You can have the best baking party swap ever by following these simple ideas. Plan ahead and don’t spend the whole time worrying about how things are going. Not only can you fully participate but relax and enjoy the time to build community with your chosen friends.
Invitations: The number of people you want to invite is generally based on the size of your kitchen. Each person needs, on average, 3-4 feet of counter space depending on what you are making. If you want to create anything that must be rolled out or kneaded, you will need to cut the guest list as these take more space. You also want to think about the group dynamics; the more they know each other and get along, the less area you need to keep the tension down. For a medium kitchen I usually recommend no more than four guests. Ask them to RSVP so that if there will be extra room you can invite someone else.
Shopping: Make a detailed list of the items you will make as well as the ingredients you need for each. It will greatly simplify things if you as the hostess do the shopping. Insure that you have plenty of everything to not run out. Explain ahead of time that you need each person to bring a set and reasonable amount of money to cover the ingredients. Make sure that you also have plenty of pans and mixing bowls as you will be making larger than normal batches.
Baking Day: Before your guests arrive, turn on pleasant music which fits the theme. Have beverages such as tea, water, coffee and juice available with disposable cups. Set all of the necessary ingredients out on an extra table so you don’t have to rummage around for them. Divide the group into teams of two or three with separate recipes to insure everyone gets to help. You will probably want to make it a friendly competition and see who makes the best looking and tasting treats.
Containers/Extra: Include containers in your shopping trip beforehand. If it is for a holiday you can have little cards and ribbon to attach to each. If you make enough you can take the entire assembly out and give some of the bounty away to friends, families, and those who might need some cheer. The happiest way to end a party is to give away part of what you blissfully worked for.