Now that Christmas is around the corner most of us are dreaming of all sorts of wonderful cookies and can’t wait to start baking up a storm in our kitchen – getting into the spirit of Christmas!
In order to be able to offer friends and family a nice variety of cookies throughout Christmas you need lots of time to bake, however… So why not host a Christmas Cookie Exchange Party? Get all the ladies together and exchange cookies, which means you’ll have a large variety in your cookie tins in no time at all.
Get everyone to bring a large batch of their favourite homemade cookies – making sure in advance that there’ll be no duplicates – and perhaps bring along a small savoury snack as well. You can provide the drinks – such as egg nog or mulled wine along with coffee, tea, juices and, of course, milk.
Herewith some tips for your Christmas Cookie Exchange party:
- Ask each guest to bring 10 or so cookies for each attendee to take home (agree on a set number), plus another cookie per attandee for the party.
- Supply plastic storage bags or paper plates and foil just in case someone forgets to bring a container for taking their cookies home.
- Remind everyone to store each cookie variety in separate containers until serving, as mixed cookie varieties lose their individual flavour and texture.
- Suggest that everyone should bring copies of their recipe to share with others.
- Prepare a large table for everyone to set out their cookies. Spread a festive cloth on the table and place a tray or plate on the table for each attendee to place their contributions.
- Place an extra platter on the table for the cookies that will be enjoyed during the party.
- Play Christmas music, and even if you haven’t finished your holiday decorating by the date of the party – be sure the party room has some festive decorations.
Reference: Donna Pilato, about.com entertaining guide