It’s the time of year to celebrate the season with friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, and more! But thanks to endless holiday obligations and long shopping lists, hosting a big party can feel overwhelming and stressful.
Instead of a big sit-down dinner, consider hosting a cookie exchange party instead. Cookies are something everyone can easily contribute, giving you the time and energy to focus on some of the more decorative and festive details. Use some of my favorite ideas below to host the best cookie exchange of the season, completely stress-free and in tasty style!
Cookie Exchange Invitations
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Every great party starts with a great invitation. A quick search on Google, Etsy, or Pinterest can yield a variety of printable invitation options. Just add in your personal details, print, and send! Here are a few of my favorites:
- Printable Cookie Exchange Pack
- Cookie Exchange Invite with Recipe Cards
- Gingerbread Invitations with Recipe Cards & Garland
If you have the budget and time, consider adding something extra special and unique to your invitations. Play up the baking and cookie theme with small accessories your guests can use, such as measuring spoons, spatulas, rolling pins, jars of sprinkles, or cookie cutters.
Display Those Cookies
Even though you may not be baking up batches of cookies, your guests will come armed with sweets that will need to be organized and presented. Instead of just leaving them in the containers they come in, provide platters, baskets, jars, cake plates, decorative boxes, trays, and other unique items to create a cohesive and festive display.
Don’t Forget the Beverages
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Guests are bringing the cookies, but you’ll still need to provide the beverages. Instead of just a cooler of drinks, spend some time planning and creating a festive drink bar or station where guests can build their own drinks to accompany their sweets. From hot cocoa to coffee, wine to liquors, pick a theme that works best for your time of day and guest list.
Add Some Fun Activities
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Beyond just munching on cookies and sipping tasty beverages, consider having a few activities to liven up the party. From a cookie contest (using actual ballots!) to cookie decorating, pick activities that are simple to organize and guests will enjoy.
Provide To-Go Containers
Even with everyone’s bellies full, there will likely be plenty of leftover cookies. So you don’t get stuck with the excess, be sure to provide containers for guests to fill up before leaving.
Simple or elaborate, take-home options range from boxes, bags, and tins to more decorative containers. In fact, these ideas are so cute and so plentiful they demanded their own story. Find all of my favorite cookie packaging ideas here!
Tuck In a Few Party Favors
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Even if you’re sending your guests off with loads of cookies, it’s also a nice gesture to include a party favor to thank them for coming. Recipe cards for all the included cookies, a cookie cutter, whisk, cookie mix, a spatula, or Christmas ornament are all great ideas.
Cookie exchanges are a fun, festive, and easy way to celebrate the holiday season with all those you love! So set the date, send out the invites, and pick a few ideas listed here to get started. With just a few simple touches and cookies provided by your guests, you can quickly and easily pull together a party everyone will enjoy.