How to Host a Simple Christmas Cookie Exchange

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Christmas Cookie Exchange

When setting up, I clear the breakfast area on my counter tops and set up a few key items:

small holiday plates and utensils…

Christmas Cookie Exchange: How to plan a cookie exchange by This Little Home of Mine

and mugs for hot drinks and dairy glasses [with paper straws] for cold milk.

I found my dairy glasses at Michael’s. A similar set can be found here.

Christmas Cookie Exchange: How to plan a cookie exchange by This Little Home of Mine

Placing an individual K-Cup in each mug invites guests to help themselves to the Keurig if they would like to make themselves a cup of coffee or hot cocoa!

Christmas Cookie Exchange: How to plan a cookie exchange by This Little Home of Mine

Next, I set out the containers of the cookies I’ve made ahead of time, and when guests arrive, I simply take off the lids and serve. Psst…my favorite Christmas Cookie Recipe can be found at the bottom of this post!

Christmas Cookie Exchange: How to plan a cookie exchange by This Little Home of Mine

I’m crazy about this red metal nesting set I found while outlet shopping one year in Tennessee, but any easy food container(s) would work!

Christmas Cookie Exchange: How to plan a cookie exchange by This Little Home of Mine

In addition to my storage containers, I also set out a variety of other serving platters and tiered stands. This provides guests with a place to put their cookies when they arrive.

Christmas Cookie Exchange: How to plan a cookie exchange by This Little Home of Mine

Some of your guests might prefer to leave their cookies in a container or on a serving dish they’ve brought, so be sure to leave space on your counter for that as well!

Christmas Cookie Exchange: How to plan a cookie exchange by This Little Home of Mine

Next, I like to arrange a few little tealight candles. Especially if the Christmas Cookie Exchange is taking place at night, these provide such a cozy ambiance.

Christmas Cookie Exchange: How to plan a cookie exchange by This Little Home of Mine

Last of all, I like to set out a stack of recipe cards and a few fine-tipped writing Sharpies.

Christmas Cookie Exchange: How to plan a cookie exchange by This Little Home of Mine

This gives party goers a chance to swap recipes if they’re interested. You might even want to invite your guests [ahead of time] to bring their recipes already printed out to display in front of their batch of cookies. I’ve seen both ways work well and add lots of extra fun to the exchange.

Christmas Cookie Recipe Cards

Now, for the most important part – the cookies!

Looking for the perfect cookie recipe? We are wild about these Cake Mix Cookies

Christmas Cake Mix Cookies by This Little Home of Mine

…and this more traditional Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe, too.

Want to make it easy for guests to take home a variety of cookies home with them? Provide them with decorative holiday boxes to use for transporting their treats. My husband and kids always love when I come home from a Christmas Cookie Exchange with yummies for them!

While we’re in the holiday spirit, be sure to hop over and grab the FREE WINTER GIFT TAGS I’m sharing this season.

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