Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Christmas Cookie Exchange Party



Is there anything better than gathering with sweet girlfriends for a sugar overload? Nope. 

A few weekends ago, I hosted a Christmas Cookie Exchange Party - complete with a hot chocolate bar and perhaps some cider spiked with dutch caramel vodka. It's nights like these that I really miss some occasional booze. ;)

Everyone brought 2 dozen cookies and you could pick which 2 dozen you left with and/or ate. The only rule was no sugar cookies and no chocolate chip cookies. I may or may not have had more than a couple of the andes mint chocolate cookies ((for the baby, of course))Guests put their recipe in front of the cookies they brought and you could copy the recipes you wanted. 

It was super laid back and festive, I loved spending time with friends over Christmas music and celebrating Johnny Manziel's Heisman win  the holidays. We had everything from french macarons to snowball cookies, classic Christmas flavors to gourmet family recipes, baklava to divinity. SO MUCH GOODNESS!

Have you ever been to a cookie exchange? What's your go-to recipe?

love.


16 comments:

  1. Omyworddd! Everything about this looks just perfectly magical! I would absolutely love to host one of these! So cute! :) Would be a great idea for a baby or bridal shower that occurred in December as well! Love it all! :)

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  2. This looks like SO much fun. My sister did a cookie exchange a couple weeks back. I think I'm going to need to set one up for next year. ;)

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  3. That looks so fun! I so wish we had friends here, I miss get togethers like that.

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  4. I've never done a cookie exchange but this completely convinces me that I must! Looks like such a great time.

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  5. This looks so adorable! I've never been to a cookie exchange but it sounds like a lot of fun!

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  6. You went all out, the decorations are darling. I just went to my first cookie exchange last week and I couldn't get over these parmesean and rosemary shortbread cookies. They really broke up the sweet overload and were pretty unexpected. So so good!

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  7. What a wonderful party! I've never been to a cookie exchange, but now I'm thinking I need to host one!

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  8. This might sound dumb - but would you mind posting a tutorial on how you tie your fayete headbands? I can't seem to get them right!?

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  9. How fun! I love the hot chocolate bar...looks like such a great time with friends. You've definitely inspired me to try this next year. :)

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  10. LOVE LOVE LOVE this party idea. It looked so cute, cozy, and most importantly SWEET! Yummmm :)

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  11. This is adorable! I hope that by next year I have enough new friends to host a cookie exchange. Love the idea of no choc-chip & no sugar cookies. That's brilliant. So.. are you going to share any of the recipes? Specifically the andes mint one?! Yum!

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  12. This looks like so much fun! You're so creative & born to host that I can't staaaand it. Let's be real-life friends...

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  13. This a great idea! I would love to host my own one day.

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  14. I love cookie exchanges! So fun, love your photos!
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  15. Love it! I'm planning a party now for this December! :)

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