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8 Tips for Hosting an Unforgettable Holiday Cookie Swap
Want to throw the perfect Christmas cookie exchange? Nail it with these easy holiday ideas.
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You just can’t beat a cozy holiday party. Toss in the idea of taking home dozens of Christmas cookies and a holiday cookie swap rises to the top of the Christmas-party heap! Consider these tips for a fun, festive and stress-free cookie exchange!
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Choose When & Where
There are lots of parties this season, so think about what day and time make the most sense for your friends and family. A weeknight get-together? A Sunday Funday? You know your group best; just remember to invite everyone several weeks in advance so guests have time to bake.
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Get Creative with Your Invite
Digital invites save money and get the word out quickly but can get overlooked in bustling inboxes. Consider going old school with printed invitations people hold onto and hang on the fridge. No time to be creative? Hit the web for some cute cookie-exchange invites!
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In addition to the invite must-haves (date, time, location), let guests know how many cookies to bring and how many varieties. Two dozen of one type of cookie? Three types of cookies at a dozen of each type? A minimum of a dozen cookies per guest is a good starting point.
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Keep It Simple
Take the load off your plate. Ask each guest to bring 2 dozen cookies—one to swap and another to serve. You only need to provide coffee and few other warm beverages because the food is taken care of. Plus, guests get to sample the cookies before the exchange begins!
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Choose a spot to set out the cookies. A dining room table is ideal, particularly if guests can walk completely around the table when choosing their treats. As guests arrive, ask them to fill out a place card, naming their treat. Set the cards in front of the cookies so everyone knows which cookie is which.
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Set the Rules
Having guests pick a number from a (Santa) hat levels the playing field regarding who gets to hit the cookie table first. Before the exchange begins, let everyone know how many cookies they’re allowed to take.
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Wrap ‘Em Up
Offer guests disposable storage containers or cookie tins so they can pile in their sweets to take home. You can go cheap with disposable aluminum pans from a dollar store or get fancy and buy decorative serving plates that guests can take home as your holiday gift to them. Have plastic wrap on hand to wrap up each plate. Colorful curling ribbon adds a nice touch!
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Keep It Merry and Bright
Who cares if Susan brought chocolate-covered pretzels instead of cookies? Big deal if Chris snuck in Snickerdoodles from the bakery. Let it go. Everyone is there to have fun—it’s Christmas, after all! Sit back, relax, and enjoy the sweet success of your incredible cookie-swap party.