The countdown to Christmas is on, and I still can’t believe how quickly it’s coming up. Aside from gift shopping, holiday parties are one of my favorite things about the season. It’s always fun to catch up with friends and family – and celebrate Christmas together. December always gets Phil and me into the Christmas spirit, so we’re always looking for opportunities to celebrate. And with so many winter activities and events happening like ice skating and concerts, it’s hard to run out of ideas. One of our absolute favorite ways to celebrate is by hosting a themed party. There’s nothing better than a house filled with love and laughter at Christmas time, and I find that themes are the best way to bring it out. If you haven’t settled on what type of party you’ll be hosting, consider one of the holiday themed parties below.
Although red and green are the official colors of Christmas, I find that white is more fitting for my glam and rustic style. I love how it resembles snowfall and cozy winter days but with a touch of glam. To host such a party, mix together various textures, fabrics, and finishes so you can create a winter white setting that doesn’t feel too stiff. Candles and metallic elements will help bounce light around – and also add warmth. Finish it off with your best snowy white ensemble and don’t forget to add bold red lips.
Another fun theme I love is Christmas cocktails. Instead of asking friends to bring a dish or bottle of wine, have them come prepared with their favorite cocktail mix. It’s always fun to throw in themed Christmas ingredients such as peppermint, cranberries, or eggnog. You can even turn it into a competition to see who whips up the best concoction.
If you’re into dressing up for the holidays, then you might want to consider a Holiday Masquerade party. Get all your guests into the spirit by setting a dress code and awarding the best dressed with a prize. I find that the girls often go head over heels for an Old Hollywood Glamour theme.
Gingerbread House Decorating
Christmas usually puts everyone in a cheerful mood, so it’s a great time to bring out the creativity of your guests. One of my favorite traditions has always been gingerbread house decorating. To spice things up, you can turn it into a competition by setting up stations, having a few judges, specific categories, and even set a timer.
Ugly Christmas Sweater
This one might sound like a cliche but is always a classic and fun option to consider, especially if you’re surrounded by fashionistas. For me personally, I have a tendency to want to put a stylish spin on the ugly Christmas sweater look whether it’s with a pair of festive heels or statement jewelry. If you want others to refrain from jazzing up their ugly Christmas look, you can entice them by turning it into a contest with prizes.
I don’t consider myself much of a cook, but I’m definitely a baker, and I love cookies! To host a Cookie Swap, get a group of friends together and ask each guest to make a set of cookies with a recipe they’re willing to share. Once you gather up, sample the treats, trade recipes, and package them so that everyone leaves with a gift of freshly baked goods – and new recipes to try.
Living in Minnesota, there are plenty of ski resorts and it happens to be one of my favorite winter activities. If you’re as obsessed with the rustic, cozy vibes of a traditional chalet as I am, then hosting an apres ski party might be for you. Be ready to serve tons of hot chocolate, winter cocktails, and s’mores or themed snacks by the fire. And don’t forget to dress up in fair isle sweaters, fuzzy socks, and cozy down vests.
Madewell Velvet Blazer (worn as a dress in an XXS)
Manolo Blahnik Heels (better for budget here)
Saint Laurent Red Envelope Bag
Similar Chandelier Earrings (exact sold out from Zara)
MAC Red Lipstick (in ‘Russian Red’ and ‘Dangerous’ shades)