One of our favorite parts of the holiday season is a sweet tradition: Christmas cookies!
Gingerbread men, sandies, frosted sugar cookies in the shapes of trees, wreaths and candy canes… we love them all. Not only do these sweet treats make for an excellent dessert option, but they have the power to bring us together, too! Nowhere is this clearer than the quintessential cookie party, where friends and family come together to share their favorite recipes and designs.
If you’re throwing your own cookie party this holiday season, you’re in for a sweet adventure. Just read on to see a few of our top tips on how to throw a get-together that’s filled with laughs, memories and plenty of delicious bites.
Swap or bake-a-thon?
The first step in planning the perfect cookie party is to decide your seasonal style—do you prefer a cookie swap or a more hands-on bake-a-thon style event?
With a cookie swap, you and all of your guests will prepare your favorite cookie recipes ahead of time. You will then bring them all together, giving participants the chance to get a taste of each unique batch before bringing them home to enjoy the rest!
You can also plan a hands-on event where you and your guests actually make cookies together! Try getting the dough in the oven before your guests arrive—when they walk in, they will be greeted by the wafting aroma of cinnamon, sugar and all things sweet. Once the cookies are baked, you can then have fun frosting, icing and decking them out in seasonal flair.
Pick out sturdy take-home boxes
Whichever way you do it, be sure to pick out plenty of sturdy, seasonally themed take-out boxes! Dress up those boxes in tinsel, wrapping paper and whatever else you might have to work with, and then encourage your guests to bring home cookies to enjoy with their families.
Consider a competition
If you and your guests like to indulge in some healthy competition, consider adding a contest element to your cookie party! Different categories ensure that everyone has a chance to win—consider titles such as “best flavor,” “best texture,” “most unique design,” “best name” and beyond! The winner can go home with novelty cookie cutters, or perhaps a Peach Valley gift card which promises even more delicious get-togethers to come.
Dress your best
Any holiday gathering is an excuse to dress up in seasonal garb—even if it’s a little silly. Invite your guests to sport their tackiest holiday sweaters, cozy winter socks and just about anything else they have to throw on. At the end of the day, be sure to snap a group photo of everyone’s style for a great holiday keepsake.
For some added ambiance...
Be sure to deck out your space in seasonal flourishes. Dress up your kitchen workspace in functional décor—cheery red and green serving platters, holiday-themed oven mitts and more. And we can’t forget about the music! Curate a playlist of your favorite holiday tunes to play as you knead, frost and bake your cookie confections. Even if the weather outside isn’t quite “frightful,” you will be feeling the holiday spirit in no time.
Enlist the help of Peach Valley catering
Sure, there will be plenty of cookies to go around—but to sustain your guests with something a little heartier as they bake, why not plan your event with Peach Valley catering? We can provide sandwiches, wraps or comfort-food picks like Chicken Pot Pie, as well as plenty of hot coffee, to keep your cookie party running smoothly. Plus, it’s one less thing you have to worry about. Leave more time to focus on your delicious cookies, and even sweeter company!
With these tips and your best family recipe, you’re ready to enjoy a truly memorable holiday cookie party. We hope that you and your family have a very merry Christmas… and, of course, an abundance of sweet treats along the way!