It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and it’s your turn to plan the annual holiday party. It’s a lot of pressure, we kno—but don’t fret! Whether you’re planning a fun office party, a classy dinner, or a traditional yuletide soirée, we’ve got six great Christmas party themes to get the snow-ball rolling.
For the ballet dancers, theatre lovers, little princesses and sugar plum fairies- a Nutcracker themed Christmas party is sure to be a hit.
Color palate: Various hues of pink, silver, white, gold, and cream.
Special touches: Mixed (shelled) nuts and statuesque nutcrackers, frills, tutus, petit fours, sparkling tinsel/garland, glitter, and ballet slipper decorations/cookies.
Who doesn’t love candy? The game Candy Land was introduced in 1945 and has had over 20 versions launch since. Every generation, from the youngsters to your grandparents can relate to and have fun with this theme. Plus, a few small tweaks will make it easy to turn this theme into a Willy Wonka Christmas!
Color palate: Bright colors and lots of them!
Special touches: Cellophane wrapped balloons with white sticks as handles (giant lollipops), gumdrops, ribbon candy, gingerbread men, and candy canes; party favor bags of candy, colorful games like Twister and Candy Land!
The ugly sweater party has been a popular theme for the last couple of years and there’s no doubt why — it’s fun! It’s sort of like Halloween at Christmas, only everybody buys their costume at a thrift store and the more pompoms, the better. Ugly sweater parties can be a hit in any crowd, but we think they’re especially fun for office parties (and it’d make for an awesome office holiday card).
Color palate: Stick with your traditional Christmas colors: kelly green, bright red, gold, and silver. Don’t be afraid to create an abundance of mismatched plaid or other holiday prints; after all, it’s supposed to be ugly.
Special touches: Hot chocolate or egg nog bar, a beautifully decorated Christmas tree, a contest for the ugliest sweater, multicolored string lights, and small Christmas stockings as party favors.
A winter wonderland theme works for almost any holiday party. But, with such a majestic aesthetic, it works especially well for dinner parties!
Color palate: White, blue, silver, and gold.
Special touches: Frosted and/or clear crystal, white Christmas trees, polished silver, candles, snowflake confetti, metallic decorations, tinsel, fake snow, ice sculptures, and white string lights.
Christmas Around the World
Christmas is celebrated in a number of different ways around the world. Throwing a Christmas Around the World party is a great way to learn about other cultures! With so many various traditions, you’ll have plenty of options — from the mince pies and Guinness of Ireland, the Christmas Eve feast of KFC in Japan, and the ‘mass’ rollerskating in Venezuela to French nativity scenes made of radishes and the large straw goat of Gåvle, Sweden that gets burned to the ground almost annually. (We don’t recommend starting a fire at your Christmas party, though.)
Color Palate: Varies, but to tie in the USA, stick to traditional US Christmas colors: kelly green, bright red, silver, and gold. Leave the international flair to the food, entertainment, and special touches!
Special Touches: International Christmas foods and beverages, flags and informational cards, and decorations made from world maps.
Need a hand? With so many cultures to learn about and blend, consider an Event Planner to create the perfect party.
Reverse Christmas In July
We’ve all heard of Christmas in July, but in these cold winter months, many of us are longing for the summer to come. This year, why not pretend that it’s July at Christmas instead of Christmas in July?
Color/Print Palate: Bright colors — think yellows, pinks, blues, greens, and oranges. Nautical themed patterns, hibiscus flowers, or other summery prints are also fitting.
Special touches: Decorated palm trees; Hawaiian shirts, bermuda shorts, or beach attire; sunglasses; tropical drinks; leis; and, of course, flip flops.
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