Thursday, December 19, 2013

cookie exchange 2013

cookie exchange 2013

I hosted our annual cookie exchange party last Friday! I'm gonna go ahead and assume that you like to look at picture of delicious cookies, since I didn't craft too much for the party - yes?

cookie exchange 2013

I gave the spread a rustic and cozy feel, with a plaid blanket to cover the table and antlers, antlers everywhere.  Even a soft and floral one:

cookie exchange 2013

I asked the girls if they wouldn't mind, to bake treats that would match my rustic palette.  Thank goodness they love me enough to comply:

cookie exchange 2013

I'm thinking these cookie markers could serve as place-cards for our Christmas dinner.  I love a double-use project...

cookie exchange 2013

Barbara's sandwich cookies were gorgeous.  We couldn't believe she made 8 dozen of these beauties.

cookie exchange 2013


I ate a few rum balls and I swear I felt a buzz. ha.

cookie exchange 2013

These were amazing - like a healthy version of a buckeye.

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mmm.... like soft brownies.

cookie exchange 2013


I love any cookie with cranberries in it.  This was the pregnant lady's alternative to the boozy rum balls.

cookie exchange 2013


I couldn't decide what to make, so I made 2 kinds of cookies.  These cinnamon roll cookies, all warm and sugary like a Christmas brunch...

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and these chocolate squares.  They are my fave, and so easy to make.

As a special bonus, I had a mason jar of popcorn for each of my friends to take home:

cookie exchange 2013

I drizzled red candy melts over home-made popcorn.  It's a great sweet/salty snack, and the perfect filler for some of the cookie tins that looked empty even after we piled a few dozen cookies inside.

After all of the tasting was done, we rolled ourselves over to a crafting station, to create tags for our gifts (or snatch ready-made ones that I had already created.)

cookie exchange 2013

I hope you enjoyed the tour of our holiday party!

♥.

18 comments:

  1. What a great party!! You are the master of creative parties. I would LOVE to have some of the recipes... any chance of those being shared???

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    1. i'll definitely see what I can do! thanks, Lynnette!

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  2. What a LOVELY cookie exchange! Wow, the cookies and their display make them way too pretty to eat! I wish I lived closer so I could cookie exchange with you!

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  3. Yes recipes would be so awesome! You are the party master! So festive! I love it!

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  4. Wow what a fabulous party! Love you rustic decor and those place cards/markers are so fantastic, I would love to know how you made them?

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  5. Oh, wow, this looks amazing and so much fun, Elena! Fabulous party!
    Care to share the recipes?

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  6. How awesome is this? I wanna be you when I grow up;) Love all the little details especially the pom-poms!

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  7. Oh my ... I wanna try them all ... These ALL LOOK SO DELICIOUS!!!
    Love the cookie markers!

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  8. omg you did such a good job with the display and they all look so yummy! our blog is adorable, i am so happy i stumbled across it. Anddd I am your newest follower! hey-o! hope you can swing by mine sometime!

    xo, Kelsey Belle | Happie Reading Blog

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  9. How fun!!! What a great idea and I just love the tags and display that you created :)

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  10. So many cookies and none here with me......guess I should go get some ice cream.....

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  11. What a fun event! Wish I was there!

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  12. I for sure want the toffee one!! Looks so yummy :)

    I went to my first cookie exchange last weekend - SO FUN! Yours is gorgeous - and so well thought out. I love that you made a theme out of it! Filing away the cozy blanket table cloth idea...

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  13. What a lovely spread Elena! Those cookies are divine! So...love you style concept, so gorgeous!

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  14. beautiful!! makes me want to host a cookie swap again :)

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  15. Si tous ces gâteaux sont aussi bons que beaux, vous avez dû vous régaler !!! Wow, bravo !

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