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How to Host a Swap Party


Clean out your closet, get your friends together, and swap clothes and accessories. Find ideas for what to serve and rules for swapping.

It’s Springtime and that means for most of us, organizing and cleaning.  What better way to get rid of clothes or home decor than swap them with your friends! Host a swap party and have fun finding “new” items for yourself and sharing all of your nice goodies you no longer have interest in with your friends.  It’s free- green shopping, and it’s a blast!swap-party-feature

Host a Swap Party

Who to Invite:

First plan on what you want to swap and send out invites to your friends.  Somewhere between 6-10 friends is doable although you could host a smaller or larger party.  Ask them to bring 10 items they no longer need but are still in great condition and not out of date.   If you are only swapping clothes, try to invite friends who are similar in size.   You can also suggest that they wear undergarments they wouldn’t mind exposing in a group (cami and bike shorts).


Items to swap:

Items should be in great condition and can include bags, shoes, scarves, jewelry, unopened makeup and/or home decor.


How to set up:

Make it easy for the swap items to be displayed and organized.  Have a clothing rack with empty hangers or over the door hooks or tension rods.  Clear the dining room table for more items and have a mirror handy for guests to try on clothes.  Empty bags available will make it easier for your guests to corral their “new” finds. 


Swap till you drop:

Use color-coded stickers and have guests tag the items they are interested in.  Take turns (draw straws) picking out 1-3 item(s) at a time.   Make sure guests don’t take more items than they brought.


What to serve:

Finger foods and beverages.  Brunch with mimosas during the day or wine and cheese platter for a “girls night out”. food2 muffins

Chicken salad served with Vegetable Crackers

4 cups of can chicken
1/4 cup Mayo
1/2 cup of halved grapes
1/4 cup crushed pecans
1 can of mandarin oranges
1 Tb of lemon juice

Fruit Trifle

1 large box of instant vanilla pudding
1 container of strawberries, sliced
1 cup of blueberries
Store-bought pound cake, cut into 1-inch cubes
Whip topping
Dark chocolate dots


One layer of pound cake, one layer of pudding, one layer of fruit repeat three times.  Top with cool whip and chocolate dots (shavings)

Donate any leftover items!

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You can find all the best decorating ideas and DIYs for Spring and Easter on this page! It also includes seasonal printables and checklists and worksheets for Spring decluttering and organizing.


  1. Wow how excellent is this!!! I wish I had more friends in my area to have one of these parties. Thank you for sharing such great tips 🙂 I always love reading your blog!

    1. Aww! Have your friends bring a guest!! Some of mine drove a hour to attend. I miss living close to my friends and family though. It’s hard moving so often.

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