It’s a time-honored tradition, and a great way to share your favorite treats with friends. Here are the basic steps for hosting a cookie swap that will help you – and your pals – stock up with cookies to enjoy all season long. The best part? When the party is over, sweep the cookie crumbs and hot cocoa leftovers right into your InSinkErator®.
1. For a traditional cookie swap, each guests brings a dozen cookies for each party guest to take home, and a dozen to be shared at the party. The idea is that guests leave with dozens of cookies that they can share throughout the holidays.
For a modified version, each person brings two dozen cookies – a dozen to share at the party, and a dozen to be split and shared amongst party guests.
2. Ask your friends to bring cookies that travel and freeze well. You might consider asking them to RSVP with cookie type to avoid duplicates. For recipe inspiration, check out 30 Best Ever Christmas Cookies and 41 Holiday Cookies We Love.
3. Setup should be easy – empty cookie plates and a colorful runner will set the scene. Add ornaments in simple glass bowls for a festive touch.
4. Set up a hot cocoa bar, like this one from Yellow Bliss Road.
5. Provide guests with containers to package their cookies-to-go, along with labels. Chinese-style takeout containers with colorful tags are inexpensive and chic.