Thanks to Oriental Trading for supplying me with the items I needed to host my Cookie Exchange at church. All opinions listed are 100% my own.
I love hosting parties. I am one of those true Southerners who believes that getting together with friends and family is how you celebrate the holidays. I decided that this year, I wanted to celebrate this fun and festive holiday this year with a cookie swap with the ladies of our church, so I turned to Oriental Trading to help me do just that!
The first thing I did was go to PicMonkey and create an invitation using their simple and easy custom design option. Then I printed them out with my Hp Printer and passed them out at church. I think they looked pretty darn festive if I say so myself!
We invited the kids to come to, because I found this adorable craft for them to do while the ladies were busy catching up.
Once the invitations were passed out, I went to Oriental Trading and found these adorable cookie boxes that I knew would be perfect for this cookie exchange!
I ordered my supplies for the party and then set out to get my menu created. I decided to make all the food myself since I LOVE baking and cooking. I am going to be sharing some of the recipes I made on here over the next few weeks. Here is a list of the food I made —
- Cranberry Apple Chicken Salad Sandwiches
- Sausage Balls (that link will take you to one of my most popular recipes)
- Buffalo Chicken Dip
- Christmas Punch
- Bacon Wrapped Pineapples
and then for dessert, I made these adorable cupcakes and wrapped them in the snowman cupcake holders I found at Oriental Trading.
After you get your menu planned, you have to decide what kind of cookie to make to bring. Kayla and I made Christmas Tree Meringue cookies. We will be posting that recipe soon as well.
Make sure you tell each lady how many cookies to bring. If you have 12 ladies coming, have them make 2 dozen cookies, this way, every one gets to take home a box of cookies. The way we did it, is everyone goes down the line and chooses one cookie from each batch that is on the table.
While the ladies were eating, and after the kids ate, they headed upstairs to make their craft. I found an Advent Countdown chain that was perfect for this event. I love that Oriental Trading has such a large variety of religious arts and crafts. It is perfect for church functions just like this one.
Each day has something special for the kids to do to countdown until the day that Jesus was born.
Then after you are done, it just hangs in the home for the child to take a day off of the countdown once their little task is complete.
Oriental Trading has all kinds of amazing products to help you throw and host your own cookie swap! It's easy to do. Check them out on their website and then keep in touch with them on Facebook and Twitter.
Have you ever hosted a cookie exchange before?