The idea came about because my sister used to make oodles of cookies and give them to all of us at Christmas, but I thought it would be more fun to make them all together! Last year I made it a girls and kids thing. The guys got mad and my brother came anyway. So, this year, everyone was invited :)
So now to the important stuff, the planning. Here was my list of to dos:
- Pick a date: Check! (December 11th)
- Send out the Evite: Check!
- Choose a menu: Check! (Below)
- Go grocery shopping: Check!
- Clean the first floor: Will be done throughout the week- but we have a good jump start from our mega clean last weekend
- Make 4 batches of sugar cookie dough: Friday Night
- Get all the tables set up for lunch and cookie decorating: Friday Night
- Clean sweep of the house: Saturday Morning
- Bake first couple rounds of cookies: Saturday Morning (this is to help with the lull we had last year since the kids were decorating so fast!)
I like to serve lunch to give our stomachs a nice non-sugary base before we start "decorating" the cookies which we all know turns into a lot of cookie eating! My immediate family (including siblings, spouses and kids) is 24. Yes. 24. So lunch is simple as it's not the main focus.
- Deli Oven Roasted Turkey & Honey Ham
- Swiss and Colby Jack Cheese Slices
- Lettuce and Tomato
- Mustard and Mayo
- Whole Wheat and Honey White Bread
- Romaine Lettuce
- Diced Tomato
- Diced Cucumber
- Cheddar Cheese
- Sliced Mushrooms
- Green Onion
- Ranch & Homemade Italian Dressing
- Hot Chocolate Packets with Hot Water
- Cold Apple Cider
- Regular & Diet Soda
- Ice Water
Are you hosting any holiday parties this year? If not, it's still not too late! Part of the reason I love this party is that none of my siblings (or myself for that matter) are rushing to make to the in-laws that day. We just get to spend some quality time together and make a mess while we're at it! Sometimes the casual parties are the most fun. Gather up your family or friends and enjoy the season! But remember, casual =/= no planning. C'mon that's the fun part!