I'm having a Steeped Tea party on Friday. Steeped Tea is a direct marketing company that sells quality loose teas and accessories. Now, I have said in the past that I don't like attending such parties (eg: Tupperware, Partylite, Pampered Chef...) because I don't like the feeling of being sold to. I don't like being gently or not-so-gently persuaded by the consultant to host a party, or buy one more $$$ thing to bump up the hostess's benefits, or whatever.
Then my friend Sherisse became a consultant for Steeped Tea, and I discovered that it doesn't have to be like that. The reason I like this company is that you don't have to lay out a lot of cash. The teas are affordable, and if you're like me and drink a lot of tea anyway, it's perfect. And the teas are consumable. Instead of buying a knickknack or a really overpriced kitchen gadget (Although I must say that I love the $50 Pampered Chef measuring cup that someone gave me), You're buying a quality, gourmet version of something you regularly use anyway.
So I'm happily hosting another party. Why? Simply because I'm out of Earl Grey de la Creme, and I want to get an iced tea pitcher. Both of which I will buy whether or not I actually have the party. I'm not doing it because I want to exploit my friends, or allow them to be pressured into buying something they don't want or need. I know that those who come to my party won't BE pressured, but I can't guarantee that they won't FEEL pressured. There's a difference. So, friends, here are the reasons I don't want you to come to my party:
- You don't like tea.
- You feel obligated to buy something at these parties.
- You say yes to something even when you don't want to.
- You resent such parties.
And just for some balance, here are some reasons you might want to come:
- You like tea and/or treats and/or visiting with friends.
- You want to learn more about tea.
- You want to try something new.
- You need ideas for hostess gifts.
- You already know you won't buy anything, but want to come anyway (leave your wallet at home!).