Hey guys, it’s Diana from The Girl Creative and I’m really excited to share with you some fun information on how to host a holiday cookie exchange. This whole concept of the cookie exchange was foreign to me up until a few years ago when a friend of mine asked me if I wanted to host one with her. From the second I heard all the details I knew it was something that I wanted to be a part of. Unfortunately, we were a little late with the planning and it never got off the ground. Boo. I don’t want that to happen to you so I’m going to share with you all of the information you need to know about hosting a cookie exchange (or cookie swap) so you can get started with your planning.
The whole idea behind a cookie exchange (besides getting a bunch of your girlfriends together for a fun time) is to get your hands on a variety of holiday cookies without going through the trouble of baking them all yourself. Each guest should bring about 3-4 dozen cookies of one kind. At the exchange you will share your cookies with your friends and then you each leave with 3-4 dozen cookies of several varieties. This is perfect for those who love to give cookie gifts during the holidays.
Every great party starts with a great invitation.
Craft Paper Invite :: Bonjour Berry
Invite with Wisk :: She Paperie
Chalkboard Invite :: Emmy Jo’s Parties
Holiday Recipe Card :: Reasons to Skip the Housework
Chalkboard Recipe Card :: The Girl Creative
Gingerbread Recipe Card :: How to Nest for Less
Each guest may want to bring some baggies along to help bring their cookies home. Here are some other creative ways to package cookies if you are giving them as gifts.
Recycled Foil and Clear Wrap Boxes :: Aunt Peaches
Petal Pusher Boxes :: HomeSpun Threads
Recycled Pringles Can :: A Baker’s House
Or course what is a cookie exchange without the delicious cookies? Here are some yummy cookies that would make a great choice to share at a cookie exchange.
White Chocolate Peppermint M&M Cookies :: No. 2 Pencil
Melted Snowman Cookies :: Better Homes and Gardens
Homemade Peppermint Oreos :: I Heart Nap Time
And lastly, wow your guests by sending them home with a fun and festive favor to say “thanks” for coming!
Cookie Cutter with Thank You Tag :: Joy Ever After
Tic Tacs :: Somewhat Simple
Hot Cocoa Wands :: Celebrating Everyday Life
Have you ever hosted or been to a cookie exchange? What was your experience? Share your tips or ideas in the comments. See you next time!