Host a Cookie Party
A cookie exchange is an excellent way to get people together for great times. Introduce all your family and friends to each other, learn new cookie ideas, and make sure you are on the list for all of your guest's parties. You can also spread your favorite candied fruit cookie recipe so everyone can enjoy it. Cookie parties have usually been reserved for the holiday season but could also provide a great excuse to gather everyone in the spring or summer.
Plan as far in advance as possible, keeping these suggestions in mind during the process:
- Tell everyone to bake one type of cookie for the exchange
- Ask each guest to tell you what kind of cookie they plan to bake to eliminate the chance of duplicates. Have a couple recipes in mind to assign those who may not have one.
- For parties 5 to 7 or under, tell everyone to bring a half dozen for each attendee. When the list swells to 10 or 20 reduce the amount everyone gets accordingly.
- Tell everyone to bring an extra empty container so they have a place to put their cookies during distribution.
- Make sure everyone brings the recipe for the cookie type they baked so you can easily pass them out.
Here is a list of mission critical steps for your cookie party. To maximize the enjoyment of your guests, try to perform them all as far in advance as possible to avoid rushing at the last minute. You can more easily get help if needed by planning ahead of time.
- Choose the right music for your party to set the mood. Holiday music is easy if the time is right but a great set list can really add to the party in other seasons too.
- Confirm how many people are coming and determine the number of cookies each should bring.
- Buy a wide variety of refreshments. Of course, many people like milk with cookies so that should be a staple.
- Bake all your cookies a day or two ahead of time and put them in an airtight container.
- Print out copies of all the recipes you have.
- Set up a table as large as possible with a festive tablecloth and as many platters you can find so everyone can display their creations.
- Provide pens and gift tag so guests can label their cookies.
- Supply extra containers for those who will inevitably forget to bring one.
If it fits the group, have a little competition to determine the "most decorative" or "best tasting" cookies.