HOSTING a closet swap party was a first for me. A few of my friends talked me into planning one and it is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It was such a fun experience!
Being a newbie, I had to research how to host a successful closet swap party. The number of guests invited was limited seeing as this was a first for me. There were five of us and each person brought at least 6 items to the party. We drew numbers to determine who would go first, and then took turns until we had nothing left to swap. One of the guests could not make it in person, so she dropped off her items in advance. We made selections for her (in the future we will consider using Skype or Facetime for those who can’t be present). Everyone loved their selections! After my major decluttering session, I was also glad to pick a few items for my closet.
See pictures of the swap party below!
Thinking of hosting a closet swap party?
Have you caught the bug? Here are a few things you should keep in mind:
- Guest List: Consider Inviting friends of all shapes, sizes and styles. This will create a wide range of items for people to choose from; no one likes being left out of the party. Note: Limit the number of guests to a manageable size (5-10 seems ideal).
- Invitations: If you are the fancy type, consider sending out invitations. You can send out paper cards or e-cards.
- Items: Set a minimum and maximum number of items for each guest to bring. This helps keep the swap fair to everyone. Each person can mix and match the items they bring (clothes, shoes accessories…no underwear please lol).
- Quality and condition: Items should be in very good condition. Remember guests will also want to get some mileage out of the items. Remind everyone that all clothes should be washed before the swap. They can also throw previously washed items into the dryer to kill off any mold etc.
- Food: “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” Food is a must. However, consider limiting the food to finger food and cocktails. You don’t want your guests getting too full and drowsy on pasta.
- Music: What is a party without music? Create a playlist and play some music in the background!
- Miscellaneous Items: The host will have to provide a clothing rack (there is a really affordable one at walmart) and hangers (I used some I had at home).
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PS: Since the first party was such a HUGE success, we will be hosting another right before Summer in 2014. So excited!
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