Kelly Zarate 's 3rd Cookie Exchange
Leopold, Indiana

Dear Robin,

This year I held my 3rd cookie exchange-with much help from your site- and everyone had a fantastic time! This year's theme was "Christmas Around the World."

I always host a brunchtime exchange and this year we had a breakfast strata, french toast casserole, mini quiches, baked brie, ultimate coffee cake, mimosas, and iced "milk."

I had eight ladies attend this year, and we had 19 different types of cookies! Some of this year's cookies included Banana Nut Biscotti, Belgian Tuiles, Claypso Cups, Celtic Spirals, Chocolate Lasagna, Pirouettes, Polvorones, and White-Chocolate Cherry Shortbread. Everyone voted on their favorite cookie and the winner was Donna's Chocolate Raspberry Sand Tarts. The best presentation went to Clara who hung her cookies from a mini-Christmas tree.

I handed out tickets for holiday attire, best cookie arrangement, favorite cookie, bringing an international cookie, and bringing a guest. Each lady also brought an ornament to exchange in the left/right game. We also played a trivia game with questions about different Christmas traditions from around the world.

I had everyone send me their recipes ahead of time and I made a recipe book with all the cookie and brunch recipes for everyone to take home. The back cover was printed with "Merry Christmas" in several different languages.

I am getting so excited for my next party, I am already scouring your site for more great ideas. Thank you so much for all the time and effort you put into your site!

Happy Exchanging!

Kelly Zarate, Leopold, Indiana

(In the photo the girls are Top: Catherine, Christina, Becky, Donna, Betty, and Clara Bottom: Bridget and Tammy)

(I am the one in the photo of the table)