I finally had a cookie exchange!!!
I have wanted to go to one or have one for a long time now. Read this.
Since this summer and back-to-school was so carefree–haahahahahahaha!–I decided this was the year to have a cookie exchange.
Had I lost my mind? Possibly.
I invited all the ladies from church because I knew they would love me even if there was dust on my end-tables.
Not everyone could come, but we had a pretty good turn-out. Some of them had never been to a cookie exchange either!
I had fun getting ready for the party.
I even wore my “teacher” vest I made when I was an elementary school teacher in the ’90s.
Old school books and a pencil “vase”
Don’t you love these vintage flip cards?! More below.
I found these adorable notebook paper napkins in the $1 bin at Target several years ago with the intent of having a back-to-school cookie exchange! Can you believe it?!
I provided some recycled Sister Shubert aluminum pans for the ladies to haul their cookies home.
Gab–we did LOTS of this!
We filled up this giant chalkboard with our kids’ names and schools. Some shared verses of encouragement. At the end of the night we spent time praying for the students as they were starting school.
For some reason my colored chalk only showed up white. I guess it was the cheap kind.
I asked the ladies to bring an appetizer as well as cookies.
I made these spinach balls. It was a recipe from library cookbook. Sorry, I don’t remember the name of the book. Really, I’m not sorry. These looked cute but didn’t taste all that good. And the cute part was MY idea. The spinach balls had Stove Top stuffing in them. Guess they just tasted a little too processed. I thought the pretzels were a cute idea and made the spinach balls finger-friendly. As time went on, however, the pretzels got soggy. Points for cuteness. Negative points for flavor and sogginess. I’m not making THAT recipe again!
Thank goodness Nicole brought her yummy Spinach Dip!
Jami made yummy guacamole. She brought it in a Tupperware bowl, so she tried to fancy it up with the napkins. We all laughed pretty hard at her!
Tammy brought these amazing ham and cheese sliders. I’ve made these sliders before but not like Tammy’s. She put soy sauce and brown sugar on the top. OH MY WORD! So yummy!
Now for the cookies…
Someone already had labels on these cookies.
The little cookie name plates were left-over materials from a project similar to this one.
Some of the cookies were store-bought, which was just fine. All of the cookies were delicious!
I’ll have to check back with the ladies about the recipes. I’ll be sharing the recipe for my cookies, the Flu Fighter Cookies, soon.
What a fun time! We may have to do it again sometime.