Thank you so much for creating this website - I hosted my second cookie exchange
this year and am already planning my third for 2008!
We started off with appetizers (bbq meatballs, mini pesto pizzas,
crescent-wrapped cocktail sausages, pasta salad, fruit salad and breadsticks),
and moved quickly onto the games!
Every year I buy a bunch of beautiful blown glass ornaments at the
after-Christmas sales and I wrapped them up and we played the left/right
game from your Games page with them. Then we voted on best outfit. Most of
us try to at least wear Christmas colors, but this year we had a couple of
very creative costumes.
My mom came as an elf (she's only 5' tall, so it works for her!), and my
sister-in-law and niece came as the Grinch and his dog Max! The voting for
best costume was split down the middle, so luckily I had extra prizes on
We also played a few rounds of holiday BINGO, and finished things off with
the partner wrapping game where partners each had to sit side by side, and
the person on the left can only use their left hand, the person on the right
can only use their right, and they have to work together to wrap the gift.
I used tissue boxes that were all the same size and I precut the wrapping
paper so we didn't lose any fingers.
After the games we had cake. I found a recipe in Southern Living's 2007 book
for a chocolate cake, with chocolate bars broken up in it, cheesecake bites
between the layers, butter cream frosting, and topped off with caramel sauce
and pirouette cookies! The cake was certainly a hit, but I guess you can't
go wrong with chocolate, cheesecake, butter cream and caramel sauce...
And finally, the COOKIES. Everyone put such effort into their cookies and
it really showed! We lucked out with a great variety of flavors, from traditional
fruit/nut cookies, mint, chocolate, shortbread and gingerbread to fun recipes
like rocky road bars.
Without getting too sappy, we have such a great group of women that get together
for this. Family, co-workers, neighbors and family-friends. Before I started
doing the cookie swap, the only time I saw all of these wonderful people
in the same room was at my wedding!
Your site is such a wonderful resource, and it's just so much fun to look
through the pictures of other people's cookie exchanges as well. Thank you
for all that you do!
Fort Wayne, Indiana