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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Cookie swap

So, last night, I hosted the Cookie Swap!
The ladies came over at 7pm with containers full of lemon squares, magic bars, homemade thin mints, and Cornflake cookies, among many others. The coffee table was overflowing. (Toby made a quick cameo before bedtime; you can see him cuddled in my friend Samantha's arms above.)
We passed around pitchers of ice-cold milk (and bottles of wine), and people found cozy spots on the floor to hang out.
Megan (right) made her grandmother's recipe for bark with almonds, chocolate and Matzoh!
Susan Cernek, a fashion editor at Glamour, didn't have time to make cookies, so she brought bottles of nail polish instead. :)
Alex came home just in time to say hello to the ladies, including pretty Lee from Copenhagen.
Toby zonked out about fifteen minutes into the festivities, but we still doted on him (and his sweet bald head) by video monitor.

It was a really fun evening and yummy excuse to get together. Thank you so much to everyone who came! xoxo

141 comments:

jelena said...

The only things we truly have are the things we share with others! I love your idea and the blog, especially Toby always bring a smile to my face! Hello from Belgrade!

Becca said...

This looks like such fun! It's always such a treat to see how you and Alex fill your home with such love and happiness.

Becca

Joanna Goddard said...

aw, thank you so much! it was a delicious night...and we had cookies for breakfast today, too :)

Dancing Branflake said...

How charming! And I love how all your friends dress. So stylish in a causal yet chic way.

Everton Terrace said...

This is so much better than doing it in December when everyone is crazy busy and eating way too much anyway. I'm totally on this!

Tine said...

oh yummm i want to be there ;-))
lovely photo's!

Vicky said...

So simple & so lovely- thanks for sharing your sweet night with us.

accidentally, kle said...

What a fun idea!

Patricia said...

such nice pictures! looks like it was a lot of fun! its making me hungry and wanting cookies, yum! and hehe@ cookie matching bald head

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Diana Mieczan said...

..It really looks like a loving group of friends...Your party idea is so cool and I can see that all the girls really had fun...Life is always a good company and amazing group of friends...As I can see you have that for sure:)
Kisses,Joanna

Cograts on such s sucessful party!

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Anna Walker said...

Wow looks like you had a great time...I wish I had an oven so I could bake cookies! :)

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Diana Mieczan said...

I mean...Life is all about...a great circle of friends:)

TheSensesFive said...

Oh how much fun!!! Friends and cookies! You're so lucky to have such a great group of ladies nearby.

Ijeoma said...

It looks like it was a fun night.

Splendid Sass said...

I love cookie swaps. We try to have several during the Christmas holidays. Looks like fun was had by all!
teresa

Chapstick Fanatic said...

ooh did you sawp recipes too? and can you share?

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Meredith said...

This looks wonderful! Such a simple and fun party to host! How did the peanut butter crispies turn out...a big hit?

M. said...

such a fun party...love the cookies and wine...or how it goes??? cookies and milk? No?
:)

SeaGal said...

Such a beautiful and lovely gathering of friends. The best things in life are free as they say. These images are proof..
Thanks for sharing them..!

Dee said...

This looks like an absolutely lovely evening! I can't help but think what stylish friends you have :)

Joanna said...

Joanna, you are adorable. I love this little peek into your home life. It's brimming with friends and love and great times. And the cookie party looks like it was a hit!

amynicole said...

Your party turned out so wonderful! The treats look divine and I love the nail polish addin! All of your friends are so beautiful and stylish! I'm pretty sure I'm in the mist of copying your little party. . . Thanks for always having great ideas Joanna!

Joanna Goddard said...

thanks for these sweet comments! Meredith, i totally wussed out on the peanut butter crispy bars and just made chocolate-chip cookies instead :)

Becky said...

A friend of mine hosts a cookie exchange every December - it's so much fun and it's become quite the tradition!

Velvet said...

It seems like a lovely evening! Food and smiles all around.

Anonymous said...

Whoa. Those blue strappy sandals look so cute on her.

Lana said...

I need to have one of these, I bake almost every day and end up giving my bisciuts and fairy cakes away to people. Love the milk idea too!

ag. said...

i was wondering if you made those delicious looking peanut butter crispy bars as well...maybe next time! looks like so much fun..and quite the assorment of yummy cookies!

jociegal said...

Looks like a great time with lovely ladies!

MsAmanda said...

Good idea, must replicate immediately. I've been wanting to make the Peppermint Milano style recipe in the newest Everyday Food.

13bees said...

SO much fun. still recovering! xo

Torrie said...

sounds incredibly fun and love the idea of doing this in the summer, instead of the usual, 'Christmas cookie swap!'

any excuse for more cookies in my life is a good one:)

Reyna♥ said...

Sounds so fun! (:

laura marie said...

i have to say, this looks like just about the trendiest crowd i've seen at a cookie swap! haha i love it, you guys are all so new york chic :) such a cute idea, thanks for sharing!

Laura said...

Wow! What a brilliant idea. I don't think I know enough people so would just eat all of the cookies myself!

You are brilliant.

Laura :D

Mocha Mornings said...

This looks so fun! I've had a craving for no-bake cookies recently, and your post about the cookie swap has made it final: I'm going to get the no-bake ingredients at the store this evening. Soon my kitchen will be filled with peanut buttery, chocolately oatmeal goodness.

christine said...

What a fantastic idea!! Cookies and girlies, you can't go wrong!

sarah said...

oh this looks fun + delicious! i had an idea for a milkshake party this summer + never got around to it. i'm re-inspired!

juniper said...

this is awesome! i have a two month old-- isaiah rumi-- and am trying to introduce some of these magical tricks that allow for adult time, like 'bedtime' and 'video monitor.' can you tell me which video monitor you use and whether you like it? would be such a help! thanks, juniper.

Joanna Goddard said...

oh, juniper, we're obsessed with our video monitor. it's the brand Summer. we got it on amazon. xo

Julie said...

Nothing better than a night with friends. I'm going to see Eat, Pray, Love tonight with my dear friend from when we were just babies. Best girlfriends are the BEST!

Juliexo

ryan said...

I need to host one of these at my apartment

Hollie said...

lemon bars sound so good! You have some lovely friends! :]

Melissa Blake said...

Sounds like so much fun!!

p.s. you can never go wrong with chocolate chip cookies. I still pour a glass of milk and get giddy when my mom makes them!! xoxo

Sera Pie said...

I love this idea! Consider it stolen...

Melissa Blake said...

p.p.s. i've been trying to organize my massive list of links for a month now! Awesome idea you have for rotating them. I'm thinking of dividing mine into categories....now I just have to find the time hahaha :)

the southern hostess said...

I love this idea so much that I'm going to have to steal it.

abigail oliveros said...

what a wonderful idea to get everybody together!

Evie said...

I'm just gonna throw it out there, if you feel like you have TOO MANY cookies...I know an address in North Carolina that gives a good home to unwanted, orphaned baked goods...

Tanya (a Taste of T) said...

Cookies and nail polish. Now that sounds perfect.

heidi adnum said...

Such a great idea and delicious, too :)

Gabrielle said...

sounds like so much fun! raisin molasses gems (http://cryingkitchen.blogspot.com/2010/05/positive-reinforcement.html) are my favorite type of cookie, but next time I will have to try those peanut-butter crispy bars!

Melissa said...

This looks amazingly fun! You're quite the cookie hostess!

Joanne Angelina said...

That is honestly such a brilliant idea! Most definitely will pass on that idea to my friends..cookies and pastries swap (why not!)
Lots of love,
Joanne

Jovana M. said...

That looks SO good! I wouldn't know what to try first! I'm definitely doing this with my friends! Super great idea. Glad you had fun!

Elissa, ebb & flow said...

that looks like a delicious and uber-fun time. i love the cold milk idea and the coziness of your apartment filled with people.

carina said...

OMG, what a great idea. I have to be a copy cat and invite my friends for a party like this. And a fellow Copenhagener at the party just makes it look even more cozy:-)

BTW - I know it's so uncool to link to your own posts, but Joanna, íf you don't already know about these, you have to! A 'lurve' necklace and a 'lurve' poster! They both made me want to do a little dance:-D

necklace: http://weareallinthegutterbut.blogspot.com/2010/08/how-to-get-annie-hall-look.html

poster: http://weareallinthegutterbut.blogspot.com/2010/08/speaking-of-annie-hall.html

xo

bubbs said...

Drool! I am now craving Pirate brand peanut butter cookies!

Bubbs
www.paris-on-my-mind.blogspot.com

Nikki said...

Looks like a fun and delicious night!



Nikki

Margarita said...

Oh how I wish I was there - so many delicious looking goodies!!

Em-Jae said...

Looks like fun!
I totally forgot that I staged a cookie swap last year... You've inspired me -- perhaps it's time for another :)

blydesign said...

Love this! I host one every December :)

the chirpy bird said...

delicious! I want to do the same thing! Looks like so much fun!
xo tash

A Wild Tonic said...

I will be stealing this idea come autumn! Looks like a blast. :)

megan said...

how fun, joanna! i need to steal this idea. :)

Cindy said...

Awesome :) I'm hosting a cookie exchange this Saturday. Hope there are as many yummy goodies.

juniper said...

thanks, joanna! i've been trolling amazon but don't have quite as much time for research as usual. ;) i'll check it out now and try to add it to my order. i'd love to introduce our little rascal-- we call him zay-- to a little more solo time with his crib buddies.

Anonymous said...

This looks like such a fun, relaxing get together! Glad Alex made an appearance and that Toby slept through most of it! Now I am craving a cookie!

Sophie said...

Ooh, never heard of a video baby monitor! Cool.

Jenn from Much to My Delight said...

I'm totally doing this! How fun!

Deanna (Silly Goose Farm) said...

Um, doesn't everyone eat cookies for breakfast?

You say it like it is a naughty thing.

Deanna (Silly Goose Farm) said...

Um, doesn't everyone eat cookies for breakfast?

You say it like it is a naughty thing.

Kate said...

What a lovely gathering! This post makes me happy :-)

sunshine by sara said...

This looks like so much fun! And all the cookies look delicious.

A Flourishing Perspective said...

Aww, that sounds and looks like such a fun and cosy party! I love those types of events. The cookies look delicious. And Toby is THE most precious thing.

Thanks for sharing!

Kisses,
Rachel

krys kirkpatrick said...

Looks like so much fun. I like that a cookie swap in the summer....mix it up. Did everyone bring the recipe to share also?

annawithlove said...

What a great idea and lovely evening!! Now I will definately have to try a cookie swap party sometime! - Great post, thanks for sharing! :)

www.annawithlove.com

Rachael said...

Wow, that is such a cute idea for a get together, I just might steal that idea someday!

xoxo

www.rachaeldiab.blogspot.com

nyc fashion said...

That's a great idea I'm going to try this with my friends.

http://nyc-fashion.com/

hayden geller said...

What a great idea. I think I'll try this for my upcoming birthday! Thanks for sharing!

Nicole Marie said...

what a cute and fun idea!!

Melissa Jade said...

I can only wish i had as many friends as you! NYC can be one of the loneliest places in the world sometimes.

Emily said...

I'm so jealous! I wish I was there! I was just going through a Martha Stewart mag from earlier this summer and there you were - at a fun party - and I was jealous then too!!!

Steph said...

What a cute idea!!!! Sounds like you had a great time!

Charity said...

oh wow! looks like a totally wholesome (albeit the wine) day. Hope you had lots of peanut-butter-and-chocolate goodies!

Sally Honeycutt said...

How FUN!! I'm so hosting a cookie swap - STAT! :)

The domestic novice said...

I so want to do this! It looks like great fun!

CC Taylor said...

I love cookie swaps! Must have been a great night.

Flourishing Networks said...

looks like you all had such a great time...great shots of friends catching up and having lots of fun

Gratis total said...

Its like a cool and modern Martha Stewart's party! awesome!

Melinda said...

how many people do you recommend to invite to something like this, in order for it to be an success?

ciupa said...

looks like a lovely evening. what a great idea.

copywaitress said...

yummy... a lot of cookies and friends. I'm going to copy this brilliant idea :)

Rachel said...

What a great idea (and could totally go for some cookies for breakfast!)...I love any excuse to host fun get togethers with my friends too!

samantha hahn said...

It was such a fun night. What a perfect idea for a party. I wish I got to talk to each girl more. They were all so great. I have to say though that my favorite part of the evening was my Toby cuddle!

Early Bird said...

What a lovely group of young ladies! The idea of a cookie swap party is just delicious. Mind if I steal it?

Nicole said...

is that a beni ourain rug? im obsessed!

Karen Wallace said...

A fun, relaxed party! Warmly, Karen

PoetessWug said...

Sounds like the kind of girl day I just love!! Good friends, some primping, a couple of men (Toby included) for a minute or two, talking like girls do, and COOKIES!!!! What's not to LOVE?!! ^_^

Sammi said...

video monitor

photohogger said...

LOVE cookie swaps! Such a great excuse to get together!

Gilding Lilies said...

What great (mostly) girlie fun! I'd love to do that!

Taylor Sterling said...

Looks like a blast! A cookie party is a great idea! I may have to do that soon for an excuse to see all my ladies!!

LuluTrixieBelle said...

What a great idea! I am so keen for a cookie swap now.

coolkids said...

How fun!!

Joanna Goddard said...

thanks for these sweet comments! nicole, the rug is actually from Pottery Barn; we got it new from ebay.

Joanna Goddard said...

carina, i LOVE those!!!!! and melinda, i invited about 10 girls, since i figured that way, we wouldn't have too many cookies overall and would have more of an intimate feel. and krys, some people brought printed-out recipes which was great!

reckless daughter said...

cookie swap! that sounds like my kind of party :)

Mary said...

FUN! I wish I was there! I want to have a cookie party now! LOVE THIS!

Mary xo
Delightful Bitefuls

Suse said...

please, oh, please: links to recipes!

Notes from Holly St. said...

Love this idea! It looks like you girls had so much fun...thinking of hosting my own cookie swap soon :)

sbt said...

I would LOVE the recipe for the homemade thin mints!! Please share!

la franglaise said...

What a fun party! Since I am totally in babyland at the moment, I can't help but notice your friend in the stripey dress: is she expecting? I think I can see a pretty belly bump. She's looks beautiful, anyway. Thanks for this peek into your life!

x said...

it's always great to come here! you make people's life better in some way. :) *

kookie ems said...

oh joanna, it's wonderful how you fill your place with beautiful people and yummy cookies! :)

katie said...

delicious! what's better than friends + cookies (& nail polish!)?! hope you had lots of leftovers!

ticky and mimi said...

this is just adorable! I'm so glad you shared this!!

Joanna Goddard said...

la franglaise, yes! she's eight months pregnant and GORGEOUS. her dress is a regular (loose) dress from club monaco.

Mallory and Kathryn said...

ahh! such a cute idea! love it!

your blog is fabulous!!

[bless bless]
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Joanna Goddard said...

here's a recipe for homemade thin mints! :)
http://www.acozykitchen.com/homemade-thin-mints/

Sophia said...

Totally cute idea!
~Sophia
Fit&FabLiving

Marie b said...

Hie,

One of the girls on the 3rd picture looks like Garance Doré. Or is she? :-)

Cookies parties sound so american to me. It is amazing ;-) We should importate that!

Marie (from Belgium)

Proverbs 3:5-6 said...

I'm taking this idea for a party in Nov. Awesome thank you!=)

Jessica Rose said...

Such a great idea for a get together! Mmmm. . . lemon squares and cookies are always a great excuse for a party!

AmyK said...

I'm pretty sure someone in my life needs to invite me to a cookie swap ASAP. Or I'll have one for my next birthday--the big 2-2. That sounds like loads of fun.

littlewinterbride said...

oh yummy and what fun! i wonder how a cookie swap on this side of the ocean would go over with my amici...hmmmm

Louise (AKA MAEVE) said...

I LOVE how no matter where you are in the world a get together with female friends always looks the same ! Awesome ! I think I just might have to start this tradition down my part of the world ~ New Zealand xxx Lou

Louise (AKA MAEVE) said...

I LOVE how no matter where you are in the world a get together with female friends always looks the same ! Awesome ! I think I just might have to start this tradition down my part of the world ~ New Zealand xxx Lou

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