cost of each bead selected.
Children's Jewelry Making Birthday Parties
Making a small bead jewelry project at a birthday party is a new and exciting form of entertainment for children, they will have fun and learn something new at the same time. Each child can bring home his/her own personal creation after the party.
Design an assortment of jewelry making programs suitable for various age and gender groups. You may sell just the kits with all the necessary materials needed, or you may be expected to attend and instruct the children in how to make the projects. If you are expected to come out and teach, then the cost of this service should include the necessary supplies needed for each child to finish a project. The cost of such a program should also include your time there as well as time for traveling and preparation.
At the end of each party pass out a brochure for the children to take home in case the parents would like to order other bead jewelry kits or even hold a bead jewelry making birthday party for their child.