Monday, October 7, 2013

House party success

Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Voices Boomers program and have been provided with a device and six months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product.

Chicago, where it all began

Back when I accepted the invitation to be part of the Verizon Voices Boomers, I agreed to host two house parties for Verizon. At first, I wasn't thrilled with the idea. But as I learned more about the parties, I really looked forward to them, mainly because, Verizon offered some really nice prizes and swag for attendees.

This past Saturday, my nearly-five-year-old granddaughter, Laura, and I hosted our first party at my late-mother's home in Manheim (Lancaster County), PA. I decided to host a party there, so I would have a different crowd than at the one I'll be hosting here in Pittsburgh next month. 

The presentation begins

While attendees may have worried about an Amway-type presentation, where I would promise the world if they'd just sign up, they quickly discovered they had nothing to worry about. The twelve attendees were treated to a nice spread of cheese dishes and wines, swag bags full of Verizon goodies, and a 30-minute presentation about various products Verizon offers, such as Home Phone Connect, Sure Response, Tagg Pet Tracker, fitbit One, 4G LTE Broadband Router with Voice, Belkin NETCAM, and Total Mobile Protection with Tech Coach support. 

Sure Response video

After answering questions, I was thrilled to be able to award prizes to seven attendees -- a Belkin NETCAM, Sure Response mobile emergency response system, 4G LTE Broadband Router with Voice, fitbit One, fitbit Wireless Wristband, a $100 Verizon gift card, and a $100 Visa gift card! We had some pretty happy party goers by the end of the evening. 

Happy winner of the Belkin NETCAM

Each guest filled out a pre-party and post-party survey, which, I'm happy to say, was completely anonymous. That means no one will be contacted by Verizon salespeople. This wasn't about my selling anything or gathering contact info for anyone else to sell anything. It was simply an informational evening. The products are great and sell themselves! 
Holding their attention

The lovely little Lady Laura was the best assistance ever, filling the gift bags, delivering them to each guest, drawing winning tickets, and simply being a delightful hostess. She's already looking forward to helping me out with the next gathering. 

Best helper!

An attendee receiving her swag bag from Laura

If you are in the Pittsburgh area and would like an invitation to the next party, email me and I'll add you to the list. With such great prizes and swag, it's a party worth attending! 

Healthy? Maybe not. Yummy? You bet!
Admittedly, I served some not-so-healthy/not-so-green snacks, including my often-requested beer dip. If you are a purist, don't even bother reading the following recipe. I wish I could be as disciplined as you. 

But if you're looking for a recipe that's always a hit with those of us who cheat on our healthy diets from time to time, here it is. It's my gift after enjoying a Saturday evening of partying, thanks to Verizon!

16 oz. Velveeta cheese, softened
16 oz. cream cheese, softened 
10-14 oz. of beer to taste (I used an amber beer. I do not recommend light beer of any kind.)

Cube cheeses for easier blending. Using an electric mixer, blend until smooth, slowly adding beer. Add more or less depending on the taste and texture.

Serve with pretzels.

Looking forward to House Party Number Two. And, yes, there will be wine, cheese, fantastic prizes, and beer dip.


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