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Christmas Biscuit Exchange

Hosting a Christmas biscuit swap party is a great way to get together with friends and family – and to load up on baked treats for the entire festive period.  Once everyone has arrived and all biscuits are ‘on display’, invite guests to fill a take-home box with an assortment. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to make it work – and have fun.

  • Invitations:Invite 10 to 20 friends who you think would be interested in sharing their baked goods with you. Ask everyone to bring three to five dozen of their favourite Christmas biscuits.
  • Rules: Provide clear instructions. Biscuits should be homemade and seasonally appropriate. They should be imperishable enough to last for several days after baking. Ask everyone to print the name of their biscuits onto a supplied place card and bring it.
  • House Clean: Of course, the house needs a good clean before festivities begin. Spread out your cleaning chores for up to a week before the event, advise the domestic cleaning experts at MOLLY MAID. You don’t want to be so exhausted that you can’t enjoy the fun.
  • Prepare: To prepare, set your largest table with enough festive bowls, cake stands and platters to hold guests’ baked goods. You’ll need tongs for each platter. Set the place cards in front of cookie platters as each guest arrives.
  • Packing: Provide inexpensive paper bakery boxes and festive twine for guests to package and take home their biscuits (visit a pound store or bulk store for these supplies).
  • Snacks and Refreshments: While the biscuits are meant to be taken home, there is bound to be sampling during the party. Offset sweet treats with savoury foods, a festive punch or sparkling wine and tea and coffee.