How to Host a Holiday Cookie Swap

Cookie swaps are a timeless tradition associated with the winter holiday season. The theory behind holiday cookie swaps is that each person bakes one type of cookie to bring to the gathering, and everyone goes home with an assortment of cookies to enjoy all winter long. If you’re interested in hosting your own festive swap with friends and family, here is what you need to know to make your event a big success.

Do The Math

Each participant will need to bake enough cookies for all guests to take home about six of their cookies. So, if you have 10 participants in your cookie swap, each participant will need to bake about 60 cookies! While this is not a strict “rule,” it is important to remember to keep your guest list from getting too big, so that your invitees are not overwhelmed by the number of treats they are responsible for preparing. Send out your invites early so that guests have time to decide on their recipes and send in their RSVPS – one month out should be sufficient.

Communicate Clearly

As the host, it is your job to establish ground rules and clearly communicate to your guests what is expected of them. For instance, maybe you want all cookies to be made from scratch. If so, you need to tell your invitees that slice-and-bake cookies are a no-go. Also consider factors like whether or not the cookies need to adhere to a holiday theme or any dietary restrictions (like nuts) based on the guest list. If you receive multiple submissions of the same cookie recipe, you may need to reach out to some of your guests and request that they choose a different recipe that has not been claimed already.


Serve Festive Holiday Tea

Nothing goes better with a nice crisp gingerbread cookie or a soft frosted sugar cookie than a steaming cup of tea. The Republic of Tea’s selection of limited edition holiday teas are made from premium seasonal ingredients, like cinnamon, vanilla, cardamom, peppermint and apple. Set up a self-serve tea station close to the table where all of the cookies will be displayed so that guests can pour themselves a cup of tea after loading up on cookies. Offer a variety of teas to choose from, like:

Set the Holiday Mood

Spread the holiday cheer with decorative tablecloths, napkins, and centerpieces. Make sure you have enough platters, trays, and cake stands for guests to display their cookies, or ask all of your guests to bring their own. Print out a small place card for each cookie submission, and compile all of the recipes into a booklet to print out or send digitally to your guests. Remember to create a cheerful music playlist to really get the party going!

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