Monday, December 6, 2010

Pink and Green Cookie Exchange!

I am SO excited to show you the Pink and Green Cookie Exchange party I threw for my mom and her neighbors this past weekend. I went with pink and green to avoid doing the traditional red and green, and I love the fun, whimsical look of it all!

Let's take a stroll through the party, shall we?

FRONT DOOR:
Using pink and green striped wrapping paper, I wrapped up the front door like a present to welcome people! I created the bow by looping individual pieces of ribbon and then stapling all of the pieces together in the middle. I glued the glitter snowflake to the middle using spray adhesive. I was quite proud of my bow and thought it had a lot of character!






 ORNAMENT DISPLAY: 

 One of the easiest and cheapest ways to decorate around the holidays is to fill glass containers with ornaments. On the front table, I placed several containers that were filled with pink and green balls. It really set the color theme in motion!

Most of the ornaments were from the fabulous Hobby Lobby - which is the ONLY store in town that had pink ornaments! (That was quite a search...)




THE COOKIES:

The cookies are obviously the star of the show at any cookie party, so I wanted to give them the proper attention! To do that, I created a swag sign using a hot pink table runner. The "C O O K I E" letters were cardboard, and I painted them with Snow Spray! I had never used this stuff before, but I loved it! I think it's really for spraying on windows to give a "frosty" look, but using it on the cardboard letters gave it a crackly, snowy look that I LOVED! WARNING: This stuff gets EVERYWHERE...







I used pretty green ribbon to hang the letters, and covered up the ugly "fastening tapes, pins, etc" with these fabulous snowflake ornaments that I got at Target. Fabulous AND Functional!




And of course... the cookies. The guests really stepped up their cookie game by baking all sorts of pretty 
and delicious treats!



Check out these FABULOUS Sandwich Cookie Pops made by my mom's friend Sharon that won the prize for most creative! So adorable and tasty as well! These would be PERFECT to bring to a holiday party or cookie exchange - a guaranteed win! Let me know if you want the recipe and I can pass it along - WARNING: From what I hear, they are definitely a labor of love!



MANTEL:

So, for my wedding, I received several beautiful crystal candlesticks. I always imagined using them lined up all at once on a mantel. Finally, my dream came true! I found different shades of pink and green candles and worked on staggering the heights for a dramatic display.




 
FLOWERS:

 I didn't want to go overboard with flowers for this party, because it's already a very "loud" theme. So I found pink and green glass bottles and vases, used white flowers and clustered them together for an unusual but colorful arrangemnt!








I did one small arrangement of baby's breath and tied it with this gorgeous plaid ribbon.
And of course, my signature bathroom flower :)


COOKIE BOXES AND FAVORS:
I ordered small white gable boxes for guests to package up the extra cookies to take home. The little ornaments were actually felt gift tags that I found at Olde Time Pottery. When I saw them, I had no clue what I would use them for, but they looked perfect hanging from the boxes!

For favors, I made sure to get the recipes from each guests beforehand and I put a recipe book together for everyone to take home. 





HOT CHOCOLATE BAR:

I created a hot chocolate bar, which was a big hit! To make hot chocolate for a crowd, I literally googled       "Hot Chocolate recipe for a a crowd" and came up with this Hershey's recipe... but sorry Hershey's, I used Ghiardelli cocoa powder :)  

For toppings, I used: marshmellows, peppermint sticks, cinammon sticks, dark chocolate, whipped cream and Bailey's. It was delightful! 



For the tablecloth, I put 3 runners together and gathered them together on the sides with one of those fab Target snowflakes.


RANDOM:

 Here are some random touches throughout the party:

I wanted all of the cookie trays to be white to create a blank canvas for the cookies! I created green and pink identifying  labels using my craft punch.


Check out this beautiful garland on the staircase!



Here's that fabulous ribbon again, tied into a bow at the end of the garland.

The cookie scorecard for official judging purposes:


Apologies for the shoddy camera work below. I made these "Cookie Wine" labels using http://www.freelabelmaker.com/.
 

This hot pink Pottery Barn catch all was used for napkins.

                                     
The prizes were wrapped in coordinating paper as well.


My favorite find for this party? These pink glittery trees from Marshalls HomeGoods. Good thing there were only 2 at the store, or I would have covered our whole house in them!


In my cookie recipe book, the last page included "Words of Cookie Wisdom." My favorite bit of cookie wisdom?

"Sometimes me think what is love, and then me think love is what last cookie is for. Me give up the last cookie for you." 
- Cookie Monster




15 comments:

  1. so cute!!! Love it! Love the color scheme!

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  2. so many pretty details to complete the party! i love the mantle, love the small bunches of white flowers, the party favor tags and the hot chocolate bar!

    im inspired to host a cookie swap party!

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  3. What a lovely party, your cookie swap was so well planned and so thoughful down to the coordinating paper for the gifts. Pink and green is one of my favourite colour combos. xx

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  4. At which Hobby Lobby did you get those pink ornaments? My mom wants a pink and turquoise "tree" (she is just doing branches in a vase). We went to the Hobby Lobby at the university but they didn't have any!

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  5. Oh my goodness, I don't even know where to start!!! Love the colors and the hot chocolate bar, such a good idea. But my fav. is the mantle so simple and pretty!!!

    Everything turned out fantastic...thanks for sharing the pictures with us!

    Paula

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  6. I love, love, love this! So creative and fun! I'm totally copying your hot chocolate bar for our Christmas gathering. Fantastic idea!!

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  7. Oh my goodness Jackie! This might be your best one yet! Amazing!
    I love those ornaments in the glass jars, they are beautiful! And the fact that you typed up recipe books is awesome. Well done!

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  8. So AMAZING! Everything looks fantastic! Love every detail.

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  9. What an uber pretty party! LOVE the wrapped door!

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  10. OMG , Jackie you make me proud!!!!!!!!!! ;} I LOVE IT..... Love ya

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  11. A great party with MY favorite color! We must be thinking alike- check my blog (http:pinkpartygurl.blogspot.com) for our cookie party last week... White, silver, red and snowflakes carried the theme. Did the hot chocolate bar too!

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  12. Great party!! Very nice job - I love the non-traditional colors!

    Sarah at Classroom Chic

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  13. This is so pretty. I love pink and green together--and its such a refreshing variation for Christmas

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  14. Fun color scheme for a winter party. Love your use of babies breath. I've always thought it looked a bit like snow!

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