Host a Cupcake Exchange

Think outside the cookie jar this holiday season by upgrading your annual cookie swap with cupcakes. A few minor changes to your usual SOP (Swap Operating Procedure) are all it takes to send friends and family home with cupcakes galore.

Mail or email invites early enough to give guests a chance to prep for the new format and try out their recipes. Include the number of cupcakes each guest should bring – enough for tasting and swapping. The more they bake, the more they can take! Remind them to bring a container to transport their goodies home in and as the RSVPs roll in, find out what type of cupcake everyone plans to bring, to prevent duplicakes, of course.

Have your cupcake display area set up when guests arrive. If you don’t have enough on hand, pick up inexpensive platters and trays at your local dollar store. Assign each guest a platter and use your computer to print a place card for each cupcake to help guests identify each treat.

Ask each guest to bring printed copies of their recipe for sharing or have guests email them before the swap and print a copy of all the recipes for everyone.

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