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


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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  1. says

    I had a great time with the swap, Faith. I’m planning to use the Japanese dishes for a recipe tonight! I’m loving everything you sent. Thanks again for the awesome props!

  2. says

    I hope you liked the stuff. Your photo of the fruit in the berry bowl was lovely. I think there were also wooden spoons in the box. I thought I threw them in there. Hope I did. Thanks for organizing this fun event!

    • says

      Stef, There weren’t wooden spoons, but no worries – the box you sent is great! Thanks again for participating and for the box of goodies!

  3. says

    This is such a clever idea! Your pint containers are adorable. One of these days, I’d love to hop on the swap but at the moment I doubt anyone would find useful the things that I’d send away, lol. I bet it’s exciting receiving your box to take a gander at what’s inside. :)

  4. says

    Hi Faith! What a great box of goodies you received! This was so much fun and I thank you and Alyssa for all you did to make this happen! I’m like you. When I am looking at other blogs, I am looking just as much as the stuff people use as the food they are making. And trading back and forth makes great sense! I certainly hope that you will do it again! I’m happy to help in any way I can! And your photography is just stunning! : )

  5. says

    This is such an awesome community idea, Faith. I’m in the Netherlands, but I wrote an interest email to be an ‘ambassador’. Looking forward to some feedback and more good stuff to come from you guys!

  6. says

    G’day Faith and BIG, BIG thanks for yours and Alyssa’s GREAT support to date, true!
    Without both of you our food bloggers prop swap – AUSTRALIA would not have been able to have launched yesterday and look forward to us sharing with your food bloggers prop swap USA too!
    Cheers! Joanne


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