Thursday, September 13, 2007

Games, Games and More Games. SimplyFun

I know that I have had several positive comments posted for ice breaker games. People seem to really enjoy them so I have a few more to share with you.
This is a great game that keeps going throughout the party. That way it won’t get too dull.
As each guest arrives, hand him or her a clothespin. Tell them to attach it to themselves in an obvious spot, and each time they “catch” another guest crossing or uncrossing their legs through out the evening, they can “steal” that guest’s clothespin(s). This definitely keeps the party from getting too “formal”. Whoever has collected the most clothespins at the end of your presentation gets a gift!

For a twist, (I did this for a bride-to-be hostess), have each guest write a message for the hostess on their clothespin. Give all the clothespins to her and the next time she hangs out laundry, she will be reminded of them!

Another fun one is the Candy quiz. You could have one of these candies there as the prize for whoever wins the game. Have each guest number their paper 1 - 18. Tell the guests that you are going to tell them something, and that they need to write the answer in terms of candy, a candy bar, or other candy.

1) A famous trio? (3 Musketeers)
2) A Galaxy? (Milky Way)
3) Can't hold on to anything? (Butterfinger)
4) Twin letters? (M&M's)
5) To chuckle to oneself? (Snickers)
6) Before 1? (Zero)
7) A famous baseball player? (Babe Ruth)
8) A workers favorite day of the week? (Payday)
9) An Indian burial ground? (Mounds)
10) A joy to be around? (Almond Joy)
11) A rainbow of color? (Skittles)
12) They can save your life? (Lifesavers)
13) A planet (Mars)
14) What do you call this? (Whatchamacallit)
15) Superman's human name? (Clark)
16) A famous New York street? (5th Ave)
17) These Tamalies are great? (Hot tamalies)
18) Don't be a sourhead? (Lemon Head)

This game does not necessarily relate to Mary Kay products but the guests seem to really like it.

Here is a game that does have to do with products though, guess the product.
You need to think of the twelve different clues for 12 different products. Gives the guests each a piece of paper numbered one through twelve. Read each clue out loud to the group. Then go through at the end and give the answers for the products. The guest with the most correct answers wins. They can either win a prize or raffle tickets depending on which way you are doing prizes. Here are some products that work well for me.

1. TimeWise Target Action Eye Revitalizer
2. TimeWise Cellu-Shape Contouring System
3. TimeWise Microdermabrasion Set
4. MK Signature Eyesicles Eye Color
5. MK Signature Ulitmate Mascara
6. MK Signature NouriShine Lip Gloss
7. Satin Lips Gift Set
8. Mary Kay Body Care Collection: Lotus and Bamboo
9. Satin Hands Set
10. Bella Belara Gift Set
11. Mary Kay SPF 30 Sunscreen
12. Mary Kay After Sun Replenishing Gel

Most of these products your guests will be familiar with but it will still give them a challenge. If you have trouble coming up with the product clues, go to the website and use the product descriptions.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Recipes

So I received a couple comments about people really liking the recipes and the idea of giving them out. So I thought I would post a few more for consultants to have on hand to give out to hostess who want to make refreshments.

For the beverage try a citrus tea

2 qts. water
(if desired, add 1 qt. Club Soda in place of 1 qt of water)
8 regular-size tea bags
2/3 cup fresh orange juice
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1-1/2 cups sugar

Bring water to a boil (if using Club Soda, boil 1 qt. water and add Club Soda before serving); add tea bags. Remove from heat; steep 5 minutes. Remove tea bags. Add fruit juices and sugar, stirring until sugar dissolves. Serve hot or cold. Yield: 9 cups

For something tasty try Dump Cake

1 box yellow cake mix 1 large can mandarin oranges 1 can cherry pie filling Butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Drain oranges (keep juice). Mix oranges and pie filling in bottom of 13x9 pan. Pour dry cake mix over fruit mixture. Dot with butter. Pour juice from oranges over cake mixture.

Put in the oven for about an hour until the edges are brown.

One more tasty treat to try is Pumpkin Dip

8 oz. Cream Cheese
2 cups powdered sugar
15 oz. (sm) can pumpkin
1 tea. cinnamon
1/2 tea. cloves

Mix all together until creamy. Refrigerate. Serve with gingersnaps, butter biscuit cookies or graham cracker sticks.

These are quick and easy recipe for any hostess to serve at her party. Also the ingredients are minimal so the cost is low, most of them she may already have in her home. Having these typed up on recipe cards shows the hostess that you want her party to be the best it can. Making sure that her guests have a great time with games, refreshments and of course fabulous products.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Banana Game

This is a really fun game to play. The guests thought it was very creative and kept them guessing the whole time.

Just write on your invitation, "BRING A BANANA". The curiosity kills everyone and it is a great attendance builder. They all want to know what the banana is for. Your hostess must keep the secret to make the game fun. At the party everyone's imagination got the best of them. You have them there, which is what you wanted and the purpose of the game.

If you are playing a points game. Give out chips, cards, money, raffle tickets, whatever you use and the top points wins the prize. You can make it a bigger prize with a booking from the winner. Give points for whatever you want. Biggest, smallest, brownest, greenest, hardest, softest, etc. When all is done, your hostess serves ice cream/toppings and everyone makes a banana split as the refreshments.

We did not reveal what the bananas were for until the very end of the party. The guest could not wait to find out why in the world they would bring a banana to a Mary Kay party. This was party of the fun of it. It kept the party light and friendly. It also gave the guest something to talk to about as people were arriving to the party. Almost like an ice breaker as well.

Friday, September 7, 2007

Holiday Mood

The holidays are just a couple months away now. I know, can you believe it! It feels like summer vacations end and the holidays are here in the blink of an eye. If you are trying to get your guests in the holiday mood, this month or next month here is a great game to nudge them that way.

1. Name a holiday carol with 4 words in the title.
2. How many types of Christmas cookies can you remember?
3. Name one of Santa’s Reindeer?
4. How many days are left until Christmas?
5. Write a small holiday tip that always helps you through the busy season.
6. In “Twas the Night Before Christmas” who was not stirring?
7. Name a Christmas Flower and Christmas Green.
8. Name a Holiday Greenery with human anatomy in the word.
9. Name 6 common items you would see on a Christmas card (like sleigh, Santa Claus, etc)
10. Name your favorite Holiday Tradition or custom.

Answers:

1. Joy to the World, Away in a Manger or any others with 4 words only. Have guest give one point if answered correctly.
2. The guest with the most varieties of cookies gets the point here. Any type of cookie made at Christmas counts.
3. Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, Rudolph (any one of these; guest gets one point)
4. 14 (only one answer here…and one point)
5. Any answer here gets a point.
6. Not even a mouse (one point for correct answer)
7. Poinsetta, Christmas Cactus, Boxwood, Holly, Mistletoe, etc. (one point for correct answer, but you must have both)
8. Mistletoe (only one correct answer here…one point for correct answer)
9. Christmas tree, holly, snowflake, snowman, ornament, gingerbread cookie, candy cane, star, angel, Nativity set, toy sack, gift, etc, etc. (must have 6 to get a point.)
10. Any answer here gets a point.

This game is sure to get your guests feeling festive and maybe even their shopping festive.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

New Fragrance

Have seen or smelled the new fragrance bella belara? It is fantastic. There is a fragrance and a lotion available in this scent. Here is a little about the scent.

New Bella Belara™ is more than a fragrance –it’s a beautiful feeling.
The exuberant floral fruity eau de parfum captivates immediately. The senses are first treated to a delectable medley of apricot and red nectarine. At its heart, dew-covered rose petals and Moroccan jasmine unfold, while a delightful mix of creamy blond woods and cool moss linger.

’Tis the season for being beautiful, so give the New Bella Belara™ Eau de Parfum.
It’s a delightful fine fragrance for the woman who knows how beautiful life can be. For a limited time only, you can get Bella Belara™ Eau de Parfum together with Bella Belara™ Shimmeriffic® Body Lotion in a gorgeous ready-to-give bag

The lotion and fragrance can be sold together in a gift set or can be purchased separately. I have some customers who love Mary Kay fragrances. I will be sending out a pink foil card with new product information on it with a sample of the new scent. Hopefully I will get some new parties booked or at least some orders from this. I will let you know.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Staying Focused

When we work from home as opposed to an office setting there are so many distractions such as; personal phone, dinner, kids and your chores just to name a few. So I looked up some tips on staying focused at home. I have mailed them out to my consultants on nice piece of cardstock for them to post in their office. I thought I would share them with my blog readers as well. Thanks to the wahmconnection.com for the tips.

TIP #1: Whatever your reason for going out on your own, you must keep your reason in the forefront of your mind. If you forget your reason for starting your own home business, you will not be working for yourself for long. It is far too easy to let circumstance drive your activities --- and when circumstance is in the driver's seat, you are more likely to crash and burn.

TIP #2: Remember, your own business is a lot like a real job. Some people go to work to play, some go to socialize, and others; most often those who are paid in a commission or tips environment go to work to work and to make money. When you work for yourself, your salary is directly proportional to your productivity. Therefore, wouldn't it make sense to stay focused on getting as much done in as short of a period as possible? Go to work to work and to make money. Leave playtime and recreation for when your workday has ended.

TIP #3: When you are dealing with family in the course of your workday, it is important to schedule your activities as much as possible. With small children, you must take time when you must, but you should also work hard to make sure you dedicate a specific number of hours to your workday. With older children, it is much easier to tell them that you will be working between the hours of x and y. Your children and your friends must understand that certain hours of your day are devoted to the activities of your business.

TIP #4: Don't permit your friends and extended family to run over you. Many people get the blind idea that if one works from home then they are not actually working. Well-meaning people may try to fill your doorway to bring advice about getting a real job. Others may simply believe that if you are at home, then you are fair game for chitchat and socialization. You must stand firm. You must make certain your friends and family understands that when you are working, then you ARE working! If they wish to socialize with you, then they need to do it during the hours that are not dedicated to your home business. You are the only one who can stand up for you. Your friends and family will seldom be able to appreciate your dedication to your home business, unless you make the effort to make sure that they have the same respect for your business that you do.

TIP #5: You should allot a certain portion of your day to email and to regular mail. For example, allot one hour in the morning and one hour in the afternoon to handling your written communications. Unless you dedicate certain times to the handling of these communications, you will soon find yourself on the downward slope of decreased productivity.

I hope that you find these tips helpful in your daily activities.

Monday, September 3, 2007

Who Knows the Hostess Best

Here is an ice breaker game that you can play at your next party. It does require a slight bit of preplanning but not much. Keep thing game on file in your mobile office to use last minute if you need to.

Here is how to play.
Give a piece of paper to your guest and have them number it from 1-10 then ask them the following questions.
1) What is your hostess’s favorite color?
2) If she could have any vehicle what would it be?
3) How many kids does she have?
4) What is her favorite hobby?
5) Who is her favorite actor/actress?
6) What is her favorite item on the table?
7) What is her favorite scent (can be a perfume)?
8) What is her favorite cartoon / cartoon character?
9) What is her favorite animal?
10) If you were in need of something would your hostess give it to you if she can?

After everyone answers the questions then I read the question again to the hostess and she will reply out loud what her answer is, and they would mark on the paper if they got it right or wrong. Then they total up their score.

Now you can rearrange or change any of these questions but this gives you an idea of a game you can play. I put the last one in there and saved it for last because this is a way to lead into how your guest can get free products and help your hostess at the same time for having a party. Right now your hostess needs something from them and they are the only ones that can give it to her; and that is to book a party so she can get more free products. The one with the most answers correct gets some kind of a prize or raffle tickets if you are having a raffle at the end of the party.

This game is really fun for the ladies to play. Everyone has a competitive edge to them. They will enjoy seeing who knows the most about their friend.