Every year I host a cookie exchange party at my house. This year was my fourth time hosting. I have some very creative and crafty friends, so each year the cookie packaging gets prettier and more elaborate. It is so much fun! My friends and I get to come together and have a fun girls night in.
This year, I created a set of printables to use to help me decorate for my cookie exchange. I created invitations, thank you tags, voting cards, table tent labels, and a banner.
Every cookie exchange operates a little differently, so I thought it would be helpful to share how we do ours. I usually set up a invitation on Facebook even if I send out actual invites. This makes it easier for all of us to communicate.
About a week before the party when I have all the RSVPs in, we each write down what we are making. Even though we call it a “cookie exchange” any kind of treat is welcome. This year we had cookies, peppermint bark, toffee, OREO balls, Christmas wreaths, fudge, and a lot more!
Depending on how many people are coming, we usually make 1/2 dozen per person of whatever treat we are making. Since we have so many creative girls in our group, we go all out on the packaging and individually wrap each person’s package.
We also each bring an extra 1/2 dozen to share at the party.
I provide drinks and some savory foods. It is hard to eat just sweets for the evening. This year I made my favorite easy fiesta Christmas tree spread, spinach dip and a veggie tray.
I provided water, wine and some fun, flavored holiday soda. Some of the other ladies brought some wine too!
To make our water a little more festive I added cranberry ice cubes.
Once everyone arrives we set up a table with everyone’s treats. I made printable table tent cards to label each person’s treat packages. Then, we relax and catch up.
We then take a vote on the cookies. We vote on most creative packaging, most unique treat, and best tasting treat.
I have prizes for each of the winners. I purchase everything, including the baskets to hold all the goodies, from Dollar Tree to make it a little more affordable.
This year I did a foot care basket that contained comfy socks, foot scrubber, nail polish remover, two nail polishes and some foot soak.
I did a kitchen themed gift basket. It contained a tray, two pot holders, oven mitt, spatula, ramekins, and measuring spoons.
The last gift basket was a wrapping themed basket – everything you need to wrap up presents. It contained wrapping paper, tissue paper, small bows, tape, decorative shred, and gift tags.
Then, we simply hang out and chat. At the end of the party we divide up all the treats that everyone brought. It is so nice to only have to bake one type of treat and go home with so many different kinds.
I always give my guests a little thank you for coming. This year I made OREO balls. I will share more details about the thank you favors in tomorrow’s post. Another idea for favors is to wrap up cookie cutters, measuring spoons or wooden spoons.
Download cookie exchange printables:
- Cookie Exchange Invitations
- Cookie Exchange Label Cards
- Cookie Exchange Voting Sheet
- Cookie Exchange Banner
- Cookie Exchange Thank You Tags
I am also including the printables in this set in my Etsy shop, but my readers get them absolutely free! (This download is for personal use only. Do not share the direct link to the .pdf/.jpg file. Please link back to the original post when sharing.)
Have you ever hosted a cookie exchange?