Today we feature a special Christmas celebration guest post from the party design specialists at Anders Ruff. Take a look at their North Pole Cookie Exchange Party ideas and styling: This year, we designed a North Pole inspired collection that is perfect for adding style to any Christmas party or gift, but also has elements perfectly tailored for a cookie exchange or baking party. A cookie exchange is a great party idea that can also become a fun family tradition. Our North Pole collection (which we used for the cookie exchange party) is a vintage printable graphic collection that also includes modern design elements. Red, aqua and white hues are used in this collection to reflect the image of the North Pole. Those colors incorporated with vintage gingham, candy cane stripe and modern dot patterns combine to create a collection versatile for the most diverse in design taste.

For the dessert table of this North Pole Cookie Exchange party, we used simple red cake stands on a stark white table cloth. We wanted to make a bold statement while focusing on the beautiful works of art - the cookies! Some of the cookies were embellished with printable party flags to incorporate our graphics. A Fabulous Fete sent us 4 red cake stands and then we saw the tutorial on The Party Dress magazine, and decided to make some of our own (an easy DIY project using wooden candle sticks and wood plaques). To display the cookies, we used our 2” party labels on front of the cake stands and embellished them with ruffled crepe paper. A framed printable Santa poster (included in our North Pole Collection) was hung on the backdrop. 

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DIY - To add some whimsical style to the windows around the backdrop of the dessert table, we made circle garland out of our patterned papers.We printed 2 sided cardstock from our patterned papers from the printable collection. We then punched the paper with various sized circle and scallop craft punches and sewed the circles together, leaving a little space in between. We hung this garland over the dessert table window and around the hood of the stove. The front of the dessert table was adorned with precious coordinating felt stockings from RikRak. We embellished some of those with printable party logos from our collection. Sur La Table let us use their fabulous red Kitchen Aid stand mixer along with some precious red melamine baking utensils and dish towels. We also hung a handmade wreath over the stove. We displayed the materials on a fabulous runner that Nikki of Nikki In Stitches made for our photo shoot. Nikki just came out with a tutorial that shows how to make the runner, wreath and the handmade paper ornaments that you see on the tree.

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For the cookie exchange party, the children sat at the bar and started out by mixing and baking some cookies. We setup dishes with ingredients to make it easy. The kids loved cutting out the cookies, and especially enjoyed eating them.

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We displayed vintage glass milk bottles with paper straws and party flags, since you always need milk with your cookies.

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We also setup a Hot Chocolate Bar where we displayed different ingredients in little ramekins on our red cake stands. We displayed a printable hot cocoa bar menu and labeled the ingredients with party flags.  Marshmallows, cookie and cream crumble, old fashioned peppermint sticks, red hots, whipped cream and more! Two Sugar Babies made some adorable fondant gingerbread men that we used to decorate the display as well. The children loved mixing their own hot cocoa with the various ingredients. They were all garnished so differently and it was a very easy activity for the younger children to participate in. 

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Adorable red polka dot favor boxes (from My Little Love) were displayed on the table and the children could fill up their box with cookies from the dessert table as part of the cookie exchange. For the smaller items, we assembled the printable milk carton favor box from our collection. 

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The children displayed a plate of cookies for Santa and our collection includes a printable “Letter to Santa” that the children filled out. All of the kids (and adults) loved taking part in the cookie exchange and it will make a great tradition for years to come. The “North Pole” Collection Printable gift tags, decor collection, hot cocoa bar set, and invitation are available in the Anders Ruff shop! - Looking for more holiday inspiration? Stop by our Christmas Party event page for more party planning resources and entertainment ideas.

Have you ever hosted a cookie exchange party?  We'd love to hear about it in the comments below. Credits:

  • Complete Event Styling by Anders Ruff
  • Printable decor, hot cocoa bar, gift tags, advent calendar mittens from Anders Ruff
  • Photography by Becca Bond Photography
  • Custom Aprons and Christmas Pajamas - Made by Morgan
  • Custom “Letter to Santa” and “North Pole” Pillows by MonMell Designs (with Anders Ruff Graphics)
  • Felt Stockings by Rik Rak
  •  Handmade Ornaments, Runner and Wreath by Nikki in Stitches
  • Red Wooden Cake Stands by A Fabulous Fete (and some DIY)
  • Paper Baking Cups, Paper Fans, Tissue Poms, Nut Cups, Paper Straws, Favor Boxes, Glass Milk bottles from My Little Love

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