Friday, December 17, 2010

2nd Annual Cookie Exchange - 2010

So, this was my second time hosting a cookie exchange
and it is so much fun.
I love seeing all the different cookies that everyone comes up with.
However, you know what's not fun???
Making 9 dozen sugar cookies from rolled dough
that have to be frosted :)

This was my kitchen after they were all done.
When I was done, I felt like throwing my hands up
Top Chef style :)

Here is the invitation I made for the party.
I've had strict rules as as to what counts as a "cookie"
for both last year and this year.
It causes some of the ladies distress, but I think it's fun.
Maybe I'll ease up next year . . .

I have a group of friends from my Wtown years that
still try to get together once a month and do something.
The group has grown as friends and family members of the originals
add in, so it's a fun, eclectic group.
I also invited a few non-Wtown friends
and I was so excited when Kara-Noel said she'd come.
She's so fun!

This was the spread!

My high maintenance sparkly snowflake sugar cookies.

Yummy molasses cookies

Cranberry White Chocolate Cookies (one of my faves!)

Jell-O Cookies
aka Rudolph Noses

JT sporting a rudolph nose :)
He was supposed to be in bed, but kept sneaking out.

This is RAD group of ladies that came this eyar.

We voted this year on:
1. The Prettiest Cookie
2. The Most Awesome Display
3. Fan Favorite

I actually won prettiest cookie and fan favorite,
but that's lame to win my own prizes.
I should've excluded myself,
but it's also nice to hear others liked my cookie.

So, the first runner up for prettiest cookie
were Kara-Noel's Caramel Thumbprints
(another one I adored!)
and she won an ABC Cookie Recipe Book made by me.

The first runner up for Fan Favorite was a
three way tie - and after picking a number 1-10
Cory's Mint Chip Cookies won, so she claimed the apron this year!
(Umm, one year I won't wait until the day of the exchange to make the apron
and my cookies and all three winners will get an apron!)

And the winner of the Most Awesome Display
was Marianne with the darling sleigh!
She won a candy can dip bowl.
I'm kicking myself for not taking a picture
of Marianne and Kara-Noel with their prizes.

We also vote for the most festively dressed.
Jaime won AGAIN with her Christmas tree outfit.
She even lights up!
And she won a pair of Love Stitched earrings.

A new addition this year along with the cookie exchange,
was a handmade gift exchange.
But we made it into a game and it was hilarious
to see everyone stealing all the awesome handmade gifts.

Here are my spoils!

I can't wait for next year!!!!!

Oh! And the winner of the CSN Stores giveaway is
You have 48 hours to respond to the email!!!

Coming up . . . my Christmas tree and Nativities . . .

And don't forget to enter the Eclectic Whatnot giveaway!

I forgot to attach my recipe cards!


Cory said...


Brandi said...

You are intense! :) Glad ya had fun!

Chrissy said...

How fun!!! Love all of the cookie pictures!! Great idea!

Brandi said...

Such a fun idea! I would love to start something like this with my friends and family!

Susan @ Oh My! Creative said...

Looks like a fun cookie exchange - thanks for linking to the party!

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Stuff by Ash said...

What a fun (and yummy) girls night! I am loving the Christmas tree outfit. Definitely need to get me one of those!!

Jen @ said...

I didn't realize that you had a cookie exchange too!!! How fun! It looks like it was a great success!!!


Amnah said...

How fun. I've hosted two cookie swaps as well before. Same rules as you, must be homemade! I like the idea of having prizes. I'm going to try that next time.

Jana said...

I've always wanted to host a cookie exchange like this, but haven't had a chance yet. Maybe next year!!

Come enter for a free paper bead necklace from Heart Strings for Orphans!

Erika Jean said...

That looks like so much fun! re all the cookies gone yet?? ;-)

Unknown said...

This looks like so much fun! And your sugar cookies were beautiful.

Anonymous said...

What an adorable cookie exchange! I love that you guys voted & gave prizes! Great inspiration! :-)

Heather @ Glitter and Gloss said...

How fun! We had a cookie baking day today :)

Eli's Lids said...

I had so much fun!! I better be invited next year too :)
Do you have any pix of both of us? I remember someone took one while we were in th kitchen...
I want it for my post :)

ragamuffinbeauties said...

Ohhhh, looks like a load of fun. I was so not on the ball this year to pull one off. And I love the recipe cards, so fun!

Alison @ Welcome Sunshine Home said...

Hi! I'm linking up to your Tuesday party for the first time today, became your newest follower, and added you to my party buttons page. :)

LinkWithin suggested your cookie exchange party posts so I just read them. Your snowflake cookies looked so great! We're doing a cookie exchange party at work in January after the holiday dust settles but I haven't decided what to make yet. We do it so each person brings (at least) two dozen cookies of two different kinds. Guys participate so I'm sure there will be store bought, break-n-bakes, brownies, and no-bakes at our party. :)


Kippi O'Hern said...

I love all these great ideas!!!! Happy New Year, Kippi


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