Refreshing and Festive Foods for Your Christmas in July Party

Chocolate-Peppermint Cheesecake
Photo: Hector Sanchez

Looking for an excuse to throw a party? When the hot and languid days of summer start to feel overwhelming, 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, ice-cold desserts, and festive appetizers.

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Christmas Tree Pull-Apart Bread

Christmas Tree Pull-Apart Bread Video Still
Southern Living

Recipe: Christmas Tree Pull-Apart Bread

You won't believe how easy this Christmas tree is to create.

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Montgomery Punch

Montgomery Punch
Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

Recipe: Montgomery Punch

Start the party off right by welcoming your guests with this light and refreshing punch.

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Aunt Laura's Stained Glass Cake

Pie-Shaped Mold
Hector Sanchez

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.

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Hot Chocolate Icebox Pie

Hot Chocolate Icebox Pie
Southern Living

Recipe: Hot Chocolate Icebox Pie

Chocolate is a welcome treat throughout the year, and this delicious and decadent dessert will help keep your guests cool.

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Christmas Salad

Christmas Salad
Alison Miksch

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.

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Coconut Balls

Coconut Balls
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: 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.

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Cranberry Brie Bites

Cranberry Brie Bites
Southern Living

Recipe: Cranberry Brie Bites

Bring a homemade snack to a potluck-style Christmas in July party with the help of frozen mini phyllo pastry shells

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Easy Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies
Carlina Teteris/Getty Images

Recipe: Easy Sugar Cookies

You can never go wrong with homemade sugar cookies. You can decorate them yourself before the guests arrive, or have a decorating station at the party.

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Feta-Olive-Fresh Herb Cheese Ball

Feta-Olive-Fresh Herb Cheese Ball
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Feta-Olive-Fresh Herb Cheese Ball

This savory cheese ball will fit right in with your green and red party.

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Christmas Fudge

Christmas Fudge
Micah A Leal

Recipe: Christmas Fudge

Classic fudge will delight Christmas guests young and old, and we love the festive sprinkles on top.

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Berries and Bubbles

Berries and Bubbles
Hector Sanchez

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.

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Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies

Red-Velvet Cake Mix Cookies
Micah A. Leal

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!

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Watermelon, Cucumber, and Feta Salad

Watermelon, Cucumber, and Feta Salad
Hector Manuel Sanchez; Prop Styling: Lydia Pursell; Food Styling: Toni Brogan

Recipe: Watermelon, Cucumber, and Feta Salad

This summery salad showcases fresh produce while blending in with the reds and greens of Christmastime.

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Christmas Buttermints

Christmas Buttermints
Greg DuPree; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer

Recipe: Christmas Buttermints

Set up a bowl full of this retro homemade candy and watch as it disappears by the end of the party.

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Pitcher Mojitos

Pitcher Mojitos
Caitlin Bensel

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.

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Linzer Tree Cookies

linzer tree cookies
Greg DuPree; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Recipe: Linzer Tree Cookies

These Linzer cookies are as beautiful as they are delicious.

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Lemon-Lime-Rosemary Punch

Cran-Raspberry-Vanilla Punch
Alison Miksch

Recipe: Lemon-Lime-Rosemary Punch

It's not a true Southern Christmas party until someone gets the punch bowl out, and this sherbert-filled recipe is perfect for summer.

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Spicy Cheddar Appetizer Cookies

Spicy Cheddar Appetizer Cookies
Photo: Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Spicy Cheddar Appetizer Cookies

Make your traditional cheese straw recipe a little more festive with star-shaped cookie cutters.

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Chocolate-Peppermint Cheesecake

Chocolate-Peppermint Cheesecake
Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Chocolate-Peppermint Cheesecake

This fluffy cheesecake tastes like Christmas in a slice.

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Shrimp and Grits Casserole

Shrimp and Grits Casserole
Antonis Achilleo; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Tina Bell Stamos

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.

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Christmas Snow Salad

Christmas Snow Salad
Jennifer Causey

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.

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Watermelon Gazpacho

Watermelon Gazpacho
Greg DuPree; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Cat Steele

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!

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Cornflake Wreath Christmas Cookies

Wreath Cookie
Southern Living

Recipe: Cornflake Wreath Christmas Cookies

How cute are these Christmas cookies?

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Sparkling Pomegranate Punch

Sparkling Pomegranate Punch
Laurey W. Glenn

Recipe: Sparkling Pomegranate Punch

Leave it to this fizzy, fruity cocktail to get the party going—it shouldn't take long!

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Reindeer Marshmallow Pops

Reindeer Marshmallow Pops
Southern Living

Recipe: Reindeer Marshmallow Pops

The kids will have a ball making these adorable reindeer treats.

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Herbed Goat Cheese-Melon Party Bites

Herbed Goat Cheese-Melon Party Bites
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Herbed Goat Cheese-Melon Party Bites

Fresh summer produce meets a Christmas in July party color palette with this simple appetizer recipe.

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