So now that you’ve decided what you’re bringing to the swap, you need to decide how you’re going to bring it to the swap. This is where you can have a lot of fun.
There are two main things you need to think about when packaging for your swap:
The main thing we ask is that your swap items come packaged ready to swap and ready to go home with the other swappers. This means that baked goods should be wrapped or bagged, anything liquid in jars or in other sealed containers or even just bound together (herbs, vegetables, etc). Muffins and things like that do well in the brown paper lunch bags, parchment and wax paper are also good wrappings for baked goods.
The other thing to think about is attaching your name, basic ingredients and/or instructions to the swap items. If you bring a pie that needs to be baked, give the temperature and time needed. If an item can only be kept for a few days after the swap, list that too.
Once you’ve got these two things under control, get creative! Use pretty ribbon, colourful tags, stickers or paper. Think about how stores and brands use colour and style to sell their products. You can do the same for what you bring. Between offering samples and funky packaging, you could be the belle of the ball and “sell out” of all your swap goodies!
But that said, you can be as creative as you want. The most important thing is that everything comes packaged and ready to go! Other than that… it’s all icing on the cake!