Hosting a Holiday Cookie Exchange
December 16, 2012
By: Fallon
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Diet, schmiet. When time comes to host your annual holiday cookie exchange, calories really and truly don't count (you can quote us on this). In honor of this time-old tradition, we put together a few tips and tricks that may come in handy when planning your yummy soiree. We'd like to thank Melissa Jill Photography and Victoria Canada Weddings and Events for the beautiful imagery provided in the post! It definitely got our wheels a-turning. Without further adieu, scroll down a bit further to check out our words of wisdom!
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Between all of our in-house SMPers, we have decades worth of holiday cookie exchange experience. With our powers combined, we brainstormed a few must-follow tips for the novice (or seasoned!) cookie exchange hostess.

  • First things first: you must make sure your home is warmly decorated. Borrow the decor if you have to, rent if you must. A seasonally accented home is a sure-fire way to get your guests in the spirit of the season.

  • Next, come up with a playlist. This is the one time of year where you have free reign on the classic holiday hits! Live it up, my friends.

  • We all know that girls can get a just a smidge competitive when baking goods are involved. For this reason, we suggest awarding multiple ribbons to your guests (should you choose to award any at all!). Classic categories of competition include most gorgeously decorated, best-tasting, best effort (for your friend who tried hard... but still burnt the batch). Let your imagination run wild.

  • Provide guests cute carryout parcels to take the goods. I mean, do you really want to be "stuck" with all of those cookies on your lonesome? Even if the answer is yes (ours is!), chances are that your guests won't feel the same. Plan accordingly.

  • Serve up delicious, frothy, girly drinks. Maybe we're biased, but we think our charred cherry cocktail fit the bill like a glove.

Now, once the fete has been planned and the paperless posts have been sent, it's time to evaluate your arsenal. We came up with a few fun, key elements which we believe every hostess should have.
1. A squirrel nutcracker. Because, well, it's awesome!

2. Williams-Sonoma goldtouch nonstick 3-piece bakeware set will have you covered from all angles.

3. Le Creuset's multi-purpose bowl is perfect for mixing last-minute preparations in front of guests.

4. How could we not include Holiday cookie cutters here? Target offers a phenomenal set.

5. Ahh, the KitchenAid mixer is a must. And a total time-saver.

6. We think it's a fine idea to offer guests an indivudal stocking full of goodies. Crate & Barrel has a darling one, but these are available by the pound at $.99 stores.

7. As the hostess with the mostess, you simply must have an adorable apron. Anthropologie's "Cherry Pie" number is too cute for words!

8. St. Germain is an essnetial ingrediant in any holiday cocktail. Take it from us: it tastes like heaven.

9. Last but not least, Crate & Barrel has amazing cookie trimmings. We're partial to their peppermint pits, but you can take your pick.

Photography: Melissa Jill Photography / Event Concept + Styling: Victoria Canada Weddings and Events / Floral Design: Camelback Flowershop / Stationery: Page & Mason Invitations / Linens: Wildflower Linen