One of our favorite holiday traditions are cookie exchanges.
Family ones and kid ones… they are both awesome and a great way to celebrate the holiday season with friends and family. I can't believe how nervous I was before I went to my first one. I wasn't sure what I was supposed to do or what would happen. Now that I've been hosting and attending them for years I have some really awesome tips how to host the best cookie exchange!
Tip #1 Don't stress out.
Seriously! They are so fun so no stressing allowed. This goes for if you are hosting or attending. If you are running low on time it's even okay to bring cookies you bought at the bakery, not just homemade ones.
Tip #2 Get the kids involved.
Let them pick the cookies and help decorate. Emmy also helps pick out our to-go boxes each year. When we are hosting a kids cookie exchange we normally purchase plain white boxes and then have the kids decorate them with Christmas and winter stickers.
Tip #3 Make sure there are enough cookies.
I always have everyone bring 2 cookies per person that is invited. That always leaves some for snacking and one for everyone to take home.
Tip #4 Have name tags available for both the cookies and your guests!
I've made some amazing friends at cookie exchanges and I've met some awesome new to me cookies too! Being able to know both of their names is a good thing for the future!
Tip #5 Have a signature drink.
For us it's always Chocolate TruMoo! We serve it both cold and hot! I pour it into the crock pot and turn it on low for instant hot chocolate! Then I put together a little hot chocolate bar with homemade whipped cream, marshmallows and sprinkles!
Tip #6 Wear Pajamas
Maybe not the most classical cookie exchange outfits… but invite your guests to dress comfy! Pajamas are a perfect option… and they go perfectly with warm mugs of TruMoo hot chocolate! Did you know that TruMoo is just as delicious hot as it is cold, and that it is made with real milk and just the right amount of chocolate? We love to “Try It Hot”… especially at cookie exchanges and as a great way to get warm and cozy as the temperature outside drops. We also have found TruMoo to be a great addition to indoor family time. We all drink it while watching movies on family movie night. I gather our softest blankets and fluffiest pillows… and we all put on our favorite pajamas before we gather together on the downstairs couch to watch a favorite movie and enjoy some TruMoo! Be sure to pick up some TruMoo for your next cookie exchange… it's available nationwide. You can find more recipe inspiration to Try it Hot with TruMoo on Pinterest and don't forget to follow TruMoo on Facebook for more fun ideas!