Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Why I Don't Want You to Come to My Party

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:

  1. You don't like tea.
  2. You feel obligated to buy something at these parties.
  3. You say yes to something even when you don't want to.
  4. You resent such parties.
And just for some balance, here are some reasons you might want to come:
  1. You like tea and/or treats and/or visiting with friends.
  2. You want to learn more about tea.
  3. You want to try something new.
  4. You need ideas for hostess gifts.
  5. You already know you won't buy anything, but want to come anyway (leave your wallet at home!).

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