7 Tips for Hosting the Best Palmistry Party Ever
I recently wrote about palmistry parties from a reader’s perspective, but what if you want to host the most fun palmistry party ever? Read on!
Getting together with friends is a highlight of my life. I’m particularly passionate about small, intimate gatherings where I can really lean in, look at my beautiful wise friends in the eyes and laugh out loud. Oh, and I love to mix it up a bit every once in a while and bring something new to the mix. Sometimes it’s making vision boards, sometimes we try making a fancy new recipe and other times we’ll hire a medium or psychic to come and speak to us and do some readings. If you’ve ever wanted to hire a reader to come hang out with you and your BFFs, here’s a quick guide to making it the most awesome event ever for everyone involved!
- Plan ahead. Depending on your reader they may need 3 months’ (or more) notice to put your event on their schedule. If you’re planning a weekend, you may need even more lead time. So make it easy on yourself and your friends and pick a couple of dates that have a good amount of lead time. Party planning is so much fun (and easy) when you have plenty of time to get everything together.
- Pick the right reader for the job. If you have someone you’ve been going to for years and you know her personality – that’s awesome! If that’s not the case though, where are you going to find your reader? Head out to the local metaphysical shop or fair and get a reading, or ask for recommendations! Still not sure? Do a search online and then ask for references! It’s also a good idea to gauge whether or not your reader has a personality that’s going to mesh with you and your peeps. Do you all have a raucous sense of humor? Then you want someone who isn’t going to be offended when you’re dropping the F-bomb or other NSFW asides. Are you more introspective? You’ll want someone who is great at bringing everyone to the party without feeling overwhelmed.
- Clarify the fees. Amazing but true – not every reader lists her fees publicly! Make sure you and your reader agree to fees, times and any other details ahead of time.Don’t be afraid to ask questions! Ask if your reader needs a particular set up, and/or time to prepare before you get started. Be specific about the number of guests expected and the time-frame you’d like your reader to fill. Many readers have a flat fee for a specific period of time, but some may charge by number of readings done, just ask. Your reader should have a contract or agreement that spells out these details. If they don’t, it won’t hurt to draw one up yourself. It should include things like cancellation policies, deposits, time of arrival and departure, additional fees for added time and even understandings about the reader’s role and meal. I’ve heard of readers coming in, eating all the appetizers and giving a half-hearted presentation before leaving. If you’re thinking you’ll get the Long Island Medium and what you get is the Pawdunk Psychic, no one is going to be happy.
- Let your reader know some basics about the crowd. Obviously if you’re hiring a psychic or medium you don’t want to give away personal details – it infringes on the integrity of the readings. However you do want to let your reader know if everyone is going to be in cut-off shorts and flip-flops or if they’re coming in their Sunday best. Most readers want to fit in with the theme of the evening. Of course if you’re hiring someone for t heir showmanship and wild wigs – that’s cool too – just give them the option to fit in.
- Corral your friends and let them know what you’re planning. Whether you’re paying the reader or you’re collecting payment from your friends, do yourself a favor and let them know up front what to expect. If you have a friend who, unbeknownst to you, is morally opposed to psychics, angel readers or the like, don’t put them in the position of feeling ostracized (or outraged) at your gathering. When it comes to money – be up front with your friends about this too. If it’s your treat – let it be a treat. If it’s not, then make it explicit. Some people get really hinky around money, so clear it up before the event happens so no one has their feelings hurt.
- Food and Drinks. Check with your reader. Some prefer you don’t drink, or eat during their readings as it can affect the energy in the room. Others recommend you all get down to your multi-margaritas after their gig is done so that you can focus on the information being shared. Ultimately, it’s your party, but your reader wants you and your friends to get the most out of their readings!
- Confirm the details. Make sure you confirm with your reader at least a week before your event. Let her know how many guests to expect, go over any specifics regarding set-up, directions and parking and any special needs you or your guests may have. Finalize your payment details if you haven’t and then sit back and prepare for a great time!
Now go – have a great party with your pals.