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4 Important Tips to Host a Christmas Cookie Swap
Send Invitations Out Early
Although it’s recommended that you send out invitations at least six weeks early, it isn’t mandatory. Inviting guests ahead of time gives them the opportunity to figure out what they want to bake. So, the more advance you can give, the better.
Since it’s your party, you get to make the rules. Encourage participants to bring homemade cookies or other treats. While basic cookies are suitable, suggest that your cookie swappers whip up something a little more advanced.
How many cookies should each person bring? It’s up to you to say. However, the average request is six dozen per person. Obviously, the total number of cookies, along with any stray baked goods, get divvied up equally between the host and all of the guests.
Require Guests to RSVP
Not only does asking people to RSVP give you a good idea of who’s going to attend, it also helps to eliminate the possibility of duplicate cookie recipes. The whole idea behind the swap is variety! Include a note in the invitation asking guests to let you know what they’re bringing as soon as they figure out themselves.
Set Up a Separate Buffet Table
To make things easier, set up a separate buffet table for all of the cookies your guests prepare. If you don’t ask everyone to bring their own take-home containers beforehand, you need to provide some type of inexpensive bakery boxes or something similar for guests to transport their goodies back to their residence.
What other tips can you add to hosting your own Cookie Swap?
Though cookies help your house smell wonderful, if you’re like me at all, you’ll burn some of those lovely cookies. I have a solution for the problem of Christmas stinks too! In fact, this week I got help from my friends at Febreze. They have brought back their holiday hit: “The #12Stinks of Christmas” and it’s so funny because it’s so spot on. Watch the video below:
Burnt cookies is number 11 on their list of “The #12Stinks of Christmas” and read below for the solution to this Christmas stink and the others:
The 12 Stinks of Christmas
12 Musty Stockings
The stockings may be hung by the chimney with care, but after a year of being buried in your basement, that musty stink is anything but joyful. Revive your holiday stockings with Febreze Fabric Refresher to eliminate lingering odors and leave behind a light, fresh holiday scent.
11 Burnt Cookies
Maybe the day of your party wasn’t the best time to try out that ambitious new cookie recipe. Use a Febreze Candle to eliminate any stinky, smoky odors from your kitchen and ask your cousin to pick up a pie from the bakery on his way over.
10 Flushes per Minute
The endless cycle of guests in your home means your downstairs toilet is getting one of the year’s biggest workouts. Plug a Febreze NOTICEable in the bathroom and let the two alternating scents continuously eliminate those not-so- festive odors.
9 Casseroles A-Cookin’
Your Aunt Barb had one too many eggnogs, and reminiscing about her sorority days has taken precedence over watching the oven timer. Light a Febreze Candle before everyone starts to notice the overwhelming stench of burnt onions, and eliminate odors to keep your home continuously smelling as fresh as it looks.
8 Frying Latkes
Nothing says happy holidays like a hot plate of latkes. But once the smell of greasy potatoes makes its way from your kitchen all the way to your family room, the aroma goes from appetizing to unpleasant. Don’t stress, Febreze Air Effects helps keep odors at bay and lets you breathe happy through the holidays.
7 Diaper Bins
Your new niece is an adorable bundle of joy, but you’d rather get a pile of coal under the tree than take another whiff of those dirty diapers. How can something so little stink SO much? Light a Febreze Candle to continuously eliminate odors (without offending her parents) so you can breathe happy all season long.
6 Boys in One Bedroom
You missed your son so much that his return home for holiday break seems like a Christmas miracle. But then…you notice the giant bag of dirty laundry he’s dragging behind him and remember why his sister was always the favorite. Use a Febreze NOTICEable to prevent your whole home from smelling like a dorm room by continuously eliminating locker room stinks.
5 Pugs in Sweaters
Fido may have better holiday attire than you do, but his penchant for festivity leaves behind a distinct parfum. Use Febreze Fabric Refresher to instantly eliminate pet odors and leave behind a light, fresh holiday scent.
4 Impromptu Guests
Your in-laws are here and they’re early…again. Spray the house with Febreze Air Effects to instantly eliminate odors, and leave your impromptu guests wondering how you manage to keep your home smelling so fresh all season long.
3 Smelly Chairs
You know your grandmother’s hand-me- down chairs smell like years of love, and the musty scent reminds you of her living room. Unfortunately your guests don’t see it that way. Plug in a Febreze NOTICEable by the antiques to eliminate odors and leave behind a light, fresh holiday scent.
2 Mounds of Mess
With ten cousins throwing their sweaty socks into one giant laundry pile, the mounds of mess can pile up quickly. Not only do the mounds take up half the guest room, but they also stink. Take the Febreze Fabric Refresher to the mound and don’t quit until you are smelling light, fresh holiday scents instead of damp clothes.
And one family that really needs Febreze!
No matter what stink plagues your home this holiday season, know that Febreze is there to eliminate odors so you can breathe happy and focus on the joy of the season!
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