Maybe it’s because I’m currently in the thick of planning a “Cookie Swap” photo shoot for my book right now, or maybe it’s just that time of year, but I definitely have cookies – and parties! – on the brain at the moment! Every December, my great friend Myra throws an all-girls cookie swap (with strict instructions to leave the kids and husbands at home!), and it’s a holiday tradition that all her guests look forward to each year. Everyone brings a big batch of their favorite homemade holiday cookie with recipe cards to pass around, and at the end of the party, leaves with a box of 2 dozen or so different kinds of cookies to sample and share! It’s a delicious (and slightly dangerous) kickoff to the holidays, and for today’s inspiration board, I’m dreaming of a cookie fête in red & white stripes, marble surfaces, cozy knits and a touch of tartan. I think it’d make a perfect palette for just about any kind of holiday gathering, don’t you? Happy December, y’all… hope it’s off to a very merry start!

*images: {row 1} via here, williams-sonoma, the sweetest occasion {row 2} the studio b photography via style me pretty, crate and barrel, white loft studio via style me pretty {row 3} williams-sonoma, paperless postwhite loft studio via style me pretty, bethany marie photography {row 4} crate and barrel, riley recipe blogcrate and barrel.

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  1. 1
    Wendy December 2, 2013 at 6:49 am

    I absolutely love every image you collectively posted! Cozy and cookies! Perfection on this snowy day!

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    suemichaud December 2, 2013 at 10:49 am

    I was just pondering doing a cookie swap over the weekend. I am inspired now by your beautiful photos. Thanks!

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    Desiree {CHIC COASTAL LIVING} December 2, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Love this mood board! Plaid is my favorite and I use tartan plaid every year in my Christmas decorating.

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    Angelica Golden | The Savvy Girl's Guide December 3, 2013 at 1:13 am

    What a fun tradition! I love this time of year, with all the cookie baking. I’m actually doing Cookie Week on my blog this week!
    xx, Angelica