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to think that so-called 'parties' are really naff

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SpeckledHen Mon 01-Oct-07 10:12:21

you know the kind of things where you get drinks and nibbles and someone puts on a 'sohw' and lots of pressure to buy expensive cookery ware, candles, make up ....

Tortington Mon 01-Oct-07 10:15:32

like candle parties and tupperware and beauty products?

its rarely about the products but abot the company and having a lauff and meeting new people.

if your not sociable, dont like he people attending or a general bore - then these arn't for you.

i am not sociable, don't like people and am a general bore therefore i rarely find these things to my taste - but i fully understand why somepeople adore them

suzywong Mon 01-Oct-07 10:16:37

they are the primary form of entertainment in the West Australian Suburbs. Next to swinging

I did my dues in my first year: tupperware, nutrimetics, enjo, D&K books, kids' clothes, some patently obviously false marketing against sodium laurel sulphate aka soap and how it was in fact the work of Beelzebub and all his Archangels.


they are balls

TinyGang Mon 01-Oct-07 10:17:40

I don't think they are naff. The ones I have been to have been with friends had no pressure to buy, just to look at something you might be interested in.

Sometimes you get a spate of lots the same. I don't keep going to the same ones if I don't want to. I find Pampered Chef too expensive for what it is, personally.

themoon66 Mon 01-Oct-07 10:18:55

One woman I used to work with always had these type of parties. She always used to invite me first and if I came up with an excuse, she would always say 'oh, no, I was relying on you'. No pressure there then. Cheers Mate.

Hate these things. The pressure to buy through guilt is aways so heavy. They always keep emphasising how much the hostess needs you to buy x amount of crap.

codswallop Mon 01-Oct-07 10:19:27

why naff?
folk inviting you into their home?
depends on hosts imo

codswallop Mon 01-Oct-07 10:19:49

oh i see to BUY STUFF?
oh yes deffo

CountessDracula Mon 01-Oct-07 10:19:50

I have never been to or even been invited to something like this

It sounds very sad

themoon66 Mon 01-Oct-07 10:21:23

The worst one has to be Cabouchon jewellery. I was lucky to get out of there with only a brooch and necklace.

suzywong Mon 01-Oct-07 10:21:41

the ones I've been to are begun by the seller showing a poorly laminated flip chart of her aspirational inspiration, her boss and lovely home and many many belongings all brought up her by the blessings of shifting hundreds of units of see above. I have no desire to be like that. Thanks. Pass the nik-naks and fill up my glass of Reisling.

codswallop Mon 01-Oct-07 10:21:53

you haev to run
i dont mind cards
btu generalyl no


codswallop Mon 01-Oct-07 10:22:22

ooh had a very nice dry reiesling th e toehr day
oz i think

themoon66 Mon 01-Oct-07 10:22:51

Oh suziewong... you are thinking of pyramid selling.. opps I mean 'network marketing' of course, because pyramid selling schemes are actually illegal.

SpeckledHen Mon 01-Oct-07 10:23:17

i like meeting people but dislike the pressure to buy. Pampered Chef is a case in point where you are told that your firiend will gets lots of gifts depending on how much you buy. There you are sitting in their living room drinking their wine and eating fodd that they have had to buy... Also if you attend one of these you are asked for your details and then apparently you get hassled to host a 'party' yourself

codswallop Mon 01-Oct-07 10:23:44

teh name i s foul though fakring pamered chef

TinyGang Mon 01-Oct-07 10:24:22

Candle ones are really expensive. Party Light?

Candles in the real world don't cost that much!hmm I can't bring myself to spend that much and then set fire to itgrin

rosealbie Mon 01-Oct-07 10:25:28

Some of them are very naff but others (Pheonix cards is a good exmaple) are great products that you always need and reasonably priced.

Have to add, I am not a Pheonix trader but have firends who are!

OrmIrian Mon 01-Oct-07 10:25:40

Depends. Ann Summers parties are probably irredemably naff but blardy good fun grin

Did go to a Virgin Vie (sp) party once. Stuff was lovely but way too expensive for me. But still had lots of fun and too much wine.

I think it depends on the company more than anything else.

Flamesparrow Mon 01-Oct-07 10:25:53

I go for the chat, rarely buy

CountessDracula Mon 01-Oct-07 10:26:20

What is wroing with going to the shops to buy things
And doing nice things socially

it sounds appalling

SpeckledHen Mon 01-Oct-07 10:26:48

and naff too in that everyone is doing them now. I went to a craft fair at the weekend and every stall had a card on saying that they could come and do a 'party' for you if you boring. I want a real party - lots of fun, lots of chat, ......

SpeckledHen Mon 01-Oct-07 10:27:58

Ann Summers yes - good fun. But everyone is doing them now

McDreamy Mon 01-Oct-07 10:28:10

I like Pheonix Cards, Usbourne Books and Demarle but that's about it

themoon66 Mon 01-Oct-07 10:34:28

Reading this thread has made me realise how bloody long it is since I went to a 'proper' party sad

JustcallmeMAT Mon 01-Oct-07 10:40:54

I have been to a Tupperware party & an Ann Summers party.

I bought some fantastic salt & pepper shakers at the tupperware party. And a cream whipper, & some small boxes.... & a bowl with a hole in it hmm

I just realised I needed everything the host showed us!! shock

I didn't buy anything at the Ann Summers party though..... everything looked, erm, draughty.

<and in that paragraph you will now have deduced what a boring middle aged housewife I am> grin

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