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Easy Ideas for Hosting a Holiday Cookie Swap

The Holidays seem to be busier than ever!  We have some Fun and Easy Ideas for Hosting a Holiday Cookie Swap. If you are someone out there that is not familiar with a cookie swap or cookie exchange let us fill you in!  A cookie exchange is just that…. you invite guests over and they bring one type or variety of cookie.  You swap your cookies and you end up with a delectable miscellanious group of sweets!

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Imagine baking only one cookie and leaving with a beautiful assortment?  It is a time saver and you only buy the ingredients you need.  These festive images were captured by the ever talented photographer AND Baker Melissa from Melissa Jill Photography.

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We like to provide labels for guests cookies.  These can be simple cards or even post it notes!  This will help with the voting process later.  Yes, voting = prizes (and bragging rights for next year!)

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If being alone at home with several dozen cookies strikes fear in your heart and your waistband, we have the solution for you.  Have a packing station set up.  This allows our swappers to drop off fresh and delicious baked goods to friends, family or neighbors right away!  Ribbon, bags and tags are all you need.

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My Cookie Swap can get pretty competitive!  We like to have ballots available for our guests to vote on their favorites.   You can put them head to head in a best of the best cookie contest! These Free Printables were shown on NBC’s Arizona Midday Segment and will get you set for your swap this year!

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Free Printables here!

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Other tips to make sure your cookie swap is easy and breezy:

  •  Host at “non- meal” times.  A 2 PM Party is perfect for some light snacks and libations.  It also gives any procrastinators time to bake that morning.
  • Always ask guests to bring an empty container.  This will allow them to fill their empty container with the other cookie varieties.  Less fuss and less mess!
  • We love to keep zip lock bags and Glad Press and Seal wraps available!  You never know who will need an extra bag or to cover their cookies.
  • Never throw a broken cookie away!  Ask your guests to bring any broken pieces to sample for the “best tasting” cookie contest.
  • Provide extra cake plates and other items for your guests to Jazz up their confections!  It is a nice touch and really dresses up any baked good.

I hope that these tips will help you host an Easy and Fun Cookie Swap!

Happy Baking!

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Easy Teacher Appreciation Gifts

With these easy teacher appreciation gifts you are sure to more than just an “A” for effort!

Clever and Cute FREE PRINTABLES from Page and Mason Studios and this assignment just became so much easier!  See the links below for some fun short cuts!

It is almost the end of the year for so many schools.  Teachers have worked so hard and we have some great ideas to show your teachers, coaches and others in your child’s life your appreciation.

 

 

For the teacher who loves their Starbucks.  Let them know you love them a “latte”!

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STAR TEACHER FREE PRINTABLE Easy Teacher Appreciation Gifts_starbucks_pageandmason

 

This is a great idea for anyone that has helped your child “Stay on Target”.

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KEEPING ME ON TARGET FREE PRINTABLE Easy Teacher Appreciation Gifts_Pageandmason_target

“I Would Not Trade You For Anything” – What a perfect gift for anyone who needs to stock up for the summer ahead.

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I WOULD NOT TRADE YOU FREE PRINTABLE Easy Teacher Appreciation Gifts_traderjoes_Pageandmason

This cute little tag can go on any plant!   We love succulents, low maintenance and pretty!

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THANK YOU FOR HELPING ME GROW FREE PRINTABLE Easy Teacher Appreciation Gifts_succulent_pageandmason

This is perfect for a movie night in!  Candy and an iTunes Gift Card!

APPLE FOR TEACHER FREE PRINTABLE Easy Teacher Appreciation Gifts_Apple_Pageandmason

 

“School’s Our For Summer, Now it is Time to Wine Down”…. yes, we agree!

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These are all fabulous and fun ideas.  The cherry on top is a wonderful note from your child to someone that they know did help them throughout the year.

Print off this adorable and easy Thank You Note for your child’s teacher!

FREE PRINTABLE:  THANK YOU FOR A GREAT YEAR! Thank You for the Great Year

Tips and Tricks to have an EGGcelent Easter!

Candy, scavenger hunts, brunches galore, and the beginning of Spring are just a few of the fabulous things we love about Easter.

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Eggs are what we all remember about Easter!!! People are always trying to come up with new ways to decorate Easter Eggs and we wanted to find some cute ideas without necessarily taking on the mess of dyes.

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We love any reason to brunch, especially when drinks are involved. Victoria found an amazing cocktail to pair with any Easter meal, and she added her own little spin to it. This cocktail is filled with champagne, Grenadine, and peach puree. Everyone knows you eat with your eyes first, and the same is true for drinking! So Victoria added some edible flowers for a fresh Spring touch.

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To pair with that fabulous cocktail, we have an Easter take on a Cinnamon Roll. I don’t know about you, but this treat is a favorite for all of the kids I know! And turning the pastry into a cute bunny is super simple!

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This tip has to be one of our favorites! This is the perfect thing for anyone who has old Easter decorations that have lost their brightness or have just become outdated. All you need is some Gloss Brown Spray Paint. Just give the decoration a layer or two of paint and Voila! it turns into chocolate! This is also a great little trick if you are trying to find some little decorations to put around the house. Just pick up some rabbits at a dollar store and you’re set! We tried it on this little rabbit egg holder and we think it looks good enough to eat 🙂

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And lastly we have the perfect compromise of the good ole’ Peeps. They are the cutest treat and are SO classically Easter… BUT the sugar, oh man, the sugar. Well, here we have a new way to still display the sugary snack, but not ingest it! We chose to use the Peeps that are shaped like rabbits, just a preference, but you can use any you find. Then you have to use two different vases, one that will fit inside the other with space still left for the Peeps. Just stack them against the glass and put the flowers and water in the smaller vase!

victoriacanadaweddingsandevents1We always love sharing these fun ideas on Arizona Midday!  Happy Easter!

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The LOVEliest ideas for Valentines Day

 

This year, Victoria had the opportunity to share Valentines Day tips and party ideas with the ladies of Arizona Midday and we wanted to also share some of the cuteness on here in case you need a little inspiration for YOUR Valentine’s Day!  Celebrations in Paper in Old Town Scottsdale and urbAna in Arcadia are open and available for last minute gifts!

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These adorable “Be Mine” Flags and Love Tea Towel are available at urbAna in Arcadia.

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How CUTE are these containers?  We asked our good friends at Celebrations in Paper to come up with these stickers!  Add some heart shaped doughnuts from Dunkin’ and you are a rock star!

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“You’re my person” Great card for your sweetheart or a bestie!  Available at Celebrations in Paper

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Gumballs + Kisses = Blow Me a Kiss!

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These cute little Boxes from Sugarfina are available at urbAna 

 

 

 

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And of Course- these conversation heart Macarons from Ruze Cake House!  We want these to “Be Mine”!

Love,

Victoria

Thank you to all of the fabulous “friendors” that helped us out!

Paper Products: Celebrations in Paper :: Macarons: Ruze Cake House :: Donuts: Dunkin’ Donuts :: Other Decor: UrbAna

Fast and Fun New Years Eve Party Tips!

Fast and Fun New Years Eve Party Tips!

Ring in the New Year with some festive ideas for your New Years Eve Celebration!  We love a great glass of champagne to ring in the New Year, but with this delicious and very simple recipe, you can have your champagne in a fun and sparkly Jell-O shot!

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What you will need for 15 Champagne Shots:

10 oz plus 5oz champagne (Don’t feel the need to break the bank on your bottle of Champagne, sometimes the less expensive bottles tend to be sweeter and tastes better!)
1 tablespoon sugar
3 envelopes Knox plain gelatin (Tip!: There are three envelopes in one box of Gelatin) Colored Sparkling Sugar (Feel Free to add a few drops of food coloring to add some color to the sugar if you do not have access to colored sugar)

How to prepare these sweet treats:

Place 10 oz of the champagne and sugar in a sauce pan and then sprinkle gelatin on top. Let gelatin soften for about 2 minutes.

Place saucepan over low heat and stir until gelatin has completely dissolved, about 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and add in remaining 5 oz of champagne and stir to combine.

Pour mixture into a pan or glass dish and chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour. The colder the Jell-O the easier it will be to cut into squares with little slide.

To release the Jell-O, dip the pan into warm water for less than a minute and use a knife along the sides to gently release. Use a sharp knife to cut squares.

Dip the tops in the sparkling sugar and serve with a festive toothpick.

Lay a layer of your sparkling sugar in the bottom of your serving piece as this will prevent any slipping while cutting them apart later.

Keep the prepared Jell-O shots in the refrigerator until guests arrive!

Cheers and Happy New Year!

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New Years Fortune Cookies add some fun to a Champagne Flute!

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Create a white board for resolutions for your guests!  An instant camera creates an easy photo opportunity!

Send your guests home with a “Hangover Eliminator” – Water, Advil, and some Tums- your guests will thank you the next day!

Have a wonderful New Year!  Cheers!

Victoria

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