Cookie swaps are, in our opinion, one of the best types of holiday get-togethers. They’re casual; they’re easy to throw together; and everyone leaves with an assortment of cookies—what’s not to love? Plus, they’re pretty affordable—no need to buy everyone an expensive gift or flashy new dress. As long as you’ve got an extra $10 (or less, depending on how much you like baking), you’re good to go. Below are some tips on how to throw the perfect Christmas cookie exchange party from our Raleigh bakery!
If you’ve never heard of a cookie swap/cookie exchange party, it’s pretty simple. Every guest brings a plate full of cookies (enough for everyone on the guest list.) Then every guest takes one of your cookies, and you do the same. The result is that everyone only has to bring one kind of cookie, but goes home with dozens of different treats! It’s a fun way to introduce some tasty variety into your cookie diet.
When putting together your guest list, it’s a good idea to invite at least six people. That gives each guest at least six different kinds of cookies to take home. Of course, the more the merrier, right? Once you’ve compiled your list, sent out invitations with instructions and rules. Instructions might include:
Aside from the usual Christmas decorations, you should also set up a special table to display everyone’s cookies along with their recipes. You might also consider providing snacks, appetizers, or an easy meal like spaghetti or chili. Don’t forget the drinks– eggnog, hot cocoa, coffee, wine, and tea are all great options. Lastly, you might want to create a party playlist full
Many cookie exchanges have a taste test competition wrapped in! Give your guests taste test ballots so they can select their favorite cookies according to various categories (tastiness, attractiveness, creativity, etc.) Consider offering fun, cookie-themed prizes for the winners, like cookbooks, a cookie jar, baking equipment, oven mitts, or an apron. Hopefully, you will have so much fun at your cookie swap that it becomes an annual tradition!
If you have your hands full and just can’t get to baking this season, let Sweet Cherry Bakery do it for you! Our Raleigh bakery specializes in customized cookies, wedding cakes, party cakes, cupcakes and pretty much any other sweet treat you can think of! To request an order from us, click here.