Monday, December 14, 2009

It's Almost Cookie Exchange Time

The cookies are baked and placed on their trays. The house has been straightened and vacuumed. The appetizers are waiting to be set in their place. Finally, the CHRISTmas music is wafting through the air yielding to the feeling of expectation. So what to do now? Wait for everyone to arrive in a few hours. Yes, my "1st Annual Christmas Cookie Exchange" will begin before I know it. I can hardly wait.

I scheduled the party for mid-morning with my dear friends so that no one would have to interrupt their evening family time. Having it at this time of day also affords us to have a "ladies day" without the Hubby's. Yes, it's nice to have our Hubby's here but it's also nice for time spent with just us women.

I found a sweet little site called Santa Lady that I used for printing out some CHRISTmas games to play. I also have prizes to award for different things like, best cookie presentation, most festive dress, etc. However, no one knows there will prizes or games so this is all a surprise. This is the season of giving and it really is more fun to give than to receive.

By the way...did I forget to mention that today is my birthday!?! Alright, I admit it, I'm throwing myself a birthday party in cookie disguise. *grin* Hubby kept asking me what I wanted for my birthday and you know, I really don't need anything or know of anything that I want so instead, I decided to have a party to celebrate my friends. Knowing that I have some of the most awesome friends is gift enough for me.


Conny said...

Happy Birthday!! Enjoy your party - it looks like you're going to have a GREAT time!

Keeper of our Home said...

Conny ~
Thanks so much for the birthday wishes.

~Mrs. M

Simply Heart And Home said...

Happy Birthday! I wish I could come to your cookie exchange. Your table looks so lovely!

and Congratulations! You are the winner for Day One of the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway. You can email me at



Keeper of our Home said...

Gina ~

Thank you so much! I am so excited about the give-a-way. You had some VERY lovely goodies. What a blessing you are to everyone.

~Mrs. M

Carrie of Farming On Faith said...

Happy Birthday~have a wonderful time! I love having the girls over too! It is one of my favorite things to do! I wish I could come ~wouldn't that be fun!
I am catching up on my blogs to keep my tears away from leaving Boston!
Gods grace is always enough!

regina said...

Happy Birthday! I hope today is more special than you imagined it to be.

cranky grandma said...

Happy happy birthday! I hope you have the best day ever!