It was time once again for my annual cookie exchange.
So, a theme was chosen (Cookies for Santa), the invites went out,
an apron was made, and eleven awesome ladies converged on my home.
The contestants were . . .
Caramel Filled Chocolate Cookies
Reindeer Cookies, Spritz Cookies,
Chocolate Cake Reese's Peanut Butter Chunk Cookies, Mexican Wedding Cookies,
Gingerbread Cookies, Apple Chip Cookies,
Alfajores and Cinnamon Roll Cookies.
Of course there were treats and snacks served -
including a hot chocolate and hot cider bar, complete with Cinnamon Dolce Syrup.
My favorite snack was the Santa Hat Party Mix.
The little Santa hats were just so dang cute!
After some snack eating and waiting for the last
two guests to arrive, we had a little handmade gift exchange.
We all unwrapped a gift and then for two minutes
two sets of dice went around the circle.
Every time you rolled a seven or doubles you had
to trade/steal another gift.
It was CRAZY!
I lucked out and got these yummy
and darling cupcakes from my friend Vicki.
Next year I will take pictures of all the fabulous handmade gifts.
Angry Julie brought a pennant that was fiercely fought for,
Kara-Noel made a cute bow tie & bow tie headband set,
Jaime sewed up some HO HO hot pads,
Syl made a fab sugar scrub,
Sam made a darling purple monster friend
that she stole back FROM ME so she only had to make
one for Christmas - smart lady!
There were other fabulous gifts that I don't remember,
but they were all awesome.
Then it was onto the official vote!
I got really fancy this year and made cute voting sheets.
And of course there were prizes!
Vicki took Most Festively Dressed!
And added more hair accessories to her coif.
Jen took the tastiest cookie and won the coveted apron.
(Double Mint Yummies)
Kara-Noel claimed the Best Looking Cookie
and won cute cookie cutters.
(Caramel Filled Chocolate Cookies)
Jaime was shocked to take The Most Creative Cookie
and got some serious Ghiradelli hot cocoa with mugs.
Marianne definitely had the Prettiest Cookie Display
and took home a rad cheese cutting board.
(Cinnamon Roll Cookies - lighted tower)
And no Cookie Exchange Party would be complete
without a little gift to take home.
Keeping with the "Cookies for Santa" theme,
I made these!
The haul was quite lovely!
And I had to fight my kids and husband from
eating them the minute the last guest left.
I made Alfajores this year and I'm sharing the
recipe card I made with you.