40+ Refreshing Foods for Your Christmas in July Party
Looking for an excuse to throw a party? When the hot and languid days of summer start to feel suffocating, some people feel re-energized by throwing a ‘Christmas in July’ party. Pull out your Christmas china and serve chilling, cold foods for a fun way to forget about the heat outside. Many like to start their holiday shopping early and throw a party to get in the mood. Others choose a particular charity and throw a ‘Christmas in July’ party as a way to raise much-needed funds. And some simply like the party idea, along with the cool and refreshing foods, as a way to take their minds off the heat. Whatever your reason, just keep your guests cool with refreshing cocktails and ice-cold desserts.
Rudolph’s Tipsy Spritzer
Recipe: Rudolph’s Tipsy Spritzer
Start the party off right by welcoming your guests with this light and refreshing spritzer.
Chocolate Icebox Pie
Recipe: Chocolate Icebox Pie
Chocolate is a welcome treat throughout the year, and this delicious and decadent dessert will help keep your guests cool.
Aunt Laura’s Stained Glass Cake
Recipe: Aunt Laura’s Stained Glass Cake
This vintage dessert is a fun way to stay cool in the middle of the hot summer. Keep it in the fridge until you are ready to serve.
Frozen Pecan Pie Hot Chocolate
Recipe: Frozen Pecan Pie Hot Chocolate
What is a Christmas party without hot chocolate? This recipe for a frozen hot chocolate, which combines our favorite holiday beverage with one of our favorite holiday pies, will make a welcome addition to your summer gathering.
Creamy Frozen Fruit Pops
Recipe: Creamy Frozen Fruit Pops
These ruby-red colored frozen treats will remind your guests of the pretty colors of Christmas.
Recipe: Strawberry-Buttermilk Sherbet
Berry-colored sherbet is the perfect refreshing ending for a Christmas in July party.
Berries and Bubbles
Recipe: Berries and Bubbles
Served as a side or a dessert, your guests will be charmed by the berries and bubbles dancing together in this revitalizing dish.
Simple Antipasto Platter
Recipe: Simple Antipasto Platter
Keep your cool by assembling a savory antipasto platter. Choose a selection of your favorite preserved meats, pickled vegetables, olives, and cheese.
Deviled Ham Terrine
Recipe: Deviled Ham Terrine
If you want to serve something savory but don’t want to heat up the oven, this ham terrine will do the trick. Use leftovers in sandwiches.
No-Bake Coconut Balls
Recipe: No-Bake Coconut Balls
With a short ingredient list and no baking involved, these lovely treats come together in a snap. Keep them chilling in the fridge until your party.
Recipe: Christmas Blossom
Keep your guests refreshed with this boozy peach slushy.
Christmas Tree Spinach Dip Breadsticks
You can turn any party into a pizza party, even a Christmas in July one!
Christmas Bulb Sugar Cookies
Recipe: Christmas Bulb Sugar Cookies
These Christmas light cookies will brighten up your party in no time.
Mexican Hot Chocolate Mug Cake
Recipe: Mexican Hot Chocolate Mug Cake
Enjoy these mug cakes at the party and send your guests home with a festive new Christmas mug as a favor.
Recipe: Christmas Mimosa
If you’re throwing a Christmas in July brunch, add a holiday touch to your mimosa recipe with pomegranate juice.
Feta-Olive-Fresh Herb Cheese Ball
This savory cheese ball will fit right in with your green and red party.
Red Velvet Santa Hat Meringues
Recipe: Red Velvet Santa Hat Meringues
These Santa hat meringues will be the cutest addition to the dessert lineup.
Chocolate Cutout Cookies
Recipe: Chocolate Cutout Cookies
This easy recipe proves cutout cookies don’t have to be vanilla. Plus, it makes a ton of cookies, you so can make a cookie decorating station for guests to try out their own toppings.
Watermelon, Cucumber, and Feta Salad
This summery salad showcases fresh produce while blending in with the reds and greens of Christmastime.
Spicy Cheddar Appetizer Cookies
Recipe: Spicy Cheddar Appetizer Cookies
Make your traditional cheese straw recipe a little more festive with star-shaped cookie cutters.
Spicy Molasses Gingerbread People
Leave a batch of these spiced cookies un-decorated for the kids to make their own gingerbread creations.
Recipe: Grinch Punch
It’s not a true Southern Christmas party until someone gets the punch bowl out, and this cool ice cream-filled recipe is perfect for summer.
Reindeer Marshmallow Pops
Recipe: Reindeer Marshmallow Pops
The kids will have a ball making these adorable reindeer treats.
Holiday Mocha Coffee Fudge
Recipe: Holiday Mocha Coffee Fudge
This 1984 recipe still delights Christmas guests young and old, and we love the festive cherry on top.
Snowman Cheese Ball
Recipe: Snowman Cheese Ball
The most popular guest at your Christmas in July party? This savory snowman.
Shrimp and Grits Casserole
Recipe: Shrimp and Grits Casserole
There are plenty of recipes that families tend to only eat during the holidays, but shrimp and grits is delicious all year long. This big-batch recipe makes preparing and serving shrimp and grits for a crowd a breeze.
Recipe: Snow Flurries
These sweet sandwich cookies are filled with raspberry jam for a fruity surprise.
Christmas Confetti Roulade
Recipe: Christmas Confetti Roulade
Let the kids go crazy topping this pretty roulade with festive Christmas sprinkles.
Recipe: Cranberry Margaritas
If margaritas are always your drink of choice, give your recipe a bit of holiday cheer for Christmas in July.
Recipe: Christmas Salad
If you’re throwing a party drenched in red and green, you should probably include some healthy greens on the table alongside the Christmas cookies. This colorful salad topped with a warm vinaigrette is anything but boring.
Recipe: Watermelon Gazpacho
This chilled soup is the best a Christmas in July recipe can get—fresh and cool for the summer but festive for Christmas!
Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies
Recipe: Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies
Using cake mix makes for the softest, chewiest cookies. We know, you’re probably wondering, “Why didn’t I think of that?”, but you can tell your guests you did!
Recipe: Chocolate-Peppermint Cheesecake
This fluffy cheesecake tastes like Christmas in a slice.
Christmas Tree Pull-Apart Bread
Recipe: Christmas Tree Pull-Apart Bread
You won’t believe how easy this Christmas tree is to create.
Peanut Butter-and-Jelly Linzer Cookies
These Linzer cookies are as beautiful as Christmas ornaments, and the kids will love the classic PB&J flavor.
Recipe: Pitcher Mojitos
Since you can’t (or probably don’t want to) sip on spiked eggnog or hot chocolate during July, these big-batch mojitos are refreshing and festive with a green Christmas color scheme.
Christmas Candy Corn
Recipe: Christmas Candy Corn
Set up a bowl full of this retro homemade candy and watch as it disappears by the end of the party.
Herbed Goat Cheese-Melon Party Bites
Fresh summer produce meets a Christmas in July party color palette with this simple appetizer recipe.
Cornflake Wreath Christmas Cookies
How cute are these Christmas cookies?
Christmas Tree Cheese Ball
Recipe: Christmas Tree Cheese Ball
If this is a potluck party, your dish will definitely have the best presentation if you bring a Christmas tree cheese ball.
Christmas Snow Salad
Recipe: Christmas Snow Salad
For many families in the South, it just wouldn’t be a Christmas party without a jiggly gelatin salad on the lineup.
Sparkling Pomegranate Punch
Recipe: Sparkling Pomegranate Punch
Leave it to this fizzy, fruity cocktail to get the party going—it shouldn’t take long!
Snowy Tree Cookies
Recipe: Snowy Tree Cookies
These 3-D Christmas tree cookies are almost too pretty to eat. Almost.