Why Hosting a Cookie Swap is the Ultimate Holiday Party

What goes hand in hand with the holidays? Cookies. Growing up in my neighborhood, all of the families would exchange gifts with each others. Each family always stuck to the same gifts to give and it always worked out because there would be no duplicates. My mom always went the cozy route and got throw blankets, cute mugs, and hot cocoa for the neighbors. As amazing as my mom’s neighbor gifts were, the absolute best was from my neighbors down the block. Every year they would make the most amazing Christmas Cookies and deliver them on the most aesthetically pleasing tray. My sister and I would fight over our favorite cookies, every year.

I don’t know if you ever had a neighbor who makes the best Christmas Cookies or maybe you are the Christmas Cookie Neighbor, but what goes without saying is the home made cookies and the holidays are like two peas in a pod.

If you are hosting a holiday party or holiday get together with friends or family this year, not only should plan a unique activity, but you should absolutely host a cookie swap!

What is a Cookie Swap?

A Cookie Swap is the ultimate way to get all the cookies you’ve ever dreamed of. So how does it work? Invite all your friends over for a holiday party and instruct each to make 2 dozen (or any suitable amount for the people attending) of their absolute favorite cookies. They can be bought, but it makes it so much better is every brings their own home-made holiday cookies. The night of the party everyone brings their cookies and sits them all on a table. Each guest will take a turn going through the cookies table and creating their own holiday cookie platter! Essentially you are bringing a lot one one cookie, and leaving with a bunch of amazing cookies including a few of your own!


4 Reasons Why You Should Host a Cookie Swap

1. It is so much FUN!

Hosting a cookie swap is one of the most fun events you could host. Plus think of how amazing your house will smell with all the incredible cookies in one room! Hosting a holiday party in general is fun because of the decorating, the good vibes, the holiday cheer, and of course having all the ones you love under your roof at the same time. What also makes a cookie swap the most fun holiday party is that the fun starts long before the party even begins. Half of the fun for the guests is making holiday cookie classics or researching on Pinterest or Instagram to find a new creative recipe to try.

2. Guests leave with a tray full of cookies!

Guests have a beautiful tray of cookies at the end of the day. As a host, you should provides tons of material for wrapping the tray like cellophane and ribbon. After each guests makes their own holiday cookie tray, they can wrap it however they like. They will also be able to do whatever they would like with this awesome gift. Guests can use the holiday cookie tray as a dessert for Chirstmas dinner. They can use it as a gift to give someone. They can bring it home and immediately have a Christmas Movie night and eat all the amazing cookies with their family.

3. It’s a great excuse to get your Betty Crocker on!

Making time to these days seems like a very daunting task. Work, friends, family, commitments, and everything in between seem to take up all the time that we were once able to spend on ourselves. Hosting a Cookie Swap means you and all your guests have to schedule in some me-time to your hectic schedules to bake. While baking can come naturally to some and is an acquired skill for others, it is still fun to throw on your apron and channel your inner Betty Crocker. No matter your baking skill or level, it is enjoyable to get creative and bake some delicious cookies from time to time.

4. It’s an amazing tradition!

Cookie Swaps are something to look forward. After hosting a cookie swap, your guests will be waiting for year 2 the moment they leave. I know people who plan their cookies out months in advance and even try different recipes months before the actual cookie swap date. It really is a great tradition with friends and family.

7 Unique Holiday Party Activity Ideas

So you’re looking to liven up your holiday party… You can be with family or friends, but the key to having a great holiday party and not just a good holiday party is what you have planned as the host! You don’t want your holiday party to get looped into the classic boring nothing special…


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Best Instagram Accounts to Follow for Christmas Cheer

As we work our way through December, Christmastime is in the air and good vibes are all around! Looking for ways to have Christmas all around you? Follow some of these Instagram Accounts. They are sure ways to bring a smile to your face every time you scroll though your Instagram. They can give you Christmas inspiration for food, activities, decorations, and even movies to watch!

If you’re looking for a little extra Christmas in your life, then these are the best instagram accounts to follow for Christmas cheer.


@dykerheights_christmaslights

@elfontheshelf

@christmassongs

@santaclaus

@officialthesnowman

@thegrinch

@25days

@christmascountdown

@sognodelnatale

@noradsanta

@pnpsanta

@hallmarkchannel


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4 Christmas Themed Instagram Story Templates

Christmas is around the corner! There are Christmas lights showing up on many house, Christmas trees are seen on top of car roofs, and you can basically see Christmas cheer everywhere you look. It really is such a great time of year for family, friends, and great times. Why not carry over some of that holiday excitement over to Instagram?

As tempting as it is to want to go take cute Christmas pictures outside to post on your feed – it’s super cold here on Long Island and there’s no snow. So that’s out of the question, I’ll be staying inside with hot chocolate by a fire. Next option? Stories!

That’s why I’ve created these 4 Christmas Themed Instagram Stories! They are super fun and easy to share and fill your own answers in!

Try them out and share them with you friends!


Christmas This or That Instagram Story


My Christmas Wishlist Instagram Story


Christmas Favorites Instagram Story


Christmas Bingo Instagram Story


I hope you enjoy these Instagram story templates as much as I do! Don’t forget to tag me when you try them out. 🙂


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The Best Last Minute Gifts | Holiday Gift Guide 2020

Alright, I get it. Not everyone gets their holiday shopping done in August… Trust me, I know. I used to be the person who went out on December 23rd to buy gifts that were to be opened on Christmas Eve. Note : I am a recovered procrastinator, I’ve managed to finish all my Christmas shopping already andddd that’s a huge win. So for everyone out there who is frantically searching for gifts to give (or is just super last minute), here’s a list of gifts that you should have no issue finding that are guaranteed to be super appreciated!


Cozy Gifts

Cozy gifts are the absolute best. You can find most of these items are your local TJ Maxx, Marshall’s, or Target. Making a theme when giving a gift is always a nice touch – try putting together three or four of these items!

Home Decor Gifts

Someone you need a gift for just move? buy a house? maybe loves decorating? Then this is for you. Run to your neighborhood HomeGoods or interior design based small design, and grab some of these up! Grab a few of these, or top it off with a Home Goods or Home Depot giftcard!

Gifts with Alcohol

These are quick gifts to put together and always well appreciated! For an extra gift match any of the drink suggestions for a subscription to a meal-box service like Hello Fresh – Dinner and Drinks! You can grab these at your local liquor/wine store or at any store that sells kitchenware.

Gifts that Encourage Self Love

There’s nothing wrong with giving some gifts that encourage self love – and me time! These are great gifts to pick up quick at TJ Maxx or Marshall’s – they always seem to be in stock, so don’t worry about anything being sold out!

Tea and Coffee Gifts

You can’t go wrong with spoiling someone with all the coffee and tea in the world! Try pairing some of these gifts with a gift card to Dunkin’, Starbucks, or your local coffee spot!

Kitchen & Cooking Gifts

For all the culinary lovers out there – try spoiling them by going directly to their heart, cooking gifts! Try spicing these up with a gift card to a local restaurant or a gift card to a cooking class!

Miscellaneous Gifts

Looking for something a little different, that you can pick up from any where? Here’s the list for you – run to your local CVS, pharmacy, bakery, or 7-11 and you will be all set.

  • Lottery Tickets
  • Card & Gift Card
  • Plate of Cookies/Goodies & Gift Card

All my last minute Christmas Shoppers I hope this list finds you well and helps you on your last minute gift hunt. Are you a planner or a procrastinator? Let me know!

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