Okay - today was very promising for me, yet a little overwhelming as a new consultant. I got some great news about a Family Fair (I posted in a different thread) and then talked to the host of a couples show I have booked in two weeks... The host of this show is now telling me she is up to THIRTY COUPLES! She is concerned about the number of people and is thinking the show will have to move into their garage (a three car) to fit all the people. Okay, I know that even though 30 couples are telling her they will be there - they won't all end up showing up. But still, even if 20 couples show up, it is a huge group. Now here is the trouble... she has picked a theme of 007 Martini and Appetizers. I had planned on having a James Bond cook-off...it would men vs. women sharing products to each bake a twist (apple vs. pepperoni). I had planned to break the recipe down with puzzle phrases they would have to figure out and then proceed with the next step to tie in the theme. I also have a hidden word in two catalogs for a prize and a small "spy hunt" for everyone in the catalogs (I marked each of the Super Starter Kit items in the catalog with a small colored circle sticker and they have to figure out what those products mean) - the first one to figure out the clues gets 10% off. I also had a few other things up my sleeve and was "ready" for the show. Now that she tells me the number of people attending, there isn't any possible way we can do a cook-off. And I don't think the "games" will fly now that there will be so many people attending. But here is my biggest concern... with a group that large who will be consuming Martini's - how do I keep things under control? How do I get through a demo without losing the attention to a martini refill?? I am all for the party atmosphere as I think it helps sales, but how to I keep a group this size from getting out of control? And what the heck do I demo now that I have to start from scratch? The host is asking every couple to bring their favorite PC appetizer so I don't have to worry about making enough food! I think it will end up being such a large group because of two things - the host told me she has been talking up the stoneware sale as so many of her neighbors love the stoneware. But the real reason it is growing in size each day is that this woman and her husband have kind of created the "Willie Wonka effect"...they have lived in their nighborhood for about 3 1/2 years now and none of the neighbors have ever seen inside the house. They are all curious to what goes on in the house (as am I!! - our sons have been friends for 3 years and I have not once seen inside the house when dropping off or picking up my son.) and so they all are making sure they have the date open. So will this effect my sales too? Are they just coming to get a glimpse of the "chocolate factory" or do they want the products?? How do YOU manage a group of this size? How can I tie in the 007 theme now that I can't do my "games"? HELP!