How to Host a Cookie Exchange

I’ve been hosting a cookie exchange for 10 years, and it’s one of my favorite Christmas traditions!

A cookie exchange is an easy and inexpensive party to plan, and I’ve put together some ideas to get you started.

Cookie Exchange Invitation Ideas:

– A simple e-vite
– Hand deliver a cookie cutter with the invitation attached
– Turn a recipe card into an invitation
– Clearly state what to bring on the invitation.

Cookie Exchange Tips:

Be specific as to how many cookies and copies of the recipe your guests should bring. I ask my guests to bring 6 dozen cookies wrapped in packages of 4 with recipes attached…this number works well for a party of 18 – 30 guests. So, my guests come with 18 little packages and leave with an assortment of 18 little packages.

Why you should ask your guests to package their cookies? Cookies are easier to collect if they’re packaged, cookies are easier to transport if they’re packaged and it’s easy to attach a recipe to a package of cookies which eliminates the guesswork of which recipe goes with which cookie.

Why you might not want to ask your guests to package their cookies: time consuming, added expense. If you opt for packaging cookies, give your guests some suggestions: zip loc bags put inside a small gift bag, cellophane bags tied with a ribbon, zip loc containers tied with a ribbon or Chinese take-out containers. Ask your guests to bring a basket or container to collect their cookies in.

Cookie Exchange Menu:

We usually have our cookie exchange in the afternoon, so a few light appetizers are perfect! As guests arrive, have them open 1 package of their cookies on a tray to be enjoyed at the party. Poinsettia’s have become one of our Christmas traditions, and when you serve a signature cocktail, you eliminate the need to offer other alcoholic beverages.

Poinsettia Punch Recipe:

3 cups cran-raspberry juice
1/4 cup white grape juice concentrate, thawed (do not dilute)
1 bottle champagne (cheap is fine!)
1/4 cup Cointreau
1 liter lime sparkling water
Optional: frozen raspberries to float in the glass
Non-alcoholic version: eliminate the champange and Cointreau. Substitute 1 liter of Sprite.

Other Fun Cookie Exchange Variations:

Make it a mother/daughter event, and have crafts for the children! This year, the teen girls are going to make homemade sugar scrub to give their mothers. When the girls were younger, we made ornaments! Have an award for the best packaging, best looking cookie & best tasting cookie.

If you have a cookie exchange for a really large group (40+), skip the packaging and just let guests pick up a designated amount of cookies. Recipes can just be left next to each tray of cookies.

Teacher Cookie Exchange – have school volunteers bake cookies and let the teachers collect a nice assortment to take home for the holidays.

Now, what do you do with all those yummy cookies? Well, that’s another one of our Christmas traditions! We put all the little packages in the freezer, and each night during Christmas, our children take turns being in charge of making the cookie tray for dessert. It’s a dessert we all look forward to!

Send Cookie Baskets As Easter Gifts For Kids

Easter is just around the corner and it’s a great day to shower your children with love. Are you wondering what to get for your child? It does not need to be difficult. Instead of traditional gift baskets full of chocolates and jelly beans, you can get special themed gift baskets that can be interesting and fun as Easter Gifts for Kids.

Why not order some freshly baked and preservatives free gourmet cookies? They are arranged beautifully and tastefully to suit the recipient.The cookies come in assorted flavors like Chocolate Chunk, Peanut Butter Macadamia with White Chip, Oatmeal Raisin, Cherry and Double Chocolate Chunk. If you are looking for a cookie bouquet for your boy, why not get a gourmet cookie bouquet in a pick-up truck, monster truck or motorcycle? They are made of ceramics and become a keepsake item.You can even get a sports themed cookie baskets for a sport enthusiast. The cookies are shaped like balls, bats, jerseys and other sports equipments.

If your little girl love flowers, gourmet cookies arranged in a flower pot would make an ideal gift. It can be personalized with greetings and your little girls’ first name.Some of the cookie bouquets are arranged in a Easter Bunny planters, personalized tins and white boxes.Dora The Explorer Themed Gift Basket is a big hit among the little girls. M & M candy Cookies along with assorted brownies and Pecan Meltaways filled in a Dora The Explorer Bucket will create a smile on your childs’ face.

The cookies are wrapped and packaged with delicate care to ensure freshness and comes with complimentary greeting message. These Easter Gifts for Kids can be easily ordered online. Going store to store shopping may be time consuming so ordering online will be more affordable. The online store opens 24/7. So simply place an order and the gift baskets will be delivered to you. Just imagine your kids excitement when he receives a surprise gift!

All The Marvelous Uses For Decorated Cookies

Decorated cookies are a perfect addition to any occasion. They’re appetizing and elegant, but also small and convenient to carry. They make great gifts and ideal party snacks. And above all, they’re delectable. You can order specially designed cookies with any theme, to match any event. No matter what the situation is, it can be improved by decorated cookies.

The most expected time of year to use decorated cookies is during the holiday season. From Thanksgiving to Hanukkah to Christmas to New Year’s, holiday cookies are crucial. They do well big office parties, at small family events, as gifts for friends, or simply to have within reach in the house, to get into the holiday spirit.

But the last couple of months in the year aren’t the only time that call for decorated cookies. Liven up your Halloween with some spooky, scary cookies. Complete your Easter with cookies that have the looks and flavors of spring. Or gift cookies to your mom on Mother’s Day, or your dad on Father’s Day, that depict, in an amusement way, what being a parent is all about. They even make splendid birthday gifts. Whether they’re for children’s parties, important milestones like 18 and 21, or a kind tease at someone who’s getting older, birthday cookies are definitely a hit.

Is someone in your household ready to graduate from high school or college? Take cookies to the party, shaped like diplomas, or graduation caps. Or simply a universal “Congratulations!” cookie, so they can realize how proud you are of them. Maybe someone is about to get married. Hand out beautiful and delicious tuxedo and bridal gown cookies as party favors at the engagement party or wedding shower. Afterward use an arrangement of tasteful and elegant white cross and dove cookies as table centerpieces at the wedding reception. Cookies are also a great way to welcome a newborn baby. Serve personalized cookies for either a boy or a girl at the baby shower, and even have the baby’s name printed on them! Or choose from a variety of fun designs that can welcome in either a boy or a girl. Whatever kind of party you’re arranging, decorated cookies are a fabulous way to express the theme visually and make it stand out.

You don’t even have to have a party to use decorated cookies. Send them to a friend or family member, to let them know you’re thinking of them. Is anyone you love sick, in the hospital, or recovering from an ailment? Get Well cookies will help everybody feel well again. In times of of sorrow or loss, sympathy cookies are a tasteful and considerate way to let someone understand that your thoughts are with them during difficult times. Or send cookies for no specific reason at all! Surprise your loved ones and let them know they’re on your mind. Add some fun to your children’s afternoon snack, by giving them cookies shaped like dinosaurs, or monkeys. Take them to celebrate a favorite sport, from baseball to basketball to ballet. Or give some to a friend you haven’t seen lately, just because.

There’s simply no limit to the ways you can make use of decorated cookies. Let your imagination run wild. There’s a cookie for every occasion. They’re enjoyable, thoughtful, and delicious. No matter what you have planned, decorated cookies will add a bit of flavor.