|Written by Susan Golis|
Things you will need for the Christmas cookie exchange.
Kitchen counter space
Banquet table and chairs
Holiday table linens
Trays or platters for the cookies
Beverages ¬†(coffee, tea, hot chocolate)
Christmas plates and napkins
Metal tins or containers for cookies
Invitations Christmas music
Step 1¬†¬† Choose a day and set the time for your Christmas cookie exchange.¬† During the holiday season many people are busy on the weekends so you may want to consider a week night or a Saturday afternoon for your cookie exchange get together.
Step 2¬†¬† Make your guest list and order your invitations.¬† Mail or hand out the invitation to your invitees. Include the specifications of the cookie exchange on your invitations.¬† Example: Please bake to exchange with others one dozen cookies, print up recipe cards for cookies.¬† Bring cookies on a tray for the exchange and bring your own tins or cookie containers.
Step 3¬†¬† Determine what is needed based on the RSVPs/ guaranteed ¬†guests. Plan your beverage menu, purchase paper goods: cups, napkins, plates and rent banquet table chairs if needed.
Step 4¬†¬† Decorate your home for the holidays and select Christmas music for the get together..¬† Decide on the area for the cookie exchange.¬† For a large gathering you may want to have your gathering in a room in your home that will accommodate the tables and your guests, consider removing the furniture in your den to make room for the cookie exchange.
Step 5¬†¬† Set up the room for the exchange the night before the event.¬† Cover the tables with holiday table linens, and then place a few cookie trays, plates, napkins and cups on the tables.¬† Set the paper goods at one end and trays grouped together on the tables.
Step 6¬†¬† Organize the beverage station with cups, spoons and cocktail napkins.¬† Offer a menu to your guest by serving holiday cookies and a beverage.
Step 7¬†¬† Dress in Christmas attire: wear a holiday sweater, Santa hat or Christmas apron
Set up a side table that will over plastic zip bags for those who are in need.
Encourage guest to walk down both sides of the table.¬† Guests will exchange cookies by filling their tins with an assortment of cookies.
Prepare your cookies for the exchange the day before the event so that they are fresh.¬† Print a recipe card and make them available for everyone who attends the cookie exchange.
Enjoy spending time with your friends at the cookie exchange, learn new recipes, catch up with each other and have some fun.