Three Easy Weeknight Pizza + Salad Pairings

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Easy Weeknight Dinner Ideas | Pizza and salad pairings from @cydconverse plus more recipes, entertaining tips, party ideas and more!

I was looking at my calendar a few days ago and realized that from now straight through the holiday season is pretty much maxed out. Between work obligations, various holiday parties, family gatherings, and chorus concerts, there are very few days without some kind of commitment. Add in the need to tackle the organizational aspects of the holidays (gift shopping, wrapping, food shopping and prepping, etc. etc.), I think we all know just how busy November and especially December can prove to be. With that in mind, today I once again teamed up with the fine folks at Dr. Oetker Virtuoso Pizza (formerly Dr. Oetker Ristorante Pizza) to share three easy weeknight dinner ideas with you! Specifically, we’re talking about the most delicious pizza and salad pairings that are a cinch to toss together while totally elevating your weeknight dinner game. Inspired by the seriously delicious flavor combinations of Virtuoso and their and commitment to fresh, whole ingredients, these salad pairings are about to become your new go-to during the week. We’re also teaming up on a really fun giveaway so keep scrolling for the details and be sure to get entered for your chance to win as the giveaway will close one week from today!

Easy Weeknight Dinner Ideas | Pizza and salad pairings from @cydconverse plus more recipes, entertaining tips, party ideas and more!

Easy Weeknight Dinner Ideas | Pizza and salad pairings from @cydconverse plus more recipes, entertaining tips, party ideas and more!

Easy Weeknight Dinner Ideas | Pizza and salad pairings from @cydconverse plus more recipes, entertaining tips, party ideas and more! Easy Weeknight Dinner Ideas | Pizza and salad pairings from @cydconverse plus more recipes, entertaining tips, party ideas and more!

Easy Weeknight Dinner Ideas | Pizza and salad pairings from @cydconverse plus more recipes, entertaining tips, party ideas and more!

Virtuoso has nine gourmet flavor varieties with a thin, crispy crust that makes it about the best frozen pizza you’re ever going to taste. You can track down your favorite variety by checking out the store locator to find out where it is sold near you, or put in a request with the manager at your favorite store! The pizzas (now showcasing a new name and a sleek new box) feature the same fresh ingredients as they always have and bake at 425° in jus about 12 minutes. With these salads, we baked up the Seasoned Chicken, Vegetable Medley and Four Cheese although you can pick any of your favorites for the perfect weekday meal!

Easy Weeknight Dinner Ideas | Pizza and salad pairings from @cydconverse plus more recipes, entertaining tips, party ideas and more!

Easy Weeknight Dinner Ideas | Pizza and salad pairings from @cydconverse plus more recipes, entertaining tips, party ideas and more! Easy Weeknight Dinner Ideas | Pizza and salad pairings from @cydconverse plus more recipes, entertaining tips, party ideas and more!

Easy Weeknight Dinner Ideas | Pizza and salad pairings from @cydconverse plus more recipes, entertaining tips, party ideas and more!

Blackberry Feta Salad

I love fruit on salads, specifically berries and think the flavor is even better when paired with good, crumbly feta! Here red leaf lettuce provides the perfect base, then I just sprinkled on the blackberries, a small handful of thinly sliced almonds and then crumbled a bit of feta over top. A nice drizzle of lemon vinaigrette and you’re in business! Of course, you can switch up the greens and specific berries to suit your taste, but I suggest thinking beyond iceberg and romaine when making your selection so your salads feel a bit elevated and special. That’s the beauty of these salad and pizza pairings! Good, simple ingredients that taste awesome, especially when paired with the Four Cheese pizza. (Which, for the record, is one of my personal favorites!)

Easy Weeknight Dinner Ideas | Pizza and salad pairings from @cydconverse plus more recipes, entertaining tips, party ideas and more!

Easy Weeknight Dinner Ideas | Pizza and salad pairings from @cydconverse plus more recipes, entertaining tips, party ideas and more! Easy Weeknight Dinner Ideas | Pizza and salad pairings from @cydconverse plus more recipes, entertaining tips, party ideas and more!

Easy Weeknight Dinner Ideas | Pizza and salad pairings from @cydconverse plus more recipes, entertaining tips, party ideas and more!

Gorgonzola Green Apple Salad

Again with the fruit on salads! In this case, thin slice of granny smith apples and a good sprinkling of gorgonzola bring it home. Walnuts make the perfect pairing with gorgonzola and the tart green apple flavor so just chop ’em rough and toss them on top. For the greens here, I kept things simple with butter lettuce, which is just really clean in flavor and nice and crisp, so everything tastes super fresh. Pile your plate up with a few slices of Vegetable Medley pizza and you’re set! All the veggies on the pizza taste amazing paired with the apples on this salad.

Easy Weeknight Dinner Ideas | Pizza and salad pairings from @cydconverse plus more recipes, entertaining tips, party ideas and more!

Easy Weeknight Dinner Ideas | Pizza and salad pairings from @cydconverse plus more recipes, entertaining tips, party ideas and more! Easy Weeknight Dinner Ideas | Pizza and salad pairings from @cydconverse plus more recipes, entertaining tips, party ideas and more!

Easy Weeknight Dinner Ideas | Pizza and salad pairings from @cydconverse plus more recipes, entertaining tips, party ideas and more!

Avocado Heirloom Tomato Salad

I’m such a salad junkie that it might be impossible for me to pick a favorite of these three, but if you twisted my arm and I had to, I’d probably say this one! Green leaf lettuce topped with slices of avocado and heirloom tomato, then sprinkled with a bit of red pepper flake. Coincidentally, this is pretty similar to how I like to eat my bagels, too, so there may or may not be a recurring theme happening in my life. At any rate, this one is also as delicious as it is easy to make. Keep the ingredients handy and then after work you can pop a pizza into the oven, slice everything up and be ready to eat in just a few minutes so you can tackle your evening’s agenda. The gentleman of the household is a huge fan of the Seasoned Chicken pizza and loved it alongside the avocado!

Easy Weeknight Dinner Ideas | Pizza and salad pairings from @cydconverse plus more recipes, entertaining tips, party ideas and more!

A Cozy Pizza Prize Pack Giveaway

One lucky reader is going to win a cozy pizza prize pack valued at over $200! You can enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. (It’s as easy as can be, promise!) What are you going to win? Lots of really good stuff from the likes of Crate & Barrel and Pier 1, plus lots of yummy pizza, of course! Also known as everything you need to cozy up for the perfect night at home. So, get yourself entered to win! The giveaway will run through 12:00 AM (eastern) on Friday, November 25th. One winner will be announced here on this post later that day – good luck and see below for what you could win!

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[Art direction + styling by Cyd Converse | Photos by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]

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12 Beautiful Modern Thanksgiving Decorations

Modern Thanksgiving Decorations | Thanksgiving ideas, entertaining tips, party ideas and more from @cydconverse

Admittedly, I tend to be a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to Thanksgiving decorations. Not so much of the pilgrims and cornucopia variety, but more in the pumpkins, leaves and autumnal colors kind of way. Ok and even more honestly, we’re usually so busy cooking and baking and popping bottles of bubbly that crafting the perfect Thanksgiving tablescape is never really top of mind for me. That said, I can really get behind a seriously beautiful and modern Thanksgiving celebration, which is what inspired today’s round-up. If you need even more Thanksgiving ideas, from recipes to decor and more, visit me over on Pinterest where I’m pinning daily!

1. DIY balloon centerpiece [above]

Modern Thanksgiving Decorations | Thanksgiving ideas, entertaining tips, party ideas and more from @cydconverse

2. DIY geometric string art backdrop

Modern Thanksgiving Decorations | Thanksgiving ideas, entertaining tips, party ideas and more from @cydconverse

3. Dip dye placemats

Modern Thanksgiving Decorations | Thanksgiving ideas, entertaining tips, party ideas and more from @cydconverse

4. DIY Thanksgiving balloons

Modern Thanksgiving Decorations | Thanksgiving ideas, entertaining tips, party ideas and more from @cydconverse

5. DIY ombre mini pumpkin centerpiece

Modern Thanksgiving Decorations | Thanksgiving ideas, entertaining tips, party ideas and more from @cydconverse

6. Printable Thanksgiving worksheet

Modern Thanksgiving Decorations | Thanksgiving ideas, entertaining tips, party ideas and more from @cydconverse

7. Give thanks garland

Modern Thanksgiving Decorations | Thanksgiving ideas, entertaining tips, party ideas and more from @cydconverse

8. Modern Thanksgiving table

Modern Thanksgiving Decorations | Thanksgiving ideas, entertaining tips, party ideas and more from @cydconverse

9. DIY painted leaf backdrop

Modern Thanksgiving Decorations | Thanksgiving ideas, entertaining tips, party ideas and more from @cydconverse

10. Mini honeycomb paper turkeys

Modern Thanksgiving Decorations | Thanksgiving ideas, entertaining tips, party ideas and more from @cydconverse

11. Printable leftover pie labels

Modern Thanksgiving Decorations | Thanksgiving ideas, entertaining tips, party ideas and more from @cydconverse

12. I am thankful for balloon

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Homemade Holiday Stovetop Potpourri

How to Make Your House Smell like Fall | Homemade Stovetop Potpourri plus more entertaining ideas, Christmas recipes, cocktail recipes, Thanksgiving ideas and more from @cydconverse

An alternate title to this post would be something like, “How to make your house smell like the holidays!” And that would be totally, completely accurate. I believe my oldest stepson’s words were, verbatim, “Yum, it smells like Christmas in here!” Yes, bud, it does. You’ve probably heard of this concept before. Fill a pot with water, toss in a bunch of spices and fruit, simmer it on the stove and make the house smell instantly like fall and winter and dessert and cider and all those good things. But does it actually work? Why yes, friends, it does! So today I’m walking you through how to make this super simple homemade holiday stovetop potpourri, that is really perfect for the entire holiday season. Put a pot on the stove this weekend while you’re starting to get organized for Thanksgiving next week. Set a pot to simmer before guests arrive for a dinner party. Your house has never smelled so good, promise.

How to Make Your House Smell like Fall | Homemade Stovetop Potpourri plus more entertaining ideas, Christmas recipes, cocktail recipes, Thanksgiving ideas and more from @cydconverse

How to Make Your House Smell like Fall | Homemade Stovetop Potpourri plus more entertaining ideas, Christmas recipes, cocktail recipes, Thanksgiving ideas and more from @cydconverse How to Make Your House Smell like Fall | Homemade Stovetop Potpourri plus more entertaining ideas, Christmas recipes, cocktail recipes, Thanksgiving ideas and more from @cydconverse

How to Make Your House Smell like Fall | Homemade Stovetop Potpourri plus more entertaining ideas, Christmas recipes, cocktail recipes, Thanksgiving ideas and more from @cydconverse

Homemade Stovetop Potpourri

  • Orange slices
  • Fresh cranberries
  • Bay leaves
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Star anise
  • Nutmeg
  • Cloves

How to Make Your House Smell like Fall | Homemade Stovetop Potpourri plus more entertaining ideas, Christmas recipes, cocktail recipes, Thanksgiving ideas and more from @cydconverse

How to Make Your House Smell like Fall | Homemade Stovetop Potpourri plus more entertaining ideas, Christmas recipes, cocktail recipes, Thanksgiving ideas and more from @cydconverse How to Make Your House Smell like Fall | Homemade Stovetop Potpourri plus more entertaining ideas, Christmas recipes, cocktail recipes, Thanksgiving ideas and more from @cydconverse

How to Make Your House Smell like Fall | Homemade Stovetop Potpourri plus more entertaining ideas, Christmas recipes, cocktail recipes, Thanksgiving ideas and more from @cydconverse

Begin by filling a medium to large pot roughly 3/4 of the way full of water. Drop in a handful of cranberries, a few slices of fresh orange and then drop in all of your spices. I like the combination of bay leaf, star anise, whole cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon sticks, but you can also just grab from what you have handy or find easily in the grocery store. You definitely want whole spices and/or herbs for this; anything powdered won’t work and will just make a mess. Heat the pot over medium-high heat to a low boil, then reduce the heat to the lowest setting and allow it to simmer. The fragrance comes from simmering this on the stove, so at this point you’re done! Keep an eye on the pot to be sure it doesn’t run out of water, because dried on fruit and bay leaf will make a mess. Top off with water as necessary and enjoy the smells of the holidays!

How to Make Your House Smell like Fall | Homemade Stovetop Potpourri plus more entertaining ideas, Christmas recipes, cocktail recipes, Thanksgiving ideas and more from @cydconverse

How to Make Your House Smell like Fall | Homemade Stovetop Potpourri plus more entertaining ideas, Christmas recipes, cocktail recipes, Thanksgiving ideas and more from @cydconverse How to Make Your House Smell like Fall | Homemade Stovetop Potpourri plus more entertaining ideas, Christmas recipes, cocktail recipes, Thanksgiving ideas and more from @cydconverse

How to Make Your House Smell like Fall | Homemade Stovetop Potpourri plus more entertaining ideas, Christmas recipes, cocktail recipes, Thanksgiving ideas and more from @cydconverse

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[Art direction + styling by Cyd Converse | Photos by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]

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DIY Graphic Cookie Aprons

DIY Graphic Aprons from @cydconverse | Hostess gift ideas, DIY gifts, homemade gifts, entertaining ideas and more!

Last week I shared the cookie exchange that I recently hosted for a gaggle of my favorite women. Today I’m sharing the quick and easy tutorial for making the DIY aprons that I gifted each lady as a little thank you for joining me for the day. Guys, these have homemade hostess gift written all over them! Inspired by Kelly’s DIY graphic tees, I wanted to come up with a cute, cheeky phrase that would fit the cookie theme. After much delibration, I thought I’d play on the ubiquitous “But first, coffee” phrase that you see just about everywhere these days and, thus, the world’s coolest apron was born. If you need to know just how easy these are, I made twelve in under two hours!

DIY Graphic Aprons from @cydconverse | Hostess gift ideas, DIY gifts, homemade gifts, entertaining ideas and more!

DIY Graphic Aprons from @cydconverse | Hostess gift ideas, DIY gifts, homemade gifts, entertaining ideas and more!

Supplies

DIY Graphic Aprons from @cydconverse | Hostess gift ideas, DIY gifts, homemade gifts, entertaining ideas and more!

Begin by using a large heart-shaped paper punch to punch hearts out of your iron-on glitter paper. I picked up the glitter paper at Michaels in the aisle with the fabric dyes, but you can also find it via Amazon using the link above. I made all twelve aprons using one full sheet and about a quarter of a second sheet. I did find that the glitter paper had a bit of tendency to get a little hung up on the punch, so rather than pushing the punch down slowly, give it a good rap on top and that should cut through nice and neat. No need for being gentle here!

DIY Graphic Aprons from @cydconverse | Hostess gift ideas, DIY gifts, homemade gifts, entertaining ideas and more!

DIY Graphic Aprons from @cydconverse | Hostess gift ideas, DIY gifts, homemade gifts, entertaining ideas and more!

Next up, lay your apron out on a flat, heat resistant surface. Lay out your letters to find the best arrangement, being sure not to go too low or too high so the letters sit appropriately across the chest. Determine where you’d like to place your heart, and then iron everything down using a warm, dry iron. Place a pillowcase or other thin fabric in between your letters and the iron to keep everything protected. Press firmly and iron everything for a good 30 to 40 seconds, then remove and check to be sure everything is securely tacked down. If not, no biggie! Just iron everything again until everything is fully attached. For best results, read the instructions on your particular brand of iron-on paper and letters to be sure you’re setting yourself up for success. Then you’re done! The world’s cutest aprons in just a few minutes of work for each one. Voila!

DIY Graphic Aprons from @cydconverse | Hostess gift ideas, DIY gifts, homemade gifts, entertaining ideas and more!

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[Art direction + styling by Cyd Converse | Photos by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]

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How to Host a Merry Cookie Exchange

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How to Host a Merry Cookie Exchange with @cydconverse + @eaglebrand | Cookie exchange recipes, holiday party ideas, entertaining tips, best cookie recipes and more!

Baking cookies around the holidays has a long, sweet history in my family. I remember gathering as a kid with my mom, grandmother and aunts to mix, roll, cut and bake cookies for an entire weekend every year. To this day my mom and I still confer at some point in early December to divvy up the cookie baking list if we aren’t able to get together to do the actual baking. While we try to add new things in every so often, we always go back to those tried and true favorites that everyone in the family goes crazy for year after year. This year when Eagle Brand reached out about teaming up to host a cookie exchange, I was perhaps a little bit giddy in how enthusiastically I jumped on board! Cookie exchanges bring back the most amazing memories of my childhood, gathered with generations of women in my family to sing and bake the day away. Needless to say, I could not wait to invite a bunch of the coolest ladies I know (including my mom, of course) to join me for a day of cookies and champagne.

How to Host a Merry Cookie Exchange with @cydconverse + @eaglebrand | Cookie exchange recipes, holiday party ideas, entertaining tips, best cookie recipes and more!

How to Host a Merry Cookie Exchange with @cydconverse + @eaglebrand | Cookie exchange recipes, holiday party ideas, entertaining tips, best cookie recipes and more!

How to Host a Merry Cookie Exchange with @cydconverse + @eaglebrand | Cookie exchange recipes, holiday party ideas, entertaining tips, best cookie recipes and more!

How to Host a Merry Cookie Exchange with @cydconverse + @eaglebrand | Cookie exchange recipes, holiday party ideas, entertaining tips, best cookie recipes and more!

My grandmother was always a little bit crazy (in a totally lovable way, I swear) about keeping Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk stocked in her pantry this time of year. (By the by, she also always had the ingredients for her favorite party dip recipe on hand, too, but we’ll save that one for another day.) When the folks at Eagle Brand suggested that we switch things up and actually host a super fun un-cookie exchange, I was game. They challenged me to create two delicious, brand new and totally unique recipes that would make it super simple for you to host or attend a cookie exchange. So, think the world’s most amazing fudge recipe (check!) and a killer bar cookie recipe (check!) in lieu of making tray after tray of cookies. Today I’m sharing both recipes, plus my tips for hosting a merry un-cookie exchange!

How to Host a Merry Cookie Exchange with @cydconverse + @eaglebrand | Cookie exchange recipes, holiday party ideas, entertaining tips, best cookie recipes and more!

How to Host a Merry Cookie Exchange with @cydconverse + @eaglebrand | Cookie exchange recipes, holiday party ideas, entertaining tips, best cookie recipes and more!

How to Host a Merry Cookie Exchange with @cydconverse + @eaglebrand | Cookie exchange recipes, holiday party ideas, entertaining tips, best cookie recipes and more!

How to Host a Merry Cookie Exchange with @cydconverse + @eaglebrand | Cookie exchange recipes, holiday party ideas, entertaining tips, best cookie recipes and more!

How to Host a Merry Cookie Exchange with @cydconverse + @eaglebrand | Cookie exchange recipes, holiday party ideas, entertaining tips, best cookie recipes and more!

How to Host a Merry Cookie Exchange with @cydconverse + @eaglebrand | Cookie exchange recipes, holiday party ideas, entertaining tips, best cookie recipes and more!

How to Host a Merry Cookie Exchange with @cydconverse + @eaglebrand | Cookie exchange recipes, holiday party ideas, entertaining tips, best cookie recipes and more!

To keep things fun and festive, without wanting anyone to feel overwhelmed given how busy all the women I know are these days, I asked my lady pals to each bring along two dozen of their favorite cookies. Traditional cookies, bar cookies, bark, fudge, whatever was best and easiest for them! I made dark chocolate caramel corn fudge and triple layer dulce de leche brownie cookie bars, which were the undeniable stars of the show. (Ahem, even if I do say so myself.) My sweet cousin Diane made a really festive holiday punch while I chilled several bottles of champagne. I set up a quick and easy bar station so everyone could self-serve punch, champagne or mix a quick cocktail. Stacks of bakery boxes (from Shop Sweet Lulu) allowed everyone to easily pack up cookies and treats to bring home at the end of the festivities, while an assortment of platters and cake stands made the perfect way to display everyone’s creations while we were listening to Christmas music and catching up.

How to Host a Merry Cookie Exchange with @cydconverse + @eaglebrand | Cookie exchange recipes, holiday party ideas, entertaining tips, best cookie recipes and more!

How to Host a Merry Cookie Exchange with @cydconverse + @eaglebrand | Cookie exchange recipes, holiday party ideas, entertaining tips, best cookie recipes and more!

How to Host a Merry Cookie Exchange with @cydconverse + @eaglebrand | Cookie exchange recipes, holiday party ideas, entertaining tips, best cookie recipes and more!

How to Host a Merry Cookie Exchange with @cydconverse + @eaglebrand | Cookie exchange recipes, holiday party ideas, entertaining tips, best cookie recipes and more!

Cookie Exchange Party

How to Host a Merry Cookie Exchange with @cydconverse + @eaglebrand | Cookie exchange recipes, holiday party ideas, entertaining tips, best cookie recipes and more!

How to Host a Merry Cookie Exchange with @cydconverse + @eaglebrand | Cookie exchange recipes, holiday party ideas, entertaining tips, best cookie recipes and more!

How to Host a Merry Cookie Exchange with @cydconverse + @eaglebrand | Cookie exchange recipes, holiday party ideas, entertaining tips, best cookie recipes and more!

How to Host a Merry Cookie Exchange with @cydconverse + @eaglebrand | Cookie exchange recipes, holiday party ideas, entertaining tips, best cookie recipes and more!

I really wanted to send each of my ladies home with something sweet (in addition to their cookie stash, of course) so I made super cute aprons for everyone! (Stay tuned for the DIY tutorial next week so you can make your own, too!) Everyone went crazy for them, and they were surprisingly simple to make. They’d also make a really sweet hostess gift! If you’re not into making aprons, no worries. You can skip the gift portion entirely or send everyone home with a pretty ornament or a cute cookie cutter. Everyone gets so busy during the holiday season with personal and family obligations, so it felt like a nice little extra touch to thank everyone for carving out an afternoon to come over and hang out. Plus, who can resist a punny graphic apron? Not this lady!

How to Host a Merry Cookie Exchange with @cydconverse + @eaglebrand | Cookie exchange recipes, holiday party ideas, entertaining tips, best cookie recipes and more!

How to Host a Merry Cookie Exchange with @cydconverse + @eaglebrand | Cookie exchange recipes, holiday party ideas, entertaining tips, best cookie recipes and more!

How to Host a Merry Cookie Exchange with @cydconverse + @eaglebrand | Cookie exchange recipes, holiday party ideas, entertaining tips, best cookie recipes and more!

For decor, it’s totally ok to keep things simple! I sprinkled a bit of confetti around and filled a tray with glittery ornaments and called it a centerpiece with the addition of a tall cylinder vase holding big white hydrangea blooms. A few cute extras like little bottle brush trees, colorful paper straws, gold trimmed glasses, sweet little twizzle sticks and pretty cocktail napkins pull everything together in a way that’s crazy festive and really chic, without driving you crazy over the details. I made a big installation of honeycomb balls and gold lanterns over the bar area to serve as a single, bright and merry focal point. (You can snag the honeycomb balls from Shop Sweet Lulu and I got the gold lanterns on Amazon.) You don’t need to get overwhelmed with decorating! Pull from your existing holiday decor, add in a few little extras and let those cookies do the talking.

How to Host a Merry Cookie Exchange with @cydconverse + @eaglebrand | Cookie exchange recipes, holiday party ideas, entertaining tips, best cookie recipes and more!

How to Host a Merry Cookie Exchange with @cydconverse + @eaglebrand | Cookie exchange recipes, holiday party ideas, entertaining tips, best cookie recipes and more!

How to Host a Merry Cookie Exchange with @cydconverse + @eaglebrand | Cookie exchange recipes, holiday party ideas, entertaining tips, best cookie recipes and more!

How to Host a Merry Cookie Exchange with @cydconverse + @eaglebrand | Cookie exchange recipes, holiday party ideas, entertaining tips, best cookie recipes and more!

How to Host a Merry Cookie Exchange with @cydconverse + @eaglebrand | Cookie exchange recipes, holiday party ideas, entertaining tips, best cookie recipes and more!

How to Host a Merry Cookie Exchange with @cydconverse + @eaglebrand | Cookie exchange recipes, holiday party ideas, entertaining tips, best cookie recipes and more!

If you’re getting into the holiday spirit big time like I am right now, you need to host a cookie exchange! Better yet, snag my recipes for the world’s best dark chocolate caramel corn fudge and triple layer dulce de leche brownie cookie bars and host an un-cookie exchange. A single tray of each will yield you a bunch of treats for your favorite people. You can also share your favorite bar and fudge ideas with Eagle Brand on Facebook and Pinterest, and visit Eagle Brand’s official un-cookie exchange hub for dozens of additional recipes! Toss a few ornaments around the house, add champagne and a solid holiday playlist and you’ve got an instant party! Thanks so much to Eagle Brand for inspiring an amazing afternoon. The guests included some of my best friends, a handful of cousins, old high school friends and even a few babies who conveniently went down for naps right as we started group photos. Coming together and finding a really special way to celebrate friends and family is what the holidays are all about to me and I loved having a chance to host everyone. Hip hip hooray for a cookie exchange!

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[Art direction + styling by Cyd Converse | Photos by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]

This post was sponsored by Eagle Brand. Read more about our editorial policies. For more seriously delicious recipes, follow Eagle Brand on Facebook and Pinterest

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