Sunday, December 18, 2011

Third Annual Christmas Cookie Party

All kinds of fun was had at my Third Annual Christmas Cookie Party.

Never heard of a cookie party? The idea is simple: everyone bakes a double batch of cookies to exchange. We spend a couple of hours eating fattening foods, talking and laughing, visiting and playing games.

First was a quiet game of Jumbled Christmas Words, just to get everyone's brains working a bit.

After that was a game of 7-11: roll the dice, if you get a 7 or an 11, you get to hold on to the prize until someone else gets a 7 or 11.

Whoever is holding the prize when the timer goes off gets to keep it. I'm happy to report that everyone played fair, and there was no fighting (this year.)

The best game by far was Reindeer Antlers. You can read the details here, but the gist of it is that each team blows up balloons and stuffs them into the legs of panty hose.
At the end of the time, the leader of each team puts the nylons on her head, with the legs sticking up like balloon "antlers". Whoever has the best rack wins! It was good, goofy fun all around.

There were a few other games, some more eating, and then came the voting for The Golden Spatula award. Each person tastes a little bit of each cookie and votes on their favorite. And the 2011 Golden Spatula Award winner is.......

Lisa won for the second year in a row, with her fantastically rich Peppermint Cream Bars. There were so many unique and creative recipes this year, and some great old standbys: Alfajores, Peanut Butter Cookie Candy Bars, honey almond biscotti, chocolate toffee shortbread, and snickerdoodles. These ladies really upped the ante this year since they knew it was a contest. Apparently that Golden Spatula Award is quite coveted.

Thanks to all the girls that came this year, I had a blast and hope you did, too. My family enjoyed all your cookies tremendously. To anyone that didn't come this year and wants to be added to the invitation list, let me know. There's nothing quite so fun as hokey house-wife parties during the holiday season. :o)

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