Friday, April 15, 2011

On Tap: Saturday Swap Soiree

There are few things I love more than getting together with my girlfriends, so this Saturday I’m hosting a clothing swap. I had a ton of fun at one I went to about a year ago and walked out with several “new” clothes I still wear to this day.

Nearly everyone has a few items in their closet that aren’t the right size, were impulse buys that have rarely been worn or gifts that weren’t quite their style. A clothing swap is a great time to exchange these items for something that’s a better fit for your wardrobe. To take it one step further, I’ve also asked guests to bring accessories, lightly used beauty products (perfume, body lotion, etc.) and books.

At the swap I attended, all the guests sat in a circle and took turns holding up items they wished to swap. Anyone could stake a claim on the item and if more than one person was interested, they worked it out between themselves. This seemed to work well so it’s how I’ll run my party, too.

Since no one likes to feel heavy when trying on clothes, I’ve created a healthier menu for this event:

Crudités and Dip

Cheese Plate (Parrano, Saint Andre and Boursin)

Pesto Pasta Salad

Tuna and Chickpea Salad

Melon Caprese Salad

Assorted Cupcakes (A worthy calorie splurge)

The best part about this menu is it's more about assembling and involves very little cooking. I'll admit, I'm even leaving the baking the experts and am picking up the cupcakes at Classy Girl Cupcakes!

I can’t wait to see what people bring to the swap and, more than anything, look forward to catching up with everyone.

- ST

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