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Peanut butter & chocolate are a classic flavor combination! So, we thought these Hershey's© peanut butter and chocolate cookies would be a perfect addition to our cookie exchange party.
As we prepared to host our cookie exchange party, we wanted to ensure that guests were offered a variety of cookies to pack their take home gable boxes with. While each guest was encouraged to bring one homemade goodie for the exchange, as the host I also like to have a few additional options to select from.
Here are a few things to consider when selecting a cookie to bring to an exchange party:
We just love this peanut butter and chocolate cookie recipe! Download the recipe below, pin for later or share with friends on social media!!
Barnyard is such a classic birthday party theme, perfect for children of all ages! There are so many design components to pull inspiration from creating unlimited décor opportunities. We certainly enjoyed creating this party design!
As party guests arrived, they were greeted by this fun DIY photo op, created using a white fence standee, cow standee and personalized Happy Birthday yard signage. Our birthday boy certainly enjoyed his photo spotlight!
The focal point of our dessert table was most certainly the cornstalk standees flanking either side of the backdrop, not only adding height to our design, but a fun whimsical element. As we chose to use several standees, we kept the backdrop for our table simple, choosing a simple barnyard wooden scene setter against 48” plywood and a Happy Birthday banner draped across the center.
To pull through the red coloring from our party package, we chose this red & white gingham tablecloth which we draped to the floor. To add texture and dimension, we added a simple burlap runner across the table.
Our birthday cake was this super cute barn sitting atop a vintage step-stool versus a traditional cake stand or pedestal. We just loved the exaggerated cupcake like roof line created for the top portion of the cake. For that extra something, we added a green tractor candle to the top of the cake.
Our cupcakes were displayed on these rustic wooden cupcake risers, adding just enough height off the table for visibility, but allowing our cake to remain the focal point of the table. To dress up our store bought cupcakes, we added personalized cupcake wrappers and these adorable barnyard rings as toppers.
We served cake on barnyard theme dessert plates alongside our “pitchforks”, aka red forks wrapped in cow print napkins noted with an adorable personalized sticker. Beverages were served in coordinating barnyard theme paper cups.
One of my favorite things to do whenever designing a dessert table is to incorporate theme appropriate snacks with fun, kitchy sayings. For example, I couldn’t resist adding “Farm Fresh Eggs” as little party treats and/or party favors in these simple clear cello bags with personalized favor toppers. We also served simple goldfish crackers in these carrot cello bags, which were not only great for individual servings, but in keeping with our farm theme.
Party favors were displayed in this vintage red wagon, sitting atop a hay bale. Children’s western hats and black bandanas were neatly displayed for guests to enjoy during the party as well as plush barnyard animals to select for a take-home gift. For a touch of whimsy, we had this super fun chicken balloon peeking out from under the wagon.
Styling: Crowning Details
Party Supplies: Shindigz
Cake: Frosted Bake Shoppe
Celebrate your little hunter with this camo inspired party theme!
When creating this party design, we wanted to incorporate hunting imagery, fun phrases and modern dessert designs.
Our backdrop highlighted three camo deer trophies hung against a faux wood paper covered wooden board. To replicate this simple DIY project, attach the roll of faux wood using tape or a staple gun to a 48” square piece of thin plywood. Pre-cut plywood is commonly found at your local hardware store, making this type of custom backdrop a simple, affordable option.
For linens, we layered a chocolate brown polyester linen over a light beige polyester linen for texture. To bring dimension to the table’s front, we hung a kraft paper garland using straight pins to either side of the table linens and then displayed wild grass standees along the table’s base.
The birthday cake was modern in style, focusing on black duck silhouettes flying upwards toward the horizon. We displayed the cake as well as other desserts on rustic wooden stands. Simple vanilla cupcakes with buttercream icing were dressed up in personalized cupcake wrappers and displayed on the top and base tiers of our cupcake stand. For a fun twist on dessert, we served crushed cookies and chocolate pudding in ball jars, aka “dirt” with a personalized sticker on the middle tier of the cupcake stand. Mallard duck cookies were displayed on a larger, wooden round piece; a hit with party guests!
For other party snacks, we served ‘camo corn’, aka popcorn in individual clear cellophane bags , orange mints aka ‘shotgun shells’ and chocolate malt balls aka ‘deer droppings’. Printing personalized labels with fun phrases for party snacks is a great way to tie everything on your dessert table together. Everything was served on camo print dessert plates with coordinating beverage napkins.
Doubling as party entertainment and favors were fun binoculars and small toy compasses. For younger party guests, dress-up items or toys that are theme related provide ongoing entertainment and are much appreciated party favors.
We hope some of these hunting design ideas provide inspiration for your next party or gathering!
Styling: Crowning Details
Cake & Cookies: Frost Bake Shoppe
Party Supplies: Shindigz