How To Throw a Cookie Exchange Party


By: Lindi Haws, Love the Day

The holidays are quickly approaching, and it’s time to start preparing for your holiday parties! This year I’ve decided to gather all my gal friends, ask them to bring their favorite holiday cookies and host a cookie exchange.

I adore this theme because it covers so many of the difficult aspects of planning a party: the food, décor and the party favors.


The first thing I did to create this Christmas cookie exchange party décor was lay down a red and white polka-dotted runner. I used Christmas wrapping paper rather than a fabric runner because it’s easy, cost effective and so perfect for cleanup! I always like to add a dominant color and pattern to a table to make the party pop. 

Next I placed four plaid placemats, a gold charger and my favorite party secret ever: Chinet® Classic White™ disposable plates! I’m obsessed with how easy they make party planning and cleanup. They are classic, sturdy and match any theme.

I layered the Chinet Classic White dinner plates with Chinet Classic White appetizer and dessert plates and added adorable Christmas bulb name tags to help customize the party.

I also placed Chinet® Cut Crystal® 14 oz. cups on the table. I served cranberry juice, and I just love how the juice brings out the gorgeous swirl pattern in the cups.

I ran five black candlesticks of different heights down the center of the table and used mini bottle brush trees to bring out some green and unique texture.


Near the end of the table, I styled the cookie exchange dessert table. I kept it simple—I covered the table with plaid wrapping paper and provided different colored cake stands to display all of the cookies brought to the exchange. I also used large forest green lanterns filled with Christmas balls to provide some height to the table.

I also provided a few different cookie boxes for guests to take home as party favors. My intention was for them to fill the box or tin with all the different kinds of cookies to take home to their families.

And that’s it! That’s how I created a cookie exchange party. What do you have planned for your parties this year? I’d love to hear what you are doing!

For more holiday entertaining inspiration, check out my ideas for Sprucing Up Your Tabletop, or click here. And if you replicate this idea, make sure to share with us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram with #LTDcrafts, #LTDparties and #MyChinetParty.