My Cookie Exchange Party 2011

–I used a piece of fabric from ikea
(had my eye on this print for a while..excited to re-use it!)
I hung it up over my family room window with clothespins to the top of the blinds.
–I designed and printed out cute “Cast Your Vote!” Signs, cut and attached to leftover chop sticks(thanks grandmommy!) I then covered Dollar Store Floral Foam with leftover napkins from Ikea and stuck the signs into them!  Cut the sticks to be the height you want.
–The Sparkly Trees are from Home Goods. $6.99 each.
The biggest splurge of the party. but they are now part of our yearly Christmas decor!
–I also designed and printed out fun cast your cookie vote ballot cards..
–Along with numbered tented cards so they could choose their favorites!
–I hung up Dollar Store snowflakes with thread from my sewing machine…
–And did a fun DIY project the night before: Tassel Garland (I used tissue paper(Walmart) and Napkins(Ikea) then strung along leftover ribbon from another project.
We kept that garland up all Christmas as part of our decor above our big window!

I was very excited about my Apron!
Lets pretend like I, in all my domesticated glory, sewed this…
but in reality I got it with a coupon at Bed Bath & Beyond. :)

Here is how it looked when everyone arrived…

I created taste testing stands out of dollar store plates and cups! 
$1 for a 12 pack..$2 bucks for the whole table display??.. not bad!
And the best washing dishes. just tossed them at the end of the night!
(DIY tutorial: I hot glued them together)

I had everyone place some cookies on a platter
(breaking some up so people didn’t have to eat 12 cookies at one sitting..
although that would by no means be frowned upon at this party!! ;)

Soon the taste testing began and the
cut throat competition was in full swing!!
It was funny how quiet everyone got when trying to cast their cookie votes…
this is serious business!!  sweet prizes are involved!! ;)

The winners!
I don’t have a photo of the prizes unwrapped..
but 3 of them were AWESOME cook books from JoAnns that I got for a steal..
I think they were like 3 bucks in the end?
And one was a candle from Walmart..grabbed up a favorite scent. christmas sale.
I wrapped the presents in leftover brown packaging paper and Walmart ribbon. 
Designed some fun Award Tags for each of them!

Food and Drinks.
I made up some of my favorite punch.. equal parts 7up and rasberry sherbert. YUM.
Had wine and water with lemon available too.
As far as food this was late in the evening so I just did snacky food.. After tast testing cookies you want something healthy or salty..
So I made up a fun arrangement of veggies. 
I cut them tall and skinny. placed in one vase I had and two $1 store ones.
and used SUPER CHEAP Kale as decorations around the veggie dip.
I also served fresh mozarella with heirloom tomatoes drizzled with olive oil..salt and pepper. a favorite of mine. And because we needed something cheesy warm and yummy..made a spinach dip recipe by Paula Dean..can’t go wrong with her.

Time to grab up some cookies!
I put out cute platters from the dollar store..
the girls walked around the table picking out 6 of each kind!
Some were packaged some weren’t.. all delicious!
I love cookie exchange’s like trick or treating for adults.
After we stacked our platters high with cookies we saran wrapped them for the ride home. 

I put together a pile of kitchen accessories for the girls to choose from!
All from the Dollar Store…I was so excited about finding the pretty dish rags (love the colors).. the betty crocker measuring cups…and the spatulas!
All of these I feel like I could always use more of in my kitchen.
Each of them chose two of whatever they wanted!

Group shots!
We all sat around at the end and I just thanked all of them for coming..and also thanked these girls for all of their prayers and support in the recent months since losing my best friend from domestic violence. I wanted them to know that the prayers have been felt..but also how experiencing the loss of such a great friend…made me appreciate and value the nights like this where we as women and mothers are able to be together and support and uplift each other! Some of these friendships are longer than others..some just starting to grow..but I am grateful for all of them. I love throwing parties and get togethers…1 because I enjoy the planning..but 2. because I LOVE the fellowship.

Ended the night with a sweet sleepy sophie being brought home from a friend’s house..
and sneaking a cookie with her before bed. :)
SO IMPRESSED with the girls’ packaging jobs.. aren’t they cute?
some even had the recipes on the back!

Keeping it real……In order to have space in our tiny little (perfect for us) rental, we had to move some furniture around. I was told to ALWAYS feel free to move your space around to make it work for your event! Even if it means sofa in front of fireplace. One day when I make the big bucks I won’t have to do this..and it just won’t be as much fun and cozy. ;)
ps. make sure to have your sofa held up by a piece of wood during your party for an added touch of rustic.

Here’s the Printable Package I designed and used for my party!
I also have a classic and then black chevron set in my Etsy shop as well!
Thanks for checking out my Cookie Exchange Party
from 2011! Hope you throw one next year if you never have.. you will love it!

The Busy Budgeting Mama

9 Comments on My Cookie Exchange Party 2011

  1. JenniB
    January 5, 2012 at 3:44 pm (3 years ago)

    Lovely! So fun… I might just have to throw one of these next Holiday season!

  2. SweetSugarBelle
    January 6, 2012 at 12:34 am (3 years ago)

    This is the prettiest cookie exchange I have ever seen. And kudos to whoever made that gorgeous manger cookie!

  3. life:styled
    January 6, 2012 at 12:47 am (3 years ago)

    highly impressed! love the backdrop too.

  4. Corrie
    January 6, 2012 at 1:48 am (3 years ago)

    What a great idea for a fun party,I think I may have to have my own exchange like this for next year. thanks so much for sharing!

  5. { L }
    January 6, 2012 at 2:03 am (3 years ago)

    I want to be there! This is the coolest cookie exchange I’ve ever seen. I really like the colors you used and how creative you were in every detail. So fun and beautiful!

  6. Marjorie
    January 6, 2012 at 10:40 am (3 years ago)

    looks like an awesome party!

  7. Clara Rowe
    February 18, 2013 at 4:18 pm (2 years ago)

    You surely headed an awesome party! The award certificates (the ones which like a door tag) look like giant laminated customized keychains to me. Cookie lover here, and hopefully I can join some of your next cookie exchange parties!

  8. Ann Brummett
    February 21, 2013 at 2:43 pm (2 years ago)

    The event and the theme looks so chilly and light. I’m thinking if I should also do an activity similar to this one, you know, just to kill the boredom in the event. I’ll design the venue by using some recycled materials in my home to make use of them.

  9. Lisa Dewitt
    March 1, 2013 at 11:22 am (2 years ago)

    The motif of your party is very pleasing to the eyes, it matches the event perfectly. The table, the decorations, the chairs, the aprons, I mean everything, it just looks amazing.


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