I looked adorable yesterday, but the weather was nasty, and I hate to photograph indoors. So how about we just talk about the Swap instead?
So I’m sure you noticed, but we had a last minute change of plans as far as location. That was…well stressful to say the least. It meant that we had to throw a lot of careful planning out the window and start over with about 24 hours to go. I’m not good with last minute changes and Friday was a really tough day for me. But we pulled it together.
We got to the hotel and they had set up some tables for us. We labeled the tables with sizes (0-2, 4-6, 8-10, ect) and we also had a table for accessories and one for jewelry. Shoes were on the floor.
The tables got piled super high really fast and got really messy really fast once the trying on process started.
We had two full length mirrors available. I was impressed that all 13 girls who showed up were willing to change in front of one another. I was so proud of the level of self confidence in the room! Everyone looked great, and they knew it. The trying on process went really well. LOTS of “that looks great on you” and “you are totally going to rock that” and ZERO rudeness or cattiness.
Because we were in hotel space, we had a limited amount of time, so we had to change our plans regarding tickets and taking turns and instead we used an honor system for how many items you brought in vs how many you took. We still allowed about an hour for browsing and trying on items, then we had swappers select items in groups of 5, 3 items at a time.
We went a few rounds like this and at that point we did a brief show of hands, asking who still needed to take turns, and it seems everyone had that one item they were dying for at that point so we just sort of opened up the floor for free selection.
Of course we also had cake balls, and lots of great food. (Those little chicken minis were a huge hit, Jen!)
We ended up with a pretty sizable donation for charity,
…and everyone seemed to find lots of great stuff to take home.
I am really proud of the work we did, and I am I was so glad to have spent all the time with Tina , planning. She is such a joy and so much fun to be with, she is a great listener, never judgmental and has great style to boot. I may not be ready to take on another swap just yet, but I would take pretty much any excuse to hang out with Tina again.
A special thank you to all our participants
Wendy (who helped with space and was a great co-host)