Christmas cookie exchange party can have various styles and themes. These ideas can indeed make your party unique and more importantly, enjoyable. Some great examples of Christmas cookie exchange party ideas include the winter wonderland theme, chocolate cookie theme, as well as the popular “Babies in Toyland” theme.
Cookie exchanges are a way to try delicious cookies and get new recipes while getting together with friends. Usually organized around the holidays, cookie exchanges or cookie swaps can ease your baking load and make gift giving easier. Exchange ideas on creative cookie decorations, gift-wrapping techniques, and decorative centerpieces by having friends and family over. Bake a batch of your favorite cookies and exchange the cookies and the recipe. Make invitations and decorate your table depending on the theme you choose for the cookie exchange.
Bring the winter season indoors with a winter wonderland theme. Decorate the house with snowflake cutouts hung from the ceiling or along a curtain rod. Place vases full of blue ornaments around the area to add color, use white plates for serving food and blue and white napkins as accents. Ask guests to bring cookies that can be cut and supply cookie cutters that include snowflakes, snowmen and candle sticks. Decorate cookies with white icing, accented with dark and light blue or vice versa. Cookies can also be sprinkled with a shimmer glaze to add texture.
Incorporate chocolate into the cookie exchange by hosting a chocolate cookie theme. Purchase chocolate-scented candles and light them around the house to set the aroma. The decorations can include small vases or jars filled with M&M’s, Hershey kisses and chocolate chips to set out for guests to munch on or use to decorate cookies. Serve food on brown or light tan plates with chocolate-themed napkins. Have each guest bring cookie mix that involves chocolate such as chocolate cringles or chocolate chip cookies.
Recreate your childhood with a “Babies in Toyland” theme. Set up classic toy table decorations such as building blocks, a jack-in-the-box and children’s books. Expand the tradition to young children or grandchildren by including them in with the cookie exchange. Ask guests to bring cookies that can be cut into block and other toy shapes and decorated with various colors of icing. While you are waiting for the cookies to bake, play a board game to stay with the theme of the party.
Moreover, you can also keep the holy spirit of Christmas intact by adding a sacred touch to your cookie exchange. Make cookies shaped like stars, angels, candles and the Bible. Use lots of candles to dress up the cookie table. Cutouts of angels and stars add a decorative touch to the party area. Try setting up a Nativity scene as a table centerpiece or as a focal point in the room to instantly convey the theme of the cookie exchange. Put on Christmas carols in the background to keep the joyful cheer in the air.
Christmas is associated with gift giving and toys make excellent gifts for the young and not so young. Make cookies shaped like toy trains, teddy bears, dolls or Christmas presents and decorate them accordingly. Package cookies in boxes and wrap them up as presents before exchanging them. Ask guests to bring a toy to donate to a hospital or community center. Decorate your table with small boxes wrapped as Christmas presents scattered on the table. Use ribbon and streamers to add a festive touch to the room.