On Tuesday, I hosted my Sixth Annual Recipe Exchange and it was a Breakfast Edition.
This is truly one of my favorite things to do during the holiday season.
Each year, we have a different theme (appetizers, desserts, side dishes, casseroles), everyone turns in their recipe in advance so that a little book can be made for the party, we bring something to donate for a charitable cause (we’ve done the Angel Tree before and we donate to the food pantry), and then everyone brings their favorite dish and we all have a big feast. I provide the drinks, any additional accompanying food, the festive music and twinkle lights and we have the best time!
Over the last six years, this has been such a wonderful way to celebrate the holidays with friends, get new recipes for my own family to use throughout the year and do something good for our community. I love these recipe exchanges :).
This year was even more fun because we all came in our pajamas. Nothing goes better with a big feast than stretchy pj pants. #amen
Here’s a little peek…
Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate with marshmallows and candy canes to stir.
Getting ready for my Cranberry Mimosas 🙂
Each year, I give them their Christmas gifts at this party…this year, buffalo plaid blankets. They are so soft!
I pulled out my big plates for this occasion…lots of food was piled on them!
Little tags so that everyone knows who brought what.
Our voting station. It’s a fierce competition over here!
My favorite people all piling their plates full of breakfast goodness.
So, the thing is…Karla is never dull :). I love these two! Karla and Sheaffer.
I’m so blessed to do life with these ladies.
I love you girls all so much!
So, once more, let’s recap (for those of you who might want to do this too!)…
1. Everyone emails me their recipe in advance and I compile a book.
2. Everyone brings their prepared dish the night of the party.
3. We eat, eat, eat and then vote on our favorite (the winner gets a prize!).
4. Everyone leaves with a party favor and a copy of the recipe book.
Over the years, we have done a Cookie and Bar Exchange (I provided dinner and then we ate the sweets), we have done a Side Dish Exchange (I provided a ham, dinner rolls and dessert), a Casserole Exchange, and then we’ve done an Appetizer Exchange twice (we did it back in 2011 and decided to repeat it this last year too).
I always provide drinks and dessert to round things out.Side note: we decided that every year should be done in our pajamas…it seriously made things so much more fun!
You can find the recipe here.
The winner of our favorite recipe went to Lisa who brought a Southwestern Breakfast Casserole. I will make it and post it on my blog soon!
And, the winner for bringing the most canned food was Andrea! She brought 275 cans of food to be donated to our local food pantry.
We loaded up Andrew’s truck and drove everything to the food pantry the following day.
Such a wonderful night with my friends.