Ok, so after countless days of painting my kitchen cabinets, my body was screaming for a day off. But, a day without painting, doesn't mean that it was a day wasted.
For the past several years, I have co-hosted a cookie exchange at my house, and I'm putting the wheels in motion to get the word out on this year's party. Since everyone gets uber-busy during the holidays, I wanted to get my invites out in advance, so that people can save the date.
With the clock ticking, I found a wonderfully creative invite that I could make myself, ala Brooklyn Limestone. The moment I saw it, I knew it had to
shamelessly copy do it. Don't judge - Mrs. Limestone encourages the copying of this adorable idea. Why wouldn't she? I would, if I came up with it!
Is that not the cutest invite you've ever seen?
So, I went to work and created my version of this amazingly creative idea. Yes, I used her verbiage and everything. Shameless, indeed:
I loved the metal spatula idea, and that was my original plan. But when I got to the Dollar Store, I spotted the red rubber spatulas, and thought they would be a fun, festive idea also. So, I bought a bit of both.
As you can see, the first card lists the date of the Cookie Exchange. The second card has my address and rsvp info, and the third card has the cookie exchange "instructions".
But did you notice that something is missing? Um, yeah, that would be the time. Obviously, I haven't been ventilating my house enough during the cabinet painting project, and have been taking in too many fumes.
So, I redid the first card and added the time to it. Thankfully, I had only hand-delivered to the women in my office and hadn't sent them out to everyone yet.
As for the rules for the exchange - I keep them really simple, since I never know how many people are going to attend. I tell everyone to bring six dozen cookies, and when we do the exchange, I take six dozen (72) and divide it by the number of attendees. Then, everyone takes that number of cookies from the trays that everyone brings. So, if you had 20 people attend, it comes to 3.6. So, you round it out and each person takes 3-4 cookies from each tray. Basically, you are going to leave with the number of cookies you brought.
It just makes it a lot easier, so you don't have to worry about bagging the cookies you bake into groups of six or something like that. I'm all about keeping it simple. And not doing any unnecessary math.
Now I just have to finish wrapping these babies up and send them out!
Linking up to:
Just a Girl - Show and Share Day
The CSI Project - Cookie Exchange Party Ideas and Tips