For a while, it seemed like home parties—I’m talking Pampered Chef, PartyLite and, of course, Tupperware—were all the rage. These get-togethers were a great way for gal pals to get together, swap recipes and maybe buy a few new items for the house. Doesn’t that sound like a real win-win situation? It did to me, which is why I decided that I had to host one myself and see what all the hype is—err, was—about.
If you haven’t hosted or attended one of these events in a long while—my mom said it had been at least 15 years since she’d been at a Tupperware party—let me walk you through the process.
How to Find a Tupperware Lady
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The first step was finding a Tupperware consultant. I did exactly what my mom and aunts did back in the ’90s: I asked around. I figured that if I was going to host my friends and family for a party, I wanted a rep that would feel right at home with us. Fortunately, a friend of my aunt was at the ready.
However, if you don’t know any reps—don’t fret! You can find Tupperware consultants nearby on their website.
Who’s on the Guest List
After picking a date and getting a party arranged with a rep, I had to make my guest list. Let me tell you, I started with a pretty bulky list: my mom, my aunts, sisters, friends, coworkers, neighbors. It was a lot. But it’s a Tupperware party, not a regular party. So I whittled down my guest list to just folks that I knew were cooks and bakers.
Bear that in mind for when you host your own party. You don’t want to invite uninterested friends and have them feel pressured to make a purchase (I know I wouldn’t want to be put on the spot). It’ll be more fun if you’ve got fellow cookers there with you, too.
What’s on the Menu
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This is my favorite part of any party: the food! I knew given the format of these parties—people mingle, nibble, gab and then sit down to see the products—I wanted to have some good, hot appetizers to keep people full but also some finger foods that could be left out all night long for people to snack on. After scouring the Taste of Home archives, I picked out a handful of recipes that would please everyone.
On my buffet table, I set up a pretty good spread. I made chicken parmesan sliders using our staffers’ favorite chicken strips along with plenty of spinach and artichoke dip (I can’t get enough of the stuff). Along with a good spread of cheese, crackers, veggies and dip, I also served up a pretty blueberry coffee cake—spoiler alert: this was a huge hit!
If you need a few recipe ideas for your Tupperware party, be sure to check these out.
What’s the Party Like
As much as I wanted to get my hands on some new Tupperware—I needed some canisters for all my baking—I wasn’t looking forward to the sales pitch part of the party. I know, I know—that’s what makes it a Tupperware party.
But once Annie, the Tupperware consultant, got started, it was smooth sailing. She highlighted some of the new pieces, like cookware, as well as classics like measuring cups and freezer containers. It was very casual and fun—and fairly quick. I’ll say that a few good guests help!
What’s on Our Order Sheets
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After checking out some samples and paging through the catalogs, guests started placing orders. I just had to know what was on everyone’s order sheets! Mine was full of Modular Mates canisters, measuring cups and a few containers designed to tote all my favorite baked goods. My friends and family stocked up on freezer containers, tumblers and other classics. You can find our faves here!
Was the Party Worth It?
In the end, hosting this party was a lot of fun. It was a great excuse to meet up with friends, family and neighbors to chat about our favorite recipes and products over some great snacks. Not to mention that hosting a party came with some great benefits. I got a handful of free Tupperware items plus some good discounts. My pantry is organized, my fridge is looking tidier and it’s nice to replace some of the old mismatched containers that were cluttering the cupboards. I have to say that I think it’s time that these parties made a comeback!