17 Festive Party Ideas for "Christmas in July"

Grinch Punch
Photo: Caitlin Bensel

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.

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Snowman Cheese Ball

Snowman Cheese Ball
Caitlin Bensel

A classic party appetizer with a holiday-ready twist. Everyone loves a cheese ball!

Recipe: Snowman Cheese Ball

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Grinch Punch

Grinch Punch
Caitlin Bensel

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

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North Pole Drink Station

North Pole Drink Station
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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.

Find the DIY guide here

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Reindeer Sloppy Joe Sliders

Reindeer Sloppy Joe Sliders
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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.

Find the DIY guide here

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Watermelon Snowman

Watermelon Snowman
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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.

Find the DIY guide here

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Frozen Hot Chocolate Bar

Frozen Hot Chocolate Bar
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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.

Find the DIY guide here

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Cocktail Umbrella Wreath

Cocktail Umbrella Wreath
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Put a super-summer spin on this classic Christmas decor—the bright cocktail umbrellas make this wreath the perfect seasonal hybrid piece.

Find the DIY guide here

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Gingerbread Luau Cookies

Gingerbread Luau Cookies
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These cute gingerbread cookies will perfectly mold together your holiday theme at any summer party—for extra fun, set up a cookie icing station for guests to ice their own gingerbread surfers and palm trees.

Find the DIY guide to icing cookies here

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Christmas Tree Spinach Dip Breadsticks

Christmas Tree Spinach Dip Breadsticks
Caitlin Bensel

Your summer pizza party just got a holiday makeover. Dinner and Hallmark marathon, perhaps?

Recipe: Christmas Tree Spinach Dip Breadsticks

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Festive Fruit Ice Cubes

Festive Fruit Ice Cubes
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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.

Find the DIY guide here

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Margarita Cake

Margarita Cake
Micah A. Leal

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

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Christmas Tree Cheese Board

Christmas Tree Cheese Board
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Summer might be our favorite season for a charcuterie board. Here's an adorable way to make it festive.

Find the DIY guide here

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Drunken Christmas Cherries

Drunken Christmas Cherries
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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.

Find the DIY guide here

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Twinkling Lights Bonfire

Twinkling Lights Bonfire
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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.

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Watermelon Christmas Trees

Watermelon Christmas Trees
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These tree-shaped watermelon wedges are the perfect snack addition to your party—festive and refreshing.

Find the DIY guide here

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Ice Cream Snowman Building Station

Ice Cream Snowman Building Station
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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.

Find the DIY guide here

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Christmas Tree Pull-Apart Bread

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Southern Living

This snack is a crowd-pleaser every holiday season—why not make it in the summertime, too?

Recipe: Christmas Tree Pull-Apart Bread

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