What’s the Project?: Hosting a Christmas cookie exchange is a fun way to spend time with friends and try lots of Christmas cookie recipes. Here are some tips and tricks to make your cookie swap fantastic!
Every year I start the season with great intentions to not eat ALL the treats during the holiday season. Of course, I love treats and know I’m going to be a little weak, but man, break out that cookie plate and I’m a goner!
So at this point, I’m just embracing it and admitting that I love ALL THE COOKIES and just want to eat them all season long.
I’m thinking that hosting a Christmas cookie exchange party would be a lot of fun. It’s a great way to bring your friends together, eat treats, and enjoy the holiday season, and you get to go home with a bunch of new cookies to try.
So if you’ve ever thought of hosting a holiday cookie swap, let’s talk about how to make it great!
Here are some great tips and tricks to make your holiday cookie swap the best ever!
How to Host a Christmas Cookie Exchange Party:
There are a few key elements to hosting a cookie exchange and I will break those down for you piece by piece and you can make plans for your party as you go.
Cookie Exchange Party Ideas:
Let’s start with the most important part…the cookies!
Typically each person will be asked to bring a certain amount of cookies, knowing they will go home with the same amount of cookies that they came with but it will be a variety of recipes, something from everyone who comes, that they will get to go home with.
How Many Cookies Should Each Guest Bring?
Determining how many cookies you want each person to bring depends on how many people you are inviting and how many you want to send your guests home with.
You want to have enough cookies that everyone gets to try a variety and take some of each home, but you also don’t want your guests to have to bring a million cookies. So if you’re inviting 20 people, you probably don’t want your guests to bring a dozen per person (that would be a lot of cookies!) but if you’re only inviting 5 you might want people to bring more per person.
The idea here is that your guests can select one type of cookie to bake and bring to share and then go home with something from everyone else so that they have a variety of cookies when they leave.
Determine how many of each type of cookie you’d like for guests to take home-maybe a half dozen or so? (More if you’d like or fewer if you’d like.)
Also, plan to have your guests bring enough cookies that you can serve some at the party and still send some home with everyone.
Cookie Exchange Recipes:
Here are some great cookie exchange recipes you could try:
- Peanut Butter Christmas M&M Cookies
- 25 Fun Christmas Cookie Favorites
- Dark Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies
- Rolo Cookies
- Glazed Ginger Molasses Cookies
- Candy Cane Cookies
- Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
- Buckeye Brownie Cookie Recipe
Or any cookie you love for the holidays will work!
Cookie Exchange Invitations and Printable Recipe Cards:
Now that we’ve talked about cookies, the main part of the show, let’s backtrack a little bit and talk about inviting your guests!
When you invite your guests you will want to, of course, tell them the date and time and location. But you’ll also specify how many cookies you want them to bring.
Here are some cute cookie invitation ideas you can use to invite your guests! If you need help with personalizing these, I’ve got a tutorial here.
- Online Cookie Exchange Invitations (send by email)
- Red and White Striped Invitations
- Red and Green Invitation and Recipe Card Set
- Cookie Exchange Kit and Printables
It can also be nice to print some recipe cards so that your guests can share their recipes with each other.
Cookie Exchange Party Activities:
You’ll need to figure out what you want to do during the cookie exchange to entertain your guests. This is totally up to you and depends on the flow of your party. Here are a few options:
- Keep it simple and let your guests mingle and eat cookies. This is probably best if your guests know each other well and will want time to chat.
- Play a few simple holiday party games. This is great if you are throwing a couple’s or family cookie exchange party or if you want a more involved activity for your party.
- Create fun containers to take the cookies home in (more on this below) like this one.
- You might want to serve food. You could just have cookies, you could have some fun hot cocoa recipes to try, or you could have appetizers or food to serve before the cookies.
- Do a craft! This could be fun if your party is for a few of your girlfriends. You could make holiday cards or holiday planners. We loved creating our own holiday cookie plates at a holiday party and this could be a very fun activity for your party!
Cookie Exchange Boxes and Take Home Containers:
You will need some way for guests to package up their cookies and take them home. This can be as simple as you like or you can have fun with the packaging. As mentioned above, this could be part of the party fun if you’d like, or you can pull something together ahead of time.
Some fun options include:
- Make and take cookie plate (like the one decorated above). Just have some foil or something ready to cover it with.
- Take out boxes like these or these. This would be extra cute if you decorated them a little or used cute ribbon to tie them. (affiliate links)
- Cute cookie tins
- Christmas to-go boxes or these aluminum trays
- Our favorite-these fun cookie cans made from Pringles cans
That’s a lot of ideas for a cookie exchange party and I hope they’ve helped! Whatever you do, make it work for you and your guests and most importantly…
Have fun throwing your Christmas cookie exchange party!
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