|Hostess Appreciation Dinner – banner decoration (2009)|
Hello! I am still in Salt Lake City for the Stampin’ Up! Convention and I’m having the most amazing time. Yesterday I did two presentations during convention too! I have been so nervous about this – but excited too. But I’ve certainly never been in front of a such a big crowd before. But it went really, really well and it also went by super fast. Stampin’ Up! called me a couple of months ago and asked if I would be interested in doing a presentation for their “In a Nutshell” series about “Gatherings”. Of course I was thrilled and honoured to had been asked and promplty said YES!
My topic was all about my Hostess Appreciation Dinners. This was a perfect subject for me because most of you know that this annual event is near and dear to my heart. These dinners are my way of showing my customers and downline team how grateful I am for them and what they mean to me. These are the ladies who are the core of my business and it’s because of them I’m able to earn Grand Vacations, awards, cash bonuses, Manager’s Reception at Leadership and soooo much more. So I cook a big dinner for everyone, we play silly games, I have gifts and prizes, we stamp and try out brand spankin’ new products and the new catalogue is revealed too. It really is a great time! I’ve pulled up LOTS of photos to share with you today, that shows the variety of my Hostess Appreciation Dinners over the last few years….
|Time to eat!|
|We always have a good time together!|
|Pin cushions using our Big Shot dies and new flower embellishments|
|Everyone loved these little sewing kits|
|Notepads for prizes|
|Displays and make and takes featuring new products!|
|Even the napkins get stamped!|
|Thee Famous Cupcakes|
|My favourite kebab recipe was a hit!|
|Checking out the new catalogue!|
|Heather won this game – blow your card ALMOST off the table! The flap has to hang on over the edge!|
|One of the make and take projects|
|Altered domino brooch for the gift favours|
|Gift box for the brooches that everyone received.|
|Even our bolts of ribbon made for a fun game!|
|“Looty in Your Booty!” This was the best game ever. The object was to shake the stamp out of the box.|
|Denise won a package of new In Colour Card stock and Markers!|
|You’ll find the recipe for these cupcakes and more on my recipe page|
…I had earned the Get-away trip to Hilton Head Island, SC and based the party around some of our fun circus theme products.
|Cute little necklaces|
|Homemade caramel popcorn (thanks to my friend Kathy who made it for us!)|
|Everyone loves making a different bookmark every year using the new In Colours.|
|We had a ball with the games – my hubby was in charge of this one. Colleen managed to get a ring around her prize!|
|One of the make and takes projects|
|Everyone has a good time socializing.|
|Caribbean Costume Contest! This was so much fun!|
|Annette won for best costume!|
|Keychains and flower ‘corsages’|
|Along with my traditional chocolate cupcakes, this year I added Tropical Vanilla and Coconut Cupcakes to the dessert table!|
|BOGO sales are always popular!|
|English Hat contest|
|New Stampin’ Up! product for Beth, who won the Best Hat contest!|
|Since it was an English themed party the meal was Sheperd’s Pie (my hubby’s signature dish), Green Salad with Roasted Beets & Goat Cheese with Honey Balsamic Dressing, two types of Cornish Pasties as well as dessert! Yum!|
Enjoy the day and HAPPY STAMPING!
Really enjoyed looking at all these pics! Looks like you take care of your downline ladies and customers very well, so nice of you!