Meet the savvy moms behind Seacrest Country Day School’s cookie-swap fundraiser and savor their holiday sweets.
Admission to one of the most exclusive girl’s nights out this holiday season is finite but not exactly simple—buy a ticket and bake eight dozen cookies. Since 2006 Ursula Boyd and four of her friends have hosted a cookie exchange, a perennially sold-out fundraiser to support the financial aid fund for Seacrest Country Day School, a leading private academy in Naples. The party is held at a host’s house each year, and the guest list is cut off at 30. Moms wear cocktail dresses and relish a catered feast, live music, games, and, of course, cookies (everyone takes home nearly 100). The night was born as a way to have fun while giving back, but what it has done is drawn people closer.
Helen Ruisi, Seacrest’s CFO, has been to all but one of the previous seven events. “I don’t know another word to describe it other than sweet,” she says. “People obviously put a lot of effort into the cookies. They’re labors of love—you think of memories and the people you’re baking them for.”
We explore the sisterhood of five smart, sophisticated moms behind the annual cookie exchange and get a taste of their yuletide treats.
Click on the thumbnails below for the cookie recipes.
Cookie photography by Vanessa Rogers