I found an interesting comment today on Small Business Ideas. Ingrid says that party plans"were the precursor to all of the Web 2.0 high tech strategies of forming networks and communities, taking recommendations from friends and just having fun." That is an interesting way to look at it.
Party Plan is still a very popular sales method in my area. We are just far enough away from the city to make certain items difficult to get. We are also within commuting distance so most husbands and many wives will leave the town during the day. For those left behind party plan seems to be the obvious way of meeting two needs - one for company and one for your shopping needs.
Most people here have access to the internet in their homes and are very used to shopping online so I am gradually seeing an increase in the online party experience. What a great blend of old and new strategies. Party Plan is no longer the old fashioned experience involving sitting demurely on your chair and listening to a presentation. They are active and involving which makes the experience a lot of fun, especially when shared with your friends.
Beauty Banquet presents Afternoon Silver parties and they are great fun. Hostesses have a very clear idea of what they need to do to get the most out of the event, including inviting lots of people and collecting outside orders. They know how to work the system to their advantage. Isn't that a great win-win situation? It just shows what good networking can do for you!