Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Cookie Swap Parties

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December is a time for parties and entertaining.  There are class parties, office parties, and holiday open houses.  We always host an "Orphan's Christmas" on Christmas Eve for our friends whose extended families live elsewhere.  There's no secret that I love to bake(and eat) cookies, and one of my favorite types of December gatherings is the cookie swap.
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You'll want your invitations to go out early in the month, because December social calendars fill up fast.  It's a little late in the game, but you can right click on these to print them from your browser.  You can slip these in an envelope or send them postcard style to save on postage.

The way a cookie swap works best is with 6-12 guests.  Each guest brings one type of cookie, a dozen per guest.  One dozen is unwrapped and set out for sampling and each guest leaves with one dozen of each cookie brought.  I think it's nice for the host to provide pretty containers to bring the cookies home in.  You can grab takeout containers for very little and personalize them with pretty paper or ribbons.  For those of you with a Silhouette, I'm pretty sure there's a takeout box template.

What's a cookie swap without some cookie inspired cocktails?  How about a Naughty Girl Scout(thin mint flavor in a cocktail glass,) or a Peppermint Bark Cocktail?  Rim the glass with some colored sugar and mix together 1 oz vanilla vodka, 1 oz Godiva's white chocolate liqueur, 1/2 oz peppermint schnapps or white creme de menthe, and drop a piece of peppermint bark in the bottom of the glass.  Use a candy cane as a stir stick.

Thanks for popping in and partying with me.
Remember to check out Duncan Hines' website http://www.duncanhines.com/ to find some great recipes for your holiday get-together! I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective.


  1. Those cookies and that drink look delicious! I'm actually invited to a Cookie Swap this weekend. I can't wait! :)

  2. I missed out on a cookie swap for this year which is too bad for the kids but better for the waistline anyhow:)

  3. Wish I knew people who could get into an idea like this! Love it.

    Congrats on your sponsorship selection!


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