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Ideas for Christmas Party Themes

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…the stores are filled with Holiday decorations, Christmas commercials are popping up during your favorite networks, and Starbucks seasonal drinks are finally back on the menu after a long and torturous wait. Along with all of the Christmas decor, lights and music comes plenty of Holiday Parties to keep your calendar full from Halloween through the New Year. Rather than just a typical Christmas party where everyone shies from the dance floor, make it interesting with one of these Holiday Party Themes!

5 Fun Holiday Party Themes

Grinchmas

Turn your home into Who-ville and have a Grinch-themed Christmas get together. We all know Dr. Seuss is a little whacky which means anything goes. Have your guests dress up as the Who’s, eat delicious foods and decorate the Christmas Tree (or wear one of these Christmas tree costumes!). It doesn’t matter what you do as long as you are all together. These Adult Grinch and Cindy Lou Who costumes are essential for the host to play their part!

Christmas Cookie Exchange

Christmas-Cookies-1A Christmas cookie exchange is the perfect excuse to forget the diet and splurge on some delicious baked goods this holiday season. Have everyone bring their favorite baked good to the party along with the recipe (if they will share). Provide your guests with a fabulous Christmas tin and allow them to take a few of each cookie (or brownie, cupcake, bread, etc). This will give everyone a chance to try new cookies and they will leave with a variety, rather than just one type of cookie. With an array of new recipes in hand, they will have plenty of ideas to bake their way through the rest of the season. You can pick your diet back up after the New Year when its time to make those New Years Resolutions 😉

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

Who doesn’t love an excuse to dig out that tacky Christmas Sweater your grandma made for you with such pride and joy that you never once touched. Now you can relieve your guilt with a chance to wear it to an Ugly Christmas Sweater party. If you managed to get rid of your sweater at the last yard sale, don’t worry because there are plenty of cheap ugly Christmas Sweaters for purchase or head over to our guide where we teach you how to make an ugly Christmas sweater. You can even up the game by making the party a contest for best tacky Christmas Sweater and have a few fun prizes to give out. Make sure to take plenty of pictures of your friends looking super goofy so you have black mail for later!

Chinese Gift Exchange

Gift-exchangeIf you want to incorporate a gift exchange into your party, rather than doing the typical Secret Santa, spice it up with a Chinese Gift Exchange. To be quite honest, I’m not sure if there is anything Chinese about it but that’s what its called anyways. In this type of exchange, every person is expected to bring a gift to the party (or at least everyone that is participating). Its good to set a budget for the gift, for example between $20-25. The gifts should be fun and light-hearted, nothing fancy or extravagant. Plus you don’t want your guests to feel obligated to spend a lot of money. Before you begin, count the amount of gifts under the tree and make sure it matches the number of participants. Then write down the numbers on pieces of paper, 1 – however many gifts there are. Then you have each person draw a number. The person that draws number one picks the first gift, unwraps it and then sets it in front of them. The person with number 2 may then select the gift from person number 1 or a new gift from under the tree. If number 2 takes number 1’s gift, then number 1 may select a new gift. Then it is number 3’s turn to select a gift from person 1 or 2 or a new gift. The process repeats until the last person. The exchange ends with person number 1 which can then keep their gift or steal from anyone else in the room. Again, this is meant to be fun and not be too competitive. Hopefully nobody takes it too seriously!

Christmas Movie Marathon

If you are looking to have a more intimate and less organized Christmas party, why not have your friends and family over for the ultimate Christmas Movie Marathon? Forget the sexy Santa costumes and throw on some fun Christmas pajamas! Christmas cookies optional 😉 Include a mix of the classics and your favorites. My recommendations include Will Farrell in Elf, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, The Christmas Story, The Santa Clause and the Polar Express. Don’t forget that there are plenty of good Christmas flicks on TV all season long. Check out ABC Family, Lifetime, and the Hallmark Channel. And of course there is always a Charlie Brown Christmas.

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