Wednesday, December 19, 2007

holiday cookie exchange

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Everyone is glad to snag an invitation to Jacki's house. She's the consummate hostess and her parties are a joy. She understands the elements of a successful gathering starting with hand-designed invitations that set the mood. Jacki also understands the importance of creating traditions.

One of those traditions is her holiday cookie exchange. It's a fun evening at the end of which you leave with 10 dozen assorted cookies. But first we feast on her delicious food and drink. This year she served a champagne punch made with Limoncello. The table was covered with antipasti from Caputo's Fresh Market. I'll take you on a tour of this terrific market soon - I promise!

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This was a chance to catch up with the neighbors and enjoy good old fashioned conversation. But then it's time to get down to business. We take a moment to identify and describe our cookie creations and we circle around the table filling our baskets or containers.

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Neighbor Donna certainly looks pleased with this bag of goodies.

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We carefully pack up our goodies for a safe trip home.

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As we leave Jacki hands out packages of her homemade English toffee - it's to die for! Consider creating a tradition of your own. Your friends will love you for it!

Tomorrow we're going to lie in bed and look at my bedroom ceiling. It's going to be exciting, I promise!

1 comment:

Marfa said...

I have a tradition as well. Every year I make Christmas music CDs and send them out with my Christmas cards. People have come to love and expect them every year. I love it!