Our first food swap was Wednesday evening and boy, was it a good time. I was slightly nervous as I’d never been to a throw-down swap before, let alone hosted one. At the Hip Girl’s Book Party I made everyone interested in swapping bring three of something. When it was “swap time” the participating swappers got into groups of four and discussed their swap-item while handing them out. Simple. In that scenario there was no “Filene’s Basement” or “Tickle Me Elmo” style pandemonium, you knew what you were getting. That’s that. No waiting for the start whistle of the “silent auction” round or the “live swap” craziness (thrilling!).
How would it all go down?! Awesome. There was some amazing loot with some sweet-looking labels and recipe cards, and there were even some hand-painted ceramic pots holding Lemon Balm & Catmint transplants. Sexy! As for the tips on how to actually “run” a swap I HEAVILY leaned on (totally copied) other food swap club’s websites and Facebook pages for information such as Kate’s BK Swappers (now she’s ATXswappers), LAX Swappers, MPLS Swappers and PDX Swappers. Invaluable. Thank you. I will be back for more as there a few guidelines I need to suss out before our next swap.
Sometimes with social events, especially when I’m hosting they aren’t that much fun because I’m running around “playing hostess” but being the MC of a food swap- F.U.N. Watching people eyeing what they want to take home with them (priceless), watching for me to call time in the silent auction round (hilarious)…beads of sweet on the brows (thrilling!)…. the craziness when the actual live swap happens. It was exciting folks. Good stuff.
With all that said, it’s the people who make the event. The group was a perfect size for our virgin swap endeavor, about 10 of us. We ate delectable treats (thanks for the dinner everyone! I sprinted from working the Wednesday farmers market), we drank bubbly with frozen berries on the bottom (thanks Erika for the idea and the store run!) and homemade Lemon Balm Iced Tea by Jillian (recipe to follow in a few weeks-promise!) and we talked and laughed and talked. We talked all night long. It was heavenly. It truly felt like a night out with friends. To top it all off the venue was perfect. Ashley, owner of Common Thread Saratoga -our ongoing swap venue- has the most lush & beautiful yarn store so the swap just seemed “right” in the store. Like it all fit. Plus, her adorable almost 4-month old daughter, R, was the scene stealer! At one point she was sleeping in between baskets of yarn. gush.
With all that said, let’s get to the photo diary but first the details on our June Swap: Wednesday, June 15th 7:30-9:30pm, Common Thread Saratoga, 55 Beekman Street, Saratoga Springs. We are limited this swap to 40 people, PLEASE RSVP at Eventbrite. Additional information is on our invite or you can always go to the “FSC Swappers” page (link on the header or on the sidebar).