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I decided to make gingerbread men, as it is a cookie exchange after all. So I folded a piece of brown construction paper in half, and traced a cookie cutter, with a little of the head overlapping on the fold so that it would open. To make the squiggly 'icing' on the hands and feet, I just cut some white paper out with scrap booking scissors and glued it on. A few green buttons made from a regular hole punch, and a couple of googly eyes, and my gingerbread man was ready.
Then it flips open to reveal the party details. Cute, yes?