I have not had any "direct sales parties" of my own, since I was a host with PC 5 years ago. I decided to have a "home party" to earn free pictures for my new house. I contacted a rep that had done a party for one of my friends. I booked a November show with her in September, so I was sure to have the date. I had told all my friends. Two weeks before the show I didn't have a host packet. I called the rep and she said she was glad I had called. She had my name written on her calendar, but she had lost my phone #. She needed to change my show date, because it conflicted with a class she was taking with her husband. I changed it to a week later.(leaving us three weeks. I gave her addresses the next day of only a few friends, and mostly emails, since that's how my friends communicate. She said she would email an invite and mail the invites. The email only arrived a week before my show, which is Sunday. The invites I don't think got mailed. I have talked to two different friends that never received the invite. I was planning on calling today for reminders, assuming they got invites. I'm afraid it's going to be a flop. I now know why I never host my own shows.