Party Planning Week: Holiday Parties

This year, I hosted a cookie swap to kick off the holidays. I have hosted and attended cookie swaps for several years, and they always work a little bit differently. So, I thought I would share with you how I planned my cookie swap.

Cookie swaps are such a fun get together filled with love, laughter, and of course, cookies! I was excited to host a party again this year.

I picked out a cute online invite and sent it out. Then, I gathered all of my Christmas plates and platters, bought hot chocolate and apple cider, and got my baking on!

This is how the party worked:

  • Everyone brought 3 dozen cookies that they baked at home.
  • Approximately 1 dozen of each type of cookie was displayed on the Christmas plates and platters during the party.
  • Other non-sweet goodies were available to balance out all the sweets.
  • Everyone brought copies of their recipes.
  • We voted on the best taste and prettiest cookie., and I purchased small prizes for the winners.
  • At the end of the party, everyone filled Christmas-themed goodie bags with the other 2 dozen cookies and took copies of their favorite recipes.

A cookie swap is typically a casual event, so I chose a pair of khaki corduroy pants, a fitted white t-shirt with a small silver studded reindeer, and a red cashmere cardigan. The outfit was comfortable and festive without being over the top. And personally, I think being comfortable when hosting a party is super important! There are far too many other things to worry about than wardrobe mishaps.

And since you asked (I’m assuming you’re wondering how the party went), the party was a big hit! What party with 3 dozen cookies wouldn’t be?! 🙂

Have you ever attended or hosted a cookie swap?  How did it work?

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