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Christmas Cookie Exchange with Oriental Trading Company

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A great tradition to share with your friends every year at Christmas time is a Christmas Cookie Exchange! The premise is simple–everyone makes cookies and brings them to the exchange. Then you divide up the cookies and everyone takes home a variety! But there are SO many different ways you can style the party! This year, we took one look at the buffalo plaid party line at Oriental Trading Company, and we immediately fell in love! We are obsessed with plaid, and it made for such a cute cookie exchange display!

The amazing people at Oriental Trading Company gave me resources to create this post, but all of the opinions and feelings about their products are our mine.

When scheduling the party, you want to make sure that each of the people coming make a different kind of cookie, so that way everyone gets a large variety of cookies. We set out our 8 kinds on buffalo plaid trays and napkins from Oriental Trading Company:

These adorable reindeer cupcakes (from a local bakery) are placed in plaid cupcake wrappers from Oriental Trading, and plaid containers are in the background, just waiting to be filled!

I can’t get over how cute these reindeer are! And the kids loved them 🙂

In addition to the large trays, I displayed cookies on round birch wood slices (painted black) with Oriental Trading plaid cocktail napkins under the cookies. Pistachio macarons look especially festive with the red and black napkins:

Thumbprint cookies and Christmas tree sugar cookies with sprinkles are on a large tray from Oriental Trading:

And my favorite cookies, Black and White cookies:

More cookies on the painted birch wood slices:

These ivory sisal trees from Oriental Trading Company are perfect for the rustic vibe, but could easily be repurposed for other parties!

We also ordered this wood wreath with a plaid box from Oriental Trading, and paired it with a buffalo plaid banner from the Target dollar spot:

Make sure you have containers for everyone to take their cookies home in, as well as lots of milk to drink! Or maybe a tasty holiday-themed cocktail! Those red glasses from the Pioneer Woman would be perfect for either!

We look forward to hosting the cookie exchange again next year, and until then–we will definitely be using these buffalo plaid products all season!

Where to find the Buffalo Plaid products at Oriental Trading Company:


Buffalo Plaid Cocktail Napkins
Buffalo Plaid Serving Trays
Buffalo Plaid Cupcake Wrappers
Buffalo Plaid Candy Cups with Lids
Ivory Large Sisal Trees
Wooden Wreath with Plaid Bow



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