The Ultimate Party Idea!!
Unique themes…creativity…eager participation…great photo opportunities, and memories to last a lifetime. Sound great? Now, let's get started planning the ultimate party. Cookies!
Select no more than a dozen participants and invite them with invitations written on recipe cards. You might place the invitation on the back of a wrapped cookie with a colorful bow attached. Set your party date with a couple of week's notice to allow for a final tally of your participants. When everyone has responded as to whether or not they will be able to attend, each participant should be given a final head count.
Not just any cookies are swap worthy. We're not talking about cookies you've sliced off a half-frozen tube from the grocery or picked up from a bakery. Dig into those old cookbooks or surf around on the internet to locate a cookie recipe that has a bit of a story to tell. Was it one served at the table of Queen Victoria? Maybe it was one of the items on the dessert menu at a White House dinner? A favorite among soldiers during a particular wartime period? You'll want to use only the finest ingredients with no shortcuts.
Bake one dozen cookies of your chosen selection for each participant. Place the cookies and a recipe card for each in creative containers. Colorful containers that resemble Chinese take-away boxes make very inexpensive gift boxes. Or perhaps some bonbons can be packaged in travel cups for that early morning coffee on the way to the hairdresser. A great lead-in to the next Tupperware party might be to package your cookies in smaller Tupperware containers. Whatever the theme of your cookie, the packaging should be just as creative. Check online for party ideas or try your local party store. The more creative you get, the better. This leaves everyone open to their own budget means as to whether they want to go all out or just do a little "box and bow" thing.
On the selected party day, set up a cookie display for all your cookies. Each participant shares how they came up with their recipe, why they selected it, and any interesting thoughts about the recipe. Maybe it was a difficult dough to work with, needed extra refrigeration, had to alter from the original recipe, or share how to alter it for various food allergies. Everyone takes one cookie package from each selection on the exchange table. Many times you can freeze your extra cookies and they will retain their freshness for a couple of weeks.
If you don't want to leave small children behind, you can hire a couple of babysitters to entertain them with cookie decorating! A simple, plain sugar cookie with some bowls of colored frosting, sprinkles and colored sugar will keep them busy for a bit. They will feel all grown up carrying their own little cookie bags home.
Don't forget your scrapbooking photo opportunities. A group photo around the cookie table will make your moment last a lifetime!
Don't like cookies? Want a different idea? No problem! There are many ways you can change this party idea into one of your own!
Cupcake Party: Change cookies to cupcakes! Have your guests bring their favorite type to swap!
Candy Party: Make homemade candy! There are many different types of candy, leaving the door wide open for choices!
Unique Cookie Party: Still like the idea of cookies, but want to add a twist? Simple, just tell you guests that all cookies MUST be unique. It can be a idea they came up with or something that found in a magazine, simply make something you don't see all the time!
Bread Party: This sounds a little funny, but keep reading! This party can be planned just like a secret Santa party! Have all of your guests bake one loaf of a special kind of bread. On the night/day of the party write down the names of everyone attending on slips of paper and place them into a bowl or a basket. When they arrive have each person choose a slip of paper. The name they choose is the one they give the bread to!
Fudge Party: Instead of cookies have everyone bring fudge!
Cake Pop Party: Make your favorite cake pops and exchange them with your friends!
Mini Cake Party: Make mini versions of your favorite cakes!
Brownies: Don't just choose the normal recipe, try rocky road brownies, chocolate mint, cookies and cream, blonde brownies, or even peanut butter cup flavored!
For different holidays such as, Valentine's Day, Independence Day, St. Patrick's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, simply change the theme!
Choose a theme that's right for you and start planning your holiday baked goods exchange party today!
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