Modern Tupperware Party

by Grace Bonney

Remember when your mom used to go to/host tupperware parties? I remember my mom’s friends coming over in their heels, carrying a pie, and smelling of Chanel No. 5 perfume. It was their girls night out with the opportunity to buy the amazing products every lady thought was going to improve their quality of life. Today, a modern version of those parties still exist! Only these products will make you giddy beyond any tupperware high our mothers experienced. (And definitely improve the quality of life I like to live). My project board came easily today as I had so many images that made me weak in the knees for this event!

[images above via Leigh Webber, Manolo Home, Creature Comforts, Paloma’s Nest, Theo Chocolate, fresh365, That’s Happy, Sunday Suppers, Liebemarlene]

This last year my best-loved events were shopping parties. I got turned on to these fashionable ladies who are pioneering the movement of organic luxury goods, traveling to your home and turning it into one stellar boutique. Items such as handbags, organic bedding, homemade dolls, frilly lingerie, sensual perfume, beautiful jewelry, artisanal honey, woven throw pillows, delightful art pieces, ethereal sundresses, and much more! I absolutely fell in love with the concept (being an avid shopper and party thrower, the thought of mixing the two was pure genius) and I am hooked forever more. TRUNKSHOW is the name of their company and their goods brought my friends out in droves. They are currently working both coasts invading willing host’s homes, and those who welcome them in always have an awesome time.

Of course we can’t all have TRUNKSHOW themselves to our home, but I’m sure you could knock on the door of your favorite local boutique and pitch them the idea. I have a feeling they would come running. Another way to fill your home with wonderful items would be to enlist some of your crafty friends who make their own goods and have a potluck of items to showcase for sell. Paintings, knitwear, handmade childrens clothing — we all have someone in our group who makes beautiful, well loved objects that are admired by all our friends. A down home etsy party, if you will. Usually, the host gets incentives such as discounted private shopping before the party starts and a host gift. Sounds right up my alley.

Invitations: Call me old fashioned but I’m a sucker for formal invitations, even to a ‘tupperware’ party. Lately, I’ve been rubber stamping wrapping paper, menu cards, and postcards for my own custom design. I like an image of a vintage key with the words, “your key to the goods” for an exclusive invite to a home shopping party. I made mine in 2.5 seconds, and they were so darling. I’m dying to do a custom heirloom handkerchief invitation or monogrammed party favor. How lovely and lady-like are these? Maybe too formal for a ladies night of shopping, but hey, fancy is underrated. I would definitely put on my heels and sprint over to a friend’s (or even a stranger’s) house who sent me one of those as an invite. Yes, please.
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Decor: The shopping goods are your decor! I didn’t need to do a thing when the TRUNKSHOW gals showed up with their pretty little things. Piece of cake (I almost feel guilty for doing so little). Utilize your entire space and display the items creatively for easy mingling. Hang clothing items from a tree, prop jewelry up on windowsills, drape throws on your own furniture, leave perfume in the powder room for sampling. Sometimes the simplest of parties are the best of parties. Of course you need candles, (soy please) and flowers. Whenever I want a simple, earthy feel for my arrangements I go with succulents. SucculentLOVE is a great site for organic designs and big heart. Kelly‘s designs are perfect to spruce up your home and the arrangements will last long after the guests are gone. Or browse your favorite nursery for potted succulents and plant them in pretty pots or vases. I also like to create soft lighting for my interior parties. Natural sunlight until night falls, then soft pink lightbulbs, corner lamps, dimmers, candles. No overhead lighting. That is a major party foul. If I ever walk into an event with bad lighting, I’m out in 30 minutes. Appropriate lighting and good music seals the deal for your guests comfort level. Social anxiety can be high, especially at home events where a guest can’t hide amongst strangers. Put on some Frenchy Carla Bruni mixed in with Duffy and She & Him, add those pink lights and the tupperware party just got hot. For party favors, rubber stamped cotton bags filled with truffles or simply give Theo or Dagoba chocolate bars. Such a sweet token to take away and nibble on the next day when you are longing for that killer handbag that Lucky Lulu snagged before you got out your wallet.

Menu: Hearty, comforting appetizers. A shopping gal has to eat! Mini turkey sliders with remoulade, young onion and cantal tart (cut in small squares for easy grabbing), blue cheese popovers, and the always picked-at crudite. Try chilled radishes with rock salt for dipping, fresh and zesty. For sweets, again, go finger foods. Lemon coconut bars and mini brownies. Cocktails: DIY crowd pleasers are the Acai spirit VeeV with ginger ale and a splash of lemon and the St. Germain cocktail. For the St. Germain fill a champagne glass with ice, a drizzle of St. Germain, add Sauvignon Blanc and a splash of soda. Feminine, light and refreshing. Always good to have sparkling water and iced tea on hand for those friends who may not drink.

Put on that dress that only the girls will appreciate, kick the man out for the evening, and indulge in the pleasures of cocktails, shopping, and chocolate. Tupperware is back.

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  • i love this idea ! had the chance to participate to one of this gathering here in Geneva and it was a real success ! thinking of doing the same at home !

  • A friend of mine has done this for 25 years at the holiday time. She works all year creating and then empties out the bottom part of her house and loads it up with all of what she has created. The lines are 100’s deep for this yearly event. Hat’s off to this idea what a great way to do business.

  • paige, you’ve done it again. this is absolutely lovely. i’m so honored you’ve included succulentLOVE as a part of it. thanks again!

  • I love my Heather Heron tote and other goodies I got at a TRUNKSHOW in Brentwood last year. Looking forward to attending many more!

  • LOVE the handkerchief invitation idea!!! Question: Any idea of the best place to find some at a good price?

    Also…am stealing the lighting idea with the pink bulbs! In fact might just have a party soon with all of these ideas!!! Love it all!

  • absolutely dee-lightful!!!! i wish i had a morsel of this talent! i am going back to my rubber stamping for sure:)

  • I love the idea of creating a logo for yourself with rubber stamps! And I, too, remember my mother and her tupperware ladies – but gone are the days of culottes and pigs-in-a-blanket. Who wouldn’t want to go to an elegant ladies-night-in that reeks of class and the scents of beautiful things? (as opposed to the putrid odor of new plastic containers) Great ideas!

  • With Paige’s creative ideas for entertaining, I think even she could sell “those plastic containers” today! She has the “flair” and the ability to find beauty and potential in almost everything!

  • such a fantastic idea! I have lots of artist and creative friends that would love to do something like this. can’t wait for tomorrow’s post…

  • beautiful & inspired ideas! i love all of this paige. and i especially love that so many of these ideas can be applied to a multitude of events.

  • Love this idea! What a great way to support your female buddies and have a great party at the same time! Especially like the idea of selling handmade items.

  • Great tips. I love the idea of really creating an atmosphere for a party. I make jewellery and I normally hate hosting parties, but you have made me think about it in a whole new way. Since you mentioned soft lighting, I have to say that I adore my Soji solar powered lamp (I got it from http://www.lamplust.com) for soft evening lighting, and it is great for draping my earrings and necklaces on.

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