I arrived at the birthday party only to discover I was the only one in flapper-like gear besides the birthday girl. One girl did show up with fake twenties tied around her waist. I thought she might have been a mobster moll, but it was a play on words. You get it? Twenties party? She came dressed in twenties? Everyone else came in their regular clothes and one other put on a headband and a boa. It was a sad costume party for sure, but hey I made an effort, which made the hostess happy.
Mrs. Z’s birthday party was also a jewelry party. The company is a direct sales company that sells gold/silver plated jewelry. I’m excluding the name because there’s nothing wrong with them, I just am not a fan.
During dinner, there was a description of how the company worked. It was part sales pitch and part recruiting tool. Most of it, I didn’t listen to. I’m not interested in selling items for extra money especially in a way that required your friends to hold parties or buy from you. I’m never fond of people trying to sell me things I don’t need or want. If you’re a fan of the jewelry, then fine, but I’m a precious metal girl. If I’m going to spend $50 on something, I sort of want it to be real.
But it was a birthday party, and if I spent X amount of money, the hostess/ie birthday girl would get free jewelry. I must say that I was a little disappointed with 90% of the jewelry. Maybe I’m a snob or maybe I’m too arts and crafty. But most of the items were just beads strung together or simple ring work. And when I made them for myself, that is, if I’m making it seriously for keeps, I work in sterling silver, not silver plated. Certainly anything I couldn’t make, Emily most likely could. And I know that her items are nickel free, which is not the case with this company. Some items were even nickel plated. And since I have a nickel allergy, I stayed far away from those.
In the end, after looking through the catalog four times, I found a bracelet, which was swarovski crystal that would match two necklaces and a pair of earrings that Chris had bought me a while back. (Now that I think of it, they could have totally worked for the flapper costume as well. Not all flappers wore only pearls!) There was a crystal and rhinestone pin that I liked the look and I knew no one who could make it and I thought it would make a pretty headband, perhaps on a bit of silk ribbon. So in the end, I spent a lot more money than I should have.
Besides that though, I had a good time hanging out, chatting and laughing. When the jewelry come in, I’ll take some photos and let you know what I do with them.
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