I have had many parties through the years, and each time, I get better at hosting them. Here are a few tricks and tips I have learned:
Send out your invites early. Holiday schedules fill up quickly. By having your party on the calendar early, guests can most likely make it and have time to bake their cookies. Tell guests to RSVP with the kind of cookie that they are going to make so you can avoid duplicates.
Keep the guest list small. I would usually say the more the merrier. But when you have more than 10 guests, the amount of cookies that need to be baked is daunting. With 10 guests, you’ll come home with 10 dozen cookies and 9 new recipes. Sounds good to me!
Give guests the guidelines. Have each person make a dozen cookies for each guest and an extra dozen for the cookie tray to be served at the party. That way, everyone can sample all of the goodies without dipping into their take-home stash.
Remember the recipes. Remind guests to bring copies of their recipes for each person. Small, inexpensive holiday binders for the recipe cards make great party favors.
Offer cookie containers. Make sure to have containers for guests to fill with their cookies. There is nothing worse than having dozens of gorgeous cookies and no way to get them home! You could also ask guests to prepackage their cookies before coming to the party.