Because it's been so hectic and I've had little time to post
I am putting two parties into one blog post to share this before
Christmas. Not much longer now, is it?
I hosted my annual Christmas Cookie Exchange
followed a few days later by having a large
"Tea, Coffee and Cookies Social."
There's always such fun and clever ways my friends and family
find to package their cookies up for easy swapping.
These are both easy-to-host parties because the cookies
are the main attraction, and when you do a swap
you get lots of kinds to share with very little effort!
Let's just say by the time I hosted the Tea Social
the raspberry thumbprints and the ginger snaps
were GONE........hrm, seems Mr. Finch Rest has his favorites!
We always have a gift exchange at my cookie swap.
I think my favorite this year was made by my youngest daughter.
It was a cute pedestal snowman themed mug
with a couple hot cocoa mix kits inside
with really cute decorated marshmallows
and little wooden stir sticks with chocolate & peppermint!
Handmade gifts are always so special to receive, aren't they?
The evening cookie swap consisted of ten ladies
and the informal tea a few days later was held mid afternoon.
I ended up having about 20 gals
from my civic women's club for the social.
I made it as easy as possible simply just stacking holiday
teacups and coffee mugs
and provided a help-yourself area for hot cuppas:
Holiday tea bags
And all the cookies you cared to eat!
Here's the glass mugs above, up close.
We had cookies, and fruit bars and candies, too this year.
I swear I am gaining weight just posting about them!
My only wish is that YOU could have joined us!
Then you could have smelled the pine and mulled cider,
seen all the candles flickering, and heard the sounds of
the soft holiday music and laughter....
setting the tone for a very happy Christmas....
Because I wish you the very best!
I shared my pine cone decor yesterday and still hope to show my tablescape,
trees and mantle this week. I am behind, but when there's a will there's a way!
As always, thank you for your visit!