12.09.2009

Cookies, Cookies, Everywhere

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!

21 comments :

The Quintessential Magpie said...

What a fun time you had, Lynn! And your house looked beautiful. Love those silver things you found. They are gorgeous. This looked like so much fun. Glad all of you had a blast.

I don't know if I emailed you or told you yet, but I got my goodies! If I didn't tell you, shame on me! I was traveling off and on for two days and blogging like mad. Anyhow, I did get them and love them much. Thank you!

XO,

Sheila :-)

stefanie said...

Sounds like so much fun, you and your friends look beautiful together.

The Muse said...

shhhh....
quiet now...
and lend an ear.
at this very moment...
you will hear...
gumdrops~
and
lollipops...
chocolates~
and
more...
each giggling about...
behind Christmas doors.
secretly waiting...
anticipating~
the nibbles...
and
giggles...
which soon will begin...
as soon as those...
young ones...
are joyously let in!

HUGS!

Blondie's Journal said...

I have never been to a cookie exchange but they sound like so much fun...like yours! I'm glad you made it such a wonderful time!!

xoxo
janiJ

claudie said...

Oh that Mrs. Magpie always is one step ahead of me. How does she do it? LOL
Oh I wish I wish I could have been there. Everything and everyone looks sooooo beautiful. Don't you just love our generation of friends? I sure do.
I have been away yes to Vancouver this time. I was visiting Julie and other close friends. I used to live there, and miss it. It wasn't raining which was strange. The sun was shining and all was good.
Saw a live play "It's a Wonderful Life" I loved it.
So little time so many places to go.
Now may I have a cookie please since you had them everywhere?????
Love Ya
Love Claudie
xoxoxo

Linda said...

Looks like lots of FUN...I have only been to one cookie swap and it was years ago...looks like i need to have one...maybe next year. I'm having a ornament swap next week...looking forward to it. Your home looks beautiful and ready for Christmas! Hope you have a FUN Thursday!

Blessings,
Linda

Dana and Daisy said...

that is a lot of cookies Lynn! I bet you ran out of places to put them! Now is the idea that everyone takes home an assortment of cookies? Because I can't imagine these ladies eating all these cookies in one day. Maybe if Dana and Daisy were there, ha ha!

Beverly said...

Lynn, your home looks beautiful, and I've been wanting to have a cookie party, too. I'll have to plan earlier for next year.

Now, about all of those cookies. I wouldn't mind if you passed me one or two to have with my coffee.

Margaret Cloud said...

Lynn it looked like a lot of yummy cookies, my all time favorite. The Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball sounded good and with graham crackers, who would of thought. The party sounded like you all had fun and those glass things with cookies on are very pretty. I wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and may the joy of the holiday brighten your spirit.

Francie of The Scented Cottage said...

Ohhhh I wish I had been there! But then there probly wouldn't have been many cookies left.....

Your home looks beautiful and sooo inviting.

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The French Bear said...

Yummy! everything looks and sounds delicious!!!! I would love to have a cookie swap!!!! You know I can be bribed for my bears and dolls with cookies, oops, did I say that out loud!!! hehe, good luck in the draw, I'll throw your name in an extra time for good measure!!!!
Hugs,
Margaret B

Rita Kent at TesoroFino.Com said...

Hey Lynn~ Every time I see your photo, I think of my dream of you & laugh. I was wondering if you could post 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. It sounds wonderful...even if you could just email it to me!

Rita Kent at TesoroFino.Com said...

Oh my...how do you do the photo thingie on your blog to show your new boutique items?

GMG said...

Hi Lynn! Can't forgive you forgot my address... ;))

Blogtrotter just finished Bilbao 2008. Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Marydon Ford said...

What a wonderful event. Save one for me, they look fabulous. Your presentation is inviting ...

Merry Christmas, TTFN ~ Marydon
~~NEW BLOG~~ blushingrosetoo.blogspot.com

dana said...

You are such an organizing queen!! I am so impressed that you held that lovely event....I'm certain your friends were, too. I organized a cookie exchange at a school where I worked when I was just a twenty something gal. There was lots of moaning and groaning from some of my teaching peers, but they all brought their cookies. After school, we set our baked batches out, and then we circled the tables (we used our cafeteria) and took some some every box. Everyone was thrilled to take home such a variety of sweets....we did that exchange for many years!

I love the uses you found for your vintage items and the wonderful favors you made for your guests.

Hope you're having a wonderful day! L, Dana

Maggi said...

What fun! Christmas cookies just scream to have parties built around them! lol

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Lynn, I posted your ornies for Pink Saturday. I just want to thank you again for them. They are grand! So are YOU!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Dena said...

Oh I need to get busy! I have only baked one batch of cookies thus far. Not nearly enough for my guys :)

Hugs,
Dena

Dee Dee said...

Oh my goodness!!! I was just drooling looking at all the goodies, and then my heart just soared when I saw that last picture. How wonderful! Looks like a fantastic time was had by all. Miss you much :)

Marie Antionette said...

Hi Lynn,
What a great time and wonderful cookies.I love the silver trey,Its gorgeous and the cookies and cakes were wonderful too.Yes we canbake cookies for our grans.I miss when my daughter was young too.It makes me misty sometimes.
I wanted to stop by to wish you a Merry Christmas Dear.May God Bless you,
XXOO Marie Antionette

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