Life has been super busy and the past week has gotten away from me. This weekend, I hosted my 9th annual Christmas cookie swap. I look forward to this event all year; it’s a time to catch up with friends and enjoy the holidays.
Have you even been to a cookie exchange? It’s a fun way to get an assortment of cookies to try. Everyone brings a different cookie and you leave with a variety of treats.
Here are a few tips to make the event fun and successful.
- Keep the party intimate, I try to stick to no more than a dozen people.
- Have your guests make 2 dozen cookies so the process isn’t cumbersome.
- Arrange a station for the cookies to be displayed (this showcases the hard work and beautiful assortment of desserts)
- Have a few savory snacks available
- Serve your favorite drinks (this is the time to eat, drink and be merry!)
- Have a few extra containers or bags for your guests (you don’t want peppermint or peanut products mixed up. Some stronger flavors can get absorbed in the other cookies.)
- Tell friends to bring the cookie recipe to share with the group. (They can email it ahead of time or preprint copies.)
This get-together is a wonderful way to get in the Christmas spirit. Make sure to send out invites early because people tend to get busy during the holidays. I usually send out an e-vite at the end of October. This gives everyone time to decide on a cookie and hopefully be available to participate.
Some years, I’ve served a simple lunch and even held crafternoons. This time around I had a friend set up a pop up shop to showcase her all natural bath and body products. I like to create an experience for my friends and family and we all enjoy this event each year. It’s a magical time and I hope your December is off to a splendid start!
Thanks for reading! xo