For October’s OAM Event we invited ladies over for a…
We wanted to do something casual, something fun, and something none of us have attempted before. And now… we know this is going to be a yearly staple for OAM!
Here’s how we did it.
Ask guests to clean out their closets, jewelry, shoes, and other accessories. Bring items that are clean, ready to wear, and hangers to accompany them! We also asked the girls to wear tanks for easy changing! Imagine your living room being turned into a huge department store changing room, because that’s what will happen!
We had 3 clothing racks (provided by a lovely friend of ours) set up around Tosha’s living room. We hung our clothes up for ease for our guests to follow suite. One rack was dedicated to t-shirts and tanks, another sweaters and jackets, and the third was home to skirts and dresses.
The couch was used for jeans and shorts, and the hallway was shoes, shoes, and more shoes! We used the coffee table for the accessories!
THE SPREAD AND SOCIAL LUBRICANTS:
Food and Drink (Pumpkin Spice Lattes and Spiked Apple Cider). At any party it’s best to have food and drinks out where your guests can access them easily. Luckily Tosha’s apartment layout is perfect for entertaining.
The number system – it’s a drawing as to who gets to go first! Have small pieces of paper with numbers 1 to the amount of your guests. Have a handy bowl, cup, cute OAM mug ready to go for your guests to draw from!
Mirrors. Ladies want to see before they buy. Although there is no buying, it’s still a good idea to have a few mirrors set up for the “trying” on portion of the night. We had 2 floor mirrors, the bathroom, and an array of decorative mirrors Tosha already had hung up in her place.
It’s always a good sign when your guests show up and are impressed by what they see. Have everything ready and set out before they arrive. When they enter, show them around and have them place their items appropriately. Then get some food and drink in their hands! Encourage browsing through the clothes and trying things on. This will make the picking portion run smoothly.
Hand out some index cards and pens for the ladies to remember what they loved. It’s easy to forget what you had your eye on once the swap begins.
Once all of your guests have shown up and have had a chance to browse, have them pick their number. This will be the order that the swap will go in.
Stop all browsing and give everyone about 30 seconds during their turn to pick up their items. We did 5 rounds. Number 1 goes first, picks their item, then 2 and so forth…
Once everyone has gone 5 times, the swap is open to a free for all! Your guests can grab whatever items and take them on home!
Remember – just because the swap portion is over, that doesn’t mean everyone has to run on home! Have drinks, food, and enjoy each other’s company!
Not all of the clothes will be swapped. There will be some left over at the end of your event. This is your opportunity to become a do-gooder! Charity Charity Charity! Donate all left over items to charity!