Monday, February 6, 2017
Handmade Homemade Swap Party
Yesterday afternoon marked my fifth handmade homemade swap party, and goodness they just keep on getting better. Each swap party brings out the creative talents of my girlfriends, some sticking with tried and true creative talents and others stepping out of their comfort zones and trying something new. There was so much beauty, talent and love represented on the gift table, and it truly was beautiful.
Ten beautiful friends gathered in my home, each arriving with their swap gifts, food and an open heart. We ate, drank tea, shared stories, and then got down to the business of swapping gifts, and what fun it was. For this party every guest brought four gifts, and our names were put into a draw four times. When your name was drawn you headed up to the table to pick a gift. We continued this way until all the names were picked and all the gifts chosen. It was fun, exciting, and truly amazing.
I had plans to snap a few photos of the gift table and our gathering, but alas I was just having so much fun, and forgot to pick up my camera. The photos above are the beautiful, lovingly made gifts I have the honour of calling mine. I am so impressed with the gifts I received, and am so grateful to have them in my home.
Hosting these handmade homemade swap parties has become a beautiful ritual in the rhythm of my year, and they always leave my heart and soul full. Big thanks to all the lovely ladies who joined in, it was a joy to share the afternoon with you. And be ready, we will be enjoying our next swap party under the summer sun.
***Much gratitude goes to the lovely Amanda for sharing her own swap parties, and inspiring me to jump in and give it a go.
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I love those delicate bracelets :) You are lucky to know ten people to swap with!! I don't think I know ten who are free to come, they all are living in different directions physically or with their jobs. Lovely presents and I bet it was awesome!ReplyDelete
They are beautiful, and made with so much love. I love them! I feel very lucky to have so many wonderful and creative friends...my heart is full.Delete
I have always loved reading Amanda's blog when she is talking about her swaps and really enjoyed the one where they swapped soups. Like you, she is amazing to follow. A beautiful post. Thank you.ReplyDelete
Aw, thank you Terri, so sweet of you to say.Delete
I love this idea! I think I'm going to start something like it! Such fun!ReplyDelete
Thanks Tina. I say yes!!! Do it, you won't regret it, so. much. fun. Enjoy!Delete
What a beautiful experienceReplyDelete
hooray! Oh my goodness once you get started you just can't stop, right?! I too continue to be amazed every single time by the thoughtfulness, creativity, and energy that folks that attend my swaps quite literally bring to the table.ReplyDelete
I bet you are an amazing host for these gatherings~ if only there weren't so many miles between us, we could attend each other's swaps!
Totally can't stop!!! And my girlfriends are hooked too :) I love hosting them so much, and am always inspired by the creativity of everyone.Delete
I would love that. One day maybe it will happen. Visiting your part of the world is on my short list of trips to take with my little man. I have your rental bookmarked and when the time is right we are going to make the trip.