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Party Planning - Ideas for Party Plan Games
Party Plan Games for your direct sales party
The most productive and popular time for a Party Plan party tends to be on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and during 7pm to 9.30pm.
Arrange your seating in a circle or position where your guests can easily talk to each other, and place nibbles and drinks nearby. Getting your guests to interact, get to know each other and feel relaxed and comfortable is important. Lots of successful Party planners organise a few simple games to break the ice at a party.
It's up to you to judge your particular group as to whether they
are the type of people who will enjoy physical games, or prefer to
remain seated and play a quiz or simple game. It's important to get
this right as otherwise your guests can either be bored or embarrassed
if you get it wrong!
Remember - You are planning a sales party to show off your products and hopefully to take lots of orders.
As a party plan agent, or representative for one
of the many successful direct sales companies that sell goods via
home parties, you want to make your party fun and interesting. You
want the people who come to your party to have a great time and recommend
you to all their friends, and so grow your selling opportunities for
the next party.
Party games help your guests to mix and get to know
each other, and this encourages a friendly and relaxed atmosphere,
especially if you add a glass or two of wine to the equation. This
is ideal preparation before your product demonstration and subsequent
Party Plan GamesWhen your guests arrive it is a good idea to welcome them and give them a raffle ticket. Explain that they are now in with the chance to win a prize
at the end of the evening (one of your products is a good choice). Most people will now be more likely to stay until the raffle is drawn.
It is generally best to start off with a simple pen and pencil game, where your guests are seated. Getting your guests to interact and feel relaxed and comfortable is a good start.
Name that Tune GameYou will need paper and pencils, CD player or ipod
This needs some preparation before your party. Create a songlist, preferably using music that links to your product, i.e cookware Party Plan agents could use songs with food or drink connections, beauty agents could choose songs such as 'beautiful girl'. You don't have to stick to only connected tunes, and with some products it will be limited, but it is a good way to gently start the sales connection.
Play the first 5 -10 seconds of the songs and ask your guests to write down the name of the tune, or you can make it more difficult by asking for the artist too. Make sure you clearly call out the number of each intro as you play it. Your guests may want to hear it again, so be prepared to play it again if requested. Keep the number of songs to around 10 -15, as with more than that your guests may lose interest.
Get everyone to swap papers, and as you read out the answers and play a longer section of the song, get your guests to mark each others answers. The person with the most points wins. Award a small fun prize.
Truth or Lie Game
Make two cards with the words 'Truth' and 'Lie' on them.
Somebody will need to keep score. Each guest is asked to tell everyone three facts about themselves - two should be true and one a lie. If the others guess incorrectly then the person revealing the 'facts' gets a point. They can hold up the card revealing the answer. If they fail to lie successfully then the person spotting this gains a point.The person with the most points wins a prize.
Pass the Party Gift Game
You will need a wrapped gift, a CD player or ipod, and a list of different
descriptions that could apply to your guests.
Springtime Flowers Game
You will need pencils and paper
Get everybody to write the word 'SPRINGTIME' down
the length of their paper. Then ask them to write as many different
names of flowers as they can think of. The winner is the one who guesses
S - snowdrop, sweet pea
You could try naming trees instead or anything you can think of. Change the word to reflect the time of the year i.e Autumn, Halloween, etc. Try different foods, sweets, cosmetics - anything goes! A small potted plant is a nice prize for this game.
It's up to you to decide whether your guests are likely to enjoy moving
on to physical games, or whether they would prefer to remain seated
and just play a simple quiz or word game. Try to get this right, otherwise
your guests can become bored, or embarrassed if you get it wrong!
Burst the Balloon Game
You will need plenty of balloons in two different colours. When inflating
the balloons it makes them easier to pop if you slightly over-inflate,
otherwise the game can take a long time to complete!
When you are handing out pens/pencils and paper for your orders, make sure that you have numbered your pens/pencils and tell your customers to mark the number on their order form. Then when you finish get the host to choose one of the pens (as in a raffle) and then award a small prize. It's a good way to ensure that you get all your pens/pencils back!
Chocolate Feast Game
You will need several bars of chocolate, an assortment of clothes to put on - a hat, scarf and gloves at least, knives and forks, dice
Wrap up a couple of bars of chocolate in several layers of paper and
place plenty of knives and forks nearby. Then place some dressing up
clothes - woolly hat, scarf and gloves at least, nearby. Begin by rolling
the dice - the first one to get a double has to dress up in the clothes
as quickly as possible, and then attempt to eat the chocolate by only
using the knife and fork. The rest of the players continue throwing
the dice until somebody else gets a double, and then they take over
the task. The winner is the person who finishes the last piece of chocolate.