We had our 21st or 22nd annual Cookie Swap this weekend and once again, we enjoyed all those who were able to join us! (A word to those of you just starting a tradition – after a lot of years of doing this, I really regret not keeping better records for myself. I wish I had pictures from every year and had done a better job of journaling our times with friends and family. Trust me, you’ll wish you had!).
We’ve done this in three different houses and even though this house is the smallest, we were still able to seat people throughout the house, and it was so much fun getting together, being cozy, and laughing and eating with our family and friends. We were even able to sit out on the screened porch since the temp was near 65 degrees on Saturday! Some years we’ve had a fire, some years it rained, but this year was by far the best weather!
Here’s the dining room last week as I was trying to get things started.
…..and, the dining room all decked out and with added food.
Some years we’ve worn aprons, some years we’ve all worn ugly sweaters, but this year the hostesses wore Cookie Baking Team t-shirts made by our friend Barbara at Monograms and More Facebook, search Monograms and More, Gallatin, TN, (Left to right, Sarah, Carrie, me, and our dear friend Shelley, who has pitched in (probably) all 22 years!
I usually try to have a small ornament for our guests to leave with – last year and again this year I went with pre cut, pre-drilled wood slabs from Amazon. I can’t say enough about how easy these little ornaments are to make! Last year I just painted one side white and then stamped a Christmas design, and this year I used black acrylic paint to make it look like chalkboard paint, and then just hand-lettered Christmas words. To finish up, I just added a little twine in the pre-drilled hole. These little babies come ready to paint in a plastic box for only $10.95 for twenty pieces. Here’s the link: Bilapia Wood Slices, Wood Slabs, Unfinished Wood Circles for DIY Craft, 2~2.4 Inch, 20 PCS www.amazon.com
With three weeks left until Christmas, I hope you’re also able to spend time with friends and family, be creative, and enjoy this special time!