When my children were small I was always involved with several cookie parties during the holiday season. And then all of a sudden things changed, the children grew up and no more parties. Well, I decided it was high time to have another one this year. Most all my friends are now Grandma's and it is a written rule that Grandma's have lots of cookies on hand when the grand children visit. :) I have heard recently that there are Cookie Party etiquette rules. Bah Humbug I thought to that.......no rules here except everyone was to bring 6 dozen cookies to share and come ready for a fun time. And a fun time we had. My neighbor and I did it together. Cindy is a fabulous baker and cook and the cookies she made were just gorgeous. She also made truffles too. We served tea time foods along with a sampling of all the cookies the ladies brought. I made a Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball served with graham crackers that is just to die for and mascarpone topped with a cranberry chutney that is spread on shortbread cookies. Yummo! Our beverages were a holiday punch, peppermint tea and pink champagne. I wish you could have seen all the cookies that the ladies brought when they were on display. It was a sight to behold.
For favors I simply tied up with twine and green and white tulle, several good kinds of tea bags and added some chocolate peppermint sticks to it. I placed them in a vintage gold and white Florentine box. It was quite pretty.
Cookies were everywhere....from the kitchen, to the dining room to the living room. One mistake I learned was not having a designated cookie specific table. I should have brought in a long banquet type table but I didn't. But now I know and it gives me a good excuse to have another party next year. :)
One thing I wanted to show you is some of my finds on my treasure hunts and how I used them for the party. One thing was this very heavy, very ornate silver Italian "thing". I think it was a lamp base at one time but it made a perfect riser for a plate of cookies....a very elegant way to display them. The other thing I found was the silver deer "thing". I think it was the bottom to a chafing dish at one time. It also made a very festive holiday plate riser. Both of these I found at a Goodwill for under $3.00. And I will definitely use them on my Christmas dinner table too.
Some of my very sweet guest........sweet as the cookies they brought!
Thanks so much for stopping by and my only regret about this party was that you were not there! I hope you'll come back this Monday for the Nester's Tour of Homes. I'll be there!