Best Hostess for 2007 Contest  

Mai Castaneda of Elk Grove, CA

Best Hostess Contest Winner

Contest ended April 20th, 2008

Mai's comments:

Hi Robin:
Thank you so much! I owe all the voting to my many family members, co-workers and my many, many friends that I have made throughout the years!!

About a week after the contest began, I went into the site and saw that I had 12 votes and Ms. Binder had 85! I thought, oh, this is serious stuff. I emailed my cookie exchange guests and gave them the site and then it went from there! Thanks again and am looking forward to many more fun events through your wonderful web site.

Oh, and I prefer the Bath & body works gift card as I plan to use it at the next semi-annual sale they have so that I can start buying the goodies for parting gifts for my 2008 Cookie Exchange!

Again, thanks so much for all the info you provide.


Posted 3/18/08
This one is for the women who put themselves out there and inspired us all with the details of how they do their parties.

Whose Cookie Swap Party would you like to have been invited to based on the menu of foods they served?

Any hostess that has Cookie Party photos displayed in the photo gallery for 2007 that wishes to be included in this contest --send your menu ASAP!

Eligible Hostesses:
(Information was taken from the individual web pages.)

Barb Miller, Shenandoah Junction, WV
We had meatballs and lasagna, a veggie tray, pumpkin bread, cranberry bread, cinnamon swirl bread, bownie bites, pumpkin bites, chocolate chip cookies, chex mix, and pretzels to eat throughout the party, and the wassil bowl.

Allyson Modula, Parsippany, New Jersey
The food spread this year consisted of a veggie platter, cheese platter, shrimp cocktail, mini reuben’s, mini quiches, pigs in a blanket, baked brie with caramelized onions, apricot jam and pinoli nuts (YUMMY), Roasted Garlic bulbs with blue cheese, Goat cheese spread, mini pinwheel sandwiches, and foccacia squares filled with eggplant, mozzarella, roasted peppers, and arugula. Dessert was gingerbread trifle, white and milk chocolate fudge wreaths, cream puffs, and a fruit platter. For cocktails I had a cranberry punch made with champagne, Bloody Mary’s, and Kahlua & cream

Lori, Chaska, Minnesota
We indulged ourselves on hot appetizers, assorted cheeses, merriment beverages and a White Belgium Chocolate Fountain, YUM!

Cathie Wallace, Brodheadsville, PA
Our buffet was so delicious, shrimp cocktail, bourbon chicken, mini quiches, Zesty Hot Broccoli dip, deviled eggs, hot salsa and cheese dip, sweet potato chips, crackers, and some fabulous desserts, mini pastries, the cupcake tree, and the most decadent Chocolate Souffle Cake that you have ever tasted. Wine, soda, and coffee.

Cindy Deforest, McDonough, New York
I had a buffet again this year and we had: Ziti and meatballs in sauce, Hot pepper Queso dip with tortillas, and veggie platter with dip. A platter of cheese, pepperoni, crackers and dip. BBQ cocktail wieners. I also had various beverages available.

Samantha Kieley, Ellicott City, Maryland
I held a cookie exchange brunch, complete with mimosas, bloody Marys, bagels, egg muffins, crab dip, baked brie, fresh fruit and lots of yummy breakfast pastries.

Linda Gavin, Fairbanks, Alaska
We had a cranberry champagne punch, coffee with Bailey's, and sodas, shoepeg corn dip w/red corn chips, brie in puff pastry, meatballs in cocktail sauce, tiny chicken salad sandwiches, veggie tray, fruit and dip, turkey and cranberry sauce wraps, Christmas candies and nuts. The brie and corn dip were big hits, but I had most of the meatballs and veggies left over.

Sharon Todd, Derry, PA
We had mini wieners wrapped in crescent rolls, cocktail meatballs, spinach artichoke bread bowls, a dip that tastes like Strawberry Pretzel salad, sweets, coffee punch, slush and of course cookies to taste.

Gloria Harris, Hightstown, NJ
We munched on shrimp w/cocktail sauce, fruit bowl, asst'd cheeses w/crackers, veggie platter w/dip, spinach dip in pumpernickel bowl, curried deviled eggs, corn souffle, potato salad, sweet n' sour meatballs, buffalo wings w/bleu cheese. There was asst'd cheesecake slices for dessert, champagne and Christmas Spiced Wine Punch.

Karen Binder, Ballinger, Texas
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.

Christine Harpel, Fort Collins, CO
We enjoyed egg nog, hot spiced cider, Christmas punch, and coffee along with cheese, sausage, and crackers; a baked Chicken Holiday Wreath; apples with fruit dip; sweet 'n sour lil' smokies; veggies with spinach dip; and a pumpkin cheesecake.

Mai Castaneda, Sacramento, CA
We enjoyed chipotle chicken and spicy beef tostada lunch. We had some chips and salsa for snacking. For drinks, we enjoyed various types: Champagne, Red and White wine, Fresca, coffee and tea.

Mindy Hambrick, Fort Wayne, IN
We started off with appetizers, bbq meatballs, mini pesto pizzas, crescent-wrapped cocktail sausages, pasta salad, fruit salad and breadsticks. 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...

This contest ended April 20th, 2008

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Best Cookie Exchange Hostess of 2007
As judged by the foods served (1)
Barb Miller
Allyson Modula
Cathie Wallace
Cindy Deforest
Samantha Kieley
Linda Gavin

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Best Cookie Exchange Hostess of 2007
As judged by the foods served (2)
Sharon Todd
Gloria Harris
Karen Binder
Christine Harpel
Mai Castaneda
Mindy Hambrick

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** Vote for 1 of 13 possible hostesses. The poll was split into 2 due to the inability of the poll service to accomodate more than 10 choices.