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Gather your girlfriends because I have a Girl’s Night Out (or in our case afternoon) idea for you. A couple years ago for my birthday I hosted a book swap. I invited my girlfriends who love to read and everyone brought books to swap. We placed them all on a table, gabbed, ate some food, and then everyone left with new books. It was a hit and something I wanted to repeat. This time, instead of books, I hosted an Accessory Swap Party. I called it a new way to do some spring cleaning. I asked everyone to bring any accessories (in good condition) that they wanted to swap and I would provide plenty of eats and drinks.
Our food theme was a hummus bar. I served three different kinds of hummus: Classic Hummus, Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, and Southwest Black Bean Hummus. I also did bowls filled with pita chips, pretzel crisps, and a plate with pieces of naan bread. Plus a veggie tray, fruit plate, and dessert. We started with some munching while everyone arrived. And I asked everyone to lay out their accessories.
Once everyone was at the party we all got to go shopping. As you can see there was plenty to choose from! Scarves, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and purses. We mixed, matched, and layered until everyone had picked out what they wanted.
Back to the food. I put everyone out on plates and in bowls and let my guests create their own delectable dishes. But there were a couple of favorites. First up, Classic Hummus Veggie Cups.
Filo dough shells filled with BUSH’S® Classic Hummus Made Easy. That’s 1 can of BUSH’S® Garbanzo Beans, drained and rinsed, with 1 package BUSH’S® Classic Hummus Made Easy. Put both items in a food processor and blend to desired consistency. (You can find all of these ingredients at Walmart!)
I piped the Classic Hummus into the cups and then topped with a cherry tomato cut in half, a small slice of cucumber, and some feta cheese. Bite-sized perfection.
Another party hit was the Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Naan Appetizer. Naan bread cut into pieces and then topped with BUSH’S® Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Made Easy with Smoked Paprika and Peppers.
That’s 1 can of BUSH’S® Garbanzo Beans, drained and rinsed, with 1 package BUSH’S® Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Made Easy. To that I added 1/2 teaspoon paprika, 1/2 teaspoon cumin, and 1 tablespoon mild banana pepper rings. (The banana pepper rings I bough jarred from the grocery store.) Put all of the items in a food processor and blend to desired consistency.
Spread the Roasted Red Pepper Hummus over the naan bread and top with more banana pepper rings and cut cherry tomatoes. Minimal ingredients and prep time, maximum wow factor. It’s really the combination that you want when you’re planning a party.
No gathering is complete without a few desserts. I made lemon bars dusted with powdered sugar and dark chocolate brownies. I used a flower shaped cookie cutter to cut out brownie servings.
At the end of the party there were a few items left over and everyone agreed to have me donate those items to a local charity. So not only did we get to clean our our closets and go home with new free baubles, but we also got to give back.
I highly suggest that you plan your own Accessory Swap Party with girl friends soon!
What a great variety of food and I love your table set up. The colors are so soft!
Thanks, Aimee! I was trying to go for a mediterranean/spring look. I’m still munching on kalamata olives and pita chips today 🙂
Sounds like a great time. I have never heard of a SWAP party. What a great idea. I love #HummusMadeEasy and the pictures of your food and table are beautiful!
Jenni Pfeifer says
We had so much fun! I’m wearing some of my new bracelets today.
Thanks, Diane! I’m already brainstorming what kind of swap party I could host next 🙂
Yay, Jenni! I’m so glad that everyone was able to leave with cute stuff.
Shannon Gauger says
Looks amazing!!! Love this idea of a swap party!
Cassie from True Agape says
I love the idea of an accessory swap! Some adult time together, great snacks, new accessories! Win, win, win!
Julie that is great party, Love those delicious food also like the idea of accessory swap.
Such a great idea for the party! I love how simple, and yet delicious, all the food looks!
Robin Rue says
That is such an awesome idea! Seriously. Now I want to host one for my friends!
Your photos are gorgeous — so light and bright! I have never heard of this kind of party, but I love this idea!! Plus, the food looks so yummy 🙂
What a fun and clever idea! I think this could be super fun for a mommies group. We definitely all have accessories that we’d be happy to swap. Thanks for the idea.
I would love to do a book swap for my mother since she is an avid reader. I really like the opportunity that this creates for women to bond and socialize.
Rachel Langer says
What a great idea! Everyone has accessories laying around they no longer want. I think this may just be my next girl’s night in idea!
tp keane says
what a fabulous idea. I’d be so down for the book swap… heck I’d be down for the accessories swap too. Brilliant.
Debra Hawkins (@wifeeclectic) says
This is SUCH a good idea! Sometimes I just get so sick of what I have. I would love to trade around!
All of this food looks so yummy! I am really excited to try the new Bush’s hummus mix things, since my family loves hummus, and I love that this makes it so easy! And seriously, great idea on swapping accessories! Sometimes it’s nice to have “new” without the cost!
Jill Conyers (@jillconyers) says
What a fun idea for a get together. I’m sitting here thinking about the accessories I would want to swap.
Kori (@koriathome) says
That is such a neat idea for a party! And I absolutely love the food choices, too.
These kind of swaps sound like so much fun. I would love to attend one, especially one with snacks that look as good as these.
Heather (@TownsendHouse1) says
I love this idea! I would love to participate in a book swap, or an accessory swap! The pita and hummus – one of my favorites 🙂
Megan McCoig says
I love these parties! It’s so fun, would love to go again. Looks like you all had great fun!
Eileen xo says
I love the entire theme to your party. Hummus is delish and so versatile. looks like everyone had a great time
I love this concept! Recently, I got rid of most of my accessories at a yard sale. This would have been fun, too! – HilLesha
Mel Lockcuff (@mellockcuff) says
This is such a fun, creative idea! And your hummus snacks look delish, not to mention those brownies and lemon bars… Scrumptious!
Omg how cleaver is a swap party?!?! I would of never thought of such a thing! I so need to throw one.
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