Christmas Cookie Exchange

Last weekend my friend Mel hosted a Second Annual Christmas Cookie Exchange! It was so much fun and everyone walked away with full bellies, sugar highs, new recipes and buckets {literally} of cookies!

The beverage station was quite impressive this year. Mel really outdid herself with chocolate milk, her famous Ho Ho Punch, a coffee station, hot chocolate, apple cider and custom bottled waters!

Before we scarfed down too many cookies we played some games, mingled and nibbled on lots of delicious appetizers. How cute are those Grinch Fruit Sticks?!

Mel’s dining room turned bake shop was so festive!!

The cookies in attendance (L – R): moose balls // chocolate chip cookies with Andes mints // melted snowmen // cowboy cookies // ricotta cookies // mississippi mud cookies // reindeer cookies // monster cookies // oreo snowman pops

Of course, we had to try each cookie to vote on our favorite.

Group shot from the swap!

Winners! Mel’s mom’s Ricotta Cookies won “best cookie,” I won “best recipe card” {for the second year in a row} and McKinsey’s Mississippi Mud Cookies won “best cookie runner up!”

{the winning recipe card}

{Oreo Snowman Pops}

Each guest received a massive bucket to shovel cookies into. And a quick tip – throwing a slice of bread into your container will keep your cookies moist longer, so Mel had a loaf available too!

Adorable cookie cutter party favors!

 

You can find details from the 1st Annual Cookie Exchange {here}!

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28 Comments

  1. Jessica @ Better Together and Forever
    December 18, 2013 / 1:38 pm

    That is the cutest party I have ever seen! And now I feel like I need some cookies….hahaha! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  2. Caitlyn {Home Sweet Ruby}
    December 18, 2013 / 1:45 pm

    What a fun and festive girls night!! I never heard of the bread trick.. I'll have to give that a try!

  3. Simply Lowcountry
    December 18, 2013 / 2:06 pm

    This is such a cute party, and would make for a great girls night activity close to the holidays! I hopped onboard the Christmas train a little late this year, but I think a cookie swap would be so much fun next year! Xo-Lwww.simplylowcountry.com

  4. Mariel C.
    December 18, 2013 / 2:14 pm

    What a fabulously festive party! Love it. Your cookies were toooooo cute!

  5. Rachel S
    December 18, 2013 / 2:20 pm

    That is so cute! I love this!

  6. Meghan
    December 18, 2013 / 2:51 pm

    What a cute cookie exchange party!

  7. Shayna @ The Fancy Yancey
    December 18, 2013 / 2:51 pm

    So cute & so fun!!

  8. megan
    December 18, 2013 / 3:04 pm

    So much fun! I love that y'all also provide a recipe card for everyone to take home with their cookies so that they can recreate! How clever!

  9. Aleshea
    December 18, 2013 / 3:16 pm

    I keep hearing of these cookie exchange parities. Why am I just now findin' out about this. I need to do this next year.

  10. Kenzie @ Life in the Sunshine
    December 18, 2013 / 3:17 pm

    This Cookie Swap is such a fun idea for a little get-together.! I love the idea of swapping recipe cards, so smart! And your recipe card is absolutely adorable!

  11. Tess
    December 18, 2013 / 3:32 pm

    What a cute party! Your host Mel totally outdid herself! What is in her Ho Ho Ho punch?

  12. My Life as A Plate
    December 18, 2013 / 3:37 pm

    Everything about this party is darling! I love all the different drink options and your recipe cards are fabulous.

  13. Jillian Manesh
    December 18, 2013 / 4:23 pm

    your decorations are sooo cute and i love the strawberry/grape santa treat! xo jillian

  14. Bliss and Blunders of a Newlywed
    December 18, 2013 / 4:53 pm

    I love how cute all the cookies were! This looks like a great party! 🙂 Makes me want to have one!!!

  15. April of A. Liz Adventures
    December 18, 2013 / 5:17 pm

    Mel sure knows how to host a party … it is the cutest!

  16. Jessica
    December 18, 2013 / 5:56 pm

    I love the idea of a cookie party!! And you seemed to have a lot of fun!! I am now hungry…

  17. Lisa Loves John
    December 18, 2013 / 7:40 pm

    That is seriously the best hosted party ever – I am LOVING all of those great details!!

  18. Pamela
    December 18, 2013 / 7:42 pm

    I did not know that about the bread!! What a great tip! I made the Grinch-A-Bobs (that's what I called them, well Pinterest did, ha!) over the weekend too! Everyone loved them!

  19. mandysmoney
    December 18, 2013 / 7:44 pm

    The party looks awesome & I never knew about the bread tip! I am giving out containers of goodies to extended family as gifts this year and will make sure to throw in a slice!

  20. Alyssa at Southern Abundance
    December 18, 2013 / 10:23 pm

    Okay, this might be THE cutest Christmas Cookie party I have ever seen! I love all the little details that went into the set up and the buckets to take cookies home in are so clever!

  21. Jodi
    December 19, 2013 / 1:32 am

    Adorable party! I love all of the details! Makes me want to have one;)

  22. Kristal @ The Strong Family
    December 19, 2013 / 1:12 pm

    What an awesome, fun party!! I've never done a cookie exchange party and missed it this season, but I think I might do one around Valentines…ya know, "Sweets for my Sweets". Lots of good ideas in this post. 🙂

  23. Ashley
    December 19, 2013 / 3:46 pm

    I've been wanting to make the "grinch" fruit appetizers. They turned out adorable and all of that food looks SO good!

  24. Lori Capel
    December 19, 2013 / 3:57 pm

    You and your friends win the award for "best decorated parties ever". I love how much effort you all put into it! I wish I had that motivation, everything comes out so cute!! ~LCFitFashLife.blogspot.com

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