There are only so many times you can attend an ugly sweater party before the theme gets a little old. This holiday season, think outside the box when it comes to hosting your annual festivities. From a hilarious reverse Christmas in July party to a warm and toasty get-together over cookies and cocoa, this list is chock-full of unique ideas for throwing the perfect party.
Reverse Christmas in JulyÂ
Christmas in July is a summertime favorite for parties and events. Itâ€™s fun to pretend itâ€™s December during the hottest season of the year with a party that includes Christmas carols, gifts under a tree, and gingerbread cookies.
This year, do it backwards. Put together a beach-themed summery fest to bring the warm weather feel back to the most wonderful time of the year. Mix mojitos, toss around a beach ball, and exchange presents under a palm tree. Donâ€™t forget the sunscreen!
A Christmas Craft Fest
It wouldnâ€™t be a proper Christmas without the handmade touch. Invite guests to partake in any of the following craft party ideas â€“ or all of them!
- Wreath Making: Grab a few wreath forms from the craft shop, and clip some greenery from your hedges. Offer up fun embellishments like pinecones and winterberry sprigs, and let your guests go wild.
- Christmas Tree Trimming: One of the most delightful parts of getting ready for the holiday season is decorating the tree. Make it a party with snacks and seasonal tunes while your friends untangle lights and hang ornaments.
- Christmas Cookie Decorating: With Christmas cookies, half the fun is in the decorating. Prepare cookie dough ahead of time; itâ€™ll likely need to be refrigerated for a few hours before you roll it out. When guests arrive, provide cookie cutters, sprinkles, and colored sugar. As a bonus, bake up the pieces of a gingerbread house and have your pals help you put it all together.
- Gift Wrapping: Both fun and practical, a gift wrapping party is a perfect way to get this major holiday chore out of the way. Set up a station for ribbons, wrapping paper, and gift tags, and make sure to supply plenty of scissors and tape. Ask your guests to offer up their own gift decorations â€“ bonus points if theyâ€™re handmade.
Throw A Party for Your PetsÂ
Your furry friends will love nothing more than dressing up and gathering together to share in the joy of the season. Well, maybe not â€“ but youâ€™ll get a kick out of it! Invite your friends and their dogs for a group photo of pups dressed as Christmas elves. Donâ€™t forget to supply plenty of doggie treats â€“ you might need them if you want full cooperation from all parties.
A Cookies and Cocoa Bar
Thereâ€™s no way to go wrong with a table full of cookies. Host a holiday cookie potluck and set up a gorgeous dessert bar, including small paper gift boxes so guests can take home a few samples – that is, if any leftovers remain after the partyâ€™s over.
The cocoa bar should be the piÃ¨ce de rÃ©sistance of your holiday get-together. Offer up a multitude of mix-ins and treats so guests can create their own chocolate concoctions. Marshmallows, candy canes, and cinnamon sticks are all great ideas â€“ but you can also turn up the energy with some tasty liquor mix-ins. Top it all off with green and red-striped straws for a simple but attractive finishing touch.
Final Touches: Cute Invitations and Classy Cards
A partyâ€™s not a party without friends and loved ones, so make sure guests know theyâ€™re welcome by mailing out paper invites well ahead of time. According to the designers at TinyPrints, you should match your custom invitations to your theme or dÃ©cor for a classy touch. Sure, you could just send out a Facebook event request, but an attractive printed invitation on high quality paper will get your guests excited.