How to Host a Holiday Cookie Swap

This holiday season, get in the spirit with a party concept that'll satisfy every guest's sweet tooth and spread wintry cheer.
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This holiday season, get in the spirit with a party concept that’ll satisfy each guest’s sweet tooth and spread wintry cheer. Inviting friends over for a midday cookie swap is a super-simple way to gather loved ones and mix and mingle over treats, and when guests get to contribute their own recipes and baked goods to the spread, hostess duties are a breeze. Simply set a neutral foundation with tableware that you likely already have, then add some sparkly handmade details to turn up the holiday factor in a flash.

The Menu

The menu for this party consists of — you guessed it — cookies, cookies and more cookies! But instead of taking on all of the holiday baking duties, a cookie swap is all about encouraging guests to bring their own favorite seasonal baked goods to swap and share with others. For the few cookie recipes that you provide, we love these Easy Chocolatey Holiday Cookies, some perfectly spicy Double-Ginger Cookies or, for a truly master baker, whip up a batch of Chewy Fig and Almond Cookies.

Don’t forget to offer guests a way to wash it all down. Apple cider punch and classic glass milk bottles are a fuss-free — yet totally on-theme — way to quench guests’ thirst.

The Details

This simple and cozy cookie swap boils down to the details. Ditch the expensive, trendy holiday fuss, and keep the shopping list to a minimum by using neutral linens and classic serving pieces that you already have; add holiday cheer with easy do-it-yourself decorative elements. Branches sourced from your very own backyard are instantly transformed into an eye-catching centerpiece, and kraft paper snowflakes can be made in minutes and act as a delightful wall decal.

For party favors, send guests home happy and full with on-the-go goodies and a recipe book worth keeping for years. Family and friends will be thrilled to add a handful of tried-and-tested cookie recipes to their collection — and revisit their favorite holiday flavors with each passing sea-son!

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