Throw a House Party for Free

By Linsey Knerl on 14 April 2008 (Updated 18 August 2011) 7 comments
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Word-of-mouth marketing is something we all do – all the time. And while I prefer to stick to sharing authentic testimonies with my family and friends, I can always be persuaded to “share some love” with a larger circle of friends if it won’t cost me anything. In fact, some of my most favorite companies have been the “sponsors” of several gatherings this past year at my home via the House Party website. Here’s how it works:

Sign up. By visiting the House Party website, you can easily enter all your info to get on board for future parties. Their privacy policy is pretty tight. I have never been spammed as a result of joining.

Word-of-mouth marketing is something we all do – all the time. And while I prefer to stick to sharing authentic testimonies with my family and friends, I can always be persuaded to “share some love” with a larger circle of friends if it won’t cost me anything. In fact, some of my most favorite companies have been the “sponsors” of several gatherings this past year at my home via the House Party website. Here’s how it works:

Sign up. By visiting the House Party website, you can easily enter all your info to get on board for future parties. Their privacy policy is pretty tight. I have never been spammed as a result of joining.

Pick a party. Would you like to share Gerber’s newest baby food? Are you looking to give your buddies a test drive in your Ford? Perhaps you dig that newest Cartoon Network show and want to have a preview party of the new season? It can all happen, but only by an early application. View all the available parties, and choose the ones you would be most interested in hosting. By signing up for the pre-invitations, you can be alerted new parties as they open.

Apply. Once you found a party you like (Hershey’s Bliss Chocolate, anyone?) answer the quick application questions, and wait to be accepted. Usually only 10,000 people are picked as party hosts, so don’t expect to be accepted to every party you apply for.

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Plan Your Party. Once you hear that you have been chosen to host the party, you are ready to plan. The website offers email invitations, a blog, places for photos and video, and frequent updates on the party details. Choose to have your party on the national party dates, or pick ones that fit your own unique schedule.

Have Fun! When your prize package gets to you (and they are usually worth $100 or more) you can share the goodies with your guests, and you will be all set to have a great time. Past party packages have included food, gifts, prizes, games, coupons and exclusive promotional gear from companies that I love! There was no need to sell anything or try to get guests to sign up for anything. We just kicked back, enjoyed the swag, and let the products speak for themselves!

Resourceful guests that I know of have used the parties as ways to reach out to their community, and there is plenty of opportunity to share the love! (The last Gerber party provided party hosts with several cases of baby food, which went over very well at local daycares, shelters, and schools!)

The concept behind House Party is brilliant: Get people talking about your product in a natural setting in their homes, and give them enough gear to do it eagerly! I don’t know about you, but I’m in. If it’s a product that I love anyway, it’s a cheap way to get my crew together and enjoy some fun products. Check out House Party’s website for all the current events – you might find there’s a party just waiting to happen!

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Myscha Theriault's picture

How cool is that? Thanks, Linsey.

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Jesse

Wow, thats pretty sweet. Ill have to see if there is anything worthwhile on there

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Lori

I just signed up! Thanks for the info!

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I absolutely love hosting parties and it sounds like the bulk of the work is done by the website! I am going to sign up right now!! Thanks for such a cool site!

Linsey Knerl's picture

I was able to get into the Hershey's Bliss House Party, and I invited several people and got my "host" package today.  Included was:

9 bags of Hershey's Bliss Chocolate (3 different flavors)

15 gift bags

15 pens

15 grocery list notepads

15 magnets

a photo album

napkins..

The chocolate (I sneaked a taste) is decadent!  We'll enjoy this at my "ladies only" coffee House Party I'm holding!  Plenty of chocolate to have at the party, and tons to give out as party favors. 

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Rachel,

These are some great tips. I edit a blog devoted specifically to throwing house parties. It has all kinds of actionable tips to prepare for and execute house parties, with an emphasis on college parties.

You can check out the blog here:

How to Throw Wild, Ludicrously Awesome College House Parties

Some example posts include:

1. How to Cop-Proof Your House Party

2. How to Effectively Set Up Your Sound System (the cheap, quick and easy way)

3. How To Control Your Light Effects via Remote Control (for under 16 bucks)

4. How to Set Up Your Trash Cans

Cheers,

- Zack Faith

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I had used in the windows 7 is very convienent to me.what is the advatages of W7:

1)easily access and understandable language and more convient.
2)accessing speed is very fast to compare with the windows.
3)you are implementing the W7 is same as vista.
4)Entirely is diff to other os's.
5)i like to regard to send this info my opinion.

disadvatages:

1)drawback of the copying to estimate items time .
2)automatically shutdown in 2hr's.
this is main draw back of the W7.
some of the sowftware versions are not supported to the W7.
4)So please recover to this prblems.

Than u for inviting the houseparty to indian members .
this is one of the distributed to ur company ssservices.