How to plan a Christmas Cookie Exchange

How to plan a Christmas Cookie Exchange

Every year for the past few years, I have wanted to plan time to hang out with my girlfriends before the holiday season became too hectic. Just to take a little time to relax, drink some wine, and eat delicious food sounds so lovely during a time that can be filled with stress! Since I am one to overdo everything, I thought “Why not have a great themed party, while I’m at it?!” So, the Christmas Cookie Exchange Party was on!

Pick A Color Scheme

The first decision I made was to pick my color scheme. (If you need help with this, check out this post on choosing a color scheme!)

  • Main color- Red to bring the holiday cheer!
  • Accent color- Green, which is in red’s  color triangle
  • Anchor color- White, for a  crisp and clean look
  • Pop color- A bit of sparkle

To make the traditional Christmas red and green a bit more interesting, I decided to use them in a plaid pattern. Natural elements like pine cones and burlap added texture.

How to plan a Christmas Cookie Exchange

Decide on the Menu

I knew I wanted to serve more savory appetizers to contrast the abundance of cookies that would be at this cookie exchange. I asked Marlee from I Just Make Sandwiches to come up with some updated versions of traditional appetizers. She got bonus points for creating great recipes that were also easy to make! (You can read more about these dishes and get the recipes HERE.)

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The Star of the Show: The Cookies!

Traditionally, everyone that attends a Christmas Cookie Exchange brings several different types of cookies to share with all the party-goers. For my event, I also choose some beautiful cookies from Sweet Gingerbread House Bakery. I communicated my color scheme, party theme, and a couple requests (gingerbread cookies were a must!) and Elma baked and decorated some beautiful cookies!

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Little Extras

My favorite part of any party I throw is always the little extra details that “plus up” the experience for my guests. For a Christmas Cookie Exchange, don’t forget to have ‘to go’ bags for each guest to take home some of each different type of cookie! (You don’t want them all sitting around your house, tempting you, right?!) I found the cutest little Christmas gift bags at the Dollar Tree for this purpose. I enlisted the help of my friend, Cailin, to design the vinyl letters for this adorable little chalkboard sign! You don’t want to leave your guests guessing what to do, so tell them! (Check out my shop for the chalkboard and vinyl sign!)

How to plan a Christmas Cookie Exchange

How to plan a Christmas Cookie Exchange

All in all, it was a great afternoon with great friends! I highly recommend you plan a Christmas Cookie Exchange Party to start off your holiday season!

Thank you to everyone that participated in this party, whether you were actually there, or not!


To find out more about the contributors, follow these links:

Photography: Gabby Fernandez Photography

Holiday Appetizer Recipes: I Just Make Sandwiches

Holiday Cookies: Sweet Gingerbread House

Vinyl Stickers: Cailin_Adams@comcast.net


To purchase some of the decoration items you see in the photos, visit the Sweet Olivia Celebrations Shop!

Sweet Olivia Celebrations | Christmas Cookie Exchange Party

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