I finally had my 1st cookie exchange this year and it was wonderful. I
had been wanting to host one for several years and read every article I could
about cookie exchanges, your website being the most informative.
Everyone I invited had never even heard of one and they were thrilled to
be part of it. We had 13 bakers in attendance and 2 who could not be there
but sent their cookies for exchange.
My wonderful daughter
and 2 year old granddaughter drove 6 hours to be there to help me get everything
lined up and keep things running.
We enjoyed a buffet of appetizers including a crab mold, crackers, sour cream
nuts, tortilla roll ups, chicken salad in pastry shells, bacon wrapped water
chestnuts, spinach balls, cream cheese stuffed jalapenos, peppermint mousse,
fruit and fruit dip and punch.
When everyone arrived, my granddaughter, who was dressed like a gingerbread
man, had a bucket full of cookie cutters and each guest chose one. Later
they were to tell why they chose that cookie cutter and how it related to
them. Each guest was also given a candy cane necklace and we played the "don't
say cookie game".
We also enjoyed a game of Christmas movie trivia. I had plenty of prizes
since I had been hitting the after Christmas sales for several years in
anticipation of having an exchange. Each guest brought 6 dozen cookies and
they went all out in their presentations. Awards were given out for best
tasting, best presentation and most festively dressed individual.
After we gathered
around the table for pictures, each guest told a little story as to why they
chose the cookie recipe they brought. Then the fun began with the exchange.
Since this was the first year, I purchased everyone a bucket to put their
We all enjoyed going around the table filling our buckets with the cookies.
As everyone left, I gave them a cookie cookbook with all the recipes, including
the appetizers I served, and a handmade Christmas tree pin. I could not have
been more pleased with how my first party turned out. Everyone is already
talking about the cookie exchange in 2008.
Karen Binder, Ballinger, Texas