Article by Zoe Wilder, Merry Jane
“That’s my kind of Tupperware party!” exclaimed a friend on Instagram after I posted an image of a table covered in bongs, grinders, vaporizers, stash canisters, and nugs. This was my first time at a HAPPY Parties event and I was excited to document my findings. Unlike direct sales parties of yesterday, these enterprising shindigs feature cutting-edge cannabis technology with an emphasis on education while getting stoned in the comfort of your living room. I wonder what Earl Silas Tupper would think if he were alive today.
Founders Terri Nopp and Amber Tippets originally called it Host A Pot PartY but decided to use the acronym HAPPY after the banks refused to work with them for using the word pot. “The idea came about last year while I produced the Portland Advertising Federation’s 2nd Annual Pot Marketing event and heard about caregivers going into homes, educating medical users on cannabis,” said Terri. She and Amber are the people friends and family call when they have canna-questions. It’s easy to see why. Both women were engaging and speaking with authority as they gave a brief lecture on the history of the plant, plus tips on how to consume safely while customizing your high. Attendees sat attentively during the speech, eyes darting between infographics propped against the wall, our kind hostesses, and an impressive glass bong collection lined up along the mantel.
Once the presentation ended, everyone was eager to sample the strains. The energy in the room was high-spirited as we alternated between visits to the refreshments table for snacks and trips to the accoutrement table for cannabis. After sipping on lemonade and nibbling on cookies, I tried the Crafty vaporizer packed with Purple Kush while chatting with another first-timer named Kirk, a grower who was kind enough to provide cannabis for the evening. Also, I played with a Pretty Lady lipstick lighter, inspected a glow-in-the-dark Cheshire Cat pipe, and examined crystalline buds under a magnifying glass.
Guests Brooklyn and T, both new to Portland, discovered the festivities via Eventbrite and were pleased to learn so much despite being avid smokers for many years. “We thought this would be a fun introduction to the Portland cannabis scene,” T said with a grin. Oftentimes, HAPPY Parties are comprised of friends and friends of friends. However, this event was open to the public. Marijuana was our ice-breaker.