Food Blogger Prop Swap 2013

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Have you ever been to a restaurant and while waiting for your meal to arrive, someone else’s meal at a nearby table came and it smelled so good or it looked so beautiful going by that you just had to sneak a peek? (I know I can’t be the only one, lol.)

Kind-of like the impulse to look at someone else’s food, I love looking at other food blogger’s props. And drooling over not only the food they’re serving, but what they’re serving it on.

Along those lines, I was pretty excited about the Food Blogger Prop Swap.

Alyssa from Everyday Maven came up with the idea for this event, and I was thrilled when she asked me to co-host with her. The basic premise is that every food blogger probably has items that he/she no longer uses anymore even though they’re still in good condition. (Have you ever felt like if you have to shoot a picture with the same piece of fabric in the background even just one more time you might lose it? Lol! Food bloggers, I think you’ll understand what I mean.) Why not swap items with other food bloggers and get a fresh set of props?

It’s a great way to recycle your old props, get a few new props, and get a glance into another food blogger’s prop closet. Fun, right?!

Bloggers were randomly assigned partners. I put together a box of food blogging props for Mary of Barefeet in the Kitchen. I took a look at her beautiful site to see what sort of things she likes, and then I put together a box containing the following: a set of Japanese-style ceramic plates and bowls; bamboo plates; a couple different fabrics; baker’s twine; vintage flatware; and a pretty little mosaic box that I got in Damascus in spring 2010. I could be forgetting something – I realized afterward that I should have snapped a picture of the loot that I sent before I mailed it, lol! Here is Mary’s post detailing her experience with the swap.

And I got a box from Stefani of Cupcake Project (thanks, Stefani!).

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Here’s what was in my box:

  • 2 ceramic plates
  • 2 cloth placemats
  • A set of paper placemats
  • A set of paper ice cream bowls
  • 2 paper pint containers (the kind berries come in at a farmer’s market)
  • A pinecone

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Here are those paper pint containers in action in the photo above!

Alyssa and I had a lot of fun with this event; at this point, we haven’t decided whether we’re going to do it again, but we might! Or we might do a similar type of event, such as a spice swap, cookbook swap, or cookie swap. If you’re interested in participating, you can join our mailing list here!

A huge thank-you to all the bloggers who participated in this event! Take a look at the link up below to see who else participated and what they got!



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Hello! I’m Faith and I write An Edible Mosaic. This is my recipe collection of international favorites and updated American classics, with an emphasis on seasonal dishes. I focus on real foods that sustain body and mind, bring people together, and make a house a home. Welcome to my mosaic of recipes.

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