Cookie Exchange Party & Dairy Free Punch

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Come on in! I’m getting ready to host a cookie exchange party for a few of my closest girlfriends.

No, you don’t have to bake dozens of cookies.  Who has time for that?  At my party, you only bring 2 dozen – one dozen is for sharing at the party and everyone will get to leave with an assortment of all the cookies.  Now that’s something everyone can handle.

Helpful Hint: If you’re not a baker, grab 2 dozen delicious cookies from the bakery, put them in a pretty cookie tin from Walmart and bring them with you.  I’ll never tell!

I’d love to have you all over for my Cookie Exchange Party, but since some of you live miles away, I’m going to give you some easy tips to host one for your closest friends.

Tips for Hosting the best Cookie Exchange Party ever! Free printables, easy DIY centerpiece and the Dairy Free Coconut Vanilla Bean & Chocolate Punch.

Let’s start with the invites. There’s no need to buy them.  I’ve already created some and you’re welcome to use them, too.  You can print as many as you need by clicking the invitation below.

Free Printable Cookie Exchange Party

Once you’ve printed out the above invitations, hand them out to your nearest and dearest, or use snail mail.  I don’t know about you, but I find it refreshing to actually receive an invitation the old school way.

A cookie exchange party is one of the easiest parties to host.  Once your party rolls around, your house is already decked out for the holidays, so you only have to supply your cookies for the exchange and a beverage.

Speaking of beverages, have I got a treat for you!  Let’s take a quick, little detour from party planning.  I promise I’ll get back to it soon.  My non-dairy Coconut Vanilla Bean Chocolate Punch is simply irresistible.  When I gave my husband a cup of punch to try, he said, “What’s in this stuff?  It’s delicious!”

The key ingredient in my holiday punch is So Delicious Dairy Free® Frozen Dessert.  I used the Coconut Vanilla Bean and the Coconut Milk Chocolate varieties. It was a hard decision because they also have Cashew Salted Caramel Cluster, Cashew Dark Chocolate Truffle, Coconut Milk Almond Bar, Almond Mocha Almond Fudge Bar and Almond Milk Mocha Almond Fudge.  Yum!

So Delicious Frozen Treats are the key ingredients in my Coconut Vanilla Bean & Milk Chocolate Punch

I don’t drink dairy at all, so these frozen treats are perfect for me. I like the fact that they are gluten free, egg free and have no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.  But, honestly, the taste won me over!

I usually make the base of the punch the night before. As long as you make it 3-4 hours in advance, you’re good to go. After bringing three cups water to a boil, add 1/4 cup chocolate drink mix, 1/4 cup sugar and 2 tablespoons coffee.  Stir well and refrigerate for 3-4 hours.

Coconut & Vanilla Bean Chocolate Punch

Right before the punch is ready to serve, stir again and pour into a punch bowl.  Add scoops of So Delicious Dairy Free® Vanilla Bean & Chocolate frozen treats.  The coconut milk adds a very subtle taste of coconut and it blends so well with the chocolate and vanilla.  Here’s what the punch looks like before you add the scoops of vanilla bean and chocolate frozen treats.

Vanilla & Chocolate Punch made with non-dairy So Delicious Frozen Treats

This is one punch you’ll want to add to all your holiday parties.  (I’ll also serve it with cinnamon rolls for breakfast on Christmas Day.)

Steps to make my non-dairy holiday punch for a Cookie Exchange party.

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Coconut Milk Vanilla Bean & Chocolate Punch
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Ingredients
  • 3 cups water
  • ¼ cup instant chocolate drink mix
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons instant decaf coffee
  • 2 pints So Delicious Dairy Free® Coconut Milk Chocolate Frozen Treats
  • 2 pints So Delicious Dairy Free® Coconut Milk Vanilla Bean Frozen Treats
Instructions
  1. Bring water to a boil. Remove from heat and add chocolate drink mix, sugar and decaf coffee. Mix well. Let cool to room temperature and place in the fridge for 3-4 hours or overnight.
  2. About 15 minutes before serving, remove the punch mixture from the fridge. Stir well and pour into punch bowl. Add scoops of So Delicious Dairy Free® Frozen Treats.
  3. Stir gently and serve!

Now that we’ve got the punch covered, let’s get back to the decor.  I started with a plaid runner that I’m reusing from last year.  Believe me, no one will remember.  And I bought plates and napkins while I was in Walmart purchasing my punch ingredients.

Decor for my Cookie Exchange

Have you guessed my theme yet?  We seldom get snow here in the south around Christmas time, so I thought I’d go with a snow theme and decorate with my favorite (and cheap) faux snow – Epsom salt.  I’ve tried them all through the years and Epsom salt is the best faux snow around.

Cookie Exchange Party

All you need is a vase with a large opening or a trifle dish.  Add Epsom salt and your favorite Christmas ornaments.  Then add some mini trees.  That’s it.  I added a couple of snowmen and bam – the perfect snowy centerpiece is born.

Easy DIY Holiday Christmas CenterpieceAs the guests arrive, place their goodies on the table and it will be full of delectable cookies before you know it.

Ideas & DIY Centerpiece for a Cookie Exchange Party - Free Printables, too!

Here’s a view from the top!

Here's the view from the top of my Cookie Exchange Party table!

Cookie Exchange Party - Free Printables & Recipes

As you and your guests sample the cookies, it’s time to take a vote.  Here’s a free printable to hand out so everyone can discreetly vote on their favorites.  Click the photo below to print the voting cards.

FREE Cookie Exchange Printable so everyone can vote for their favorite cookie.

I’m so glad you stopped by my Cookie Exchange party.  It’s one of the easiest holiday parties you’ll ever host.

Vanilla Bean & Chocolate Punch, Free Printables & Recipes

Cookie Exchange Party featuring free printables, easy DIY centerpiece and lots of great ideas!

And don’t forget to stop by the frozen dessert aisle at Walmart for the So Delicious Dairy Free® frozen treats so you can make my punch for your party.
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Cookie Exchange Party

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Comments

  1. I absolutely LOVE this idea. This looks like so much fun. I love that you can pretty much do this for any kind of party. Thank you!!
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  2. I love the SO Delicious Coconut Milk frozen treats at Walmart! I love that they’re dairy free but I also just love their taste!! Your party looks like such a fun time!!
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  3. This is SO fun! I’ve never hosted or attended a party like this, but I sure would like to! Actually, our church used to do a cookie party after church one Sunday in Dec. at the pastors’ house. This was one of my husband’s and my first dates and it sure was a good one- with cookies involved, how could it not be, right?!
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  4. Such a great idea for the cookie exchange and everyone could do this for real. Sounds like this would be a blast. We get lots of snow here in IL but I think I am loving the Epsom Salt in the centerpieces for a lasting touch! Everything looks really festive!
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  5. Yum I know I would love this punch. Thanks for the share. I’m hosting a cookie exchange. Guess what I’m going to serve ?
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  6. I went to one of these parties once and it was so much fun. I came home with some great cookies.
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  7. We go to several cookie exchanges each year. Talk about cookie overload! 😉 Your punch sounds amazing!

  8. I LOVE the idea of a Cookie Exchange Party (I’ll definitely have to get my friends together for one soon.) That Coconut Milk Vanilla Bean & Chocolate Punch looks so yummy <3
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  9. I love cookie exchange parties! You have some awesome printables and ideas going on here. That hot chocolate sounds so yummy! I had not even thought about using Epsom salt for snow…love it! 🙂

    ~Lorelai
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  10. I was just talking about a cookie exchange with my teenager. She was trying to come up with something fun for her color guard to do for the holidays. This looks so delicious!
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  11. Oh sounds like so much fun! I want to try them all 😀 I’ve never been to a cookie exchange party before but it sounds like my kind of party.
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  12. MOG… my mouth is seriously watering right now! Yummy, yummy, yummy!
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  13. Cookie exchange party?? Now that sounds so much fun and got me hungry btw! I’ve never been to this kind of party but would be glad to attend one.
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  14. I love your table so much! Super cute setup.
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  15. This looks like so much fun! I love that you only ask your guests to bring two dozen cookies, that’s simple enough to bake. I’m going to drop by for some of your Coconut Vanilla Bean and Chocolate punch on Christmas morning, I’ll bring the cinnamon rolls! #client
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  16. I love cookie exchanges. So much fun having a group of girls together and swapping delicious cookies. I’m actually making a Christmas Geranium soon. Love your ideas too!

  17. Super cute ideas! I haven’t been to a non-virtual cookie exchange in YEARS!!!
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    • The only problem with virtual cookie exchanges is that you don’t really get to eat them – or maybe that’s not a problem at all. 🙂

  18. christina aliperti says:

    A cookie exchange is an awesome idea. I love the punch recipe too. It sounds really delicious. I think I am going to try it out.

  19. I’ve never participated in a cookie exchange before but it looks like such a fun way to spend time with friends and family. Plus who doesn’t love cookies?

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