I initially saw Biltmore Inspirations and met consultant Lisa Edwards at the Southern Women's Show (a trade show) and the products caught my eye. When my sister and I were at Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC this past September, there really wasn't anything as nice (as what I saw at the trade show) in the gift shop there. Turns out, the product line launched in July 2011 and is exclusively for home-based parties...so I hosted one!
The CEO of the Biltmore Company is a great grandson of the estate's orginal owners, George and Edith Vanderbilt. The patterns are taken from various textiles at the estate, and products include candles, trays, wine stoppers, decanters, cakestands, hurricanes, platters, coasters, baking dishes, soup tureens, accent bowls, aprons, napkins and towels, jams, toppings, sauces, syrups and easy to make quick breads. Check out the catalog via Lisa's page at http://www.BiltmoreInspirations.com/BeInspired
It's easy to make soft cookies and cheesecake bites using quickbreads--who knew?!
We quaffed mulled cider and some Biltmore Wine, which is bottled at the Estate's vineyard. It's really good.
Poring over the catalogs...and sampling the food.
Some food, some wine, and some laughs. Good clean fun.
As a hostess, I was given a set of two tea towels (they match my kitchen!), and based on the sales for the evening, I will get $100 in free merchandise + 50% off of 3 items ordered. That was unexpected! I didn't host the party with any "math" or outccome in mind, but am happy to be on the receiving end of these specials! Two guests are interested in hosting parties of their own..and so, the word spreads and Lisa's business is growing!
Looking forward to seeing the Spring 2012 catalog. Maybe I'll host another party...