So maybe Twister isn’t the best home party game to get more bookings. But… booking games are a great addition to any home party business. In addition to helping you get more bookings, it will also entertain your guests. I’ve found that I get more bookings by turning the process into a game instead of simply asking if a guest wants to host a party. Here are a few that I have used over the years…
The Dice Game
To play, you need a pair of dice, several prize items and 11 cards in envelopes numbered 2-12. Inside envelope #2 will say “Grand Prize”, #’s 3, 4, 5, 12 say “Win A Prize” and #’s 6,7,8,9,10, 11 say “Book A Show”
Before you start the game, tell everyone that this game is optional. To play, they must do what’s on the card. They roll the dice and pick a card that goes along with the number. If their card says “Win A Prize”, they take a prize from your basket of prizes. If their card says “Book A Show”, they must book a show. And if their card says “Grand Prize”, they get a gift and book a show. Remind them that when they book a show, they will get lots more for free at their party.
The Balloon Game
As guests enter the party, give them each a balloon. Inside each balloon is a folded note. Tell them that this is their balloon for the night and to hold onto it. As the show goes on, they’ll be curious about this balloon and what’s inside.
At the end of your presentation, tell them that inside each balloon is a bonus/prize. If they book a party, they can pop the balloon to reveal their prize. It can be anything from free shipping, a small item, gift certificate to a local shop or a large item that will be given at their show. That’s up to you.
I love this game. Once your guests hear the first pop, the rest want to pop theirs too. At one of my parties, nobody jumped right in to try it. Finally, a guest told me she wanted to book. I got out my pin and popped it for her. After that, the pops were everywhere. It just takes one to get it going.
Deal or No Deal
Bring envelopes with notes inside that say either “Prize” or “Book A Show”. Pass the sealed envelopes to everyone. Let them know this is a “deal or no deal” situation. They could win a prize or book a show but either way they have to do what their envelope says. If they don’t want to play, they simply say “no deal” and give back the envelope. But if they do say deal, they need to do what it says, either pick a prize or book a show.
This is the first game I used to get bookings. I had a very small party of only 3 people. I tried this game and got all 3 to book a party! You better believe I’ve done this again and again.
Variation: You can also tape a note, note side facing down, to a candy bar. Hand them out with “deal” or “no deal” on the note. Do the rest the same.
The Ribbon Game
The hostess starts the party with 3 yellow ribbons tied to her wrist. On the 3rd ribbon is a gift or a note for a gift attached to it. Let the guests know that as people book a party, they can remove a ribbon. Once the 3rd ribbon is removed, the hostess gets to reveal her gift.
Variation: You can also do this with necklaces/beads around her neck. This is perfect for Mardi Gras season, red and green for Christmas or red, white and blue for 4th of July.
What about you? What booking games or techniques work for you?