Christmas Cookie Exchange Party (3rd Annual)

A couple of weeks ago, Rebecca and I hosted our 3rd annual Christmas Cookie Exchange! We both love crafting and baking, so we had lots of fun planning this party. We put our secret Christmas Cookie Exchange Pinterest board to good use!

Before the cookie sampling began, we snacked on some appetizers. Here’s a look at our food table!

Cookie Exchange

We planned on having the Sugar Cookie tree (inspired by this one) to be the focal point of the food table. The only problem was that it was too tall to go in the center of the kitchen island (under the hanging light). Instead, we placed it on the side, messing up the balance. Also, some people thought the cookies were meant to be tree ornaments and didn’t realize they were edible. I love this idea but we may need to reevaluate it next year!

The food labels were printables we purchased from The TomKat Studio. They matched our color scheme perfectly! We also used Christmas ornament balls to display the food tags. Another great idea, but we ran out of time to display all of the food labels this way.

Cookie Tree

Our food menu consisted of Strawberry Santas, a Cheese/Tomato Tray, Chicken Salad, Holiday Shrimp Dip, Cucumber Bites, Pasta Salad, Pizza Bites, Sparkling Cranberries, Turkey Pesto Appetizer Bites, and Veggie Pizza. As always, we had more food than we probably needed, but it was all delicious!

Strawberry Santas

Cookie Exchange Food

Cookie Exchange

We also had a few drink options!  We had 2 versions of Ice Holiday Punch (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), clearly labeled. We also set up a hot cocoa bar which included homemade hot coca and several topping options (mini chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, caramel bits, Andes chips, peppermint candies, peppermint marshmallows, mini vanilla Mallow Bits, and mini chocolate Mallow Bits). Finally, to wash down the sweeter drinks, we had some water out (I removed the water bottle labels and covered them with pretty scrapbook paper).

Not only did we drink out of the stemless wine glasses during the party, but they acted as favors as well. Each lady went home with a wine glass with her first initial vinyled on it.

Drinks

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

Personalized Wine Glasses

Finally, the part of the party we all came for…the cookies! We had 15 different kinds of cookies (plus the cookies Rebecca and I made). I’m always amazed at the variety of cookies we have! In the past three years, we’ve only had 1 repeat cookie. Check them out!

Cookie Exchange

Cookie Exchange Cookies

After tasting each of the cookies, it was time to vote for our favorites…always a difficult task! The winners of the Best Tasting, Most Unique, Best Decorated, and Most Creative cookies went home with a “Give. (pass it on)” plate. I love this idea (and will be making one for myself) since it encourages filling the plate with treats, giving it as a gift and having the receiver continue the cycle of giving.

This year we also gave out door prizes! Winners were able to choose among bottles of homemade vanilla, appliqued kitchen towels, and hand-stamped washer necklaces. Eleven lucky ladies went home with one of these prizes!

Prizes

We forgot to take a group photo this year, but I think everyone had a good time! It was a great start to the Christmas season!

(You can read about our first and second annual Christmas Cookie exchanges too! I’ll also be posting many of the appetizer and cookie recipes here. As I do, I’ll update this post with the appropriate links!)

Posted by at December 30, 2013
Filed in category: Appetizers, Cookies, Dessert, Food, Fun, Parties,

2 Responses to Christmas Cookie Exchange Party (3rd Annual)

  1. Annie says:

    Your party looks so awesome and I love the cookie tree! Nice work :)

    • Ali says:

      Wow, thank you so much, Annie! We (obviously) love so many of your recipes. We also love when you share your parties and favorite local places on your blog (since we’re from IN as well and Jen still lives there). Best wishes in 2014!

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