Whether you’re looking for new ideas to share Young Living or you’d like to get your friends together for your own girls’ night, hosting a Young Living make-and-take party is a great opportunity to meet new people, make some fun DIY projects, and show friends and neighbors that Young Living is more than just a drop of oil—that our products can easily and naturally complement any lifestyle.
From refreshments, to ways to encourage natural conversation about Young Living, to diffusion ideas, here’s your guide to hosting a fantastic make-and-take party!
STEP 1: Make a Plan
- Pick a theme. Maybe go with a “Pamper Me” theme with bath salts, hand scrub, and foot lotion made with Lavender or Ylang Ylang essential oil. Or perhaps a “Daily Dose” theme with an invigorating morning Melaleuca Alternifolia face lotion, a fresh 2:30 p.m. roll-on with Frankincense essential oil, and a serene nighttime room spray with Lavender essential oil.
- Decide which refreshments you’d like to serve. Keep your finger food simple and light. Try a fruit or vegetable tray with dip, or try crackers and cheese. You can even include Young Living essential oils in your refreshment spread. Try lemonade made with citrus essential oils, hot chocolate with Cinnamon Bark or Orange essential oils, or a vegetable dip with Dill essential oil. Our Healthy Cooking, Volume 2 recipe book has some great ideas you could try.
- Make a shopping list of the DIY project ingredients, project containers, decorations, bowls and utensils for assembling, and refreshments.
- Decide what amount you feel is appropriate to charge your attendees for each DIY project. You can use PayPal or Venmo or ask people to bring cash to the party.
STEP 2: Get the Word Out
- Decide how many people you are comfortable hosting, and then over-invite. Remember, people get busy and not everyone you invite will be able to make it.
- 2–3 weeks prior to your party, send out invitations. You can create a Facebook event or send any combination of emails, texts, and printed invitations.
- Closer to the date, send reminders and get a final count on RSVPs.
STEP 3: Pre-Party Setup
- Print handouts of the ingredients and instructions for your DIY projects.
- Have Young Living resources placed around your home, so people can browse during any downtime. We recommend the 2015 Product Guide and any resources you have on essential oils and their uses.
- Set up different stations for each DIY project to avoid overcrowding in one area. Organize tables with all the containers, ingredients, and measuring utensils laid out in order of assembly. Tip: Use white plastic tablecloths and write instructions by each step with a black permanent marker.
- Set out your refreshments.
- Set the mood and diffuse oils that will add to the feel of the party. For an uplifting vibe we recommend Joy or Bergamot. Play music that will complement your event.
- Prepare to say “thank you” to guests as they leave with a small take-home bag. You could include your business card with an essential oil sample, information about how to become a member, and a homemade treat made with essential oils. Set the bags out in a basket by your front door.
- Once guests have arrived, start the night by having everyone introduce themselves.
- Explain what you’ll be making, how to use the projects, and their benefits. Then start assembling the goodies!
- Ensure everyone leaves with a take-home package.
Step 5: Post Party
- For those interested, follow up with a class introducing Young Living products.
Stay tuned for an upcoming post for ideas to host a holiday gift make-and-take party!
Special thanks to Young Living member Nance Ciasca for her party expertise and tips.
Do you have any other tips for a smooth-sailing party? We’d love to hear them in the comments!