Punchbowl Party Planning

Tips for Celebrating Christmas in July

A fun alternative to a traditional summer soiree or backyard barbecue is to have a Christmas in July theme party! The holiday season is usually a blur for most people, filled with cooking and baking and a seemingly endless shopping list. A Christmas in July party has all of the great aspects of the holiday season, minus all of the stress and chaos.

Check out these fabulous Christmas in July party ideas:

  • Invitations: Send your guests free invitations for Christmas to let them know the theme of the party and if there is anything that they should bring. Can’t wait until December for your aunt’s famous pot roast? You can ask her to make it and request other items for your guests to bring using the potluck tool on Punchbowl.
  • Decorations: Hang up decorations around your house like you normally would during the holiday season. Holiday lights, mistletoe, garlands, and stockings are all necessities for Christmas in July decorations! Play holiday music in the background of your party to get your guests into the Christmas spirit.
  • Menu: Incorporate some summertime twists on the traditional Christmas menu like chilled eggnog or red and green margaritas. Try snow cones or peppermint ice cream for a chilly treat. You can also make some of the traditional items that are served at Christmastime like Christmas cookies and Christmas pudding.
  • Activities: Pick Christmas in July activities that will incorporate the atmosphere of the holidays, but take advantage of the summer weather. For example, a water balloon fight is the perfect way to cool off during a Christmas in July party. Use white water balloons so that they look like snowballs. You can also rename traditional summer party games such as horseshoes and volleyball to “Reindeer Shoes” or “Holly-Jollyball”.

It’s never too early to get into the Christmas spirit and now you can celebrate more than once a year. Wish your guests “Sea Sun’s Greetings!” and kick back to enjoy a warm and merry Christmas in July.

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