December 19, 2005

How to Host a Cookie Swap

How to Host a Cookie Swap


I hosted my first cookie swap party this weekend and I think it went pretty well. Some tips I have come up with are:


  • Send out invitations early-the holiday time is busy for everyone.
  • Decide how many cookies each person will bring. 1 dozen for each person is traditional
  • Decide how many people you want to invite. I kept it to 5 couples so we only ended up with 5 dozen cookies. Since it's just us, we didn't think we could handle any more!
  • Have lots of snacks. I made: spinach rolls, spinach-artichoke dip, hummus, peppermint bark, peppermint marshmallows, hot chocolate and had a lot of pita, celery and carrots and tortilla chips. Some of the guests also brought snacks so we had more than enough.
  • Have tons of beverages on hand, we drank way more than we expected.
  • Have a table set up to put all of the arriving cookies on. Even with just 5 of us swapping, we filled a whole table with plates and tins.
  • Have everyone package their cookies on plates or in tins at home so they are ready to go.
  • Have everyone bring a copy of the recipe they used to go along with the cookies.
  • Try to be prepared. I made everything we served ahead of time. I even had cut the carrot and celery up and had it in water in the refrigerator. The day of the event, all I had to do was heat up the dip, roll up the spinach rolls (they baked at the same time/temperature) and set out the food.
  • Have fun!