Everyone has their own Christmas traditions, but there’s one that nearly everyone follows. It’s called stuffing your face. And of all the delicious face-stuffing items that make the rounds this time of year, perhaps the greatest of all is the Christmas cookie.
In fact, Christmas cookies are so awesome that they get their own party. A cookie exchange party is an occasion for friends to join forces and share their best recipes. Each person focuses on baking one type of cookie to add to the pot, and walks away from the party with a wide variety of goodies.
If you’re hosting a cookie swap, one of the first orders of business is to send out invitations. They don’t have to be formal paper invites, but they do have to convey important information about your gathering. In case it isn’t obvious, this article is all about coming up with the perfect cookie exchange invitation wording – your first step to throwing a sweet party.
Cookie Exchange Invite Tips
First and foremost, a cookie swap invitation should include all the key details about your get-together. If you’re unsure what those are, check out this article on writing party invitations. Here are a few wording ideas specific to a cookie-trading invite:
1. Explain the rules. Not everyone has been to a cookie exchange before, so make sure you let them know what they’re in for. The main thing they need to know is how many cookies to bring (typically one-half to one dozen cookies for each other attendee). You might also want to specify that the cookies should be homemade, lest anyone get the idea that they can just grab something from the cookie aisle at their local grocery store.
2. Find out who’s baking what. Ask people to tell you what they’re planning to bring (preferably with recipe) when they RSVP. The point of this is to make sure you don’t end up with multiples of the same type of cookie. In fact, if you have space on the invitation, you could give people a heads up that they may be asked to switch recipes.
3. Send your invites early. Granted, we say this about just about every type of invitation. But in this case, it’s particularly apropos. After all, this is the busy holiday season when people are rushing everywhere. Even if their social calendars aren’t already full, invitees might balk at the idea of baking dozens of cookies on short notice.
Of course, if you’re throwing a big holiday bash, it’s likely cookies aren’t the only thing on the agenda. As appropriate, you might also want to check out wording tips for White Elephant, Secret Santa, and the ever-popular Ugly Sweater Contest.
Just as forming cookies is easier with a cookie cutter, so is writing easier with examples and templates. Here are some cookie swap wording samples to work from.
Christmas Cookie Exchange
Saturday, December 17 at 6 PM
The Johnson Home
1234 Gingerbread Lane, Everdale
Please bring 6 dozen cookies (and recipe) to share
RSVP with your recipe by December 10
123-4567 / [email protected]
Holiday Cookie Swap
Join Us For Our Annual (Because You Can’t Have Just One)
Christmas Cookie Swap
Cookie Exchange & Ugly Sweater Contest
Bring 3 dozen made-from-scratch holiday cookies to share and wear your ugliest festive sweater
Simple Text Email
This year I’m hosting a Christmas Cookie Exchange. Bring yourself and six dozen of your favorite cookies to share with friends. We’ll have food, drink, and of course, lots and lots of cookies!
Friday, December 16
1234 Snickerdoodle Road, Rosedale
Reply to this email or call me at 123-4567 to RSVP by December 9. Please let me know what type of cookies you’re planning to bake, and be aware that you may be asked to switch recipes if we have duplicates. The idea is for everyone to come away with a variety of goodies!
Should be a deliciously good time!