How to Host a Cookie Exchange in 10 Easy Steps
By Robin Olson, Cookie-Exchange.com
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Description: Step-by-step tips for hosting a successful Christmas cookie
Harried during the holidays? Instead of baking numerous types of cookies
during the month of December, try this idea. Bake six dozen of one type of
cookie, invite your friends do the same and have them all come to your house
and swap the cookies. The Cookie Exchange party is a great respite from all
the hustle and bustle of the holidays. It allows you time to step back, take
a breather and enjoy, by connecting with your friends and sharing some Christmas
Make it your new holiday tradition!
1. Choose a date and invite 10 to 20 friends. The more the merrier, a lot
of attendees ensures a large variety of cookies!
2. Choose a theme for your holiday Cookie Exchange. Example: "Must incorporate
candy in the cookie", "Must not have chocolate", "Bring cookies from your
ethnic background", Be creative!
3. Send invitations out 4 weeks in advance and ask guests what kind of cookie
they plan to bring when they RSVP, to avoid duplicates. First timer might
want to call and explain the concept to friends and family.
4. Ask each guest to bake 6 dozen cookies. List your "rules" on the invitation
or extra page and specify if children are allowed or not. For Example: "Ladies
only" or "Girls Night out!"
5. Remind guests to bring a large container to take their cookies home. Keep
some disposable trays on hand for those who forget.
6. Plan on a three hour party, allow time for late arrivals, snacking, and
socializing before starting the Cookie Exchange. Do as much pre-preparation
as possible, Examples: Prepare snacks and appetizers a couple of days in
advance, set up rooms the day before, plan party games, name tags ready,
wrap prizes for awards, (Best Cookie Presentation, Best Holiday outfit).
Sunday afternoons work well, during this busy time of year. Choose a date
between the 7th and 16th of December.
7. Fill your home with the Christmas spirit, by playing holiday music, using
scented candles or simmering a pot of apple cider with cinnamon sticks on
8. Organize cookies buffet-style on a festively decorated table. Before the
actual swap, gather everyone around the table so they can introduce themselves
and their cookie recipe.
9. Place party favors in a basket by the front door for departing guests.
10, Remember to take some pictures! Don't stress and make sure to enjoy your
holiday party as much as your guests do!
Robin Olson started the Cookie Exchange conversation on the internet back
in 1997. Widely known as the "Cookie Exchange Expert", Robin was invited
to become a national spokesperson for Reynolds®Parchment Paper. Throughout
the winter of 2007, she traveled around the country with Reynolds on a national
media tour. She participated in interviews and promoted the benefits of using
Reynolds Parchment Paper while baking. Through print, television and radio,
Robin shared her tips for hosting a Cookie Exchange Party during the holidays
and encouraged others to do the same. Robin was featured in the December
2007 Country Woman Magazine as well as on the cover. Robin is the author
"How to Host a Cookie Exchange Handbook" available