Do you open your closet and sigh at the amount of clothes you own that you don’t even wear? It’s time to purge – or swap! A clothing swap party is a fun way to recycle lightly used pieces and to get your hands on some quality fashion finds. It’s also a great excuse to get together with your girlfriends to enjoy drinks and snacks. Not too much planning is necessary to make a success of a swap party. It’s just a fun night at home with friends.
Send out invitations well in advance. Try to invite between eight and 15 guests. Too many more guests and chaos ensues. Too few and there isn’t enough participation to get a great swap going. Remember that it’s unlikely that everyone will be able to accept your invitation, so it’s okay to invite a couple more friends than you think your home can comfortably hold.
Your invitation should spell out exactly what’s going to happen at the party. Let your guests know what types of clothing to bring. Include details about whether shoes and accessories can be included, and if any specific items – like underwear or socks – would be better left at home. To get the best mix of items, don’t specify a specific season or type of clothing. Anything goes as long as it’s in good, wearable condition.
Encourage your guests to bring along a snack or drink to share. This is a nice touch that makes the hosting job a little easier and allows everyone to bring the food or drink they prefer. Plus, snacks and libations encourage mingling and definitely dial the fun up a notch.
On the day of the party, set up a room in your home as the site of the swap. It may be necessary to remove some furniture to allow a little more space. Use a rolling laundry rack and a cloth covered table on which people can display their swappable items. Designate certain areas for accessories, shoes and bags.
Once everything is set up, invite guests to draw a number. This will determine the order in which everyone selects an item. Go through the order two or three times before allowing more of a ‘free for all’ atmosphere where your guests can sift through any remaining items.
At the end of the evening, any leftovers can be reclaimed by their owners or donated to a thrift shop. With luck, everyone goes home to a cleaner closet with a few new fashionable treasures to adore!
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