Everyone has at least one story of a dull Christmas party. The host added a few paper decorations or streamers to the walls, set out some food and drinks, and let the guests take things at their own pace.
You felt no excitement, the food wasn’t particularly interesting and, even though you knew everyone there, you kept on checking your watch.
Christmas parties take planning, whether for an entire workplace or as a festive get-together among family and friends. You’ve got a menu to think about, a theme to orchestrate, games to plan and décor to coordinate as the definitive touch.
Let’s face it: if the colors and theme aren’t there, this becomes any ordinary party. As a starting spot, you’ve got to come up with a concept. It doesn’t have to be grand, but this idea forms your foundation for games, food, vibe and, in some cases, what guests might arrive in.
Get started and feel inspired with the following decorating ideas.
Keep it Classic
Classic Christmas party decorations are simple, straightforward, memorable and always signal the theme. This isn’t a New Year’s celebration or Thanksgiving, after all. The combination of bright holly berry red and deep pine needle green indicates Christmas is about to arrive, and they’re perfectly complemented with all the traditional trims, from wreaths to tinsel and garlands.
Over the years, a couple of variations have emerged on this theme: a red-and-white candy cane Christmas and the ugly sweater party, where the décor and the dress code both celebrate old-school Christmas tradition.
They’re fun to make, gorgeous to look at and delicious to eat once Christmas arrives! Around the holiday season, the gingerbread house has a distinctive presence. Sweet white frosting holds gingerbread together, with candy adding color and variation. Through a mix of snow and candy-shaped décor, plus the right hues of brown, your Christmas party décor can reflect everyone’s favorite holiday activity and treat.
Ideal as an all-ages Christmas party theme, consider complementing your décor with a gingerbread-house- or cookie-making activity for children and adults with a nostalgic sweet tooth.
Looking for Christmas party décor ideas outside of the box — but that aren’t too out there? Metallics have seen a rise as contemporary holiday decorations, glimmering like old-school décor but with a more modern and grown-up twist. You can still work in the timeless red and green, or bring in some silver and gold to shake things up.
For multipurpose décor that gets you through the holiday season (and feels relevant through New Year’s), the winter wonderland concept of snow-covered trees and shimmering icicles gets you into the Christmas spirit with a degree of versatility. The theme here is that winter has arrived and is blanketing the landscape — or, in this case, your home’s interior — with an expanse of snow and ice.
Everyone from casual moviegoers to the film buffs out there has a favorite Christmas movie, whether that’s something classic or up for debate, like Die Hard. More of an option for an adults-only get-together, deck the interior of your home in movie-themed hints that provide enough familiarity without being too on-the-nose.
Christmas in July
Snow’s on the ground outside, and your mind’s off in a tropical paradise. If you’re in the mood for a luau, consider a Christmas in July party, which merges warm-weather fun and style with traditional holiday accents.
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