While J and I were doing some research on blogs and trying to decide what kind of content we wanted to have, I happened upon a post by a fellow blogger about an accessories/decor/book swap at local lounge Double Happiness. I thought the idea of getting your friends together and having a little exchange sounded like a terrific idea....so terrific, in fact, that I decided to arrange a little swap of my own.
I sent out a feeler to those nearest and dearest to me (i.e., those closest in size to me with the best taste), basically trying to get an idea as to how many people would be interested.....The response was overwhelming!!!
With such a huge response, I decided I may as well kill two birds with one stone and make it not only a swap, but a boozy brunch as well - hence, Sip and Swap. It was a great opportunity to clear off some of the recipes on my Pinterest I'd been dying to try and frankly, I LOVE to plan a party.
Something you'll learn about me pretty quickly is that I am incapable of doing ANYTHING on a small scale, especially when it comes to cooking. When I have people over you can rest assured NO ONE will leave hungry......
The menu consisted of a mix of entree items, appetizers and sweets including, but not limited to, Pesto Chicken Stuffed Shells, Mini Avocado and Egg Breakfast Tostadas, Bacon and Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms, Cinnamon Waffles with Caramelized Apples, and Crock Pot Brunch Casserole. And of course, it wouldn't really be a boozy brunch without Mimosas, Bloody Marys, coffee with Bailey's and this delicious Apple Cider Sangria.
All the food was a big hit and despite the fact that I'd never made any of the recipes before, they all came together pretty easily. I did make some small modifications to the recipes - I replaced the bacon in the brunch casserole with crumbled sausage (I had a coupon) and used a biscuit cutter to make "mini" tostadas out of wheat tortillas as opposed to full size corn tostadas. I also baked the tostadas instead of broiling them - frankly it was just easier to pop them in the oven with the rest of my food as opposed to having to wait until after everything was done. They turned out great!
When the girls started showing up, I think it would be fair to say that my stress level was definitely on the higher side. Luckily, my friends are always more than willing to give me a hand.......and a mimosa.
Now, you're probably wondering, what about the swap??? Calm down....I'm getting there. I think it's best if I just let the pictures speak for themselves. Keep in mind that quite a few people couldn't make it, so what you're looking at is only 7 guests' swap items. I know, it's INSANE!!!!
Even the dogs got in on the fun....in fact, my Daphne (or Schnoodie as I call her) kept pulling her old toys out of her toy basket this weekend and leaving them strewn all over the dining room. I think she was looking for a trade. ; ) Unfortunately, George and Stella didn't bring anything.....
Obviously, no one left empty handed.....in fact, most left with several bags worth of new stuff - FREE stuff!!! I mean, check out these sweet penguin PJ's I snagged - Obviously, I was the clear winner of the day.
So, I'm pretty sure the Sip and Swap was a HUGE success. I have no doubt this will become an annual, if not seasonal, event. Now, what are you waiting for? Start cleaning out those closets and set up a swap of your own!!!