Why not try something completely different this year during holiday time. Having a holiday cookie exchange is not only fun, but it is also delicious. Everyone can join in the fun, parents, grandparents, kids, friends, and even co-workers. Not sure how to organize a holiday cookie exchange, after you read this you will know.
1. Make a plan before you do anything. You cannot start a cookie exchange without making a plan first. Figure out how many people you want to come , where you are going to hold it, and when can everyone make it. Without this, a disaster is not far away.
2. Before sending out invitations, tell people about it. It is a lot easier to pick and choose people to come to your cookie exchange by seeing their reaction when you tell them. Get the word out first, then move on to the next step.
3. Start sending out invitations a couple of weeks in advance. Always send invitations out a couple of weeks in advance so that people can rearrange their schedules for the event you are planning. Make sure that you have them RSVP so you know exactly who is coming. Be sure to write down what is expected of them. How many cookies they should bring, and so forth.
4. Get the place ready for some cookie eating! Now that you know when you are having it and how many people are coming to your holiday cookie exchange. Start getting the place ready to entertain your guests. Have enough tables for everyone to place their cookies on. Make sure there are enough chairs for everyone. Be sure to buy holiday containers, so that your guests can take home the cookies that everyone else has brought to the event.
5. It is cookie exchanging time. Once your guests begin to arrive, place their plates or containers of cookies onto the tables that you have set up. Do not start tasting them until all your guests have arrived, otherwise you will not have enough cookies to go around, if you have planned for a certain amount of guest. While the guests are waiting for everyone else to arrive, serve them drinks and maybe a few appetizers, such as a cheese plate. This will give them that feeling of wanting something “sweet” once they are finished.
There you have it, the easiest way to organize a holiday cookie exchange for your friends, family, and co-workers.