Hosting a cookie exchange is the ultimate party for those with a sweet tooth and holiday spirit. It's also very easy on the budget! Here are a few tips for a lovely gathering in celebration of one of life's greatest pleasures. 5 Sweet and Simple Tips for a Cookie Exchange • Give explicit instructions. Ask your friends to come with one dozen homemade favorite cookies to exchange. If they have a few extra, those can be for munching during the festivities. • Promote cookie lore. Ask your guests to invent the name of their cookie and share its origin story, real or imagined. At last year's exchange, I laughed so hard at my Dad's great, "Oogle Moogle" cookie. It was essentially a double chocolate chip number, but with a far sassier title and an absurd history involving mermaids, cocoa beans and Brooklyn. • Serve just one beverage. Plain milk is the obvious choice, but I like to do hot chocolate in a large thermos along with big dollops of whip cream. Serving one thing keeps costs down and ensures a low-stress clean up. • Start early. Cookie swaps are great in the morning! Your guests can come peckish, sip on hot chocolate and nibble on cookies, then get on with the rest of their holiday cheer. • Ask friends to bring their cookies on a sheet pan. This makes it so everyone can easily fawn over other guests' treats and swap easily. This also creates no unnecessary waste and adds to the cookie-induced joy. It's an awesome sight to see that many cookies in one apartment.
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