Cookie Exchange Party
By Laura Ferrante
Most people think this is only a Christmas type of party. I find that I am so busy at Christmas time I don't have the time to devote to making dozens of cookies.
However, during the Spring months things have slowed down a bit. This would be a great time of year to have a Cookie Exchange Party. Plan it the week before Easter. You can have a simple exchange among co-workers or something as elaborate as a Spring Luncheon.
Here is how the party works. Each participant brings enough cookies to trade and sample during the gathering. The hostess should establish the number of cookies to bring prior to sending out invitations. This depends on the number of persons expected to attend. Its a good idea while making the guest list to take a verbal poll to determine the expected response.
On the day of the exchange, offer guests coffee, tea and punch. You may want to even serve some finger sandwiches to balance the high sugar content of the cookies. Be sure to set aside enough room for trays of cookies for sampling. Identify each contributor's cookies with a printed sign such as "Suzie Jones' Toffee Squares".
To avoid confusion, assign several friends to help sort the packages of wrapped cookies as they arrive. Use grocery bags or shopping bags marked with each participants name. When the party is over, guest pick up their bags filled with cookies. Its always fun to see how creatively guest wrap their cookies. Use paper plates or bowls, foil-covered cardboard, baskets, ribbons and colored cellophane to get in the Spring season.
Here is a sample invitation:
You are cordially invited to a
Here is your chance to exchange your favorite cookie and have a variety of goodies to serve in your home. How does it work? You bring a total of six dozen cookies, all of one kind. Have one dozen attractively arranged on a plate and 10 packages of six cookies each. Youll have the opportunity to taste everyones cookies and have six of each kind to take home. You will also receive copies of the recipes. Please send me your typed recipe by _____. If I havent received your recipe by the date, I will know you cant make it to the party.
While all this may sound complicated, its really not. The sample invitation here, based on 10 guests, will serve as a guideline. It shows how easily the party is done.
Some people on your guest list may think the number of cookies is high, but when making one favorite cookie recipe, only a few batches will be needed. All of the ingredients will be the same and baking will go much faster.
By Planning this before Easter, when the little ones invade your house looking for eggs you will have plenty of cookies to keep them going. You will also have extra to put in the childrens Easter baskets.
She is a sugar art lover currently living in Jacksonville, Florida. Originally from Tampa, she grew-up with the beautiful Florida sunshine and beaches. She is married and has a charming little girl that was born in October 2000. You can normally find them at Disney World on the weekends. Her husband and her love all the restaurants and her daughter cant resist The Mouse.
She has a passion for decorating cakes and trying new decorating techniques. She has found a lot of people like her cakes because they are something unique and different.
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