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I took part in my first Christmas cookie exchange years ago. I prepped dozens of my favorite cookie, wrapped them all according to the invitation and carefully carried them over to the host’s house. I was hoping everyone would like my cookies and I would come away with some treats to enjoy the following week with my family. What I discovered was not only a house full of delicious cookies, but a gathering of friends and neighbors genuinely happy to celebrate the season together. We had warm drinks, great conversation and so many laughs. And I did come home with beautifully wrapped packages of cookies that I enjoyed with my family. That Christmas cookie exchange wasn’t just about cookies, it was about relaxing and enjoying ourselves before Christmas and spreading a little cheer during a stressful season.
I hope these 5 tips for hosting a Christmas cookie exchange will help you throw a party that is as meaningful to your tribe as my first cookie exchange was to me. It doesn’t have to be a big undertaking; follow these tips, focus on spreading cheer and enjoy yourself. When I host a cookie exchange it’s easy to get everything I need at Walmart, from the baking ingredients, to wrapping items to grabbing Hallmark Signature Cards. Hallmark has the cards I need, at affordable prices, to say all the festive things I want to say to my friends. The Hallmark Paper Wonder Cards are unique displayable creations that make such an impact when they are given. You can find all of these at Walmart, and some deals too that I will link at the end of this post.
5 Tips for Hosting a Christmas Cookie Exchange
1. Invite your guests. Give them plenty of time to plan and bake their cookies. Let them know how many people will be attending and how many cookies to make. If 5 people are attending, each guest should make 6 dozen cookies: a dozen for each guest to take home and a dozen to sample during the party. Have guests bring a copy of their recipe too.
2. Set up a cookie table. Set a pretty table for displaying guests’ cookies, using plates and decorations you already have, the cookies will be the star of the show. Be sure to make blank place cards that guests can fill in when they arrive for tasting.
3. Set up a boxing table and ask guests to bring wrapping items. Each guest will wrap up a dozen of each cookie to take home. They can take these home in their own plastic containers, but give them the option to wrap up a couple dozen with paper, ribbon and gift tags. Provide a few Hallmark Cards that guests can add to the pretty wrapped packages.
4. Beverage table. Set a table with coffee tea and drinks to enjoy with the cookies. Offer glasses of cold milk, or cocoa with marshmallows so guests can linger and chat while enjoying their cookies.
5. Spread some holiday cheer. Thank your guests and spread holiday cheer with a heartfelt Christmas card.
The most memorable part of my first cookie exchange was the feeling I had at the event and for days afterwards. The feeling of joy and the smile I couldn’t hide when I tasted the cookies I brought home. Make sure your guests know how much you appreciate them by sending them home with a Hallmark Card.
Head to Walmart for these offers on Hallmark Cards. You can find coupons near the card displays for buy 2 Hallmark Cards get 1 free. Also, get a plush Holiday Bear for only $3.97 with the purchase of 3 Hallmark Cards priced $1.97 or higher. These offers are available through 12/25/18 or while supplies last. Check out this Ibotta offer and earn $1 off a card purchase of $2.97 or more. This offer is available through 12/25/18 or while supplies last.
Consider hosting a Christmas cookie exchange this year using these 5 tips. Spread a little cheer with cookies, Hallmark Cards, and the wonderful feeling of togetherness this holiday season. Tell me your cookie exchange story, I’d love to hear about it.