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4 Brilliant Christmas Party Theme Ideas

Christmas Ornaments

So you’re having your annual Christmas party again this year, but you’re looking for something a little different. After last year’s ugly sweater party and the traditional white elephant exchange the year before, you need a fresh take for this holiday season.

Garden of Eating has you covered. Below, we’ve collected our favorite Christmas party theme ideas. After this year’s Christmas party, you’ll be the talk of the town.

1. Gingerbread house-building contest.

This idea is especially good for parties with children, or even for large family gatherings. Divide your group into small teams and provide each team with the same ingredients. Bring the kids shopping with you to select the most unique ingredients you can find. Just make sure the results will be edible. Children love to be the judges for this contest. Don’t forget the camera!

The menu: Well, gingerbread houses obviously! Provide some hot cider, tea, and coffee to wash it down.

2. “White Christmas” Party.

Have you ever noticed how clothing gets darker and darker beginning around Thanksgiving every year? This Christmas, brighten things up with a White Christmas party. Guests should wear as much white as possible.

The menu: Ask your caterer to create a white menu for your guests, such as creamy alfredo chicken breast over linguine, baked garlic cauliflower, warm dinner rolls, and white wine. Finish with angel food cake or vanilla cheesecake for dessert.

3. A spin on the white elephant Christmas party.

Put a twist on the typical white elephant party with a game of Jenga. Buy the game made of wooden blocks, then grab a couple of friends to help you write a different condition or command on each block with a permanent marker. Guests will take turns taking a block, and then they must do what the block says or risk losing their gift. If the tower falls, guests need to give their gift away.

Your blocks can say anything you want. You could have guests tell the group something interesting about themselves, such as their favorite place they’ve ever traveled; you could give them a “dare,” make it a drinking game, or do all three!

The menu: Ask your caterer to prepare some casual Christmas-themed finger foods to fit the fun atmosphere of the game.

4. Christmas ornament party.

Have each of your guests bring an ornament to help you decorate your tree. This is a great idea if your Christmas party is also in celebration of a housewarming, a wedding, an engagement, or a baby.

Alternatively, have a Christmas ornament exchange by giving each guest a number at the door and having a raffle for each guest’s Christmas ornament throughout the evening.

The menu: We think it would be fun to provide a menu of round foods to resemble the traditional Christmas ornament: little bagel finger sandwiches, homemade pizza, a cheese ball, bowls of soup, and chocolate “cake pops” are all nice options.

This holiday season, wowing your friends and family with a breath of fresh air at your Christmas party doesn’t have to be a lot of work. Use one of these tips instead!