Not just any party, but a Décor Exchange Party, where each guest brings an unused accessory to auction for charity.
Here’s how it works. Ask each guest bring an accessory that they just don’t use anymore (such as a vase, picture, sculpture, wine rack, serving platter…you get the idea). Set them up in good retail fashion on table(s) so everyone can view them. Then hold an auction for each item. Keep the mood light and fun, and then donate all proceeds to a favorite charity.
Want to make it interesting? Have each person give a sales pitch for their item, then award a prize for the person whose donated accessory brings in the most money for charity (perhaps a HomeGoods gift card?). That will help limit the number of plastic garden gnomes you get.
- Helps purge stuff in the basement or attic
- Brings fresh decorating ideas
- Going to a party costs less than dinner and a show
- Laughter is the best medicine in uncertain times
- Helping others less fortunate than you puts things in proper perspective
Want to take is up a notch? Invite a professional Interior Redesigner or Home Stager to the party, and encourage each person to bring a picture of a room they would like to update (from several angles), and everyone can brainstorm ideas for that room.
Ok, now that you’re sold on the idea, let’s make it fabulous:
- Food/Drink: keep it simple and finger friendly. Serve a signature drink, but also have wine, beer and soda available. You can also ask guests to bring an appetizer to share to keep the costs down.
- Ambiance: Think like a retailer. Play Pottery Barn CD’s to get that shopping vibe. Brew a pot of java for that warm coffee-house smell. Light candles and put a fire in the fireplace.
- Invitation idea – see image at top of article.
What other ideas do you have to make a Décor Exchange Party a success?