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  1. pampered2007

    pampered2007 Member

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    I would love to have some feedback on a booking idea! Something that I would like to be cute, catchy and different. I have a Fall craft show coming up and I was hoping to not only gain some recruit leads and get some sales, but get some show dates on my calendar. I have heard so much about consultants using a "booking tree", but I was thinking since it's Fall, how about a "party pumpkin"?! Hosts who are interested in hosting a show can pick an available show date from the pumpkin. I can make it with a real pumpkin and somehow stick the dates into the sides of the pumpkin Or I can use a fake one and just put the dates inside the pumpkin. Please let me know what you think of this idea and what ideas you would have to help make it work. I would really appreciate it. Thanks!
     
    Sep 7, 2009
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  2. mscharf

    mscharf Advanced Member

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    I like this idea. Use the real pumkin and use the bbq skewers to stick in and attach your availible dates to them!
     
    Sep 7, 2009
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  3. toenail1103

    toenail1103 Novice Member

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    Or at Michael's craft stores they make carvable fake pumkins that wont rot and you can use them for all of your shows in the fall. and it wont go bad. Just an idea.
     
    Sep 7, 2009
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  4. Bill Gronemeyer

    Bill Gronemeyer Gold Member

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    And with the fake one you can even get scented oils or potpourri with the pumpkin spice smell to help attract people to your table.
     
  5. Judybabe

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    A carvable fake pumpkin! Oh, that would be a neat medium to do the PC logo on! Now if I just had a michaels within 200 miles...
     
    Sep 8, 2009
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  6. Sheila

    Sheila Legend Member Gold Member

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    That's okay ... I have the Pacific Ocean between me & a Michael's! LOL

    I love the pumpkin idea ... but if you already have the "tree", you could just cut out leaf shapes on construction paper, write a date on a leaf & let them "pick" a leaf from the tree.
     
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  7. pampered2007

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    You guys are great!!! I love the fake carvable pumpkin idea! Looks like I will making a visit to Michaels! And I can use the leaf shapes to stick the available show dates into the pumpkin. Oh and I must have the potpourri!

    Please keep any other ideas coming! It's great to brainstorm together! Thank you!!!!!
     
    Sep 8, 2009
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  8. ChefRiGuy

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    Use this at your September shows to get bookings. Im thinking a fake carveable pumpkin from craft store...but maybe as another idea put in little slips of paper with free gifts for the host...whether PC products, free groceries for show, etc other gifts for their October show to keep with Halloween theme...
     
    Sep 8, 2009
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  9. ChefRiGuy

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    Now we need to find a easy to carve stencil of the PC chef hat...and just one of those led tealight candles...could even use this as just a table decoration at your shows to show off some wimsy and fun fall decoration...plus then you have a cool quirky pumpkin for at home showing off PC.
     
    Sep 8, 2009
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  10. pampered2007

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    WOW! What great ideas! Here is what I have decided to do....I bought a fake pumpkin with a detachable lid. When a person sets a date for a show I am going to have them "pick a prize from the party pumpkin!" I thought that picking a prize adds to the fun instead of just picking a date from the pumpkin and then receiving a Seasons Best. Instead I will add the Seasons Best to the list of prizes that can be won! Other prizes will include $5 or $10 in additional free product at their show, a free show where I buy the ingredients, a free spice rub, etc. I bought little felt leaves that I will attach the prize label or picture to the back. I also bought 2 smaller pumpkins that match the "party pumpkin" to put pumpkin spice potpourri in to sit on the table.

    I'll let you know how everything goes!
     
    Sep 10, 2009
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  11. ChefRiGuy

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    Pampered2007...I did the same thing, sort of...I bought a craft pumpkin and carved a face on it...inside im placing one of those LED ice cubes that flashes for fun...then I got some little pumpkin shaped foam cut outs and have them numbered 1-10. Anyone who books a show at the party will get to draw from the pumpkin and then the number will correspond to a prize..

    I am giving away either a product under $10, free cooking show, etc...
     
    Sep 13, 2009
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  12. babywings76

    babywings76 Legend Member Gold Member

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    Great ideas, thanks!
     
    Sep 13, 2009
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  13. ChefRiGuy

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  14. JennLizFran

    JennLizFran Member Gold Member

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    This is such a cute idea! I'm doing a booth at a Harvest Festival mid-October and will def. use this!
     
    Sep 13, 2009
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  15. robochick84

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    I wanted to get some more ideas with this. I just purchased a little box at Michaels that has a sign that says 'Pumpkins 25 cents". I am hoping to play the game saver, spender, etc that I have found on here and start the show with giving everyone 25 cents.

    At the end I will tell everyone that they can use their 25 cents to put towards their order.

    OR.... I am trying to decide between they can take a 'chance' with their quarter and buy a pumpkin which could be a free party, free shipping, seasons best, etc.

    OR .... I could go with a second choice of if you book a party you can then use your quarter to choose a prize, etc.

    Any thoughts?
     
    Sep 20, 2009
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  16. CAPCnewbie

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    I loved the idea Pampered2007 had for the party pumpkin with the prizes so I went to Michaels today, as well as a teachers store for some pumpkin cutouts. I've placed about 18 "prizes" on the cutouts for guests to choose from when they book a show with me. The front of the cutout has the description of the item and the back side has a picture. I haven't yet "carved" my pumpkin but I'm thinking of carving a question mark into it or maybe just drawing one. I'm hoping to use it on Thursday at my show and hope that the guests will be intriqued by whats inside this pumpkin.
    I took a picture of what it looks like so far with a few of the prizes.
    (oh, and the prizes will be added to the hosts order when she holds her show)

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    Sep 20, 2009
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  17. you guys have great ideas. i have a show thurs and sat I will try something similar there. I really need bookings. still want to earn disney.
    thanks for sharing your great ideas.
     
    Sep 20, 2009
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  18. dkitten13

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    LOVE this idea...how smart! :love:
     
    Sep 20, 2009
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  19. dkitten13

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    What about something for everyone to draw one, just by filling out a DP slip? That way I could at least get some contacts.

    I was thinking about doing something pumpkiny for my fall craft show similar to what I've done other times...fill the batter bowl with M&Ms and have people fill out the slip and guess the number.
     
    Sep 20, 2009
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  20. CAPCnewbie

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    I did something similar in the spring. I filled a batter bowl with jelly beans and each person that filled out the door prize slip, also made a guess. Only one person actually circled any numbers pertaining to wether they wanted to host a show or get more info. I did get emails and contact numbers and have sent out my newsletter to them. But it didnt generate any bookings or leads. Even the person who won the batter bowl, has yet to claim their prize!
     
    Sep 21, 2009
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  21. sassypip

    sassypip Member Silver Member

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    I made a party pumpkin out of an orange piece of paper and then made little slips and folded them in half. I put the dates on the outside of each paper that I was available to do shows in Oct and Nov. I used it at my cooking show on Sun and got a booking. On the inside of the paper was a free item or free shipping. I used items like a free spice or rub, free shipping today, free mini serving spat. etc. Most of the free items were around $5. I am just starting out, but figured that $5 was worth it to spend to get an entire party. SInce my 90 days is almost up and I had next SUnday available, I put a star on that date and said it was an extra special date. WHoever chose that date was going to get a free large bar pan from me and I would provide the ingredients for their show. I had a taker within 30 seconds. She just called me this morning and has AT LEAST 15 people coming on sunday. I feel so lucky!! I got all these great ideas from this website. Thanks so much everyone. This will be my first REAL party that I absolutely do not know anyone. She also said that one of the ladies that was at the show on Sunday, will be at her party and she wants to book a party too. BTW, I was able to give the free bar pan because I had it left from my consultant starter kit. I already have one, so I decided to save it for when I am trying to meet a goal. I should easily reach my $5000 in sales now.
    Good luck!

    Diane
     
    Sep 22, 2009
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  22. JodiRL

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    I bought the carvable fake pumpkin, I have it stenciled, but was wondering how thick, or cumbersome to cut it is? I have the PC logo, and didn't know if it would be carvable with such detail?

    Is it thin, easy to cut?
     
    Sep 23, 2009
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  23. pampchef.angel

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    I wonder if for the the PC hat, you could simply attach a piece of paper with the printed logo to the pumpkin, make holes following the outline, then remove the paper and use a knife to "connect the dots" and cut out the image?
     
  24. kcmckay

    kcmckay Advanced Member Gold Member

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    This is a really cool idea and I was planning on slowing down my PC business while we are house hunting. However, my director just issued beat your best month challenge for October and I really want the carrots she's dangling. I'd thought about hosting a holiday open house/recipe tasting in October because I want the knives!:D But was ready to give it up for the house hunting. But now I may have to hold something I just have to figure out when to do it and how to do it. I've had limited success with these in past. I'm thinking of doing something like a recipe tasting/demo. I'll have a few recipes premade and demo one and keep it short like 2-2/12 hours and raffle off host benefits. I'll have to browse around here to come up with what will work for me and make sure I send invites out early and pick up the phone as well. I currently have 3 shows scheduled for October and had only wanted to do one more but I need all the $ I can for the house and it will help Christmas shopping as well.
     
    Sep 23, 2009
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