Throw an Accessory Swap party!

It’s girlie, it’s fun and it’s a great way to swap out what’s OLD to you and breathe some new life, color and style into your wardrobe! 

Just last week I hosted an Accessory SWAP party! What’s that you ask? In a nutshell: Have your friends go through their accessories – clean out any jewelry, handbags, hats, scarves, etc that they just don’t use anymore. Have them wrap them up, bring them to your house on a specific day/time and swap them “white elephant style!” Everyone goes home with something new (new to them) and no one had to buy anything! 

I set the mood/tone for my party with the invites. I created them to look like a bracelet, also giving them a peek at the color scheme for the party…..

The invites said this: (feel free to use it or change it to fit your party!)
The big Spring clean out is drawing near
Forget your house, think your wardrobe my dear
Accessories! That’s the perfect way
and exchanging them will make your day!
So clean out your baubles, scarves and rings
Totes, purses, hats and bling
Wrap it up, we’ll see you there!
Swap it for a new accessory to wear!
~Accessory SWAP!~

When:
Time:
Place:
etc

Bring a wrapped Accessory to exchange that you no longer use. 
Accessories need to be in good condition.
Questions & to RSVP info here


 Now onto the decorating! This was my favorite part! I wanted to create a fun atmosphere, simply and inexpensively. This look can totally be replicated for little to no money. (love that!)
Balloons – Instead of helium I just bought 2 packs of balloons and used gravity and black tulle to hang them from the ceiling creating a “backwards” look for balloons but more of a teardrop feel for this party. 

Paper – I used several sheets of scrapbook paper in pinks, black and white with different patterns. I cut out 2 different sized circles and sandwiched some clear fishing line in between and again, hung them from the ceiling around the room at varying lengths.

Lights – I wanted to create some fun lighting so I took 2 different large glass containers and stuffed white lights into them. Add a tissue paper pom pom on top and it’s now a fun piece that shimmers.

(pssst – I reused my 3 LOVE trees from valentines day too)

 (I lined the container with pink tissue paper for a different look before putting the lights in)

The finishing touches – I accessorized 2 dress forms…

placed some mirrors with color coordinating frames on tables and around the room….

A little tulle around the lamp shade even to make it more girlie….

and 1 of my favorite things was this pink mirror topped round table. I set up a fun display of shoes and jewelry….

And what party is complete without a fountain! Mine was a water fountain for our drinks not a chocolate one….


Don’t forget a cute table to hold all the wrapped accessories…
PARTY TIME!!! Just add friends! I had everyone draw a number. Person #1 started first by picking and opening a gift. Person #2 could either “steal” that gift or open one and so on. Gifts can only be stolen 3 times before they are “dead or frozen”. 
After a night of hanging out the with girls, laughing, chatting, snacking and oogling over all the great accessories everyone goes home with a fun new bauble or two! Like me! 
I hope you throw an accessory SWAP party of our own! (psst. Invite me if you do! ha ha ha) 
It’s my new kick off to Spring tradition!
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 I will be linking up around the web at the parties listed on the left sidebar this week!

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Comments

  1. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this idea! So creative! Might have to give this partay a try! Great job!

  2. Such an awesome idea…love your mood decorating…so girly and fun! Im new to your blog, very cool stuff!

  3. Sounds like fun! What a great idea 🙂

  4. Oh my word girly, look at you go!! 🙂 I actually saw a certain someone wearing her new accessory looking fabulous!

  5. This is AWESOME! We are having a girls night at my house in two weeks! I am so doing this!!!!!!!!!! Thank you for sharing!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. How wonderful! I have to try this party. so much fun. I love all you did to make it fun for your friends.

  7. You are awesome with the details!!! What a fun party idea and great decor!!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Darby
    darbyscloset at yahoo dot com

  8. Clever idea…this is on my list to try out with my bunco friends!!

  9. Ive always wanted to host one of these…esp with designer bags b/c I have so many that I dont use. Sadly, most of my friends arent into fashion or accessorizing as much as I am. I think we should have a blog wide swap:)
    Your party would’ve been so fun to attend Meg.
    Xo,
    Sarah

  10. Wow, LOVE this idea! ♥ ♥ ♥

  11. I love this idea!! Thanks for sharing, I think I’ll have to do this!

  12. this is so fun! i am going to do this! maybe around christmas time too. *sqeal* i’m so excited

  13. FUN!!! What a great idea 🙂 Your invites are so creative, love it!

  14. I’ve been wanting to do this for so long, I’ve talked to friends about it but they only want to add to their collection, not swap things out.

  15. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [09 Mar 12:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  16. fantastic! i love this. now if only i had something that would be worth swapping…

  17. So much fun! I love that mirror display too!

  18. It was great! So fun to be a part of it! Can’t wait for next year!

  19. What a FUN idea! I love it! ♥♥♥

  20. great idea! I am so going to do this

  21. What an AWESOME idea!!! I LOVE it!! I am TOTALLY doing this! I’m thinking of even taking it outdoors and doing it in my backyard. Great idea! You have me drooling!!!

  22. I am so glad everyone is excited! I hope your parties go well!! 🙂

  23. Mylene – I would have LOVED to have done mine outside but we are still under snow around here 😉

    have fun with yours!!!

  24. What a great idea! I love those invites and your decorating ideas, too!

  25. What a super idea~ thanks for sharing=)

  26. Brilliant idea, Megan!! I think my girlfriends would really go for this. I’m gonna try it soon!!

  27. Such an awesome idea, Megan!!

  28. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing. I love the bracelet invites!

  29. This is an AWESOME idea!!! So much so that we featured it today from the Fancy This Fridays link up! 🙂 Hope you’ll check it out and grab a featured button!
    http://trulylovelywiththelaneysisters.blogspot.com/2011/03/fancy-this-features-edition-15.html

  30. Thank you for linking up this great post last week! {Im a lil behind, eeekk!}

    Its party time AGAIN!!! xoxokara

    *ENTER LINKY PAR-TAY Here! *

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