A cookie exchange is a great way for you and your friends to gather an assortment of yummy holiday cookies to serve to guests during your own celebrations or to bring to the host to share at parties you attend. I’ve participated in my office’s cookie exchange each year, and I always walk away with a delicious assortment of home-baked goodies!
1. I love this pretty photo from Country Living. Display cookies at varying heights on your table with the use of pedestals and cake stands. Or, for an easy DIY idea to create height without specialty display dishes, stack large coffee-table size books in varied heights in a few places on the table, and then cover with an extra large table cloth. Viola, cookies can be displayed on flat plates or platters at different levels.
2. It’s nice to provide your guests with colorful holiday tins or containers to collect their cookies in. They may opt to bring their own Tupperware containers, but this offers something a little more festive and fun for them if they’ll be sharing the cookies at other parties. I found these affordable red tin containers from e-holidaytins.com. They'd look great with a custom sticker label on the top.
3. Provide place cards for your guests to write what type of cookies they’ve brought (and if they contain nuts or other allergens!) This helps everyone to know what’s what, and it’s an added festive and personal touch to your display. I like these letterpress place cards from Sweet Harvey, available on Etsy.
4. Of course you could send an evite to gather the gals for your exchange, but who doesn’t love receiving a beautiful piece of mail, especially an invitation! Minted offers a fresh and modern collection of holiday party invitations and cards.
Cue the holiday tunes, some tasty snacks for your guests (they don't all have to be sweet), holiday libations and you're ready to host your own cookie exchange!