Parties ~~ Cookie Parties ~~Fun for All
The first cookie ---all dressed up
Holiday cookie exchange
You can also be a hostess or host to a cookie exchange.
Invite a group of friends, the more the merrier for sure for this event, to attend this get together.
- Each person brings 3 dozen of their favorite cookies.
- The recipe for each cookie is prepared and printed so that everyone has it to use later.
- Each person selects 3 or 4 cookies from each tray of cookies that was brought to the cookie exchange.
- Soft drinks, punch, coffee, or tea can be served by the hostess or host.
- Everyone leaves happy and there is no clean up.
Each year a most wondrous event happens in a small town in Florida. Family members are called weeks in advance to reserve Christmas eve's eve for this special event. It is a Cookie Party and it is held at Aunt Mary's and Uncle Lloyd's house.
Their home is a lovely place set on a lake where the peace and tranquility of the area has been retained. It is a setting that takes you out of the hurry up world and settles you into a comfortably calm place to hang your hat for a bit.
Each year their home is open to all who of the family who wishes to slow down the pace a bit and spend an evening relaxing and enjoying each other's company and maybe decorating a cookie or two.
This article is primarily a pictorial essay.. Many pictures were taken to capture the happenings of this evening. Very few words are needed to fill in the blanks.
Just know, you can host a cookie party any time. Call some friends, invite them to come and bring some cookies along if you wish, and decorate them together. It is an evening to remember.
All of us gathered for a picture
“Empty?! You took all the cookies!"
"They were crying to get out of the jar... Cookies get claustrophobia too, you know!”
----Charles M. Schulz
Cost saving measures you can take
If you are on a budget and most of us are:
- Make your own icing--royal icing recipe is the best for this.
- Use baggie and cut out a small triangle of one corner for piping.
- Limit the number of decorating items to use over the icing to two or three rather than 10 or 12.
If time is a huge factor and you are going to be way over-stressed trying to make all of the cookies and the icing plus the goodies for the meal, you can handle that in one of several ways:
- ask for help
- buy some of the foods prepared/even purchasing ready made cookies to decorate
This should be a pleasant enjoyable evening for everyone...not just for your guests.
How-to for a cookie party
- Set the date--invite the guests: inform them that cookies will be decorated first, a light meal served later. The meal can be as elaborate or simple as you wish. They may wish to have a late snack before arriving---setting the party to begin at about 5 is a good idea.
- Make the cookies--make a thick sugar cookie that can withstand being held and decorated by tiny hands
- Make several different shapes depending on the holiday or reason for the party
- Purchase icing ---such as Wilton or other icing that tastes good, that allows color to be mixed with it easily. Purchase food coloring for tinting icing.
- Purchase bags to put icing in for use during decorating. Don't forget the tips, too.
- Purchase a large variety of sprinkles and other toppings you wish to use to make your cookies P O P.
- Provide small icing spatulas or knives for spreading icing on the bare cookie.
- Provide ample work space for each person. Very young children need help and supervision.
- Provide trays to place cookies on to dry.
- Have small bags, boxes, or metal tins for each person to put cookies in after they are dry.
Plan a cookie party for your friends and family...it is a fun way to get together, enjoy each other's company, and have a tasty treat to take home with you.
Have Your Very Own Cookie Party and You will NOT Have These Issues...
Tips 101 +
- Make enough cookies so that each person can decorate at least three.
- Have the work area well organized.
- Have the icing tinted before the party begins.
- Place icing bowls ready to be dispersed.
- Have 3 or 4 additional colors in bags to be piped onto the cookies.
- When it is time to begin the party, place a dollop of about four colors of icing on 4 or 5 paper plates or more if you have a larger group, so that the icing is at hand for each person to use. This will avoid the whole bowl of icing becoming a whole new color from many spatulas being stuck into them.
- Set bottles or sprinkles and other decorative toppings on the table for everyone to use. Remove all caps and set aside in a central location so that when decorating is complete tops can easily be restored to the containers.
- Clean up is an easy task. Have one or two helpers to clean up the work space and one or two to wash and rinse and place in dishwasher or wash by hand.
- Say grace and invite all to enjoy their meal.
- Just before everyone leaves, have them select their cookies to take home.
A sample meal
- hamburgers, hotdogs, chicken chili
- a buffet of assorted homemade brownies, candies
- a side board which has veggies and chips for dipping and a homemade dip and toppings for the burgers and hotdogs.
- beverages can include: hot chocolate (for cold weather), soft drinks, ice tea (sweet and unsweet), water, coffee
What follows is a photo essay to this cookie party. Sit back and enjoy the evening that I have just enjoyed...You will wish to have one of these very soon.
The first photo (shown at the top) was taken at the end of the decorating. The remainder of these photos are in order as the party unfolded.
Cookies, cookies---ready for decorations
Gather everything needed for decorating
Busily tinting icing...
Food coloring has been added...
Table prepared holding cookies and extra items for decorating
Decorative sprinkles to use for added decor
Organized and ready
Bags filled with extra tinted icing
The party has begun...
Daughter and grandson in the foreground decorating a special cookie
Grandson and his Momma having fun...
Cookies now are almost too cute to eat.
Everyone is busily transforming a cookie into a work of art
Yours truly honing my skills at decorating...
Concentraing very hard...
Cookies....all dressed up!!
More happy cookies...
Aunt Mary and Uncle Lloyd's home is in this beautiful setting.
Birthday Cookie Party Held in May 2012
For my grandson's second birthday party, we had a cookie party. Rather than having a cake this year, we had dinosaur cookies for everyone to eat and enjoy.It was a huge success.
The focus of this cookie party was not decorating but selecting a couple of cookies, playing with your food a bit, and then munching away.
Dinosaur cookies for a birthday party
Isn't it time for a cookie party??
You see, this is another reason to gather family together to enjoy each other's company, have some time to smell the proverbial roses, and to magically transform a cookie into an edible work of art.
It is all about family punctuated with fun and relaxation.
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