I hosted a cookie exchange for a small group of girlfriends!
One of the benefits of hosting a casual cookie exchange at your own house? You can wear snazzy gold slippers instead of shoes.
(Yes, that picture was just supposed to be of my wine but the slippers made an appearance, so I decided to roll with it. Ha!)
I also wore my new cozy Rudolph sweater for the occasion.
(Yes, I ended up getting it after swimming in a pool of regret when I initially left the boutique where I first tried it on. I’m pretty sure it’s a Lady Rudolph sweater because of the eyelashes, which obviously makes it extra special.)
My girlfriends arrived around 7 p.m. and I tried to have a bunch of not-so-sweet snacks on hand since I knew we’d have a ton of cookies to enjoy throughout the evening.
I put together a small spread that included pita chips and veggies with roasted red pepper hummus, almonds and ham and cheese sliders which were very easy to make and a big hit!
My mom previously made the same sliders when we were in town a few months ago and I couldn’t stop eating them, so I knew I wanted to recreate them for my little get-together. I followed this recipe from AllRecipes.com but used honey wheat King’s Hawaiian rolls (<—highly recommended) and omitted the dried onion simply because we didn’t have any on hand.
I was also pretty excited to break out our new balloon wine glasses.
I bought them over the weekend from Pier One (they’re really affordable and I had a gift card) and I love the look of them.
Once everyone arrived, we displayed the cookies on the counter, chatted, sipped our wine and hung out for a little while before it was time for a white elephant gift exchange!
(Megan clearly won the cutest cookie award for her reindeer cookies! How adorable are they!?)
For the white elephant gift exchange, I told everyone to grab stuff from around their house (valued at around $10) and wrap it up to re-gift since “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure!”
During our Friendsgiving parties in the past, we’d host a white elephant gift exchange every year, and it always amazes me what gifts end up being the most coveted. (Last year a 24-piece Tupperware set was the gift everyone wanted… including the guys!)
For the white elephant gift exchange, everyone then draws a number out of a hat and picks gifts out of the pile in that order. You can then “steal” an already-opened gift when your turn comes about or elect to choose one of the remaining wrapped gifts from the center pile. It’s a lot of fun!
I ended up walking away with a fun mug and peppermint tea that my friend Brittany brought which I loved.
Before it was time to go, we made sure to fill up the our cookie boxes with a bunch of cookies!
(The cookie boxes are from Michael’s and they worked like a charm. If you’re hosting a cookie exchange this year, I highly recommend them.)
It was a great night with some great girlfriends. I can’t wait to host another cookie exchange again next year!