Feeling the need to clear out some clutter at the start of the New Year? Here's a great party idea for you. Gather your friends and their excess "stuff " for a fun and thrifty get-together. Swap Parties allow you and your friends to clear out clutter, score some new finds, and have a party at the same time!
Here's how it works:
1. Invite 5-10 friends over for a Swapping Soriee. Ask each person to bring clean, gently used items to swap with other guests. Your party can have a specific theme (housewares, books, clothing, accessories, children's toys, etc.) or you can host an open swap, allowing your guests bring to a hodgpodge of items.
2. Provide an area for swap items to be set up and displayed. Upon arrival, ask guests to set out their items in the assigned area. As the host, hand out a poker chip for each item that a guest donates. If someone brings 10 items to swap, they get 10 chips with which they can use to "purchase" 10 new items.
3. Swap away and enjoy the company of good friends! At the end of your soiree, collect any left over items to be donated to an organization of your choice (The Salvation Army, a shelter, etc.).