Merry & Bright Christmas Cookie Exchange Party Ideas

Nothing says holiday cheer like a cup of hot cocoa and freshly baked cookies, so why not invite some of your favorite friends over for a cookie exchange party, complete with lots of holiday cookies and sips?

There are so many fun and creative Christmas cookie recipes to test and try, and by hosting an exchange party you'll get some of that holiday baking done with holiday cheer.

Invitations set the tone for every party, and sending out invitations by post offers the guests a glimpse at the attention to detail you are paying to the party. This is important for a cookie exchange party as you're relying on your party guests to get excited to participate and bring a batch of their favorite cookies to sample.

Click through our gallery for more helpful and festive cookie exchange party ideas to inspire your celebraiton this holiday season!


  • These cheery Holiday Warmth Cookie Exchange invitations are the perfect way to get your guests in the holiday spirit with their classic cocoa and cookie prints and stunning card stock; it practically warrants an immediate response!

  • Creating a neutral holiday scene means that the cookies do most of the decorating. I used a brown spotted table cloth as my back drop and contrasted it with the cream spotted fabric on my cookie jars. The simple heirloom glass plates allowed the cookies to do all the adornment for the table, while the green paper lined Christmas trees gave the table a holiday accent fitting for this festive celebration.

  • I love the eclectic look that a variety of cookies add to a holiday table.  Creating a neutral palate table décor to build upon inspired me to focus on a tabletop decorated with warm browns accented with bright greens and holiday tones.

  • Simple snowflake cookies make a big statement on their own, but when made from this English sugar cookie recipe, complete with a sherry spiked icing, they really impress. A must for any Christmas cookie exchange this season!

  • As the cookie exchange party host, you'll have to supply a few holiday cookies to ensure there are enough recipes to warrant such a celebration. These adorable snowmen cookies are a wintry take on the summer s'morea and can be made with sugar cookie dough, too!

  • A sugar cookie infused with lots of citrus flavor, these lemon cookies are another sweet addition to the cookie exchange and are simple enough to make that you can enlist the help of little elves. We love the idea of adding a little heart to the center to match the motif on the invitation.

  • For a grown-ups only cookie exchange like ours, we're not serving the usual hot cocoa. Instead, we're spiking our warm sips with a dose of coffee flavored liquer. This hot chocolate recipe will leave all your guests feeling merry and bright!

  • If you're not a big fan of milk chocolate, or just prefer a little something more winter wonderland inspired, give this white chocolate hot cocoa recipe a try. Bonus points if you pair with homemade marshmallows!

  • As this is a cookie exchange holiday party, you have to send guests away with a sweet favor, right? With mason jars having exploded onto the party scene, this DIY cookie jar favor is both trendy and sweet enough for your Christmas cookie exchange party this year.

  • Now that you've got the recipes (including this red velvet sandwich) and decor ideas for your holiday cookie exchange party, finalize your party planning with these final important planning tips!

     

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