How to start a party planning business

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

This post is sponsored by The Body Shop At Home

I found that being a stay at home mum got a little monotonous.  When my kids were younger there were day’s that I wanted to do something different, not to just be mum, house cleaner, cook, taxi driver… I wanted to think about something other than the kids, just for a few moments every now and then.  I wanted to do something to keep my mind active and help contribute to family finances. I had my own party planning business for a while, which allowed me to meet lovely people who I am pleased to now call my friends.  

how to start a party planning business

Party planning is a great option to create a stream of income into your home, particularly if you are wanting extra cash, without getting a job out of the home.

Below I’ve shared a few tips to help you determine how to choose the best party plan to suit you:

  1. Find a product you are passionate about. You need to be enthusiastic about the product, your customers will be excited when they see your excitement and this will result in successful sales.
  2. What is the start up costs? Most party plans have a start up pack to help you get started with your first party. Check all the costs involved and that this is enough to start your business.
  3. What is the earning potential and how will this be paid? Ensure you are happy with what is offered.
  4. How often will you receive your payments? Check how these are paid to you and if there is a minimum sales required.
  5. Are there hidden costs? What tools are provided to you free of charge, what will you be required to purchase to support your business.
  6. Are you expected to attend sales meetings? Some party plans meet regularly and it is a requirement to attend, if you have young kids see how this coordinates with your schedule or see if kids can attend.
  7. Do they have or are you expected to attend regular training sessions? What are their requirements to meet your commitment as a consultant?  Is training local? Can your children attend (if not how often you may need to book in a babysitter).
  8. What ongoing costs are involved? Such as brochures, catalogues, stationery etc. 
  9. Are customers able to order online? If so, ensure you still earn from these sales.
  10. What incentives are available? Does the business offer incentives (such as car, prizes, holidays etc) to motivate you to increase sales.
  11. How are customers orders delivered? Will they be sent directly, or do you need to calculate the extra time to pack and deliver orders.
  12. What marketing restrictions does the company have? Are you able to promote your business by letterbox drops and on social media?
  13. What support is available? A great support team will help you succeed and can be the difference between success and failure.  Make sure you are comfortable with your first point of contact or that your leader is answering all your questions.

It’s a great opportunity to connect with other people, it’s fun and most of all you could create your own schedule based around activities and appointments with the kids and plans on the weekend.  

About The Body Shop At Home

The Body Shop At Home Independent Consultant

We all know The Body Shop® for their naturally inspired ethically produced bath, body and beauty products. But did you know you can have your own beauty business, being an Independent Consultant for The Body Shop At Home™?  

The Body Shop At Home™ mission:

‘The Body Shop At Home™ is an experience shared with family and friends. We are in the business of making people smile and embody a feel-good spirit that is refreshing and fun. We see the entire world as a source of beauty and our products are inspired by nature to make the skin feel so good. We have a vision that inspires passion, belief and empowers individuals to choose their own lifestyle, giving them the self-esteem and confidence to pursue their own dreams. Connect with our authentic beauty brand and feel uplifted by our unique network of diverse and likeminded Consultants around Australia”.

Through joining The Body Shop At Home™ you can start and grow your own rewarding business, work for yourself and have the flexibility to work in a way that suits you and your family.  Be a part of a global business that sees the world as a source of beauty.

To join The Body Shop At Home™ Consultants purchase a ‘Business Starter Kit’ for $155. The Business Starter Kit includes everything you need to host 4 popular parties including a pack of The Body Shop At Home catalogues and over $600 RRP worth of products and business tools. Below is a selection of products included in The Body Shop At Home™ Starter Kit (contents subject to change).


Ultimately I love the idea of working for yourself, being your own boss. At the end of the day, do what makes you happy!

Not looking to become a Consultant? You can still experience The Body Shop At Home™ by hosting a party.

Host a party

Invite your friends over, pour the coffee or champagne, have a delicious platter of food and a The Body Shop At Home™ Independent Consultants can show you The Body Shop ® products in the convenience of your home + they pamper you as well!  A fun and relaxing way to see the range, plus the host could be rewarded with free and discounted products.  

This months The Body Shop At Home™ Host Offer (conditions apply) is The Big Splash, Virgin Mojito Ice Bucket Gift valued at $89.95 for half price. To book a party phone 1800 355 750.



Win one of 3 Virgin Mojito Ice Bucket Gifts


THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED. Congratulations to Nicole L, Adele S, Laura S

Virgin Mojito Ice Bucket Gift  includes Virgin Mojito Body Scrub 250ml, Virgin Mojito Shower Get 250ml, Virgin Mojito Body Butter 200ml, Virgin Mojito Body Splash 300ml, Lime Green Bath Lily, Ice Bucket, valued at $89.95.

How to enter:

Tell me “What product would be on the top of your wish list if you were attending a The Body Shop At Home™ party and why?”  Follow this link to see the latest The Body Shop At Home catalogue.


This giveaway run in accordance with my disclosure policy, please read the terms and conditions below

1. Entries must be made on The Organised Housewife blog, entries in facebook comments are invalid.  2. Entries close 11.59pm AEST Thursday 12th November 2015.   3. One entry per household, open to Australian residents only.  4. This giveaway is a game of skill. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.  5. Total prize pool is valued at $269.94. 3 winners, each winner will receive 1 x Virgin Mojito Ice Bucket each.  6. Winners will be contacted by email, please ensure you leave your email address.  7. If I have not received a reply from the winner within 7 days the prize will be forfeited and awarded to the entry judged to be the next best.  8.  The Organised Housewife will take no responsibility for any delay, loss or damage to prizes sent to winners. 

This post was coordinated by The Remarkables Group

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Paula Thompson November 3, 2015 - 6:58 AM

The coconut deluxe gift set would be top of my wish list because it is my favourite scent and smells so delicious.

Margaret Quintal November 3, 2015 - 12:40 PM

The top of my list would be any of the pre-packaged Christmas gifts! The ability to not only benefit myself with gorgeous products but to also help a family in Ethiopia have safe drinking water because of my purchase is even more rewarding. Keep up the great work The Body Shop with all that you do and in your WaterAid campaign!

nicole lavanda November 3, 2015 - 7:20 AM

the best product from the body shop that’s on the top of my wish list is their Peppermint Reviving Foot Soak because juggling 2 little ones during the day, studying and working….the thought of stopping at the end of the night to soak the feet sounds magical!!

Michelle Harris November 3, 2015 - 8:19 AM

I love the advent calendar in the Xmas catalogue. I think it’s an affordable and fun way to try a range of body shop products. Coconut body butter is my go to product xx

Jessica Nassis November 3, 2015 - 12:47 PM

Spa of the world luxurious body collection box would be my pick! Looks AMAZING!
It would make the ultimate gift full of amazing products to keep you feeling relaxed and refreshed! I might just have to keep that one for myself!

Di November 3, 2015 - 2:33 PM

White Musk, I’m just about out and need to top up! Perhaps a white musk body bar too 🙂

DIANA O November 3, 2015 - 2:37 PM

All the gorgeous perfume oils, I love, love, love them but really dislike going ‘in store’ because the girls behind the counter are either too engrossed in themselves or their over the top conversations to pay attention or give respect to shoppers (by toning things down and watching their tongues) OR it’s the other extreme and the minute you set foot in store they’re on you and won’t leave you in peace to browse and select the scent for you, insisting that they know your nose better than you do. Body shop at home sounds like heaven to me, for all the products, without the snooty nosed sales assistants.

karina l November 3, 2015 - 2:52 PM

I love grapefruit flavoured everything, especially the body butter and shower gel. I just want to lick myself, it smells divine!

Rachel November 3, 2015 - 4:47 PM

24 Days of Christmas Gifts!

One for me, one for my mum, one for my sister… but I would have to give them on 30 November so they could begin to open them on the 1st. Hmmm, so then I would need to buy more gifts for Christmas Day. They would love it! And I would love it too because the Advent Calendar is such a great tradition. And maybe I could forgo the chocolate Advent Calendar. Maybe…

Tea Poulsen November 3, 2015 - 8:04 PM

I would love to check the carrot moisture facial cream I used through my twenties back in Denmark – and which Body Shop stopped producing some years ago 🙁 – would love to be able to get it again – was just the best.
As I have not used it for years due to not being able to get it might be why my skin looks old now 🙁

Anastasia November 3, 2015 - 9:36 PM

The pomegranate skin firming range because at the age of 40 I need to find ways to keep my skin looking youthful.

Louise M November 4, 2015 - 10:37 AM

The Mango Bliss box, I rarely like fragranced products but this smells as good as the mangoes I eat!

kzsupreme November 4, 2015 - 9:29 PM

The pomegranate skin firming range for me,
hitting 50, sagging skin I see.
Body shop at home products, sheer bliss
I can relax, and a sale I cant miss 😀

Naomi November 5, 2015 - 6:29 AM

Hemp hand protector, because it works.

Hildi November 5, 2015 - 7:00 AM

The Advent Calendar from the Body Shop;
Would make my heart skip and hop;
Leading to Christmas a surprise everyday;
Would make this grateful Mummy shout HOORAY!

Amanda Palmer November 5, 2015 - 7:26 AM

The 24 days of Christmas! An advent calendar for mummy! Yes please! Bout time there was one for mummy’s!

Jenny November 5, 2015 - 7:34 AM

The top of my list would be the Shea Butter Tin. I love the way Shea Butter leaves your skin so incredibly soft and silky. Talk about pampering. Really don’t have the time for that, but would love it. I’m always for helping anyone out, especially to give Clean Water for the people of Ethiopia? We should always help out cause there is always people in worst shape then ourselves.

Pam Berkeypile November 5, 2015 - 8:27 AM

Shea beauty bag. I need soft hands!

Kirsty Bunyan November 5, 2015 - 9:03 AM

I’d love the advent calendar, something special just for me to enjoy and count down to Christmas, why should the kids have all the fun! Also it would give me an idea what products I like to purchase full size at the next party!

Mary Preston November 5, 2015 - 10:18 AM

The Mango Bliss Box just screams summer indulgence. Blissfully delicious!!

Angela M November 5, 2015 - 12:05 PM

The cranberry shower gel. I’m sure it smells delicious and it’s absolutely Christmassy! 🙂

Adele Smith November 5, 2015 - 12:39 PM

The Argan Deluxe Kit as I’ve used some of these products before and my skin coos in delight when these are applied. The perfect gift to my skin!

Belle November 5, 2015 - 5:14 PM

The Glazed Apple Shimmer Globe caught my eye. I don’t even know what it is but just looking at it makes me feel like it would smell fresh and summery and make me feel all shiny and new.

melanie November 5, 2015 - 6:11 PM

Coco butter body butter! Its time to start getting ready for the warmer weather and theres nothing better than smelling and feeling delicious on a balmy summers evening!

melanie November 5, 2015 - 6:13 PM

Cocoa butter body butter! Its time to start getting ready for the warmer weather and theres nothing better than smelling and feeling delicious on a balmy summers evening!

Elita Hooper November 5, 2015 - 6:52 PM

Hemp body butter only thing that will fix my son’s excema

Rachel November 5, 2015 - 7:44 PM

I would absolutely love the mango bliss box. Mangoes are my favourite fruit combined with great products. MMM heaven all round.

Maree November 5, 2015 - 11:01 PM

Argan oil gift set ticks all my Christmas wish list!

Michelle Brazil November 6, 2015 - 6:32 AM

I would love the oils of life box. I was in a store today and tried some under my eyes and it felt so beauiftul. I love all Body Shop products but always seem to be buying them as gifts. Today I treated myself to some of the new SPA scrub and went to bed feeling amazing. Skin is so soft.

margo November 6, 2015 - 6:43 AM

Thank you for the opportunity to win such a lovely gift.

I would choose the hemp hand cream as my hands need all the help I can get, it works, you can see the difference.

Deb November 6, 2015 - 6:47 AM

Cannot go past the Hemp range it just works – forget all the rest

Alexandra November 6, 2015 - 7:21 AM

My pick is Spa of the World – what’s better than being transported to amazing places all over the world and being pampered by unique products from your own living room?

Tammy November 6, 2015 - 8:24 AM

The Mango Bliss Box would definitely be on the top of my wish list, I used the mango range at the end of my first pregnancy and when my daughter was a newborn and every time I smell it I can remember those days as if I was living them again 🙂

Sue Kelsey November 6, 2015 - 10:14 AM

Milk bath – best bath ingredient ever, leaves skin feeling smooth and refreshed.

Barbara November 6, 2015 - 10:16 AM

ooh, for my daughter who is a hairdresser and has issues with her hands, i would get the Hemp Medium Tin… she loves this. and for my other daughter to take to the gym, Strawberry Beauty Bag… that would make me happy, seeing my girls happy.

Naomi November 6, 2015 - 10:22 AM

The Satsuma tin! I’ve always loves that scent and I was so disappointed when they discontinued it. I might need to put it on my christmas wish list… 🙂

Lauren November 6, 2015 - 11:23 AM

My favourite Body Shop product is the Strawberry hand cream. It comes in a small tube that fits perfectly in your hand bag. You only need the tiniest bit to leave your hands feeling silky and soft and the gorgeous strawberry scent lasts for a good while. Love it!!

Debra Girling November 6, 2015 - 11:38 AM

The White Musk Barrel Gift, my all time favourite Body Shoppe scent

Carolyn November 6, 2015 - 11:56 AM

24 Days of Christmas Gifts. I love the idea of an adult advent calendar! Why should the kids get all the present opening fun!!?

Kirsty November 6, 2015 - 1:04 PM

Shea body butter – luxurious on dry skin plus it smells good enough to eat!

Selina Brookes November 6, 2015 - 1:25 PM

The pomegranate series has my name all over it – smells delicious and alas, my skin now exhibits “visible signs of aging”! Can’t go past the gift boxes though with 10 nieces and nephews to buy for this Christmas.

Emma Busuttil November 6, 2015 - 1:33 PM

Jasmine perfume oil or shower gel and body lotion! Most perfumes give me a rash or a headache (Or both) but I just love this fragrance and body shop perfumes are gentle on my skin.

Nellie Hore November 6, 2015 - 2:01 PM

It would have to be any product from the Moringa Range as this scent is just divine, fresh and subtle, but if I would have to pick it would the Moringa Body Mist as it makes me feel beautiful.

jess November 6, 2015 - 2:21 PM

My skin always loves thes strawberry body butter!

Tina November 6, 2015 - 2:50 PM

Easily the peppermint pamper tin! Nothing like a bit of relief for my tootsies after running around on them all day!

Tam November 6, 2015 - 4:13 PM

Is there a non-virgin Mojito range? If so, I’M THERE!

Diana November 6, 2015 - 5:14 PM

Any of the Body Butters. My teen girls and I go through them like you wouldn’t believe. We haven’t tried the Mojito, but the Frosted Plum smells divine! Anything fruity!

Allison November 7, 2015 - 6:41 AM

top of my list would be hand cream i absolutely love body shop hand creams 🙂

Rachel November 7, 2015 - 3:20 PM

Would love to try something from the plum range…a new scent I haven’t seen before! The body shop products are a moment of bliss in my house of boys (hubby and 3 boys). I always suggest body shop products when people ask me for ideas 🙂

Nikoly Richardson November 7, 2015 - 3:49 PM

I would love the Black Musk EDT or the African Ximenia Scrub.
What the heck…lets go for both!
Ooh, but then there’s the…..and the….oh where does it stop?!

Selina Leng November 7, 2015 - 3:58 PM

The new oils of life range- I’ve tried the samples and loved how it made my skin feel, the only hydrating product that’s stopped it flaking and it smells heavenly.

Leanne W November 7, 2015 - 5:10 PM

The Body Shop At Home party
Would be a marvelous treat.
The Coconut Deluxe Gift set
Smells good enough to eat!

Mary Cole November 7, 2015 - 8:19 PM

The Advent Calendar Set, because Christmas only happens once a year, and a box filled with surprises is the way to go for me!

Nicole Hanham November 8, 2015 - 5:18 AM

The “Oils of Life Skincare Gift” is at the top of my wishlist because you’re never too old to become younger!

Carlie Stanley November 8, 2015 - 9:59 AM

Shea Body Scrub is always on my must have list.

Creamy, delicious scent, leaves smooth skin, you get the gist.

It helps me out every summer, it really is quite clever.

And now with a baby on the way I need indulging more than ever!

Natasha Horsham November 8, 2015 - 12:11 PM

I love the mango body scrub – it always makes me feel clean or may be I should say to awakens my skin and afterwards love the oils in it so that my skin feels that moisturised

Kristie Newland November 8, 2015 - 1:44 PM

The Satsuma Tin! I fell in love with the scent when I was living in the UK and have only been able to find it once (at christmas) since retuning to Oz 🙁

Trileen Robson November 9, 2015 - 6:45 AM

There is nothing better than the body shop shower gels/washes, especially the pink grapefruit and coco butter ones. I have very little time to indulge in these products, but this gives me the one optunity to “indulge” in beautiful products x

Thelma Roberton November 9, 2015 - 6:52 AM

Since I couldn’t see anything raspberry the next best thing it glazed apple…the sugar scrub is at the top of the list!

Christy November 9, 2015 - 7:02 AM

It would have to be Spa of the World for my daughter & me. Spa is something we both love to do together & to be able to use this amazing product would be a total bliss!

Jodie November 9, 2015 - 7:33 AM

Body scrub at the end of a working week I love to exfoliate the whole body to feel fresh and alive

Kelli November 9, 2015 - 8:05 AM

Top of my Christmas wish list was always the olive body spray…LOVED it and cried f

Kelli November 9, 2015 - 8:09 AM

Top of my Christmas wish list was always the olive body spray…LOVED it and cried for weeks when it was taken off the shelves ? I am a big fan of all the body butters…at the moment I am loving the new frosted cranberry body butter!

Donna Lovelock November 9, 2015 - 8:30 AM

I’d have to order the Strawberry Bliss Box as a Christmas gift for myself! I love having a bubble bath using the Strawberry Shower Gel as the bubble bath. Smells amazing & I come out in a much better mood.

Carol November 9, 2015 - 8:42 AM

Black Sea Salt Scrub does an amazing job at exfoliating the whole body. I just love the way your skin feels afterwards – so fresh, alive and smooth waiting for that next layer of virgin mojito body butter that just smells so delicious.

Jennifer November 9, 2015 - 10:46 AM

The Shea Butter has always been a favourite of mine. Doesn’t conflict with any of the perfumes I wear and super-moisturising without the greasy aftermath. The fact that it’s responsibly sourced through The Tungteiya Shea Butter Association and goes to help women in Ghana is an added bonus!

Sonia G November 9, 2015 - 9:41 PM

Right up the top of my list will always be the Body Shop’s coconut body butter. No smell conjures up images of warm summer evenings by the pool than that one!

Angela J November 10, 2015 - 12:05 PM

Spa of the World Kit – OMG, just to get lost in the inulgence of it all, even for just a small while! Bliss.

Rachael Maddock November 11, 2015 - 9:17 AM

Top of my Wishlist from the Body Shop catalogue is the Advent Calender Gift (p9) as this contains so many of my favourite products, along with a lot that I haven’t yet tried out.

Laura Scriven November 11, 2015 - 10:52 AM

Body Butter keeps me smooth, because I’m always on the move. Air con and pollution all day, keeps dry, dull skin away.

Helen November 11, 2015 - 11:32 AM

The Satsuma gift set because while growing up in England “Santa” always left a satsuma (mandarin!) at the bottom of my stocking. The smell still reminds me of those freezing cold & dark Christmas mornings! But in a good way!

Amanda November 11, 2015 - 6:53 PM

On top of my Christmas wish list would be the moringa body butter the beautiful fresh smell of this would take me from day to night on a balmy summer’s day in the pre Christmas Party rush. That virgin mojito would also go down a treat dying to try this out!!

Amelia November 11, 2015 - 7:10 PM

Mango Bliss Box. Mango is my toddler’s favourite food. I might get a few more cuddles if I smell like it 😉

Sandra Parsons November 12, 2015 - 6:09 AM

I use Body shop products, and the all in one face base is wonderful as is the moisturizing primer! Both awesome products and the fact that nothing is tested on animals makes me love the Body Shop!

Jennifer B. November 16, 2015 - 10:39 PM

A treat for me that might just over-ride the smell of wet dog around this house at the moment in the most exotic of ways… A WHITE MUSK DELUXE GIFT Set!


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