1. Send out the invitations well in advance so people have time to choose their cookies and bake them. I think three to four weeks is enough notice, but I know how my friend's schedules book up, so I sent mine out for the "2nd Annual Exchange" about eight weeks ahead.
|I used this fun template from Evite.com|
3. Have guests print their cookie recipe for everyone. I didn't do this my first party but I think it's a really nice touch.
4. Here's the fun part!! Decorate and make appetizers!! Last year I made meatballs, crostini, a veggie tray and fried (baked) ravioli. We had hot chocolate, coffee, wine and a few sodas to drink.
|The cookie exchange savory snack spread!|
5. Set up one big table or several smaller tables for the cookies. Make sure there is room for guests to walk around in a circle and gather their cookies.
6. Have plenty of saran wrap, wax paper and some extra containers on hand. (Guests should be instructed to bring their own empty container, but it's always nice to have some on hand, just in case).
7. Entertain, mingle, take pictures, have fun!
8. When it's time for the formal exchange I really enjoy having each guest share which cookie they made and a little bit about the cookie--why they chose it, what's in it, how hard was it, etc.
9. Go around in a circle and have each guest take the given number from each container.
10. Mingle more, take more pictures and then sit back and soak up the success of your party.
|Love these ladies!|
Happy (early) Holidays!