Cookie Exchange Party Ideas

by Jillian Leslie on

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Today we're sharing some fun cookie exchange party ideas from Laura Aguirre from Laura's Little Party!

'Tis the season for holiday gatherings! I especially love this time of year when we get together with friends, and houses are filled with the yummy aroma of sweet baking. If you’re looking to plan a get-together with friends, I highly recommend putting together a cookie exchange party!

Cookie Exchange Party Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

 

To put this one together, I used the "Cookies and Cocoa" free printables from Catch My Party. The set has everything you'll need to throw an awesome party, including editable invitations and tented cards so you can personalize them any way you'd like, plus a welcome sign, a hot cocoa bar sign, water bottle labels, printed paper, cupcake toppers, straw flags, banners, and more.

Click to download the free "Cookies and Cocoa" free printables here!

Cookie Exchange Party Ideas Cookies| CatchMyParty.com

Here I’m sharing how I put together a small spread, along with sharing a few tips on how to throw your own cookies & cocoa party!

Step 1: Bake a few batches of your favorite cookies and ask your guests to bring a batch of their own. That way there will lots of cookies to exchange at the party. Again, you can use the printable tented cards to make signs for the different types of cookies. There are also recipe cards in the printables collection in case people want to share recipe.

Cookie Exchange Party Ideas Cookies| CatchMyParty.com

Step 2: Make sure to serve some delicious hot cocoa! I pre-made some cocoa, and displayed them in bottles, but feel free to use thermoses. I added some printables, and set out straws, and little cups of marshmallows.

Cookie Exchange Party Ideas Drinks | CatchMyParty.com

Step 3: Because you’ll have lots of cookies, you might want to serve something else for your guests to nibble on. Cupcakes are always an easy alternative. You can make store treats look festive by adding coordinating cupcake toppers.

Cookie Exchange Party Ideas Cupcakes | CatchMyParty.com Step 4: Make sure to have lots of take-home boxes or containers set out for your guests. With all the cookies & treats you’ll be collecting, your guests will need a place to store them. I found some small boxes, and set out some baker’s twine, paper inserts {for the treats}, and tags for the guests to personalize their goody-filled boxes.

Cookie Exchange Party Ideas Gift Tags | CatchMyParty.com

Did you see the darling gingerbread man cookies?! Desi from [desi]gn cakes & cupcakes made the most delicious cookies! And they were so darling. She did a great job on our cookies, and I couldn’t thank her enough!

I hope my tips helped get you excited to throw your own party, and gather friends for a fun evening!

Thanks, Laura, I'm glad you get to share your tips with our community. To learn more about Laura, please find her at Laura's Little Party and on Facebook and Pinterest.

Polka Dot Glittered Ornaments DIY

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Polka Dot Glittered Ornaments DIY | CatchMyParty.comAren't these ornaments gorgeous?! Shauna from Ella and Annie Magazine is here with her polka dot glittered ornament DIY so you can easily add a little sparkle to your tree!

These glittered polka dot ornaments are not only pretty for your Christmas tree, but can be perfect for dressing up those gifts! Attach to ribbon and hang on gift bags and wrapped presents, too.

Add a little sparkle to your baked goods or even attach them to a garland you can hang on your mantel. Quick, easy and budget friendly, these polka dot ornaments are a favorite!

Note: These are glass ornaments and are easily breakable. We encourage an adult to be present when handling glass ornaments. And feel free to substitute in plastic ornaments.

Polka Dot Glittered Ornaments DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Supplies:

  • Glass or plastic ornaments (They come in various sizes, I used mini for the ease of attaching to gifts)
  • Mod Podge
  • 1⁄2” spouncer (round sponge for painting/crafts, found mine at Walmart)
  • Glitter (fine glitter works best)
Polka Dot Glittered Ornament Supplies | CatchMyParty.com

 

Directions:

Start by dipping sponge in in Mod Podge and pressing onto ornament.

Polka Dot Glittered Ornament Steps | CatchMyParty.com

Polka Dot Glittered Ornament Steps | CatchMyParty.com

Do a few dots at a time.

Polka Dot Glittered Ornament Steps | CatchMyParty.com

Sprinkle a generous layer of glitter over glue dots. Wait a minute or so and blow extra glitter off. Repeat until you place desired number of dots on your ornament.

There you have it! Fun, sparkling glittered ornaments!

Polka Dot Glittered Ornaments DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Thanks, Shauna, I love the ways these look, I want to add some to my tree this year! To see more of Shauna's work, check out Ella and Annie Magazine and visit them on FacebookTwitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Christmas Parties and More!

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My 4 favorite parties of the week including Christmas parties! | CatchMyParty.com

Not surprisingly, Christmas parties are such a popular theme on our site right now and you can find two adorable ones in my 4 Favorite Parties of the Week! There a  festive red and green Santa themed Christmas party and a fantastic red and white reindeer themed Christmas party. My other two favorites are a nautical themed baptism with amazing under the sea treats,  and a colorful and whimsical woodland party with cute forest creatures. You will love these four parties!

Clockwise from top left:

Hope your home stretch to Christmas is going well! We're trying to stay sane here and so far it's working.

To help you plan your holiday parties, please check out these awesome Christmas parties on our site for ideas, and our free Christmas party printables including our new set of ugly sweater party printables for decorations!

Peppermint Centerpiece DIY

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DIY Peppermint Centerpiece | CatchMyParty.com

Today we are sharing an inexpensive Peppermint Centerpiece DIY from Nancy at A to Zebra Celebrations! Take it away, Nancy...

Hello friends! My name is Nancy and I'm excited to be here sharing my very first tutorial and it’s a super easy one! Christmas is my favorite time of the year.

I love to make most of the decorations for my home, so I'm going to share how I made this peppermint centerpiece for less than $10!

Supplies for the Peppermint Centerpiece DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Supplies for the Peppermint Centerpiece DIY | CatchMyParty.com

 

Supplies:

  • 3 bags of Starlight Mints from Dollar Tree
  • 1 bunch of poinsettias from the Dollar Tree
  • Duct tape
  • Empty box of Kool-Aid Jammers
  • Christmas picks
  • Piece of foam
  • Paper shreds
  • Hot glue gun
Directions:

Tape box with duct tape two times to make it sturdy.

DIY Peppermint Centerpiece | CatchMyParty.com

I used my hot glue gun for each mint.

Put piece of foam inside and use hot glue to secure it. Insert your poinsettias as you desire and any additional Christmas picks you have.

That’s all my friends! There you have it......a pretty, affordable, and quick Christmas centerpiece for your table, fireplace, for a teacher’s gift, or perhaps to bring to a holiday party!

Peppermint Centerpiece DIY | CatchMyParty.com Happy Holidays! Enjoy!

DIY Peppermint Centerpiece | CatchMyParty.com

Thanks, Nancy! I love how this looks on your mantle with your ribbon garland!

Please check out all of Nancy's gorgeous parties on Catch My Party,  and please visit her at A to Zebra Celebrations, on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Santa Claus Cupcakes DIY

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Santa Claus Cupcake DIY | CatchMyParty.com

I love food crafting! When I saw that our snowman cupcakes were such a hit this year, I decided to try my hand at this Santa Claus cupcakes DIY.

Using mostly store-bought items I was able to make these pretty quickly, and I think they turned out so cute. To me these little Santas almost came to life... so much so, that when my daughter bit into one, I actually felt a little pang in my heart. :( I know, the good thing is I can always make more!

Santa Claus Cupcake DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Santa Claus Cupcakes DIY

Supplies:
  • Vanilla cupcakes
  • White frosting
  • While cookie icing
  • Strawberry Fruit Roll Ups
  • Strawberry sour belt
  • Wilton candy eyes
  • Wilton candy stars
  • Red hots
Santa Claus cupcake ingredients | CatchMyParty.com

First make some vanilla cupcakes. Mine are actually homemade, but it would be so much easier to use a cake mix.

Santa Claus cupcake steps | CatchMyParty.com

Frost the top of the cupcake. You'll be gluing on the marshmallows with cookie icing to the bottom part of the cupcake, and they stick better to the unfrosted part than the frosted part.

Santa Claus cupcake steps | CatchMyParty.com

Cut the top part of the hats from a roll of Fruit Roll Ups. Fruit Roll Ups now has writing on them, so if possible, cut around the writing. I ended up getting a little bit of it, but it didn't matter.

Santa Claus cupcake steps | CatchMyParty.com

Cover the top of the cupcake with the Fruit Roll Up.

Santa Claus cupcake steps | CatchMyParty.com

Cut a thin strip of the sour belt and added it to the bottom of the hat as the fur trim.

Santa Claus cupcake steps | CatchMyParty.com

Cut a triangle out of  the Fruit Roll to act as the folded part of your Santa hat.

Santa Claus cupcake steps | CatchMyParty.com

Attach it.

Santa Claus cupcake steps | CatchMyParty.com

Here are the embellishments you'll need.

Santa Claus cupcake steps | CatchMyParty.com

Using your white cookie icing, "glue each one in place. Then start using your cookie icing to attach the marshmallow beard.

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Santa Claus Cupcake DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Santa Claus Cupcake DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Santa Claus Cupcake DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Peppermint Bark Recipe

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Peppermint Bark Recipe for the holidays! | CatchMyParty.com

Here's a delicious and easy peppermint bark recipe from Shauna at Ella and Annie Magazine that is a fun treat to serve at your holiday parties or as part of a Christmas gift basket!

With the holidays fast approaching, I am getting all my recipes in order for our gift baskets. Ever since I was a little girl I have watched my mother bake. Christmas time for our family is a special time of year. We bake. We bake for family and friends.

We bake because it just feels good to give the gift of homemade. Homemade takes time, thought and love. Today I am sharing with you an easy, affordable and quick version of peppermint bark. It's totally okay to make this anytime of year, completely justified by the taste.

When I think of winter, I think of peppermint. The dark chocolate combined with the cool, refreshing taste of peppermint make this sweet treat perfect for your holiday gatherings.

 

Peppermint Bark Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz white chocolate chips or vanilla chips
  • 12 oz dark chocolate chips
  • 30-40 crushed peppermint candies or mini candy canes
  • Peppermint extract
  • Coconut oil
  • Parchment or wax paper cut into 9” square
  • 9” baking pan
Directions:

Grease the bottom of the 9” baking pan. Place wax paper in the baking dish on top of the greased surface. This will enable the bark to come right out of the pan without breaking.

Crush peppermint candies using a rolling pin or meat tenderizer. Make sure to place in a double sealed plastic bag.

Peppermint Bark Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Place the dark chocolate chips in a small microwave safe bowl. Add 1⁄4 tsp coconut oil.

Microwave for 30-40 seconds. Remove and stir. Do not overheat. Continue to in 10-25 second intervals, mixing each time. When chocolate has melted add 1⁄4 tsp peppermint extract, mix.

Then pour into the pan and spread evenly over the bottom.

Sprinkle half the crushed peppermint candy on top of dark chocolate. Place in freezer, uncovered for 20-25 minutes until solid.

Peppermint Bark Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

About 5 minutes before you remove the bark from freezer, melt the white chocolate chips with coconut oil in the same fashion you did the dark chocolate. Add 1⁄4 tsp peppermint extract.

Mix. Pour over the dark chocolate and spread evenly. Do this quickly! You don’t want the dark chocolate to melt. Sprinkle remaining crushed peppermint.

Peppermint Bark Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Place in freezer for an additional 20 minutes if you need the bark right away. You can also place in fridge, covered.

Peppermint Bark Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

When ready to serve break bark into desired pieces.

 Thanks, Shauna, I want to eat this right now! To see more of Shauna's work, check out Ella and Annie Magazine and visit them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Sweet Treats for the Holidays Book

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Sweet Treats for the Holidays | CatchMyParty.com

Norene Cox from Party Pinching does some amazing desserts! I've been a fan of her holiday parties for some time.

Norene from  just came out with a new book, Sweet Treats for the Holidays! The book is filled with so many amazing treat ideas for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and more!

Below you can see some examples of what she does and what's in the book, and there's also a cute marshmallow hot cocoa mug recipe at the end of the post, perfect for your winter parties.

Sweet Treats for the Holidays | CatchMyParty.com

Sweet Treats for the Holidays | CatchMyParty.com

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Sweet Treats for the Holidays | CatchMyParty.com

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And here's Norene's Martha Stewart approved:

Hot Cocoa Marshmallow Cookies Recipe

According to Norene, "It’s kind of surreal when Martha Stewart actually says what you made is 'adorable.' My hot cocoa marshmallow mug cookies won her over and believe me, it is 'a good thing.'"

Hot cocoa marshmallow cookies | CatchMyParty.com

  • Approximately ¼ cup of white candy coating
  • 4 mini candy canes
  • 4 large marshmallows
  • 1 (16-oz.) can chocolate frosting
  • 12 Jet-Puffed mallow bits
  • 1 (7-oz.) pouch store-bought white cookie icing
  • 4 store-bought tea cookies
  • 40 small tree sprinkles
  • 4 large tree sprinkles
Melt candy coating in small microwave-safe bowl according to package instructions.

Cut candy cane at the curve. Dip ends into melted candy coating and push into side of marshmallow. Hold in place until it hardens and is secure.

Using a small knife spread a small amount of chocolate frosting on top of marshmallow leaving a small rim. Top with 3 mallow bits.

Frost cookie with white icing. Place marshmallow in the middle of cookie.

Place 10 small tree sprinkles around the perimeter of cookie.

Attach large tree sprinkle to front of marshmallow using candy coating.

Makes 4 cookies.

You can find Norene at Party Pinching, on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter .

Cute Gift Card Holder DIY

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Gift card holder DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Every year at the holidays, I give gift cards to my daughter's teachers and a few other people in our community. I know they appreciate them, but to me, the gift cards always feels a little impersonal. That's why I was excited when Target asked me to come up with a gift card holder DIY to find a way to make giving a Target GiftCard® more meaningful.

My first goal was to incorporate this rule: candy + gift card = awesome! Then I wanted to make sure it was easy to do, cute and festive, and inexpensive.

Gift card holder DIY | CatchMyParty.com

So I pulled out some mason jars and my Painters Paint Markers.

I wrote "Happy Holidays" on the jars and drew on a few holly leaves. The best thing about paint markers is you can wipe off the wet paint if you don't like it. This took me about three tries, but it was still quite quick and the possibilities are endless.

Plus, what a great activity to do with your kids. In fact, this year, I'm going to ask Lainey to decorate her teachers' mason jars.

Gift card holder DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Next, using a green piece of scrapbooking paper, I traced the mason jar lid and cut it out to use as my top.

Gift card holder DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Then I tied on a ribbon and filled the jar with holiday Hershey's Kisses.

Gift card holder DIY | CatchMyParty.com

I placed my Target GiftCard® inside!

Gift card holder DIY | CatchMyParty.com

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And here's my finished product... they were easy to do, cute and festive, inexpensive, and awesome! I know I'll feel much better giving my gift cards this year because they'll finally have my personal touch.

If you're thinking of giving aTarget GiftCard® this year, head to Target.

Gift card holder DIY | CatchMyParty.com

We partnered with Target to bring you this slice of holiday cuteness as part of their #GiftCardCheer campaign.

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Target via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target.

Free Ugly Sweater Party Printables from Printabelle

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Free Ugly Sweater Party Printables | CatchMyParty.com

Ugly sweater parties are my newest favorite theme for holiday parties. To be honest, I have not been invited to one yet, but I'm thrilled to be sharing this full set of free Ugly Sweater party printables from Printabelle.

Just ask your guests to dress in their ugliest Christmas sweaters, then use these free printables to decorate your party. We've even included award printables, so you can even ask your guests to vote on their favorite sweaters at the party, then reward your guests at the end of the night.

This collection includes: a welcome sign, a "Happy Ugly Holidays" banner, cupcake toppers, invitations, water bottle wrappers, menu cards, and my favorite party... ugly sweater awards.

Download the free Ugly Sweater Party Printables here:

Free Ugly Sweater Party Printables | CatchMyParty.com

Free Ugly Sweater Party Printable Invitations | CatchMyParty.com

Free Ugly Sweater Party Printable Awards | CatchMyParty.com

Free Ugly Sweater Party Printable Cupcake Toppers | CatchMyParty.com

Free Ugly Sweater Party Printables | CatchMyParty.com

Free Ugly Sweater Party Printables | CatchMyParty.com

Free Ugly Sweater Party Printable Straw flags | CatchMyParty.com

Free Ugly Sweater Party Printable Banner | CatchMyParty.com

And remember, if you’d like any of the printables personalized, Michelle will do it starting at $3 per file!

To learn more about Michelle and see all the printable collections, head to Printabelle and the Printabelle Facebook page.

For more inspirations, check out these amazing Christmas parties on our site and all our collections of free Christmas printables.

A Starbucks Party and more!

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A Starbucks Party and more! | CatchMyParty.com

A Starbucks party and more! You must take a look at my four favorite parties this week. I picked out some real pretty ones with some incredible cakes and desserts.

In more detail, there's a fantastic farm girl birthday party, an amazing Starbucks themed dessert and coffee bar party, a Disney themed party with all of the fun characters and a dreamy, magical Alice in Wonderland tea party.

Clockwise from top left:

Hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving with friends and family! We celebrated in San Francisco with my in laws and had a wonderful time. Plus my husband and I got to have a night just the two of us in SF. What a treat!

Now comes the crunch until Christmas. I wish you lots of sanity and a sense of humor during this crazy time! What's the best gift you're giving this year?

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