17 Festive Party Ideas for "Christmas in July"
Ever feel like you love Christmas so much that you want to celebrate it more than once a year? Yeah, we do too. That’s why the much-appreciated phenomenon known as ‘Christmas in July’ not only exists, but really, really rocks. If you're planning on watching Hallmark Channel's weeklong Christmas Keepsake event this summer (who isn't?), this holiday theme will get you in the spirit. From DIY décor to festive recipes, there are so many options for throwing the perfect party. Here are some fun and festive party ideas for ‘Christmas in July’ that every holiday enthusiast will love.
Snowman Cheese Ball
A classic party appetizer with a holiday-ready twist. Everyone loves a cheese ball!
Recipe: Snowman Cheese Ball
Sweet, fizzy, and oh-so creamy, the recipe hits the Yuletide punch trifecta. No matter what time of year we're celebrating, Christmas means it's time to break out the punch bowl.
Recipe: Grinch Punch
North Pole Drink Station
An easy makeshift North Pole flag, flashing Rudolph noses, and some retro North Pole straws—and you're all set! This drink station can be solely for the kids or adapted for a full-service bar.
Reindeer Sloppy Joe Sliders
These adorable sliders combine everyone's favorite Christmas mascots with a summer favorite recipe: the Sloppy Joe—and they make a great party dish due to their finger-food size.
This watermelon snowman will steal the show at the snack table. It's by far the cutest way to serve fruit at your Christmas in July party.
Frozen Hot Chocolate Bar
We aren't exactly reaching for the hot chocolate in this scorching summer weather in the South, but we can get on board with frozen hot chocolate. Make a festive little station for guests to fix and customize their own frozen hot chocolate; extra points if you have Christmas mugs out for everyone.
Cocktail Umbrella Wreath
Put a super-summer spin on this classic Christmas decor—the bright cocktail umbrellas make this wreath the perfect seasonal hybrid piece.
Gingerbread Luau Cookies
Christmas Tree Spinach Dip Breadsticks
Your summer pizza party just got a holiday makeover. Dinner and Hallmark marathon, perhaps?
Festive Fruit Ice Cubes
Make these festive cubes with seasonal ingredients to add a little something special to a carafe of water at your Christmas in July party table or to your favorite cocktails. Get star-shaped—or any festive shape—ice cube molds for an added touch.
Get a taste of summer—but in a Grinchy green! It makes a perfect addition to a holiday party in the summertime.
Recipe: Margarita Cake
Christmas Tree Cheese Board
Summer might be our favorite season for a charcuterie board. Here's an adorable way to make it festive.
Drunken Christmas Cherries
Make these truly festive by using Christmas-themed sprinkles in green. Just soak some maraschino cherries in your alcohol of choice (we prefer vanilla vodka) and dip them in white chocolate.
Twinkling Lights Bonfire
Any hopes for a bonfire died when the temperatures down here in the South reached scorch-level, but you can still get that cozy feel by wrapping twinkling lights around firewood.
Watermelon Christmas Trees
These tree-shaped watermelon wedges are the perfect snack addition to your party—festive and refreshing.
Ice Cream Snowman Building Station
Pre-scoop balls of vanilla ice cream and freeze them overnight before the party—that way they'll be easier for kids to stack while making a homemade snowman. Then, set out candy to outfit and accessorize.
Christmas Tree Pull-Apart Bread
This snack is a crowd-pleaser every holiday season—why not make it in the summertime, too?
Recipe: Christmas Tree Pull-Apart Bread