Unique themes…creativity…eager participation…great photo opportunities, and memories to last a lifetime. Sound great? Now, let’s get started planning the ultimate party. Cookies!
Select no more than a dozen participants and invite them with invitations written on recipe cards. You might place the invitation on the back of a wrapped cookie with a colorful bow attached. Set your party date with a couple of week’s notice to allow for a final tally of your participants. When everyone has responded as to whether or not they will be able to attend, each participant should be given a final head count.
Not just any cookies are swap worthy. We’re not talking about cookies you’ve sliced off a half-frozen tube from the grocery or picked up from a bakery. Dig into those old cookbooks or surf around on the internet to locate a cookie recipe that has a bit of a story to tell. Was it one served at the table of Queen Victoria? Maybe it was one of the items on the dessert menu at a White House dinner? A favorite among soldiers during a particular war time period? You’ll want to use only the finest ingredients with no shortcuts.
Bake one dozen cookies of your chosen selection for each participant. Place the cookies and a recipe card for each in creative containers. Colorful containers that resemble Chinese take-away boxes make very inexpensive gift boxes. Or perhaps some bonbons can be packaged in travel cups for that early morning coffee on the way to the hairdresser. A great lead-in to the next Tupperware party might be to package your cookies in smaller Tupperware containers. Whatever the theme of your cookie, the packaging should be just as creative. Check online for party ideas or try your local party store. The more creative you get, the better. This leaves everyone open to their own budget means as to whether they want to go all out or just do a little “box and bow” thing.
On the selected party day, set up a cookie display for all your cookies. Each participant shares how they came up with their recipe, why they selected it, and any interesting thoughts about the recipe. Maybe it was a difficult dough to work with, needed extra refrigeration, had to alter from original recipe, or share how to alter it for various food allergies. Everyone takes one cookie package from each selection on the exchange table. Many times you can freeze your extra cookies and they will retain their freshness for a couple of weeks.
If you don’t want to leave small children behind, you can hire a couple of babysitters to entertain them with cookie decorating! A simple, plain sugar cookie with some bowls of colored frosting, sprinkles and colored sugar will keep them busy for a bit. They will feel all grown up carrying their own little cookie bags home.
Don’t forget your scrapbooking photo opportunities. A group photo around the cookie table will make your moment last a lifetime!