There are so many fun traditions that we all enjoy each year. A great way to start off the Christmas season is with a Christmas Cookie Exchange! The holiday season is usually filled with so many parties and activities make sure to plan your party ahead and schedule it early in December to ensure everyone will be able to attend. Everyone invited to the Christmas Cookie Exchange will be asked to bring a set amount of cookies, all the same type, to the party. After arriving each guest will place their container of cookies on the table, along with copies of the cookie recipe. The Christmas Cookie Exchange I attend each year asks us to bring 4 dozen cookies. I always stay away from the peanut butter type of cookies or bars. Just putting one peanut butter cookie in your take home box will make all of the other cookies take on the same taste. We always bring a second container to use as we go around the table and pick up the cookies off of the exchange table. You will leave with four dozen cookies of all varieties.
1. Plan how many people you will invite. Each person needs to bring 2-4 dozen of the same kind of cookies along with copies of their cookie recipe. As the cookies are collected the recipes, for each cookie, can be picked up at the same time. This will ensure that everyone goes home with a variety of different cookies and the recipes for each.
2. Set the date for the Christmas Cookie Exchange early so it won’t interfere with other parties during December. 3. Send out the invitations. Be creative on the invitation to try to get your guests excited about the party. Let your guests know on the invitations if you want them to bring a second container to gather their cookies or let them know if you are providing trays. Make sure you have a RSVP on the invitation and a phone or email address so your guests can let you know if they will be attending or not.
3. Plan your party menu. If you are having your Christmas Cookie Exchange in the evening plan a simple menu of finger foods and festive beverages and if you have your party in the morning plan a light brunch. Breakfast casseroles are great for parties because they can be prepared the night before and be baked off the next morning. Make sure you have extra cookies to eat at the party so your guests can take their cookies home. Planning and preparing the food ahead will allow you time to chat with friends. I always come home from the Christmas Cookie Exchange and package the cookies in bags and decorate them with bows. Then I am able to give them out as thank you gifts. I give bags to my mailman, hair stylist, next door neighbors, co-workers, or anyone you greatly appreciate!