Looking for great Christmas party theme ideas?
It seems that everybody wants to have a party at Christmas and having a party theme takes it to the next level.
Don't worry. It will be easy!
Even those who aren't usually interested in having parties, or going to parties for that matter, get into the spirit and start thinking of ways to share time with friends in a fun and relaxing atmosphere.
Of course, you don't have to have a special theme, because Christmas can be the theme itself.
But you'll want to consider what type of party you are going to have when you begin taking the steps of planning a Christmas party.
There are lots of interesting, creative ideas for Christmas parties.
Christmas Party Theme Idea #1 -
Traditional Christmas Party
Having a party that is a general, basic Christmas party is a time-honored tradition.
Lots of lights are in order and some Christmas music playing in the background.
What is your favorite?
In addition to carols, there are Christmas music collections from every genre of music - classical, country, rock, big band...actually probably any type of music you can think of, there will be a Christmas collection of music for it. So choose what you and your friends will most like to hear.
At this party you can serve a buffet dinner, snacks or just appetizers.
Make it clear to your guests so they'll know what to expect, especially if they have other parties they are juggling the same evening.
Add some fun games from our remarkable Christmas party games collection.
Christmas Party Idea #2-
Gift Exchange Parties
(White Elephant Party, Ornament Exchange, etc.)
Gift Exchange Parties, whether it be for a cookie exchange, ornament exchange or "white elephant", are very popular at this time of year.
With a White Elephant Gift Exchange, everyone brings an unwanted gift to exchange with others. A friend has one of these parties every year and it is huge, with over 30 gifts being exchanged during the evening. There are some really interesting things that are brought in!
Another popular exchange is to have everyone bring an ornament and exchange them following a set of guidelines to make it more fun. See our page of party gift exchange games for suggestions on how to make your gift exchange party the highlight of the Christmas holiday party season.
You'll also find ideas for doing other types of "exchange parties" as well.
Christmas Theme Idea #3 -
Cheezy Christmas Sweater
One of the top favorite parties is to have an ugly Christmas sweater party. Read about one here.
Give prizes for the best (worst?) Christmas clothing.
One party I went to that did this and not only did everyone wear their craziest Christmas sweater, but it was also a "Fake Moustache Party". Everyone wore fake moustaches too.
Don't ask why - but it was just fun!
Christmas Party Idea #4 -
Christmas Costume Party
I love to dress up for parties, and Christmas is just as good a time as any!
Here are some fun ideas from one of our visitors about a Christmas Costume Party, as well as some ideas for Christmas costumes.
Pass out prizes for the costumes that bring out the best Christmas spirit. Enjoying each other's costumes will be a highlight of the evening!
Christmas Party Ideas #5 -
Twelve Days of Christmas Party
On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me...a Twelve Days of Christmas Party!
This one has lots of decorating opportunities, from partridges and pears to five golden rings, as well as activities based on the song built right in!
Christmas Party Ideas #6 -
Christmas Tree Party
Turn the traditional centerpiece of every home's decoration at Christmas, the Christmas tree, into your Christmas party theme by hosting a Christmas Tree Party.
Christmas is a joyous time of year and perfect for entertaining! You may want to serve a Christmas cake at your party, or have special theme.
And don't forget the games! They will make your party fun, memorable, and unique!
Here are more top party ideas for Christmas:
Party Idea # 7 -
Gingerbread House Decorating Party
My good friend Connie grew up having Gingerbread House Decorating Parties. But your adult friends could do it too! Every year her mother baked gingerbread and made it into houses. Connie had her favorite friends over to decorate their gingerbread house (each friend got one) with icing, jelly beans, hard candies, etc. What a fun way to do a holiday craft with your friends!
Party Idea #8 -
Holiday Open House
The house is all decorated so you’ll want to show it off! Plan a holiday open house”for your neighbors, co-workers or friends.
Your holiday open house party can take place at any time of day or night…morning brunch, afternoon tea, or cocktails in the evening.
Open houses often are a come-and-go type party, which is good because everyone is so busy during the holidays and most people have several parties to attend!
Have a small gift for each guest as they leave. Perhaps a couple of cookies in cello bags. Hit the $1 store to have something fun for any kids that might stop by!
Party Idea #9 -
Christmas Movie Watching Party
Build a party around watching the great holiday and Christmas movies!
This can be a girl's night "in", a holiday slumber party idea, something fun to do with the family, or a full blown party based on a particular movie.
You can also turn this into a Christmas costume party by having everyone dress as a favorite movie character. Christmas costume ideas
Party Idea #10 -
Winter Wonderland Party
Celebrate all the wonderful and beautiful things winter brings at a Winter Wonderland Party.
Perfect for any age, and something you can make elegant or not. (Also a fun ice skating party theme!)