It’s that time of the year for all types of holiday cheer and holiday parties. Two of them that most people host are baking parties, where people gather together to bake or a cookie swap.
Here are tips on how to host an awesome cookie swap. When I taught preschool, I held one in my classroom. It was the most fun ever!
First you will need to set the date and send out invitations out in advance so all your friends and family can attend. This is a busy time of the year, so the more advanced notice you give, the better. Also, make sure you find out about food allergies. Some folks need gluten free, egg free, or nut free cookies, so make sure you know in case you need to supply these types of cookies. Also in the invitation, you will need to send a recipe card for the folks to fill out. Also include a list of clear instructions in the invitations. Let your guests know how many cookies to bring, when they should RSVP, and when to send in copies of their recipes. It should be understandable that a cookie swap are cookies that are homemade, but maybe add that into the invitation.
Once you receive the name of each participant’s selected cookie, print or write it on place cards and set them in front of the platters for easy identification and selection. Next make sure you have festive baking boxes, stickers, and ribbon for each participant to take cookies home from each platter. I you can’t find baking boxes, which are at all craft stores, you can get festive plastic containers or even tins. You will also need plates, napkins, forks and spoons.
If you are hosting the event be sure to have an assortment of appetizers and drinks on hand for guests. You will also want to serve beverages that compliment the foods, like hot tea and coffee in the morning, or a sparkling wine at cocktail hour. Milk and cookies are ideal as so is serving some hot cocoa. You can serve coffee and tea at all times of the day, no matter what time you host your party. Also have non-dairy drinks as well, in case of dairy allergies.
Now, if you are also inviting kids, you will want a decorating cookie station to keep them busy. Set up a low table with un-decorated cookies in festive shapes and an assortment of icings, candies, and sprinkles.
Have fun and take photos to post on social media!!