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Book Swap Party
This summer we did a major clean out of our home, including our playroom. It feels so good to have decluttered our home. It is amazing how many of our friends have shared that the house looks so much bigger now.
So when we learned about House Foods new book The Tales of Tofu aimed at inspiring families and kids to eat healthier we thought it was the perfect time for book swap party. Kids can follow along as the little tofu learns more about its ability to mix easily with other foods, and even get cooking with their parents in the kitchen, making the book’s easy-to-prepare recipes. You can download the book here.
Since B is learning to read we wanted to get new books without adding more things to our home. So, the combo of the new book and our desire to find new books we thought we should host a book swap party. Since most of B's favorite friends are born in August and September we turned the book party into a book exchange birthday party for one of her friends. We are traveling for her birthday party so it is a win-win.
A Book Exchange Birthday Party is a book themed birthday party that is similar to a Trash into Treasure Party. The idea is that you bring books you are already read to exchange for new books that you have not read yet. This party is for kids, but we can do it for adults too. You can also expand it to magazines too.
Invitation for Book Exchange Birthday Party
We love to send electronic invites because getting friends together is more important than a fancy invite. For this book themed birthday party we did a group text. Just make sure to give your guests all the details including the number of books you want your guests to bring. You can limit it to 1-2 books or have people bring as many as they would like.
Food for Book Party
One of the books that we brought for the book exchange party was The Tales of Tofu book. So, we decided make food with Tofu. Did you know you can make smoothies and chocolate pudding with tofu?
B and I made Strawberry Papaya Smoothie from the cookbook. I still cannot get over how the tofu gives the smoothie the best texture. And all you taste is the fruit. See the recipe blow.
Strawberry Papaya Smoothie
- ½ pkg. House Foods Tofu soft
- ¾ cup papaya peeled, seeded and chopped
- 1 cup fresh strawberries
- 1 cup frozen mango chopped
- ½ banana
- In a blender, combine all the ingredients.
- Cover and blend until smooth, about 30 seconds or so.
We took House Foods chocolate pudding recipe and modified it to make them unicorn chocolate pudding. How cute are these?
We even had the kids learn to make the tofu pudding too using House Foods Tofu Medium Firm. The recipe is so easy you can make it even with a huge group of 3-7 year olds.
Tofu Unicorn Pudding
- 1 package House Foods Tofu Firm
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- 2 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
- ¼ cup soy milk
- Melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler or microwave. Chocolate should be smooth and silky. (If using a microwave, microwave chocolate chips for approximately 15 seconds at a time, stirring frequently in between, until smooth).
- While chocolate melts, add the tofu, vanilla, and maple syrup to a food processor and blend until smooth. Slowly add in the chocolate and soy milk and blend until mixture is well combined and smooth.
- Add in sprinkles and mix with a spoon
- Divide among bowls or pudding jars and refrigerate for at least one to two hours before serving.
- Top with chocolate whip cream and your choice of toppings.
We also made unicorn dips. One for fruit and one for vegetables. They were a big hit with both the parents and the kids. I selected rainbow colors of fruits and vegetables to serve with them.
Book Swap Setup
Give yourself plenty of space to lay out the books. We placed all the books onto the bar cart so we had them in one place. And then moved them to the table when it was time for the official book swap.
For the actual swap there are a couple of different ways to organize it.
- Free for All - where your guests get to look and then pick the books they want.
- Raffle Tickets - For each book your guests bring they get a raffle ticket. As they pick a book they turn in the raffle tickets until they have used all of them.
- White Elephant Like Exchange - Everyone gets a number and they select the book they want. People can steal the books up to two or three times.
Other Tips for Book Swap Party
For adult versions of a book party you can have extra paper for your guests to write their own notes about the books they brought with them so that guests know more about the book.
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