I have always wanted to be a part of the Holiday Cookie Exchange. I think they’re tremendous fun! If you are a Holiday Cookie Lover this is the best way to get a cupboard full of cookies and only actually having to make just one kind! Below I’ve got a few tips to help you host a successful Holiday Cookie Exchange!
If you are hosting a Cookie Exchange (or dessert exchange) in your home:
- Invite your friends and fabulous bakers. Send them a Facebook invite as well as a paper invite my post. And invite in hand is always special. You could even include your favourite cookies recipe in the invitation.
- Let everyone know that since it is an exchange, they should bring ample cookies of their own favourite recipe. Bare minimum 60 cookies. So that each individual can take a few of each kind.
- Be aware of allergies, and make sure that your guests are aware as well.
- Prepare your home. Be ready to host 10-15 of your friends. Have paper plates, coffee and tea. Even cocktails if that’s your thing. Make it pretty and festive.
- Pick up some fabulous cookie containers or take away containers, so that everyone has something to take their goodies home in.
- Have cake stands and plates set up on a large table so everyone can set out their creations.
- Have a start time and an end time. And a “No Left Overs” rule. That way you don’t end up eating too many cookies!
If you are hosting a Send Away Cookie Exchange
- It is always fun to get goodies via mail, but it does get pricey. Keep it to one or two people to keep your costs low.
- Find those who want to exchange! Create a Facebook group and invite all your friends… the ones who join will be your exchangers!
- Start chatting about recipes. Or keep it secret! Which ever your prefer.
- Set a date that they must be mailed by, so that everyone gets their goodies in time for the Holidays.
- Pick a cookie that will ship well. And pack them in tight. The last thing you want is for your recipients to get crumbs in the mail!
- Make them pretty! Even if your cookies are not as beautiful as you would like, if the package they come in is pretty (and reuseable) your recipeint will still be thrilled.