Christmas Cookie Swap

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Hissy Fit Dip at Christmas Cookie Party

Colorful cookies at Christmas Cookie Swap

Beautiful cookies at Christmas Cookie Party

My mother-in-law knows how to host an exquisite cookie party. What makes it so fun is all of the details she does, which really make the party feel special. She really could put Martha Stewart to shame.

She always has a huge spread of delicious food too. It is so fun every year to see what is on her menu– you never leave hungry. She’s hosted several wonderful cookie parties, so I thought I’d share some of the things she does that makes a great event–and how you can modify it to fit your needs.

1. Send the invites out with plenty of time

Usually a good time to send out invites is around 1 month if you are mailing them. If you are using email, you can cut it a little closer. Specify if you want people to RSVP with what cookie they are bringing, or if they need to bring a container to take home cookies. My mother-in-law does a contest for best display, so she notes that on the invite as well. Here are some sample invitations from my Etsy shop.

2. Food

The spread is always delicious and gorgeous. There is usually something new to try each year–one of my personal favorites was this hissy fit dip. Since we don’t eat the cookies there (we just swap them), she makes sure to have plenty of hors d’oeuvres. Obviously, my mother-in-law really enjoys this aspect and it shows! But don’t fee like you have to be Martha Stewart. If you are on a budget, you could just have some sandwiches and chips.

3. Details

This could be anything from festive holiday decorating to a unique cocktail or just an eye catching centerpiece. Anything that makes this party special from any other party will set the mood for your guests to have fun! And , it doesn’t have to break the bank! If you are having it in the evening, you can turn the lights down low and let the glow of the Christmas tree and some candles create the ambiance for you.

4. Laid back games

Each year she does the left right game. She reads a story and we pass a gift to the left or right. The person with the gift when the story ends wins it. There are also things like guessing the number of candies in a jar and a contest where guests vote on their favorite cookie display. Again, these laid back activities make the party unique and who doesn’t love to win something?

Final thoughts

Remember, it is really all about having fun and spending time with people who matter to you. Relax, have a good time and eat some cookies!

Anything I missed? What are your favorite things to do to make a holiday party special?

I am a graphic designer who designs printable games and invites for baby showers, bridal showers, and parties. Follow me on Pinterest for more party inspiration!