4 Tips for Hosting A Book Swap Party - Art in the Find

3 Tips To Host Your Own Book Swap Party

Posted on: Wednesday, July 17, 2013

How to Host a Book Swap Party

Hi Friends!  Today’s style post veers away from the usual style of clothes and into hosting a themed book swap party.

I love reading and I love getting books and recommending great books to read.  So this year, with my birthday coming up, I thought I’d host a themed book swap party.  I gave it a themed title, The Literary Luncheon Book Exchange, and hosted it in my home, with a small group of friends and what a great time we had!  If you’re thinking of hosting a book swap party (I’d highly recommend it) here is a look at a few easy DIY ideas to host a book swap party of your own.

Book Swap Party Tip #1 | Themed Invitations

A great place to find inspiration for themed book swap party invitations is Paperless Post.  I searched “books” & “library” and was able to customize my own invitation to match my book swap party theme!


Book Swap Party Tip #2 | Setting a Book Swap Party Themed Table

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Hosting a Book Exchange

Hosting a Book Exchange

How to Host A Book Exchange

Table setting Details

Cloth napkins were created out of denim and patterned fabric, similar fabric/ Place mats made from paper napkins, similar fun patterns / Plates, Crate & Barrel, similar here set of 6/ Gold Flatware, vintage, similar here/ Blue glassware, vintage, similar here/ Goblets, here

DIY DETAILS for Your Themed Book Swap Party Table Setting

1 | Book exchange table with DIY Flag garland: made from the napkin fabric, book pages, and ribbon, then cut into triangles and hung across the mantel.

2 | Book marks were given to each guest made out of book pages & craft paint.

How to Host A Book Exchange

Book Swap Party Tip #3 | DIY your own Book Exchange Backdrop

DIY Book Exchange Backdrop: Created with pages out of an old book and hot-glued to burlap.  Dried moss was added with a hot-glue gun along the edges and laced throughout the pages of the backdrop.

How to Host A Book Exchange

How to Host A Book Exchange

Book Swap Party Tip #4 | Ask Guests to Bring a Themed Drink to Match Their Book!

When hosting the book swap party, keep it fun & interesting by throwing in a “guest take away”.  Invite the book swap party goers to bring a themed beverage to match the book.  This makes for a lively swap filled with lots of sharing (and stealing!) of favorite books & beverages.

What would be your next great idea for hosting a creative event?  For tips and other ideas for hosting more exchanges, check out my post about how to host an Accessory Exchange or how to host your next Halloween Dinner Party.

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