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Tips for Hosting the Best Christmas in July Celebration!

With winter upon us, it’s the perfect time to start planning a fabulous Christmas in July celebration. Whether you’re looking to create a cozy indoor atmosphere or a fun outdoor gathering, I’ve put together some tips to help you host an unforgettable event.

1. Embrace the Winter Vibes

Since Christmas in July falls in the middle of the Australian winter, it’s a fantastic opportunity to enjoy a festive celebration with a winter twist. Think about incorporating cozy elements such as:

  • Warm Beverages: Serve mulled wine, hot chocolate, and spiced cider to keep your guests warm.
  • Comfort Foods: Prepare hearty dishes like roast dinners, soups, and casseroles. Don’t forget the classic Christmas pudding!
  • Decorations: Use a mix of traditional Christmas decor with winter-themed touches—twinkling fairy lights, wreaths, and snowflake decorations.
  • Wood fire: If you’ve got a fireplace, light it up! If you don’t, YouTube has some great winter crackling fire videos you can pop on the tv in the background. 

2. Fun Activities

Engage your guests with festive activities:

  • Secret Santa: Organise a Secret Santa gift exchange with a fun twist, such as themed gifts or a ‘bad santa’ Kris Kringle.
  • Games: Plan some Christmas-themed games like trivia, bingo, charades, or perhaps even a scavenger hunt.

3. Crackers, of course!

No Christmas celebration is complete without bon bons! Christmas crackers add a fun and festive touch to your table setting and provide a delightful surprise for your guests. We offer a fantastic selection of Christmas crackers that are perfect for your Christmas in July party.

4. Dress Code

Encourage your guests to dress in festive attire. Enjoy a Christmas jumper and don a Santa hat - it’s the perfect weather for it! You could even have a ‘best dressed’ or ‘worst jumper’ competition with a small prize for the winner.

5. Pop on a Festive Playlist

Music sets the tone for any party. Create a playlist that includes a mix of classic Christmas carols and modern festive tunes to keep the holiday spirit alive. Spotify and Youtube have some great Christmas playlists for any mood - from Cozy Jazz to Pop Christmas Hits!

6. Themed Invitations

Send out invitations that capture the essence of Christmas in July. You can go digital with e-cards or hand out creatively designed paper invitations. Make sure to include all the details about the event, dress code, and any activities planned.

7. Thoughtful Touches

Add some extra special touches to make your celebration memorable:

  • Photo Booth: Set up a photo booth with Christmas props for guests to capture fun memories. It could be as simple as a phone on a selfie stick or tripod and a wireless photo printer.
  • Personalised Party Bags: Send your guests home with a little token of appreciation, such as mini Christmas stockings filled with lollies, homemade biscuits or shortbread.

Hosting a Christmas in July party is a wonderful way to bring people together and recreate a holiday spread like we always saw in the movies. I hope these tips help you create a magical and memorable event.