Friday, December 20, 2019

Christmas Cookie Swap

Every year I host a Christmas Cookie Swap
 and Gift Exchange party.

 I have been hosting one nearly my entire adult life.
 It's a favorite of mine.

Just this evening thinking of posting about it
 I realized that I haven't posted a cookie party post
 since 2014! Yikes!!!

So just to kinda document it, I am throwing in some of the
 cuter pics from last year's party, too.

Everything is dressed so nicely for Christmas swapping!!!

There is always a few who think outside the "cookie box"
 and bring some other clever yummies.

We had gingerbread, raspberry, mint, cinnamon,
 chocolate, peanut butter, coconut, dates, blackberry -
 so many classic flavors - what a great lineup of treats!!!

One just never knows how a cookie
 will be dressed for swapping!

Anything goes - even fun pom-poms toppers!!

We had a White Elephant gift exchange this year -
 and the winning funniest one was a
 colorful wooden picture frame painted on top saying:

(Not Your Family)

Thanks for the big laughs, Debra!

We pack individually (usually a half dozen) for swapping
 and bring a dozen loose for the tasting-
this swap really is an easy self-serving kind of party.

All the hostess has to do is provide invites and a variety of drinks.

My staples are hot and cold tea, decaff coffee, egg nog and ginger ale.

I thought of serving hot cocoa, but I figured we had enough super sweet chocolate things,  killing us so I passed.

The gingerbread cookies had JOY written on them
 and then just J and O and Y are others.

My two beautiful daughters attend every year. 

I would like to thank my wonderful husband
 and my precious 3-year-old grand daughter
 for taking all the pics for this post.

 I was too busy eating cookies, entertaining and providing drinks to get out my camera. 

And the wee one was having such a fun time with the camera-
she decided she wanted to be IN a pic so she struck a pose.

She told her Grandpa that she was "thinking really hard"
when he reminded her to smile-
and the gift box prop and background was all her idea.

(I think she's ready for her close-up, now, Mr, DeMille!)

If you missed my last post - it is all about my
Christmas Afternoon Tea Party I hope you check it out, too.

As always, thank you for your visit! 




  1. What fun you and your clever friends have each year! Your thinking-really-hard grandgirlie made me chuckle. Have you ever shared your beautiful daughters with us? My memory is not as good as it once was. Share them as often as you can.

  2. I Love it. I am always baking at this time of the year and giving things away. Wished we had that around here. Merry Christmas.

  3. OHHH I haven't gotten in on a cookie swap for a few years . I am always amazed at the beautiful cookies ladies make for these swaps.
    This is on my list for nest year

  4. Hi sweet Michele! Oh, your little granddaughter is so cute! Love to hear about her personality! I would have loved to cometo your cookie exchange! What a lot of yummy looking cookies and loved seeing how they were wrapped up too. Your daughters are beautiful, like their mother. I wish you and your family a lovely Christmas.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  5. Well this looks like a ton of fun. So many pretty cookies and packages, oh my! I'm not a great baker, but I think I could be a very good eater with that spread! 😉Your granddaughter is just adorable. I bet she had a blast. Merry Christmas and Happy 2020...and enjoy those cookies!!

  6. What a fun party, Michele! Your daughters and granddaughter are just too cute for words! I need to remember to do this next year. I haven't gone to a cookie exchange in years. Merry Christmas, sweet friend!

  7. this party looks like so much fun, and super yummy too! Adorable daughters and grand, you've been a busy hostess this season! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas, Michele!!

  8. Such fun!Great idea! Your girls are so cute! Merry Christmas!

  9. I haven't been to a cookie exchange in a long time-but they are so much fun. I hope you have a really great weekend. Merry Christmas. xo Diana

  10. Such a great and easy party hosting idea. Your family is precious!

  11. It looks like so much fun
    You are lucky you have friends to do the exchange
    Everyones so creative
    They looks good

  12. What a fun party!

    My office does a Christmas cookie swap, but I always pass because I'm a terrible baker. Ha! This year, one of my co-workers participated in the swap and was kind enough to share some of the cookies with us.


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