Our Skinnygirl® Cocktails Insider Kelly Lee shows us how to throw a chic clothing swap soiree just in time for summer!

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Our Skinnygirl® Cocktails Insider Kelly Lee shows us how to throw a chic clothing swap soiree just in time for summer!

Fab party guests from l-r 1st row: Roxy, Laurie, Sydne; 2nd row: Andrea, Anne, Kelly, Annette, Jamie, Devon, Kristen, Caroline, Jenny pictured left.

Guest  LIST

Lee advises inviting eight to twelve of your most fashionable friends, ensuring each guest has at least one swapping partner who wears a similar size. To cut down on set-up time, ask everyone to bring items like dresses and blouses on hangers. And encourage your girls to bring one-size-fits-all accessories, too, like bracelets, scarves and purses. No matter what, the right clutch will always fit.

Decor

It's time to set up shop! Lee suggests using your favorite boutique as inspiration and naming your store (in her case: "House of Kelly Golightly"). Get crafty with handmade signs, which can easily transform your bedroom or bathroom into a "Dressing Room," and add girly touches like our ever-stylish Insider, who wrote messages in lipstick on mirrors. To display items, you can either go traditional by buying — or borrowing — a garment rack. Or get creative, creating a laundry line with clothespins or showing off clothes in unexpected places. Lee, for example, laid scarves on a wine rack, while a vintage picnic basket contained folded tees.

Swap

Let the browsing begin! A lady always has good taste…which means more than one of you may be eyeing that hot pair of heels. To avoid a fashion showdown, Lee recommends drawing numbers to determine shopping order, at least for the first few rounds. Once everyone has found their faves, let your ladies rock the runway in a fashion show and take turns playing paparazzi. And remember, no matter how great your girls look in your old duds, there are no take-backs! So make sure you're really ready to part with any items you bring.

Donate

Lee's clothing swap motto: "Sharing is chic." And we couldn't agree more. So do good with your leftover duds by donating to your favorite charity. Kelly's pick and our personal favorite: Dress for Success®!

Cocktails  AND CRUDITÉ

A lady always knows that shopping counts as cardio… so refueling is key! Serve skinny-sized light bites, like cucumber sandwiches, crudité and fresh fruit, rather than heartier fare. After all, you don't want to fill up too much before trying on clothes. And glam up your get-together with a couple of Lee's peppy punch recipes, sweetened up with Skinnygirl™ White Cherry Vodka and Skinnygirl® White Peach Margarita. Because while some wardrobe pieces may go in and out of fashion, Skinnygirl® Cocktails is always in vogue! For more style swap tips and pics, visit kellygolightly.com.

PINK CHERRY Lemonade

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 parts raspberry lemonade
  • 2 parts club soda
  • 1 part Skinnygirl™ White Cherry Vodka
  • 1 part lime juice
  • 1 part lemon juice

DIRECTIONS

Pour ingredients over ice and garnish with a lime wedge.

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Merry  CHERRY PINK PUNCH

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 part Skinnygirl™ White Cherry Vodka
  • 2 parts Skinnygirl® White Peach Margarita
  • 3 parts grapefruit soda
  • 1 part lime juice

DIRECTIONS

Pour ingredients over ice and garnish with a cherry.

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For more party deets and pics, visit kellygolightly.com. Are you a style swap expert? Give us your top tips on Facebook and Twitter!

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