The home party is a unique way our customers can access our pottery in the comfort of their or their friends' homes. Much like other commercial home parties, we offer discounts and incentives to our hosts, and party favors to their guests, in addition to our high-quality functional and decorative stoneware. The home party allows the client to view samples of our work, listen to a brief explanation of who we are and how we create the pottery, meet the Potter himself, ask questions, and place orders for personally made pieces for her home. Sometimes certain pieces are available to purchase "off the table," but for the most part, the customer orders the desired pottery. The orders are prepaid, processed, produced, and delivered to the hostess in approximately 4-6 weeks.
Details and Procedures
* The hostess schedules her party with Betsy: (available times include most Friday and Saturday evenings, Saturday daytime, and some weeknights. Sundays are generally not available.)
phone 440-286-1122 or email us using the form at the bottom of the page.
*She then invites her desired guests via email, postcard, phone or face-to-face. (We do not supply invitations. Pamphlets are available upon request, or refer guests to this website.)
*She plans and prepares refreshments for her guests.
*Parties generally take 2-2 1/2 hours from set-up to tear-down. Allow for guest gathering time prior to the start, refreshments after the presentation, and time to peruse the display, ask questions, and place orders.
*Our display requires space for a 6' table with area to move around it, enough seating for your guests, separate refreshment area, and a small corner for Betsy to sit to take orders.
*The party begins with a welcome/thank you by Betsy, followed by a 20-30 minute presentation of the pottery pieces on display. This includes background information on our pottery business as well as an explanation of the production process and uses for the stoneware. The presentation is followed by a question/answer period, before inviting the guests to mingle, peruse the display, and enjoy refreshments, while they decide what to order. Each guest places her prepaid order with Betsy when she is ready.
*The hostess supplies: party site, guests, display space, refreshments, delivery from Farmhouse Stoneware to her guests.
*Farmhouse Stoneware supplies: 6 ft. table, all display materials, pottery, order forms, pamphlets, business cards; 10% of total sales to the hostess toward her order + $5.00 for every party booked from hers, guest favors (usually a handmade stoneware pin), special gift for a new booking.