Holiday Cookie Exchange Party Ideas

Nom nom nom – COOKIES!

I’ve had cookies on the mind. I think it’s because a few weeks ago I shared an inspiration board for hosting a cookie decorating party. And I really think that it is a fun seasonal activity that kids (and adults!) can enjoy. Since that post I have been thinking about how fun it would be if you could host a holiday cookie exchange party. Maybe get all your neighbors together, or do this instead of a holiday office party. It would be fun, and way more interesting – ESPECIALLY if you tell people it is a competition. People get SUPER competitive…before you know it, people will be quoting the recipe from some top chef they spent hours perfecting, possibly arguing over who’s frosting is better. I can just see it now: everyone hyped up from all the sugar, possibly too many holiday cocktails, then the scoring begins…..oh what a night.

See what I’m talking about? There must be something about cookies. Here’s what I had in mind- and yes, I went on that sugar plum meets ginger bread land route. I think it’s appropriate, don’t you?

Holiday Cookie Exchange Party Ideas

Holiday Cookie Exchange Party Ideas

 

Check out where I spotted these fabulous elements:

Holiday Cookie Exchange Party Package – made by OhCreativeOne on Etsy

Holiday Cookie Exchange Party Package – made by OhCreativeOne on Etsy

Holiday Cookie Exchange Party Package – made by OhCreativeOne on Etsy

Cookie Swap Banner – made by BannerCheerJR on Etsy

Cookie Swap Banner – made by BannerCheerJR on Etsy

Cookie Swap Banner – made by BannerCheerJR on Etsy

Personalized Christmas Gift Bucket and Tumbler Set – made by DottedDesigns on Etsy

Personalized Christmas Gift Bucket and Tumbler Set – made by DottedDesigns on Etsy

Personalized Christmas Gift Bucket and Tumbler Set – made by DottedDesigns on Etsy

Gingerbread Décor Wall Decals – made by Twistmo on Etsy

Gingerbread Décor Wall Decals – made by Twistmo on Etsy

Gingerbread Décor Wall Decals – made by Twistmo on Etsy

Candy Cane Cookie Holder – shared on Pottery Barn Kids

Candy Cane Cookie Holder – shared on Pottery Barn Kids

Candy Cane Cookie Holder – shared on Pottery Barn Kids

Christmas Cookie Dessert Station – shared on Delish

Christmas Cookie Dessert Station – shared on Delish

Christmas Cookie Dessert Station – shared on Delish

See- all you really need for this party is some friends, some festive decorations, and a batch or two of cookies on a table. Easy as pie!

If you could only eat ONE Christmas cookie a year- what would you choose to have this year?

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Christmas Cookie Decorating Party

I know TECHNICALLY Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and I should probably do one last “fall” inspired inspiration board. But you know what? I don’t feel like it. I’m ready to dive into Christmas! That and I am not a huge fan of autumn (mostly out of never having experienced it) and today is an abnormally cold day for us here in Florida. And by cold I mean it’s 65 out. That’s cold for us, don’t be jealous!

Now that we are past that, and we have both come to terms that it’s pretty much been all about Christmas in the US since, November 1 (you know it has!), what better way to REALLY dive into the season then by decorating cookies? Cookies + Sprinkles + Eggnog = a good time. Add some friends, some Christmas classics on the radio and you will be having a great time.

This would also be a fun theme for a kid’s birthday party that happens to fall close to the holidays. I know if my birthday was around this time of the year I’d want to do this with all my friends. Though, I also think a snowman building party would be a blast too.

Let’s get to it, here’s what I’m thinking:

Christmas Cookie Decorating Party Ideas by Unique Pastiche Events

Christmas Cookie Decorating Party Ideas by Unique Pastiche Events

 

See where all of my inspiration for this board was found. There are LOTS of great options on Etsy this week:

Cookies and Milk Printables – shared on Today’s Mama

Cookies and Milk Printables – shared on Today’s Mama

Cookies and Milk Printables – shared on Today’s Mama

Pine Tree Cookie Decorating Kit – sold by sweetestelle on Etsy

Pine Tree Cookie Decorating Kit – sold by sweetestelle on Etsy

Pine Tree Cookie Decorating Kit – sold by sweetestelle on Etsy

Custom Gingerbread Monogramed Apron – made by HeatherRogersDesigns on Etsy

Custom Gingerbread Monogramed Apron – made by HeatherRogersDesigns on Etsy

Custom Gingerbread Monogramed Apron – made by HeatherRogersDesigns on Etsy

Custom Gingerbread Monogramed Apron – made by HeatherRogersDesigns on Etsy

Custom Gingerbread Monogramed Apron – made by HeatherRogersDesigns on Etsy

Wooden Spoons with Bells as favors – shared by A Bushel and a Peck

Christmas Cookie Cutter Wine Charms -made by LittleThingsByLaurie on Etsy

Christmas Cookie Cutter Wine Charms -made by LittleThingsByLaurie on Etsy

Christmas Cookie Cutter Wine Charms -made by LittleThingsByLaurie on Etsy

Digital Christmas Cookie Decorating Party Invitation – made by 5foot12studio on Etsy

Digital Christmas Cookie Decorating Party Invitation – made by 5foot12studio on Etsy

Digital Christmas Cookie Decorating Party Invitation – made by 5foot12studio on Etsy

Cookie Decorating Station – shared by The Pear on Hostess with the Mostess

Cookie Decorating Station – shared by The Pear on Hostess with the Mostess

Cookie Decorating Station – shared by The Pear on Hostess with the Mostess

Giant Gingerbread Man Décor – made by Taylorshandmade on Etsy

Giant Gingerbread Man Décor – made by Taylorshandmade on Etsy

Giant Gingerbread Man Décor – made by Taylorshandmade on Etsy

Christmas Cookie Cutter Wreath – made by paperbloomsnmore on Etsy

Christmas Cookie Cutter Wreath – made by paperbloomsnmore on Etsy

Christmas Cookie Cutter Wreath – made by paperbloomsnmore on Etsy

If you had to decorate cookies, would you rather decorate sugar cookies or gingerbread cookies?

Christmas Morning Brunch Ideas {with an ornament theme}

Merry Christmas!

Are you a morning person usually? Or do you just make the exception one day out of the year? If you can pull yourself out of bed before noon, you’re likely able to handle hosting a Christmas brunch.

To me, Christmas brunch is supposed to be relaxed and laid back. Nothing too stressful, just enjoying the company of family and friends. But there are a few things that you can do to make you Christmas brunch EXTRA special, especially if you have children.

Here is my idea for a Christmas morning brunch, with an ornament theme to it:

christmas morning brunch ideas with an ornament theme unique pastiche events

Don’t forget to check out where I found all of these lovely images:

Christmas Ornament Invitations – made by PinkPickleParties on Etsy

Christmas Ornament Cupcakes – seen on this pin here

Red Baubles Christmas Cake – made by Cakes Décor

Christmas Ornament Centerpieces – seen on this pin here

Christmas Ornament Cookies – made by kjcookies on Etsy

Christmas Tree Pancake Stack – shared by Betty Crocker

Christmas Ornament Table Setting Cookies – shared by Haniel’s here

Are you only a morning person on Christmas?

Ideas for Hosting Your Own Ugly Sweater Christmas Party

You know what you should do this weekend? Throw a little holiday party for you and your friends. Nothing serious, just a fun, spur of the moment ugly sweater party! Why not? They are easy to get (or make) and don’t need a lot of prepping and planning.

On top of the visual inspiration you’ll find below, here are some helpful ideas to hosting a successful ugly (or tacky) sweater Christmas party:

  • Have lots of holiday music on hand. Preferably livelier, upbeat songs.
  • Have refreshments on hand. They don’t necessarily have to be filled with alcohol, but it can’t hurt. People will likely feel a little uncomfortable knowingly wearing a ridiculous sweater out, so help get them feeling a little more relaxed!
  • Have back up ridiculous Christmas hats or vests on hand for those who don’t come as prepared as others…there is always one!
  • Remember the ridiculous looks of the night by having an equally ridiculous photo booth area.
  • Let people know you are having a little contest for the most outrageously tacky sweater. A small prize will do. Caution: this will almost certainly encourage some of your friends to get their game faces on and go all out with their party looks. You’ve been warned.

And without further ado, a visual inspiration board for a fun, ugly sweater Christmas party:

Ideas for Hosting Your Own Ugly Sweater Christmas Party  See all the details here: https://uniquepasticheevents.com/2013/12/11/ideas-for-hosting-your-own-ugly-sweater-christmas-party/

Ideas for Hosting Your Own Ugly Sweater Christmas Party
See all the details here:
https://uniquepasticheevents.com/2013/12/11/ideas-for-hosting-your-own-ugly-sweater-christmas-party/

Make sure to see where all of these fabulous images came from for even MORE details:

Ugly Christmas Sweater Bottle Koozie – sold by LogoBarProducts on Etsy

How To: Photo Booth (for an ugly Christmas sweater party):  shared by Rachel here on Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

Ugly Sweater Cake – seen on this pin here

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party Invitation – sold by InvitationBlvd on Etsy

Ugly Sweater Cookies – shared by And Everything Sweet

Gingerbread Men in Ugly Sweaters – shared by Celebrations

Ugly Christmas Sweater Candle Holders – shared by Oh My! Creative

Would you make your own ugly sweater or buy it?