A bell-shaped cookie turned upside down is the perfect “canvas” to create a portrait—a much-loved tradition.
Keep it simple and cooperative. If you are inviting friends, the temptation can be to go all out, but why add extra work? Consider extending an invitation to a cooperative event. Torey makes the cookies and frosting and buys some of the decorations. I contribute decorations and make dinner. There are no invitations beyond, “When do you want to do the cookies this year?” We’re sisters, but I’d snap up a casual invitation like this from a friend and be happy to contribute.
Ditch the accoutrements. For us, the party is about the cookies and, of course, time together. Neither of us is really crafty, so we don’t worry about favors and centerpieces. Our houses are already decorated for Christmas, and we think that’s enough. If you enjoy putting together all the extras, go for it, but for many of us it’s a barrier to entertaining. If you come to my house you won’t be given a striped paper straw with your drink and that’s a personal manifesto.