Book Swap Parties
Book Swap Parties
What is a Book Swap Party?
A Book Swap Party is a great excuse to meet up with friends, enjoy some nibbles and drinks as well as sharing books that children have loved.
The main difference between a Book Swap Play Date and a Book Swap Party is that the parties are adult only and likely to be held in an evening when all the little ones are tucked up in bed!
The books will all get laid out and you will take turns choosing books to take home.
Book Swap Parties are really easy to organise and are lots of fun. Read our ‘Top Tips for organising a Book Swap Party’ to help you plan your Party.
We would love you to let us know if you have hosted a Book Swap Play Date. If you would like to do this just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org confirming the town where it was held. We will then add a picture of Prenders the Parrot to that part of the map.
We will not disclose any of your personal information on the website and we will not use your email address for marketing purposes.
To help you organise your Book Swap Party we have designed some colourful invitations that you can send to your friends.
To edit the invitations, simply:
- Open the invitation here
- Enter the names of the sender and addressee; as well as the date, time, location and RSVP details of your event
- Print the invitation
Please ensure that you comply with our Reprint Policy.
Or to make it even easier you could just invite them by text, email or social media.
Top Tips for Organising a Book Swap Party
Invite your friends to the Book Swap Party. The ‘Stationery’ section above has some invites you can print or email.
2. The Books
Everyone could bring one book to exchange or you could suggest that they each bring a certain number of books, perhaps three. choice there will be and the more stories you can all share about the books you have enjoyed.
The more books there are, the more It’s also a really good idea to try and encourage people to bring a variety of books to the Book Swap Party – board books, paperback, hardback, fiction and non-fiction.
3. A Message
It would be lovely if in advance of the Book Swap Party the child who has sent the book wrote (with help if needed) a message in the front saying what they had enjoyed most about reading the book.
4. Taking turns
To decide the order in which you will pick books you could pick straws, or pick a number out of a hat/bag, or pick a playing card from a deck of cards or just decide amongst yourselves! The important thing is to make sure it is done fairly.
5. Food and drink
Every good party needs some yummy nibbles and a few drinks. To help get the Book Swap Party started you could perhaps have some wine, beer, cocktails or mocktails.
6. Left over books
At the end of the Book Swap Party you might have some books left over, as your friends might bring more books than they want to go home with.
There are lots of ideas for what you could do with the left over books. You could donate them to a local school, local library or charity shop. Or you could keep them for your next Book Swap Party.
7. Have fun!!
The most important thing is for everyone to have lots of fun. So adapt these Top Tips to what will work best for you and your friends.