This weekend the bf and I hosted a Cinco De Mayo Qdoba House Party. Sadly a lot of our friends were out of town for the weekend, but we were able to round up 9 hungry guests who were thrilled to try out Qdoba catering, play a little pin the tail on the donkey and drink a few (OK many, Margaritas).
A Little FYI On House Party:
What is House Party? If you’re not familiar with the, “house party model”, the parties are sponsored by companies who give you products, a “Party Pack” of their products to eat/use/try/share. You invite friends and family to a party at your home and share the products with them. Advertisers know that word of mouth advertising is the best way to gain loyal customers, thus the House Party model has become pretty popular.
How Do You Sign-up? It’s easy, you sign-up at houseparty.com and start a profile (similar to facebook and other social media mediums). After you make your profile, you can apply to be a party host.
How Do You Get Chosen to Host? Participation on the site (sharing photos, tweeting, sharing on facebook etc.) are good ways to show the companies that you’ll be a good promoter of their brand. The more engaged you are they better your chances are of being selected as a host.
Our Qdoba House Party:
Our Qdoba party pack included the following:
- (1) Qdoba certificate good for a 20-person Catering Bar ($170 value!!)
- (1) Bamboo spoon and (1) Bamboo tong
- (1) Tote bag and (1) Apron
- (12) Plastic margarita glasses
- (4) Molcajetes to make and serve guacamole
- (12) Qdoba rewards cards loaded with one free entrée (awesome!-we used these as favors/prizes)
So Technically the party wasn’t “free”. The food was free, but we had a few additional costs…
- Beer-What’s a Cinco De Mayo themed party with cervaza? We bought a few 12-packs of beer (Dos Equis of course-to fit the theme). I had a Beer Rebate for the beer, so the beer will actually end up being free after the rebate.
- Balloons-$1.30 x 6=$7.80 + “Fiesta” balloon $3.99 (total balloon cost=$11.79)
- Tequila-$25.00 for the Tequila plus $2.99 for mixers x 3=$8.97 (total Margarita cost=$33.97)
- Donkey kit- $4.99, but well worth the cost for the amusement it provided. The tails came with markers and foam stickers so you could decorate your own tail.
- Total Spent: $50.75
We had so much fun hosting the party. This was the first time a lot of our friends had been to our condo, so we were really excited to be able to host them in such “style”.
Everyone remarked on how delicious the food was and how fun it was to make their own burritos. We ordered the naked burrito bar that came with steak, chicken, and all the fixings (salsas, cheese, guacamole, chips etc.). The catering set-up came with everything we needed to keep the food hot (chafing dishes, Sterno etc.) and all the napkins, paper goods and serving spoons.
Qdoba catering is really tasty and makes hosting a party a breeze. If you like to entertain and try new products, House Party is a really good way to do so for FREE! Who doesn’t love free?
What are the most expensive part of party hosting for you? Have you ever hosted a “House Party” sponsored by a company?