PartyLite Cookie Swap Party

This post brought to you by PartyLite Simple Pleasures Holiday Sweepstakes. All opinions are 100% mine.
Remember that Cookie Swap party i was talking about last month? Well, i am excited to show you the pics and tell you about the fun little get together i had at my house!
party ideas
This is the “party table” before the party started. the colors were red and turquoise. {love!!} I think fresh flowers are perfect for any party and the red roses {cheap ones from a big box store. ahem} gave the decorations an elegant feel.
party decor
I made a few things for this party; name tag tents for the cookies, peppermint serving trays, and Tiered Pedestal Platter.
ideas for party food
i placed turkey and swiss wraps on my Tiered Platter. No, I did not make them. if i had, they would not have been edible. like the Peanut Butter Blossom cookies i made for the Cookie Swap….which you will not get to see because half of them were burnt…..let’s just say, after the cookie swap, i think i still had the same amount of cookies that i started with….lol
snow candle
i LOVE these Iced Snowberry Snowball candles from PartyLite. they are so cute and smell fantastic! and they were fun to decorate with. {you can see the snowball candles featured on my January Mantel here} for the party, i put them on a handmade peppermint tray.
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The Cookies
chewy chocolate toffee cookies
Sarah made delicious Oatmeal Chocolate Toffee Monster cookies. {they were amazing!}
reindeer sugar cookies
Andrea made the cutest Reindeer cookies and Mini Apple Pies. {so cute and so yummy!}
red and green sugar cookies
Cara made colorful Snickerdoodles and Peanut Butter Cookies. yummers!!
*no, my peanut butter cookies will NOT be making a blog appearance because as Andrea, Cara, and Latisha can attest, they were awful! {sigh}
Hosting a  PartyLite party was fun. PartyLite has lots of great tools online to help you plan your party and organize your guest list. i was able to send an e-invite to out-of-state family.
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  1. PartyLite candles are super high quality.
  2. PartyLite candles are made from Paraffin wax. so when they burn, its white smoke….which means these candles do not make your house dirty like cheap candles do. {awesome!!} 
  3. If you spill PartyLite Candle wax on anything, all you need to do is let it cool and then place a piece of paper over the wax and run a warm iron over it. this will even take the wax out of carpet! {with kids around, this is very handy!}

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party guests
{left to right} Cara, Sarah, Andrea, and Me. {i so need a haircut!!}
My favorite part of the party was meeting Latisha and Andrea, two local crafters. i’m so glad they could make it!! several other gals had to cancel last minute…..we sure missed them!! but i do know how busy and crazy the holidays can be.
hosting a partylite party
{left to right} Kim {our fantastic PartyLite consultant}, Cara, Sarah, Andrea, and Me. {i still need a haircut}
Kim had LOADS of party ideas!! she is the ‘Party Theme Queen’. seriously. she told us about all kinds of fun party ideas like: Banana Splits {Bring Your Own Banana}, Wine & Cheese, Reality TV, Bingo, Worst Candle Contest, and Pirates to name a few.
definitely stop by Kim’s page and check out the Winter Blowout Sale going on right now. there are some great deals!! if you’d like to pick up a few items from PartyLite, you can search my name {linda gardner} as a Host and when you spend $50, you get any one product for 50% off! {which i totally did and got the gorgeous Weathered Zinc Lantern. can’t wait to get it!}
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Hi! I'm Linda, the craft addict behind Craftaholics Anonymous®, a craft blog. Crafting is cheaper than therapy, right? When I'm not DIYing something, I can be found taxiing around our 4 crazy kids or working out. Or shoe shopping... because you can never have too many shoes! Happy crafting! ♥

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  1. 1

    Looks like you had a fun party! I really wanted to go but my hubby had duty that night and I just didn’t want to pawn my kids off to anyone.

  2. 2

    I was one of those “last minute cancellations” due to family craziness at holiday time! I see how much fun it was. So wish I could have joined the festivities. Thanks for posting the pics though.

  3. 3

    It looks like it was a fun party, even if your cookies were a disappointment.

  4. 4

    I really wish I could have come! Looks like fun!

  5. 5

    It really saddens me that I couldn’t make it due to my travel schedule. :( BUT…gosh, loving the cookies and the peppermint tray! I saw that on Pinterest while I was away for Christmas and was absolutely loving it. Glad to see someone I “know” who pulled it off (because, as much as I want to, I almost can’t accept that some things will, in fact, work until I or someone I know pulls it off, lol). :)

  6. 6
    Pat K

    Will you be posting the oatmeal chocolate toffee cookies? Thay look so good!

  7. 7

    Thanks again for hosting such a great evening. Loved everything!

  8. 8

    Sarah here (not Latisha even though it still says that in a couple of places). I made the Oatmeal Toffee cookies and I would love to send you the recipe. Just send me an email and I’ll get it to you asap.


  9. 9

    How did you make the peppermint tray?

    1. 9.1

      Hi Yvonne,
      I unwrapped all the peppermints, placed in a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and baked in the oven for 10 minutes. I think the temperature was 200 degrees, but I’m not 100% on that. My brain is really tired right now!!
      happy crafting,