Spring has sprung and it’s time to clean out your wardrobe for the Summer season ahead and gather your fellow fashionistas for an afternoon tea with a difference! Ask your friends to bring along their unwanted clothes and accessories for a clothes swapping party. You’ll enjoy a fun afternoon with friends, and you may even find some fabulous new fashion statements! Here’s our guide to a practical (you get to swap clothes with your fashionable mates) and fun (what better way to spend an afternoon than with champagne and your friends trying on clothes) celebration for no particular reason at all, or in place of a traditional baby shower, kitchen tea, hen’s party or even a Pink Ribbon fundraising party:
Your friends will love receiving handmade invitations through the mail. Try making your own invitations by adorning a plain piece of coloured cardboard with a little origami dress folded from beautiful paper. Inside, inspire your guests with some cute words, such as:
Spring has sprung! The grass is green!
The sun does shine! It’s time to clean!
Fling wide your wardrobe, take a peak
It’s time to find that space you seek.
Those jeans too big, that skirt too small,
That dress that’s never fit at all;
That impulse buy you’ve never worn;
Those shoes (unscuffed), that shirt (untorn).
Let’s toast the darling buds of spring -
A clothes swap’s the thing – not shopping!
Wash and repair them, and join me
For tea, with sweet treats so tasty -
And a glass of bubbly!
Setting the scene
On arrival, ask your guests to unpack their clothes and accessories and place them in categories such ‘dresses’, ‘skirts’ and ‘handbags’. You may like to print little category cards featuring coat hanger images and secure them to the walls around your lounge room with miniature clothes pegs and a bit of blutack. Then hand your guests a glass of champagne and usher them into the afternoon tea room.
Decorating and styling
Set the table for a decadent afternoon tea treat. For a whimsical table, start with crisp white linen as your backdrop and then layer vintage plates, cups, jugs and teapots with napkins in a riot of floral patterns. Visit an antiques fair, your local flea market or (with permission!) raid your grandma’s cupboards to pick up plenty of vases and teapots to add personality to your table. Or, if you don’t fancy scouring the local garage sales, choose a selection of sweet party themed plates, cups and napkins from Pink Frosting.
Pick bunches of flowers right from your garden and fill a collection of vintage vases and teapots to bursting for a charming centrepiece. If you want the afternoon tea to be a formal affair, add that extra touch of elegance with miniature Eiffel Tower place card holders, which can also serve as a charming memento of the fashion capital of the world for your friends to take home.
The clothes swap is the main feature of the party. After your guests have enjoyed a glass of champagne and a few sweet treats, ask them to start browsing through the items. You may like to set a limit to start with (say, each person can choose three items to start with so that no one goes home empty handed, and then another three, etc). Ensure you have a number of breakout rooms for your guests to try on clothes.
Menus, catering and cocktails
Serve pink petit fours, watercress sandwiches, scones with jam and cream, mini pastries, fruit skewers, an assortment of muffins, quiches and cupcakes all washed down with tea and pink champagne! If it’s a hot summer occasion, Pimms and Lemonade is the perfect tea party treat.
Favours and gifts
Each guest will go home with some fabulous finds for her wardrobe, but show your appreciation with a miniature Eiffel Tower place card holders, which can also serve as a charming memento of the fashion capital of the world for your friends to take home.
The team at Pink Frosting have put together a category dedicated to helping you create the perfect clothes swapping party at their online party products shop!