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How to Host a Fun & Festive Holiday Cookie Party

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One of my favorite things about the holidays are the cookies. There is no end to the varieties you can make, and I love serving up cookies to everyone who walks through our doors. Sometimes the idea of creating a cookie plate with a wide variety can be daunting. Coming up with a dozen different cookies is a lot of work! One fun way to get around that is to host a cookie party. This purpose of this kind of party is to exchange dozens of cookies with friends so you each end up with a variety of cookies to take home. This means each person only has to bake a large amount of one cookie to contribute.

Hosting a cookie party is also a really fun way to socialize with friends during the stressful holiday season.

Here are a few great tips for hosting your own cookie party. Remember the most important rule: Have fun!

  • How to Host a Fun and Festive Holiday Cookie Party 1 of 11
    Sugar Cookies

    Hosting a cookie party for your friends and family can be so much fun. Click through to see how you can get your own party started this holiday season!

    Photo: Julie VR

  • What Is a Cookie Party? 2 of 11
    Jingle Bell Balls

    A holiday cookie party is an occasion where people get together to swap baked Christmas cookies or treats. It is a great way to increase the variety of cookies on your Christmas plate without baking dozens of different cookies!

    Photo: Brooke McLay

  • Make Your List & Send Invites 3 of 11
    Making a list

    Since each attendee will be baking a dozen cookies per guest it is wise to limit the guest list to 10-12 attendees. Make your list and send the invitations six weeks in advance to allow for ample baking time.

    Photo: Kelsey Banfield

  • Bake Your Cookies 4 of 11
    Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

    Decide on the cookies you want to bake and get to work. Sometimes it is easiest to make the dough in advance and bake them right before the party.

    Photo: Angie McGowan

  • Set the Mood 5 of 11
    Fruit Centerpieces

    A holiday party isn't complete without lots of decorations. Have fun creating your own holiday centerpieces and making your room shine brightly for the occasion!

    Photo: Jaime Richardson

  • Set Up the Table 6 of 11
    Snickers Stuffed Cookies

    The best way to set up the cookies for exchange is around a table that people can circle easily. Set out platters and labels for the cookies so people can set out their treats when they arrive.

    Photo: Angie McGowan

  • Holiday Packaging Station 7 of 11
    Packaging Station

    If people plan to give a variety of cookies as a gift set-up a little station with cello bags, labels, and ribbon. They can wrap up their cookies to be gifted on the spot.

  • Provide Food! 8 of 11
    Artichoke Dip

    It is too tempting to stare at a platter of cookies and not eat them. Set up a little buffet of edibles to the side of the exchange table so people can nibble and chat.

    Photo: Brooklyn Supper

  • Let the Exchange Begin! 9 of 11
    Nutella Cookies

    Everyone should have a clean container in their hands. To complete the exchange they can go around the table and collect one-dozen cookies from each platter.

    Photo: Kelsey Banfield

  • Count Your Wares 10 of 11
    Satsuma Cranberry Sables

    Once everyone has retrieved their cookies there should be one dozen of each cookie in their boxes. There shouldn't be many (if any) remaining on the table!

    Photo: Brooklyn Supper

  • Enjoy! 11 of 11
    Hazelnut Linzer Hearts

    With the exchange complete everyone can go home with a wide variety of holiday cookies that have been shared by friends. They can be set out to enjoy by your family all season long!

    Photo: Julie VR

 

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