Friday, November 16, 2012

christmas cookie exchange party

Candy cane stripes, forest green banners, and softly-browned cookie colors were my inspiration for creating the decor for our Christmas cookie exchange party:

 If you are thinking about hosting your own cookie exchange party, here are the details to remember:

- invite more people than you think: not everyone likes to bake, or will be available to come.  I invite a dozen ladies, and ended up with 8.  (If you missed yesterday's post, click *here* to see the party invite.)

- each guest should bring 1 dozen cookies for each person in attendance, plus an extra dozen for sampling at the party.

- pull out some of your own Christmas decorations to set the festive mood, and have the platters set out before your guests arrive.

- since we hosted our party very early in the season, I encouraged my guests to bring cookies that would be suitable for freezing.

- do what we did, and turn the party into a fun contest!  I created voting cards and award ribbons... in the end, "best tasting" went to my sister, for her yummy peanut butter buckeyes...

- it was a very fun-filled evening with friends & sweet treats, and I have a fully stocked freezer ready for holiday gifting, as well as 7 new cookie recipes.

And, if you are crafting your own cookie swap decor, here is a link to the stamp sets you'll need from the Clear & Simple Stamps storecookie bake, designer lines, favor flags.

If you have a minute, I'd love to know if you'll be participating in your own holiday cookie exchange party!

Thanks for stopping by to take a peek at ours :)


  1. I'm on my way! What a fun party! :)

  2. This looks sooo yummy!! Great job Elena!!

  3. Cuteness! I love the traditional color scheme and the large "mmm..." banner. Next year I'll bring puffy muffins. ;)

  4. What a fun party. Please invite me next time! Your decor is amazing.

  5. This looks amazing, Elena!
    I especially love the white background "board" you used to cover your large picture. I'm thinking I could do something like this for over my piano in my dining room---- thanks for the inspiration!

  6. Yum! What an amazing party. You're the best party-thrower I've ever seen. :)

  7. Your party looks so great! I would love to try this.

  8. LOVE this... not this year, but maybe some day... I love the idea, and you executed it SO well (am I surprised? Of course not...)