What: The Annual Mother-Daughter Cookie Exchange
Invites: So many beautiful online options available at Paperless Post, they also have a paper invite version if you are so inclined. We send our invites out four to five weeks in advance because, well, #holidaysarebusy. But three weeks would be fine.
Details: Every mom and daughter are asked to bring five bags of five cookies and the recipe to exchange with other mothers and daughters. Obviously this number can be adjusted depending on the group’s desire to give Martha a run for her money. Our cookie exchange is more about spending time together than showing off baking skills so we are always sure to let busy parents know that store bought cookies dipped in sprinkles work just fine for us!
Land of Gingerbread Fairies: How much you decorate is up to you. Our exchange has grown more fanciful with each passing year. The only true necessity is some food and a cookie exchange table. The cookie table should be large enough to hold everyone’s cookies and recipes. It’s a nice touch to provide a large bag or box for guests to carry their cookies home in.
And a chalkboard can announce where to put things for guests.
Flight of fancy: If you choose to get carried away with the season there is no end to the fun you can have. Pink fairy land with florals, silver and gold, you can run wild with your girlhood fantasies at a party for young girls.
Small Touches: Serving the girl’s drinks in milk bottles is a sweet touch. You can do pink lemonade with pink and gold stars or if you are going with a more neutral theme serve water or milk. Straws and bottles can be found on ETSY and for even more fun you can dip the milk bottles in gold sparkle and let the festivities begin.
Food: Feeding kids and adults is tricky. Some sure fire hits for us have been deviled eggs. Girls love grilled cheese sandwiches cut into holiday shapes with festive cookie cutters. Guacamole and red corn chips work. Really this is all about how much food you want to serve. You know your guests best. Perhaps Kir Royales are all you need.
Dessert Table: Okay, let’s start by saying more sugar at a cookie party is unnecessary. Moving on, it’s fun. So if you are dying to embrace your inner sugar plum fairy head to your local Michaels for apothecary jars. Then hit up Candy online. Order or make some beautiful cupcakes and you have yourself a dessert table.
Activities: Again, this depends on the girls ages and how much you want to plan. When we started this event the girls were three. We had a face painter and some crayons. It lasted an hour. Now they are eight and the fate painter dressed like an elf is still a hit but the crayons have bid adieu. This year we are incorporating a service project for the girls. They will bring toys and make cards for our local Children’s Hospital. But some other fun activities are gathering polaroids with props and taking photos then having the girls decorate a frame. One year we ordered theEleni’s cookies for the to decorate. Oriental Trading has loads of ideas.
A special thanks to Beautiful Blooms in Philadelphia for making this party so special!