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Cookie Exchange Hosting Timeline

Follow this checklist to keep you on track as you prepare for your cookie exchange.

Four Weeks Ahead

  • Start a planning folder.
  • Call friends to check on their availability.
  • Finalize date and time for the cookie exchange party.

Three Weeks Ahead

  • Dream up a cookie exchange theme.
  • Buy or create invitations.
  • Send invitations by mail or email.

Two Weeks Ahead

  • Prepare a menu.
  • Survey your cabinets for serving and display pieces.
  • Shop for holiday decorations, placecards, and tabletop embellishments.
  • Bake cookies and purchase supplies for your cookie exchange decorating station.
  • Purchase folders or albums for guests to take home all cookie recipes.
  • Make award certificates.
  • If necessary, bake and freeze batches of your cookies ahead of time. Defrost a day or two before the party, then add icing and decorations.

One Week Ahead

  • Double-check with invited guests to make sure they're planning on attending. If the number of expected guests changes, adjust the cookie count and call guests to tell them they'll need to bring fewer or more cookies.
  • Decorate your house.
  • Finalize your menu.
  • Shop for food and beverages.
  • Create cookie-inspired decorations.
  • Bake your cookies for the exchange. Store and wrap.

The Day Before

  • Make as many appetizers/entrees as possible and refrigerate.
  • Set up tables for cookie exchange, buffet, cookie decorating, and favors.
  • Decorate tables and set out serving dishes and display stands.

The Day of the Cookie Exchange

  • Finish foods and beverages for buffet.
  • Set your cookies on the exchange table.
  • Greet your guests and enjoy the day

Wilton Cookie Exchange Book

Wilton Cookie Exchange Book

For many more tips, suggestions, and cookie inspiration, there’s no better place than the Wilton Cookie Exchange book.

  • The Gallery section of the Wilton Cookie Exchange book has more than 150 easy and exciting holiday cookie decorating ideas in 6 favorite seasonal shapes—Snowflakes, Trees, Stars, Ornaments, Gingerbread Boys and Spritz.
  • In addition to holiday cookie classics such as gingerbread and shortbread, you’ll find tempting new tastes such as Butterscotch Chocolate Pecan Bars, Peppermint Ribbon Cookies and Almond Snowballs.
  • Some of the best holiday cookie recipes in the Wilton Cookie Exchange book were shared by Wilton employees in our Family Favorite Cookie Contest—they’ll become favorites with your family as well.
  • If you are hosting, Wilton Cookie Exchange will help you coordinate every detail. Our Cookie Exchange Basics section is a blueprint for a successful event.
  • Need help hosting a cookie exchange? The Wilton Cookie Exchange book is filled with tips for creating fun, informative invitations, setting ground rules for guests, packaging cookies to look their most festive and more.

From creative invitations and table decorations to holiday cookie designs unlike any others, this is the cookie exchange book you need to make the day merry.