So you want something fun and creative to do with your friends? How about a food swap? Organizing one and meeting up is as easy as the name sounds. With today’s extensive social networking capabilities you will be meeting, eating, and swapping in no time.
The first step is to get a list of friends and or family who you want to invite. Then you need to get their emails so you can schedule the swap in advanced. There are many ways you can do this. I would recommend going through your address list in your favorite email client and choosing who to invite. When you type out the email, just include all the addresses into the forward field. You may want to include a snazzy picture to spice up the email and don’t forget to enter a date and time. If a few people cannot make the date, don’t reschedule because you will never be able to fit everyone in. Just reply expressing how sorry you are they couldn’t make it and that you will keep them in mind for next time. However, if more than half can’t make it, you may want to reschedule. If this is your first attempt, I would suggest you limit the number of people to around 10.
WHAT IS THE THEME?
For the sake of this article, I am going to suggest an Italian-themed food swap. The email will ask all your friends to meet up at a local park or rec center and to bring their favorite homemade Italian dish, along with the recipe to swap with others. Look out for the lone cowboy who will bring preordered pizza. That’s fine. He’ll just have to swap the phone number of the pizza joint. Make sure the meeting place is empty in advanced, so there aren’t scheduling conflicts with other events and groups.
LOCATION OF THE FUN
A park would probably be best since that is a public place and you won’t need to pay to use it. I would recommend Italian to start out with since a lot of those dishes are easy to make. I am a young, single, male who has never taken a cooking class in his life, but I can still boil up some spaghetti and meat balls.
EXTRA FUN FOR EVERYONE
I would recommend you ask everyone to bring their own utensils and containers. They should also be expected to clean up their own messes. I would also suggest asking everyone to bring their favorite game to play at the park afterward such as horse shoes, basket ball, or baseball. However some may be too stuffed to play the more intense sports.
In conclusion all the steps involved in setting up a food swap may seem daunting at first but with enough practice and motivation it’s as easy as getting together with the gang for beers.