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Thirty-One Home Party Idea

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I’m going to use this at my home shows to show off the Oh Snap Pockets and Bins!

I really don’t think people buy them as much as they would if they could SEE them in action! So we’re going to make it happen.

And then we’re going to try and increase sales by showing them my favorite products in use with the MAGNETS on the board!

I took a magnetic board. $7 at Walmart.
I took a magnetic curtain rod. $7 at Walmart.

I took a sticky magnet page and photo sleeve magnets and printed a few of my FAVORITE ways to use our product! Now I don’t just TALK about, they get to SEE! And I can actually take the magnets off and pass them around if I’m talking about it!

But that’s not even the coolest PART!!

When I’m ready to talk about oh snap pockets and bins, I just snap the magnetic curtain rod on!!! BAM! I think by them SEEING how the pockets and bins work, and seeing my favorite uses at the party…ill be able to make a bigger impact on why they NEED it!!
I’ll be using at my home shows all month and let you know how it goes!!


Melissa Fietsam, Ind. Senior Executive Director at Thirty-One Gifts

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Thirty-One Christmas Wishlist and Shopping Guide

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Want to get your customers in the holiday shopping mindset at your home parties? This is the way to do it! 31 second Game! Check out this video. And you can find the links to download both PDFs at the bottom of this post:

The 31 Second Game is going to get your customers thinking about ALL the people they have to shop for!

It’s so important to let your customers know they can find a gift for almost every person on their shopping list this season. When you have them focus on the PEOPLE first…then show them the SOLUTIONS next…it’s the perfect combination for increased sales at your parties and solution sets for everyone!

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And then I’m going to follow up with explaining some easy and fun gift ideas they can buy for multiple people!

I really want to focus on taking something and making each gift personal by what THEY add to it. So they can buy 10 Littles Carry Alls but make each gift unique by adding what each person loves the most!

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Here’s the link to both files for you!

Christmas Wishlist:

Who to Buy For:

Melissa Fietsam, Ind. Senior Executive Director at Thirty-One Gifts

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Party Games for Your Direct Sales Business

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Using games at your home show parties is nothing new. But I thought I’d share a few in my vault. Very few of these are mine originally. And unfortunately, I have no idea who they came from to give credit to. But I wanted to pass along what I had in case you were looking for some ideas to spice it up:)


How Well Do You Know Your Hostess Game

Give a piece of paper numbered 1 – 10 (or give them a blank sheet and let them number it). Ask them to write the answers to the following questions with the goal of writing what the hostess writes! Guests want to match the hostess’s answers!

At the end of the game, the guest who had the most answers matching the answers of the hostess wins. (Be sure to have additional gifts in case of a tie!)

What is your hostess’s …

  1. favorite color?
  1. favorite car?
  1. favorite hobby?
  1. favorite animal?
  1. number of siblings?
  1. favorite flavor of ice cream
  1. favorite actor or actress
  1. hometown (born)?
  1. favorite holiday
  1. brand of cell phone?

After everyone has answered the questions, re-ask the questions and have the hostess give her answers. Have the guests circle the question number if their answer matches that of the hostess. At the end, whoever has the most circles wins. Be sure to have extra prizes in case of a tie!



You tell the hostess to message all her guests the night before and day of the party. And ask them to bring a cup, any cup from their cabinet. Then you do a point system to see who the winner is according to these points.

disposable (2points)

plastic (3 points)

glass (3 points)

coffee cup (5 points)

see through (2 points)

If it has a “chip/crack” in it (3 points)

personalized (10 points)

logo on it (as in team/brand 15 points)

Has a LID (5 points)

TERVIS (5 points)

borrowed from hostess (-5 points)

If you bought it on vacation (3 points)

brought a friend (15 points each)

friend brought her own cup (10 points each)

bought cup on the way to party (5 points)

If you already know you’re going to book a party tonight (15 points)

If you’ve had it for more than 5 years (4 points)


The Snow Woman Game
Each player gets a black piece of paper and chalk. (Paper and Pencil/ Pen will work also)!
As I call out an instruction, draw that and then hold up your pen in the air when you are done.
The trick is…you must keep your eyes closed the entire time, until I tell you to open them.
On the left hand side of the paper, draw a Christmas tree.
On the Christmas tree, draw three glass ball Christmas ornaments.
On the top of your tree, draw a star.
Under your tree, draw a present.
On the right hand side of your paper, draw a snow woman.
Draw hands and arms on your snow woman.
In the hand of the snow woman, put a dollar bill and write $99 on it.
Now draw two more snow women on the right hand side of the paper.
Last, write your name on the bottom of your paper and give your paper to the person on the left
of you.
Now we will “grade” each other’s art!
If the picture you are holding has ornaments on the Christmas tree, give them 1 point.
If the present is under the tree, give them 1 point.
If the star is on the tree, give them 1 point.
If the snow woman has hands and arms attached to her body, give them 1 point.
If the dollar bill has $99 written in it, give them 1 point.
If the two snow women are standing next to each other and not on top of each other or on top of
the other snow woman, give them 1 point.
Now write the number of points at the top of the paper and I will tell you what this picture
The three ornaments on the Christmas tree represent the father, son, and holy spirit. Thirty one is
a faith based company, built on the principles of Proverbs 31. This book in the bible tells of a
virtuous woman, cares for her family, who works both in and outside the home, to provide for
her family, and she is to be rewarded for her hard work and good deeds. We are all Proverbs 31
women in one way or another, and we deserve to be Celebrated, Encouraged, and Rewarded.
Thus Thirty-One’s mission is to Celebrate, Encourage, Reward women for being the unique,
special women God made them to be!
The star on the top of the Christmas tree, and the present underneath represent the gift of being
the “star” of your own party, when you are a Thirty-one hostess, you receive many rewards,
including the “gift” of shopping and girl time with friends and family in the comfort of your
home and free and discounted products!
The snow woman on the right represents a Thirty One consultant. This snow woman joined my
team for only $99, and got the entire kit on pictured on the back of the catalog. The money she is
holding represents the extra income you can earn with a Thirty One business. (Talk about your
why or the incentives you have received)
The three snow women together represents the 3 friends who will hold parties with you when
you decided to join my team and become a consultant, and also the new friends you will make
when you join the sisterhood of Thirty One!
Now, since Thirty One mission is to Celebrate, Encourage and Reward. Let’s reward the winner.
Everyone hold up their paper so we can see who has the most points!
Congratulations! (now give them a small gift!)


The Booty game: Guests sit in a circle. Each time they answer YES to a question, they get to move to the seat beside them even if there is still someone sitting there! They will have to sit on their lap… Winner= first to get all the way back where she started.

  1. Have you been to a 31 party before?
  2. . Are you carrying a 31 product with you tonight?
    3. Do you have Green eyes?
    4. Are you wearing shoes that lace up and tie?
    5. Do you wish you were 31 again?
    6. Have you ever thought of doing what I do?
    7. If you have a son?
    8. Do you own 31 pairs of shoes?
    9. Have you lost your keys recently?
    10. If you are liking the products your seeing so far?
    11. Are shopping for a gift?
    12. If you are wearing Yellow?
    13. Did you just come for the food?
    14. Did you come for the monthly special with 31?
    15. Did you know that 31 has _____ New patterns in this spring Catalog?
    16. Is this your first time at _______ House?
    17. Do you own more than 10, 31 products?
    18. If you are having FUN?
    19. If you have kissed your other half today?
    20. Do you wish you had more time to spend with your family/Friends?
    21. Did you know that you could start your own business for $99?
    22. If you’re wearing heels?
    23. Have you ever received 31 as a gift or given 31 as a gift?
    24. Have you ever been a 31 host before?
    25. Wish someone would get back to their original seat so this game would be over?
    26. Did you know that the red wave print helps raise money for Ronald McD House?
    27. Would you like to make your PJ’s your uniform?
    28. If you have a zipper?
    29. If you are wearing a ring?
    30. If you made the bed you slept in?
    31. Are you shopping for yourself?

Will you book a 31 party tonight… you would be surprised what people will do to get that prize! Use this question when you see them getting close to their original seat… it may be the reason you get a party booked.


The Island Game 

(Each player gets a blank piece of paper and a pen)

Each player must close their eyes… no cheating!

After each step hold your pen up so I can see you’re done


In the center of your paper draw an island

On the left hand side of your island, draw a palm tree

Now draw three coconuts on your palm tree

On the right hand side of your island draw a stick figure of yourself

In the left hand of your stick figure draw a purse with the number 31 inside it.

Now write the word FREE under your purse

In the right hand of your stick figure draw a dollar bill and write the number 99 on it.

On the top right side of your paper draw three of your best friends

Write your name on the bottom of your paper

Open your eyes and pass your paper to the left.


If your palm tree is on your island – 1 point

If your coconuts are on your palm tree – 1 point

If you are on your island – 1 point

If you gave yourself hair – 1 point

If you gave yourself a face – 1 point

If your purse is in your hand – 1 point

If your money is in your hand – 1 point

If the word free is not touching your purse – 1 point

If the number 99 is actually on your dollar bill – 1 point

If your three best friends have hair – 1 point for each

Give yourself 1 point for each of your friends that is not touching another friend

Who has the most points?


Thirty-One offers you a lot of amazing things

  • To start with, the three coconuts on your palm tree represent the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit as 31 is a Faith-based company. The 31 in our name is from Proverbs 31 which celebrates women as wives, homemakers, Mothers, neighbors, teachers and friends.
  • The purse in your hand represents the amazing products that 31 offers
  • The word free under your purse along with your three best friends represents all the fun you’ll have and the free product you will earn when you invite a few friends over and host your very own 31 party
  • The cash in your hand and the island you’re standing on represents the money you can make and the all expense paid trips you can earn when you decide to become a consultant. All it takes is $99 to start and three of your friends to host your first few shows.
  • At 31 our mission is to celebrate, encourage and reward and it is my pleasure to reward the winner of this game:  __________.


This little game is easy to do, You just add figures like 2 plus 2.

Multiply, subtract, or divide, more and more,

There is a prize for the highest score.

I wonder who came here from afar,

Give yourself 5 if you came by car.

Were you on time? Not a minute late?

Punctuality pays, so give yourself 8.

A necklace gives you 5, and earrings 3,

Glasses are 9 more when they are on you,

10 points more if your eyes are blue.

Score yourself 5 if you show any pink,

But take away 10 if you left dishes in the sink.

Count all your buttons, each gives you 1,

Except if they’re white, and then you get none.

Each bow is 1 point, but safety pins are taboo,

So for each one you’re wearing, take away 2.

Open toe shoes are quite fine,

So, give yourself 10 if you are wearing that kind.

Now here’s a chance to score you better,

Add 6 points if you’re wearing a sweater.

1 Point for each year that you have been wed,

But take away 5 if your hair is red.

Now daughters are sweet, and on that we agree,

So for each one you have you may now add 3.
But when adding up points, boys are worth more,

So, for each one of your sons, go ahead and add 4.

If you kissed your husband or boyfriend, add 12,

But into your personal life I must delve’

If you kissed them both you must subtract 20,

Because you’re in trouble and trouble aplenty.

Now that’s all there is, so total your score,

(Except if you’re a special friend, there’s more.)

Its a 50 point bonus for V.I.P.

If you’ll be a Hostess for

(name of your company) and me!



Have each guest write the names of two friends, two relatives, two co-workers, two neighbors and two club members. Give a prize to the first person finished. After they are through, tell them their guest list is already made out for their home (or book) party.


You will need: 4 envelopes and a basket with your inexpensive door prizes. Inside each envelope, put a small piece of paper folded several times so they can’t see it. On one, write $1.00; another $2.00; another $3.00; and another $5.00. Tell everyone what is inside and that they are gift certificate for tonight! Have the first person to your left pick one of the envelopes. But tell her she CAN’T LOOK!!!!
Now, play one of the “Right-Left” game and the envelope travels right and left. At the end, tell the person with the envelope “DON’T LOOK” ~ Because I want to “Make A Deal” with you. Say: “Since you didn’t pick the envelope, maybe your luck is better than hers…so you can trade for another envelope if you want to” (Hold the other envelopes out). Usually everyone is hollering “trade” or “don’t trade”).

Next, say, “DON’T LOOK!” ~ “I’ll make another deal with you…(Pull out your gift basket) “I will trade you the envelope for an item in my basket….that envelope could be worth $5 or maybe just $1” (Everyone is again yelling “trade” or “don’t trade”). She then makes her choice.

Then say, “DON’T LOOK!!!” ~”I have another deal to make with you….I will give you your envelope back and DOUBLE what’s inside or give you TWO prizes from my basket IF you will book a show tonight and help (Hostess) out.”

If she doesn’t book she gets either what’s in the envelope or her gift but MOST of the time they will book.



This is a fun game to relax everybody. Give each person a piece of paper. Tell them to lay in on the catalog and turn lengthwise on their laps. Tell them to close their eyes and keep them closed for the entire game.

We’re going on a Hawaiian vacation, so draw an island in the middle of your paper.

—to the left of your island, draw a ship

—you are surrounded by water, so put some fish in the sea

—this is Hawaii, so put a palm tree on the island

—its a nice day, so put some birds in the air

—that ship didn’t get there all by itself, so put a sailor on the ship

—he might get hungry, so draw some coconuts on the palm tree
—sailors like to see where they are going, so put some port holes on the ship

—sailors like entertainment, so draw a hula dancer on the island

—it’s a sunny day, so put a sun in the sky

Now you can open your eyes! We are going to see how well you did.

Score points if:

Your island is in the middle  10 points

Your ship is to the left of the island, but not touching  10 points

For each fish you have  5 points

For the base of the palm tree being on the island  5 points

For each bird you drew  5 points

If the sailor is on the ship, not swimming  15 points

If any coconut is on the tree  5 points

If the porthole is on the ship  10 points

If the hula dancer is on the island  15 points

Now the sun:

If to the left  20 points
If to the right  15 points

If in the middle  10 points

Highest points wins!



Imagine your paper is a park in the spring time, and follow my directions.

1. Draw a pond in the middle of your park.

2. Draw a sailboat on your pond.

3. The sun is shining high in the sky.

4. There is a big tree on the right side of the park.

5. There is an Easter basket under the tree.

6. There are eggs in the basket.

7. There are birds flying over the water.

8. One of the eggs hatched. Draw a baby chick by the basket

9. There are kids playing ball in the park.

10. Write the date that Easter falls on this year.

11. There is an Easter basket under the tree.

Give yourself points based on the following:

1. 5 points if your sailboat has more than 1 sail.

2. 10 points if your sun has rays.

3. 5 points if you drew a ball for the kids to play with.

4. 1 points for every egg that is touching the basket.

5. 5 points if your chick is on the ground and not in the tree.

6. 5 points if you knew that Easter was on _____ this year.

7. 1 point for every bird in the sky.

8. 10 points if your kids have faces and aren’t just circles.



1. Draw a pumpkin in the center of your page
2. Put some bats above the pumpkin

3. Draw a moon in the upper left corner

4. Oops! Please put eyes and a nose on your pumpkin

5. Put a spider web in the lower right hand corner

6. Did I ask you to put a stem on top of your pumpkin?

Please do that now!

7. Draw some bones below your pumpkin

8. Draw a ghost on your paper (ghosts are invisible remember?)

9. Please draw a witches broom on the left of the pumpkin

10. Oh yes please put a spider in that web.

Points scored as follows:

3 points if your pumpkin is in the middle of the page

1 point for every bat

2 points if the moon is in the left corner

2 points for the nose and each eye that is on the pumpkin

2 points if the web is in the lower right corner

4 points for the stem on top of the pumpkin

1 point for each bone

3 points if you can find the ghost

2 points if the broom is to the left of the pumpkin

10 points if the spider is in the web



Choose 10 letters. For example:











Tell the guests you’re going to call letters out. The first person to find something in their purse that starts with that letter, gets a ticket! Then you draw for a prize at the end. Warning, they get crazy fun and competitive with this one!


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Dice Booking Game


Supplies needed:

  1. One pair of dice
  2. 11 cards with envelopes numbered 2-12
        • 2- GRAND PRIZE
        • 3,4,5,12- WIN A PRIZE
        • 6,7,8,9,10,11- BOOK A SHOW
  3. Several goodie bags (I put a votive and/or a tealight)


 Here’s how to play:


Ask, “Who here likes to gamble?   Great because I’ve got a gambling game for you!  The game is optional to play, but you will win something for playing every time.  The way the game works is you roll the dice and you get the coordinating envelope for the number you roll.”   (For example, if they roll a 3 and a 2 they get envelope #5.)  “Inside each envelope is a prize.  In one envelope it says GRAND PRIZE which is ________ (hold it up for them to see…if you don’t have the item, show them a picture of it in the catalog.)   Some of the envelopes say WIN A PRIZE.  If you get this envelope, you will get a goodie bag to take home tonight.   The rest of the envelopes have the best prize it them…they say BOOK A SHOW!  Now, the catch is whatever envelope you get, you have to follow through.  So, if you get grand prize, you have to take home the grand prize.  If you get Book a show, you have to book a show.  And just so you know, having a candle party is so easy.   All you do is give me a guest list and I send out the invitations for you.  Also, if you provide phone numbers, I will even give your friends a reminder call for you!   And then you reap all the rewards by getting loads of FREE products!  So, do I have any takers?”


Let them roll the dice and take their envelopes, but tell them not to open the envelopes yet.   After everyone that wants to has rolled, tell them, “Okay, I have a deal to make with you.  (Hold up trumpet jar) You can, regardless of what your envelope says, without even looking, go ahead and book a show.   If you do so, you will get a free jar candle like this one at your show AND you will still get the prize that is in your envelope.  Again, you will be helping _____ out, and earning lots of free stuff for yourself.”   Let them decide what to do.  Coax them along by reminding them they have a chance of getting book a show in their envelope and this way they get the jar for booking.   After everyone has decided whether or not to make the deal for the jar, let them open their envelopes.  Give prizes to those that earned them and book the shows of the people that made the deal or got it in their envelope.   Make sure you book the show THAT NIGHT EVEN IF IT IS TENTATIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!


The Penny Game


When each person arrives at the gathering give them a penny and tell them to hold on to it for a game later in the evening. When you’re finished with the demo and everyone is about to order tell them about the penny. They have a few options. They can keep the penny as your gift to them. Or they can redeem their penny and save .01 on their order. Or they can give you the penny to “buy” a prize. Tell them ahead of time what the slips say so they can decide if they want to take a chance. If they decide to “buy” a prize, they must draw a slip from your mystery bag! Inside the bag have slips of paper with: 10% off your order, $2.00 off your order, free shipping, no tax, choose a gift.  They get to reach in the bag and draw a slip. If they are really lucky, they get to book a party ! They must choose a date that night so have your calendar handy. I’ve booked lots of demo’s from this. Everyone likes to try their luck and it’s a “pressure on them” way to get bookings!! Be sure to mark your slips as to not give away to many expensive items, shipping, etc.


Mystery Prize Balloon Game

Before the party blow up balloons and place a folded up slip of paper inside with a discount or a free item….whatever you’d like as an incentive.
As guests arrive, give them a balloon. As you hand it to them, say, “This is yours for the evening, hang on to it and don’t trade it away. You may be holding a special balloon.” When you open the show, casually remind them to hang on to their balloons, you will get to them later on. You will see them shaking the balloon and see the curiosity in her eyes. Towards the end of the evening tell the guests that if they decide to book a show with you tonight they get to keep the incentive/gift inside, otherwise they must return the balloon to you. Let them know if 3 of them pop their balloon, then the hostess gets to pop hers as well.  Wording is key here. There is not a person in that room who is not dying to know what her prize is….  Your hostess will also want to pop hers to see what her mystery prize is, so she will work to get other to pop theirs. Have them bring their balloon to you with their order and pop the balloon with you.

I like to put stickers on three catalogues at the party. They are mixed in when I pass them out at the party. At the end of the party I ask who has them and ask them to read aloud what they say. (they say things like ‘super’, ‘fantastic’, ‘hooray for you’)
then I say it back to the women with the sticker – It’s super, it’s fantastic, hooray for you!!! You three ladies get to book the next parties! Because you have the sticker, you’ll get an extra gift at your party. If you’re not going to use your sticker, give it to someone who will so they can get the prize. And hey, you get to spend a few more hours with me!!



Deck of Cards

When the guests arrive, hand each of them a card from a deck of playing cards. During your booking talk (right before you leave the room to heat up the soup), you say “If you book a Tasting, you can have any item in the catalog that is under $25, for the amount on your card. The Jack is free, ace is 1, Queen is 11 and King is 12. I’m going to pass my open dates sheet around the room on my clipboard so that you can choose a date that works best for you. Write the face value of your card beside your name on the open dates sheet.”


That should get you off to a great start!! I have had these saved for years, so I thought I’d pass some along!

Melissa Fietsam, Ind. Senior Executive Director at Thirty-One Gifts

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Use Coloring Sheets for Your Direct Sales Business

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Coloring Sheets. Cheap. Fun. and EASY! Are you using them in your direct sales business?

coloring sheet


Coloring sheets are great for soooooooooo many things!

  • You can leave them at any offices where there might be children waiting
  • If you do vendor events, attract the kids to your booth! You entertain those kids, and mom will be forever grateful and probably sit at your booth a bit longer while the kids are ransacking your papers and crayons (thank you Melanie Moore for that fabulous tip).
  • Keep them in your purse with the crayon boxes. If you’re in a store or restaurant and see a mom with some really rowdy kids…hand her some. I’d be willing to bet that women will thank you and be willing to take a look at your catalog you hand her too:)
  • Halloween, or any holiday…run a contest on Facebook or your customer group for them to print, have their kids color, and upload the picture back to Facebook and tag you. FUN, RIGHT?
  • Pick out a school, or maybe just a class, and see if they would like to participate in a coloring contest. It’s all about building those relationships, right?
  • Here’s one for you…take them in your party kit. Got some rowdy kids at your party? Give them some crayons and a sheet to color:)

I found the coolest crayons. They come in 6 packs and you buy a big box (48 boxes) for super cheap at for $9! Check it out by clicking on the picture below. And you can also fit your business label on those boxes:


I would love to hear what else you can think of to do with coloring sheets all year long?

Think. Outside. Of. The. BOX!

Melissa Fietsam, Ind. Senior Executive Director at Thirty-One Gifts

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Thirty-One Hostess VIP Facebook Event

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You guys ready to find out how I booked TEN parties and got four new AMAZING potential recruits last night? All in 30 minutes on FACEBOOK?!

I tried something new. I took a chance, dove head first and it paid off big time!

What do you say? You up for a challenge? Cause you know I made the entire script to share with all of YOU. You’ll find the link for the script below!


So here’s the deal. I created a Facebook event and invited all of my past hostesses.

The night before the event i sent messages to anyone who had not joined the event, to let them know they would be getting to see all the new fall product.

I basically had this outline:
1. Fall Fashion show to high light some of the new product.
2. booking blitz
3. then I handed them the link to the new fall catalog.

I booked TEN parties and got four potential recruits! They had so much fun being the first to see the new products. It went over better than i ever expected!! I have honestly NEVER had that much interaction on a FB event!

So this is what I want you to do.
1. create the event NOW. 30 minute event
2. invite all your hostesses and let them know they’re going to get to see the new fall catalog FIRST
3. Then download the Facebook script below
4. Then EDIT that document with your own business information instead of mine.
5. Download all the PHOTOS for this script (you can right click on the images in the document and save them to your desktop)
6. and you’re ready to ROCK!!!

**This is time sensitive! You want to do this like Monday night!! Or Sunday night! I did mine at 9pm Eastern.
**you can give away prizes randomly too if you want.
**keep it SIMPLE. EASY. QUICK. don’t add a bunch of stuff and go over the time.
**I posted every TWO MINUTES a new post in my event
**I used to schedule all those posts and it went seamlessly!!

Happy Friday! Time to get to WORK ladies!!


Melissa Fietsam, Ind. Senior Executive Director at Thirty-One Gifts

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Matchbox Dice Booking Game for Your Direct Sales Parties

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I found the most AWESOME booking game for my Thirty-One home parties! I’m going to call it the Matchbox Dice Booking Game, cause I like to make up words. LOL!

It was so easy and so fun for the guests! I saw a blog post from Deb Bixler that sparked the idea, so I knew I had to make it my own! Watch this video to learn more and then find major details below on how to make your own, what prizes go in the boxes, etc.

So here is what it all looks like

(now there’s a #1 box in that picture. You won’t need a #1 box)



1. fiesta bowl or vegetable tray…whatever that thing is called 🙂

2. Matchboxes (I found mine at Hobby Lobby. They were made by Paper Studio)

3. Large colorful dice (or regular dice if you want to be that guy. Just kidding! Regular dice are fine!)

4. Some slips of paper to insert your prizes into the boxes. I used cardstock and made sure they fit in there pretty tight so they would stay in the bottom.


It is VERY important that you use these exact #’s for the prize boxes. Someone out there has done the statistics of how many times a # was likely to be rolled. So, for instance, the #2 was the least rolled #. So you’re going to want to put your Gran Prize in that box!

#2- Grand Prize

#3 and #4- Prizes

#’s 5-9 are Book a Show

#’s 10-12 are prizes

What do you give away as the prizes?:

~key fobs

~$5 off your order

~free customer special (only if it’s cheap)

~Pick a prize (have a prize box with lots of little goodies from your company-key fobs, nail files, things from dollar bins at Target. etc)

What happens if two people get the same number?:

Nothing! When someone rolls the dice and gets their number, they open the box and see what their prize is. And then they put the box back on the tray! So it’s ok if someone rolls the dice and gets the same number.

How does this compare to my purse booking game?:

I will use them BOTH! They are both equally effective when it comes to booking. However, I like this matchbook dice booking game because I don’t have to switch out the prizes or anything. They just stay in the box. It’s cheap, but it’s adorable and kind of irresistible, so they can’t stand not to play!

The biggest time consumption I had with the purse game is that I had to change out the slips in them. And with 20 purses, it is sometimes a chore. Effective, but a chore.

So…final conclusion is that I will alternate this Matchbox Dice Booking Game AND the purse booking game. When I have a party with a ton of repeat guests, I’ll be able to switch it up a little!

And if you haven’t tried the Purse Booking Game, you’ll want to check that out too:

Happy Booking Ladies!!

Melissa Fietsam, Ind. Senior Executive Director at Thirty-One Gifts

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31 Party presentation

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Thirty-One Home Party Presentation:

This is just me and the camera. I wanted my team to simply hear my WORDS for a party presentation. Simple, easy, fun.

My Thirty-One party presentation is quick and effective. I cover booking, recruiting, and sales. And I do it all in 15 minutes or less. So if you’re looking for something EASY and FUN and EFFECTIVE, check out this party presentation for your next Thirty-One party!


Melissa Fietsam, Ind. Senior Executive Director at Thirty-One Gifts


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Death by Chocolate, Thirty-One hostess coaching and party game

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So here is something SO fun and SO effective to do at your next home party!

My friend Melanie Moore shared this idea with me. It’s called Death by Chocolate.

And this is a hostess coaching “trick”. So you call your hostess 24 hours before the party. You say, “I need you to call everyone and tell them they need to bring a candy bar. Doesn’t matter what kind, but they HAVE to bring one. And there’s a prize involved that they don’t want to miss!”. You can even send a text picture with this information that she could send a reminder RIGHT BEFORE the party the next day!

Now, I have a video below explaining too, but the guests earn POINTS for different things. So, like, if yours has nuts in it-you get 5 points. If yours has caramel in it you get 3 points, etc.

Now, the person with the most points at the end, gets ALL the chocolate bars! And everyone wishes them weight gain and chocolate induced acne, right?

But the great thing about this (besides the fact that it’s FUN and involves chocolate), is that it’s giving your hostess a REASON to call and remind her guests about the party!!! And that is the most important thing!

So when you have guests book, you’ll want to change up the game for next time. And here are some things we’ve been throwing around. My good friend Christina Rupracht shared the potato game with me. Same thing: points for: home grown, had to get one from hostess, point for each “eye”, color of potato, etc.

And Christina and I came up with a few more ideas we’re tossing around. Bring a cup (coffee, tumbler, handle, color, size-all different things to give points for). She has one for toilet paper.

And then we were talking about doing donation ones! 

So bring a can of food (donate to local food bank)

Bring something you never wear anymore that you would wear to an interview (donate to dress for success)

Bring an old purse you don’t use anymore (donate to dress for success)

The possibilities are endless with this game. And as I come up with the point systems and new ideas, I’ll be sure to post them here on my blog for everyone. 

Happy Hostess Coaching!!

Watch this video for a really good explanation of it:

Melissa Fietsam, Ind. Senior Executive Director at Thirty-One Gifts

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A Recruiting Mindset

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My goal this year has been to hit several areas of my business. And recruiting is one of them. I have always been a strong recruiter, I think it comes natural to me because I truly love my job. And it’s easy for people to see that.

But it’s more than that. It’s a mindset. Every conversation I have, I’m looking for my next recruit. As they’re talking to me, my mind is LITERALLY thinking, what could this business do for THEM?

I have personally recruited 32 consultants in the last 6 months. Isn’t that CRAZY? And I still do the same happy dance with each new recruit. Because I know what I can do for them. I know how I can change their life for the better. And nothing gets me more excited than a new recruit!

So I have been taking some very INTENTIONAL steps to stay on top of my recruiting efforts. And I wanted to share a few of those with you. I shared with my team not too long ago, that recruiting and sales go hand in hand. Normally, if you’re recruiting-your sales are going to go down. You’re giving away parties and customers, right? So you really have to decide what you want. Don’t focus on anything but that. And then go ALL IN. Great church service, the message was ARE YOU ALL IN? Think about that. Whatever it is you want to achieve, makes sure you’re all in. Make sure every conversation is geared toward your goal.

So here’s a video I made for my team. it is LONG, I apologize. 15 minutes. But, it will give you plenty of ideas on how to start those recruiting conversations. And my best tip for someone who wants to build their team…start working on booking. The more people you get in front of, the more people you can offer the opportunity to.

Hope you enjoy!

Melissa Fietsam, Ind. Senior Executive Director at Thirty-One Gifts

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Thirty-One Wine Tasting Party…some new ideas

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So I had my very first wine tasting party and it went GREAT! It was a launch party for a new consultant on our team, and she had a $1000 party! We had about 8-10 guests, can’t remember the exact number.

There were a couple things I learned right away that I wanted to share. If you haven’t seen my first post and video about this, start here:

First, I like to have a 10-15 minute presentation. And it took a lot more time with the wine tasting. I had some wine fun facts that I wanted to share with each wine tasting, and totally forgot about it, but time wise, I’m glad I did!

TIP #1:

So, I really wanted to incorporate these fun facts into my presentation. Here is my solution. I made 2×4 labels to put on the front of all of my guest packets. So, each person will grab a packet, and each packet has a different fun fact. With each wine tasting, I’ll have a different person say their fun fact on their folder. And the great thing is…when I’m doing a regular party and someone sees that sticker and asks, “Why do you have wine fun facts on your folders?”…I get to say…LET ME TELL YOU ALL ABOUT THAT! 🙂

~takes the pressure off of me

~gets them more involved

~they can’t LOSE it, it’s on their packet!

~I only have to print it once, since it will be a sticker on the packets

~And I’ll never forget or lose that slip of paper with all the facts.

So this is my FIX for that 🙂


TIP #2:

I also think my next party will start off with 3 wine tastings. Just get it started! It’s a wine tasting party, start it off right! Then my party is broken up like this:






product and specials

TIP #3:

We had one set of the tasting cups, write the guests names on it with sharpie markers and washed them out.

This took tooooooooooo long!

Next time, we will line the bottles up in order of tasting, light to dark. We will set cups in front of each bottle and re-pour them! It took too long, and this will make things run much smoother. You’ll go through a few more cups, but they’re not expensive and come in packs of like 200. So if you had 10 guests, 10 bottles of wine, that’s 100 cups. Not bad at all.

TIP #4:

Dump Bucket! So, most people have a very specific taste they like. And if I don’t like it, I ain’t drinkin’ it! So instead of getting up to pour it out…have a dump bucket! I need to find a clever name for this. I have a little bucket I got at the Dollar Tree that’s pink and will work great for this.  If you can think of a clever name for dump bucket, let me know. LOL!


TIP #5:

I have to find a fun way to score the wines. I would like to do a give a way for the wine everyone loved the most, but I need help with how to do that too. So this one…I’m asking for YOUR tip! Maybe we could say…write your favorite new wine from tonight on a piece of paper. And then turn it in and I’ll tally?

TIP #6:

Hostess gift. I bought a set of 12 wine glasses at Walmart for $9.99. And I’ll be giving that to my hostesses!

TIP #7:

I bought a bunch of whistles attached to lanyards at the Dollar Tree. I’m going to play this off as…who’s my rule follower here? Who’s the one who keeps everyone in line when you go out? Then I’m giving them the whistle and telling them they have free reign to keep everyone in line all night. Just something fun!

So anyways…just a few updates to my Thirty-One wine tasting party. It was a blast, I have 2 more this weekend and I’ve never been so excited to do some new things with my parties!!

Hope this helps,

Melissa Fietsam, Ind. Senior Executive Director at Thirty-One Gifts

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