Holiday Gift Guide: 5 Tips for Hosting a Cookie Exchange

By Shannon Gurnee
In Cooking with Redhead Mom
December 9, 2013


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Every year, I host an Annual Cookie Exchange and invite our family and friends.  It’s a fun event where we socialize, eat, exchange cookies, eat, laugh, and eat some more!  A big part of the Cookie Exchange is obviously the assortment of cookies that everyone brings, but it’s also the snacks and foods you provide your guests to eat.  I found a huge selection of snacks and goodies to serve at this year’s Annual Cookie Exchange.

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I love shopping at Walgreens!  Not only do I usually find what I’m looking for, but I purchase the stuff I want at budget-friendly prices and even get cash back!  For instance, I found a HUGE selection (not an understatement people) of snacks and foods from Good & Delish.  Wow!  I couldn’t believe how much there was to choose from.  In fact, I even had to put some of it back because my grocery cart was filling up rather quickly.  I found Good & Delish chocolates, cookies, candy, nuts, dried fruit, chips, salsa, ice cream, coffee, creamer and more!  This Cookie Exchange is gonna rock!!!

Has the idea of Hosting a Cookie Exchange piqued your interest?  Are you not sure how to get started?  Plan your Cookie Exchange this year with these 5 Tips for Hosting a Cookie Exchange.

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5 Tips for Hosting a Cookie Exchange

1 – Send out invites at least 1 week before the event.  The holidays get busy quickly, so the sooner the better for sending out your invites for the Cookie Exchange.  I like to send my invites out via Facebook, but be sure to follow up with friends and family who may not check their account on a daily basis.

2 – Provide beverages at the party.  I like to provide a variety of drinks at my Cookie Exchanges.  Drink selections include water, coffee, tea and soda.  

3 – Decorate your table of food with holiday themed paper products.  I love the holidays and the decorations.  When I set up my food tables, I like to include festive paper plates and paper cups, as well as past utensils.

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4 – Provide snacks – both sweet and salty.  When you think of a Cookie Exchange, you may think you don’t need to provide refreshments.  Wrong!!!  I like to provide a variety of snacks, including candy, chips, nuts, cookie and dried fruits.

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5 – Give away delish-ous prizes at your Cookie Exchange.  If you know me, you know that I love swag…especially when I give it away.  At my Cookie Exchanges, I love to give away prizes.  They include holiday items, gift bags and one of my favorite foods…chocolate!

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I found my snacks, foods and prizes at our local Walgreens and even got a coupon for $15 off my next purchase of $30 or more.  Just one of the perks of having 

Do you host Cookie Exchanges?  Do you have any tips for hosting one?

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of Redhead Mom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

8 Responses to “Holiday Gift Guide: 5 Tips for Hosting a Cookie Exchange”

  1. Nichol says:

    Great tips! MMM where’s my invite?! I love hosting cookie parties, though I usually do this at New Year’s.

  2. Oh my I saw the shells and the word truffles and I may have drooled a little bit. I’ll have to look for those!

  3. Mitch says:

    I have cookie parties after everyone here goes to bed! The Walgreen’s brand looks yummy!

  4. mel says:

    We are doing a cookie exchange this year! I love shopping this brand at Walgreens! Everything looks so yummy!

  5. Annemarie says:

    I have never heard of this but what a fantastic idea. I am getting on the phone now to try and organize one thanks for passing along!

  6. Jeannette says:

    YUM! These treats look amazing and I had no idea I could get them at Walgreens! Guess I’m going to have to put together a cookie exchange of my own;-)

  7. Allison Downes says:

    I have never hosted one but I want to! These are great tips, I really like number 5. Thank you for sharing!

  8. Mary Gardner says:

    These are great tips. I had never thought about prizes – what a great idea!

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