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If you have ever joined a monthly book club, wine tasting group or other regular get together with friends, you will love our idea to host a monthly recipe exchange!! Have you ever wondered what go-to family meals your friends make? Or, are you in search of the latest crock-pot or Instapot winning recipe?
Grab a group of friends and swap recipes over some delicious snacks and a glass of wine! We are sharing 3 simple tips below to host your own monthly recipe exchange party!
Invite a Group of Girlfriends to Join You
Create a list of friends that enjoy cooking, are looking to simplify their meal making routine, who always make the best dishes, or who simply enjoy a fun girls’ night in. Head over to Evite.com to choose your invitation template from their Premium selection of designs. With Evite’s New Annual Premium Pass, you have access to unlimited, customizable designs and extras with one annual fee – perfect for sending out invitations for those monthly get-togethers without worrying about extra costs. Personalize your online invitation with your event’s details, then customize it with envelope options, photos or inserts. Then, simply send out your invitation via email and/or text messages to your guest list.
Evite Premium invitations combine the flexibility of digital invitations, with the look of printed ones. They are the perfect way to invite guests to enjoy your recipe exchange party!
2. Choose the Recipe Exchange Theme
Kick off your inaugural recipe exchange with a chosen theme, or leave it open for guests to bring their favorite to share.
Some sample recipe exchange themes to consider would include:
- Family Dinners
- Favorite Salads; Meals or Sides
- Favorite Desserts
- Cookie Recipes
- Potluck Meals
- Grilling Recipes
- Side Dishes
- Breakfast Dishes
Include your chosen theme in the host message to guests as you create your invitation, and request that each guest bring recipe copies to share. A few days before your event, include the estimated guest count for those that have RSVP’d yes so they can bring the correct number of copies. For guests that forget to bring copies to share, have a handful of recipe cards available for them to fill out during the party.
3. Set the Stage for the Party!
As you prepare to host your guests, there are 3 areas to cover for the best overall experience: food, beverages and décor.
When it comes to a recipe exchange, consider providing a variety of simple snacks for guests to enjoy. For a potluck style event, allow guests to sign-up to bring items as they RSVP in your Evite invitation’s “What to Bring” list. For a colorful spread that appeals to all of your guests, consider vegetarian options, fruit platters, charcuterie platter and/or bite sized appetizers.
In addition to offering snacks, set out water, a non-alcoholic beverage such as lemonade or iced tea, and a selection of wine for guests to enjoy. To keep things simple, you could also ask guests to bring their favorite beverage when they RSVP.
In terms of décor, a simple statement centerpiece goes a long way. For our farmhouse recipe exchange, we filled a rustic basket with greenery and fresh lemons. Centerpieces that incorporate fresh greenery and/or citrus fruits are a stunning, budget friendly option.
For our appetizer station, we kept things simple, allowing the food to be front and center. Visual interest was added through the use of rustic wood risers, galvanized serving pieces and fun farmhouse elements. When hosting an event, always shop your own home before purchasing additional items. You will often find baskets, serving pieces, stands, crates and other items to incorporate into your tablescape, thus reducing or eliminating the need to purchase décor items.
In just 3 simple steps, you can set up your own recipe exchange party, establishing a new tradition among friends! Set yourself apart with this unique party idea, and Be There™ with friends more often!
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Styling: Crowning Details
Catering: Crave Catering
Photography: Willow & Pine Photography