I threw a swap party for my girlfriends a couple weeks ago. Each person came dressed in a fun summer outfit and brought gently used, still fashionable, stain-free, good-working-condition items that they no longer used to the party. We had a really great time trading them in for other items that we would use!
Champagne flutes awaited limeade and cucumber water when guests first arrived.
Goody bags, which doubled as place cards, had a hydrangea blossom (wrapped in a paper towel and tinfoil), with a bag of my Salted Chocolate Bark with Dried Cranberries and Roasted Almonds.
We enjoyed dinner together before the swapping began.
Chicken Salad with Dried Apricots, Goat Cheese, Scallions, and Arugula on Grilled French Bread
Asiago Dip with Cucumber Chips
People nibbled on Salted Chocolate Bark during the swapping.
I made these tissue paper pom poms, using this tutorial, and I loved how fun they were! (I still have them up!)
We organized our collective boutique into the following categories:
Clothing and Accesories
After we all had an opportunity to browse the goods, we drew numbers, and in that order, took turns picking items. We had giant shopping bags to put our finds in, and had fun seeing what each person chose.
I loved seeing clothes that I don’t wear anymore look great on my friends, and was excited to add some fantastic new pieces to my wardrobe (my favorite was an adorable skirt from Anthropologie) as well as some handy new household items (like a cheese slicer to replace our broken one) without spending any money! After several rounds of turn taking, the boutique opened up to everyone and people could take as much or as little as they wanted. Any items that were not chosen could return with their owner or be left at my house to be donated to the Salvation Army. It was such a fun way to spend a summer night with friends!!
You can find more tips about planning a swap party here.