The date has been set, invitations have been sent and the decor has been chosen. Now, let‘s focus on how to host a fuss-free holiday cookie party that will be a memorable experience for years to come.
By pairing festive holiday refreshments with homemade cookies and delectable appetizers, you‘ll encourage a relaxed atmosphere that‘s ideal for grazing and girl talk.
This year, I‘m having a dip themed party and encouraging guests to bring their favorite warm and cold dips to share. Be sure to have different breads, crackers, and raw vegetables on hand for all the dippable deliciousness.
To cut down on prep time, I recommend seeking a little help from your local grocery store. My neighborhood market is brimming with unique appetizers and dips during the holidays.
Who doesn‘t find beautifully packaged treats irresistible? A packaging station is also something to consider. As the host, provide some decorative packaging materials and holiday trimmings for guests to wrap their cookies to take home. Some items to include are small gift boxes, festive tissue paper, tags, ribbon, string and small trinkets like mini tree decorations.
Encourage each of your guests to donate some items to your packaging station to save on some of the cost and provide a little more variety. It‘s also a great idea to hit up the holiday aisles of department, specialty or even dollar stores in the days following Christmas. You‘ll find huge discounts on adorable items that you can pack up for next year.
Door prizes are always a nice addition to a cookie party. Small holiday scented candles or blank vintage inspired recipe cards are perfect take aways. And who doesn‘t love a white elephant gift exchange?
Do your girlfriends love to read or have a cookbook obsession? In the vein of a white elephant, ask each guest to wrap and bring a cookbook, novel or bestseller from their collection to swap at the party.
Including fun activities where friends and family can get together creates life-long memories and can start awesome new traditions to continue through future holidays.
The day of the party is usually filled with lots of last minute preparations. Most likely your house will already be decorated for the Holidays, so I encourage you to focus mainly on your table setting. A beautifully decorated table is an easy way to really impress your guests.
I love the look of a vintage or rustic table. Using mismatched plates can really be a charming way to do this. I also love to mix new and old. A simple way to achieve this look is to incorporate with things you already have and maybe pick up a few new special pieces, like a beautiful platter or vase.
An easy way to set up a centerpiece for the table is by using your Flour and Sugar containers. This is a cookie party after all! Since everyone will be mingling and walking around your table you can use tall flower arrangements, which really make an impact. And when in doubt light candles! Votive candles are probably the easiest and most inexpensive way to design your table.
I like to set up a “station” at the table for everyone‘s cookies. Think about using cake plates of varying sizes to display cookies, or even rustic wooden cutting boards can really be a fun presentation. Using unique place cards for their cookies is a fun way to make it personal. Simple chalkboard nameplates are a fun way to do this…you could write their name or the cookie flavor!
Providing everyone with a container to take home his or her cookies is an easy party favor. You can pick up inexpensive containers online or at your local craft store.
If you choose to incorporate a “Contest” into your party having small door prizes for the winners is a great touch. Simple gift cards, a nice spatula or even a bottle of wine are nice gifts to take home.
And remember to have fun! Holiday baking is such a nostalgic tradition. You want to be able to enjoy your party along with your guests!