Get ready for sled-loads of Christmas party ideas! You can transform these ideas into a winter theme party or use them for fun Christmas party for kids or grownups. Just set your creativity loose…
There are all sorts of cool Winter & Christmas party ideas and shapes for invitations. For instance, a Christmas tree, star, gingerbread man, reindeer antlers, candy cane, stocking, etc.
Check out these free and cool Christmas printable invitations:
Create a cool stocking invitation by cutting out and gluing a stocking-shaped envelope. Decorate it with Christmas designs (there are lots of stamps you can use such as snowman, candy cane, etc.) Once the stocking envelope is ready, prepare a red or green card to put inside. Write with a silver pen something like:
“Twas just before Christmas and all through the (your family name) house there was lots of excitement, but it wasn’t a mouse. Santa is coming, with Rudolph and elves – so make sure you all come and join us yourselves.”
A winter party invitation can be in the shape of an igloo, snowman, snowflake, snowball, etc. Add white glitter for sparkle or cotton for “puff”, and enclose snow-like confetti.
A cool idea is to draw (or find pictures and clipart) of snowmen. Cut out your family members’ faces from pictures, and then place them on the bodies of snowmen. The invitation can read: “Guess which snowman is waiting for you?”
More ideas for an invitation can include a fun winter poem like:
I made you a snowball
It was perfect as could be.
And then I scribbled on it
Directions to my party.
I put it in this envelope and
Ran to buy a stamp
But when the mailman came
The envelope was all damp.
For a Winter party (in Florida or California :-), you can write something like: “It may not snow, not even a flake, but one thing’s for sure, we’ll all eat cake.”
Disperse jingle bells all around the party area or putting bowls full of jingle bells on the table so that everyone can jingle!
Add as much red and green as you can (you can use red and green blankets, scarves, towels, or even scraps of fabric as throws for your sofa, chairs, tables, etc.). You can wrap your doors in Christmas wrapping paper and attach large bows made from fabric or ribbons.
A nice idea for a table centerpiece is to take a terra cotta pot, and with a glue gun, glue candy canes (side-by-side, standing on end with their hooks at the top) to the outside of the pot. Then tie a red ribbon around the pot and fill the pot with wrapped candies or better yet, a small poinsettia.
Another great centerpiece is to take baskets and display pinecones and cinnamon sticks in them. You can then spray potpourri oil on them (vanilla, cinnamon, apple, gingerbread, etc. would fit well for Christmas). You can also spray your pinecones first with silver, gold, red or green paint or dab a bit of glue on each of their points and sprinkle with colored glitter. If you don’t have any pinecones in your area, you can sometimes find them (most likely pre-scented) at a craft store.
Also check out these free Christmas printable decorations:
Decorate the party area with hanging snowflakes cut out of white cardstock or even simple white paper. Tie red and green bows to door handles, around railings and banisters, around candlesticks, plant pots, etc. Hang red, green silver and gold balloons, and use white batting for snow. You can buy small bells from a craft store, attach each bell to a piece of ribbon, and hang them all over the party area. You can also gather a few bells, tie the ribbons together, knot at the top, and drape over a doorknob so that whenever someone enters or exits, the bells will ring. Put a beautiful wreath on your door.
Create a Christmas treasure chest. Take an old blanket chest and prop it against a wall (with the lid open). Then fill with white Styrofoam or fiberfill for the illusion of snow. Fill the chests with wrapped presents or even wrapped empty boxes. You can also disperse little candies, Hershey kisses, gold chocolate coins, etc. You can also buy assorted white Styrofoam balls and hang lots of them at different lengths from the ceiling.
If your party is at night, and you want a romantic touch to it, you can take little round candles (the ones with the aluminum bottom), and let them float in pails of water. Disperse rose petals or other flower petals on the water as well.
A nice accent is to string a ribbon from one end of a wall to another attaching it to the wall (at each corner). Then, you can take Christmas cards and with a clothespin clip to the ribbon. Also, cover the windows with paper snowflakes, scatter around Christmas candles, and hang holiday lights inside and outside, on fences, around windows, doors, or anywhere you want to add some charm.
Create the North Pole by covering a large pole with white and red crepe paper and add a sparkly ball on top. Write, “Welcome to the North Pole” and place it also next to the entrance. You can decorate your whole party area with candy canes of assorted colors, put them in plant pots, you can give one to each new person that comes, disperse them on the table for more color, hang them with string from the ceiling, etc.
You can get your kids to help you with these Christmas decorating ideas, for instance, let them string popcorn, cranberries, cereal, beads, etc. and hang garlands everywhere as well as twisting them around railings and banisters. Make large cardboard candy canes, peppermint candies, etc. and hang them around the party area. For quick ornaments, hang Christmas cookie cutters with ribbon (you can hang them on your tree or in a window).
Hang fun signs all around the party area, such as ‘Danger Ice’, ‘Reindeer Crossing’, ‘Elves Ahead’, etc. Wrap indoor Christmas lights around a railing or banister (secure with tape in a few places. Make sure to tape down the electrical cord so that no one trips over it).
Here are some cool Christmas party ideas for decorating your Christmas tree.
For cool icebreaker activities and crafts, click over to our Christmas party ideas for crafts section.
Christmas Party Ideas for Food & Drink
These Printable Place-cards and Napkin Holders will come in handy:
Christmas Party Ideas for Food
Put little signs besides the foods below so your guests appreciate the creative Christmas party ideas for food they’re eating.
- Snowman Face Pizza – Covered with cheese and olives for the facial features
- Ice chips – Tortilla chips
- Reindeer Droppings – Chili con Carne
- Elf Soup – Prepare with miniature pasta shapes
- Snowman Face Crackers (cream cheese with olives for face)
- Pigs in a blanket (because pigs need those blankets in cold winter weather.)
- Rudolf’s nose – meatballs in tomato sauce
Winter Christmas Party Ideas for Drinks:
- Polar Ice Cap – You’ll need Blue Kool-Aid (prepare as directed), ginger ale, vanilla ice cream, clear glasses and straws. Refrigerate the Kool-Aid and ginger ale. Fill a glass almost halfway with the blue Kool-Aid. Add ginger ale almost to the top of the glass. Drop in one big snowball (scoop of vanilla ice cream) and let the kids enjoy their “North Pole” drink with a straw!
- Hot Chocolate
- Snowman Soup – Pour hot chocolate into a cup and add 2 Hershey kisses 1 small candy cane, 3 marshmallow ‘snow balls’ and 1 ice cube. This is one of the kids’ favorite Christmas party ideas for drinks!
- Hot Apple Cider
- Christmas Tea – A dainty little bowl of crushed candy canes make for a delicious substitute for sugar. A bowl of white sugar with flecks of red and green sugar is also tempting.
- Snowshake – Milkshake
Winter Christmas Party Ideas for Treats:
- Ginger Bread Cookies
- Candy Canes
- S’mores – Use Graham crackers, Hershey candy bars and big marshmallows, and Microwave. YUM-YUM!!
- Assortment of Christmas candies
- Rice Krispie Treat Snowballs (include M&Ms for a colorful touch)
- Snow Balls- assorted marshmallows
- Reindeer Antlers – pretzel sticks
Christmas Party Ideas for Cake
You can make snowball cupcakes and serve with mud and snow (hot cocoa and whipped cream). Homemade doughnut holes rolled in powdered sugar can also serve as edible snowballs.
For a Snowman cake: Bake three cakes in round pans of different sizes and place them on a cake board in the form of a snowman. Use white icing. Fashion a top hat with a square cake covered with chocolate icing. Use candies for the face and buttons, twigs for the arms, and sprinkle edible white glitter around the cake for snow. You can even put a small carrot on his face for the nose.
Here are some great homemade Christmas cake recipes and pictures that can definitely help you out!!:
Here are fun Winter & Christmas party ideas for desserts the kids can take part in making:
- Pancake Snowman: Give the children three circle pancakes of different sizes. They make a snowman. Sprinkle them with powdered sugar. Add mini M&M’s for buttons, raisins for eyes, red hots for mouth, etc. Then eat!
- Snowballs: Using vanilla ice cream, make “snowballs” ahead of time and place in the freezer to harden and maintain their shape. Then place a variety of different toppings on the table, such as sprinkles, nuts, mini-chocolate chips, and coconut, and allow the children to put whatever toppings they want on a small plate. They then roll their “snowballs” around in the toppings.
- Banana Blizzards (serves about 10 children) blend together one cup cold milk with two or three bananas in a blender. Ask the children to count aloud as you add ten snowballs (scoops of vanilla frozen yogurt) to the blender. Then invite the children to turn the blender on and off again to create the blizzard.
- Peanut Butter Snowballs – You’ll need 1 small jar of peanut butter, dry milk, honey and shredded coconut. Empty the jar of peanut butter into a bowl. Add 1 to 2 TBS. of honey (depending on how sweet you want the mixture to be). Add 1/4 cup of dry milk and mix into the peanut butter. Keep adding small amounts of dry milk until the peanut butter has a “playdough-like” consistency. Have the children roll the peanut butter mixture into balls. Finally, roll the balls into the coconut. The children can also make snowmen and then eat them!
We’ve created free printable favor-bags, check them out!:
Another one of the best Winter & Christmas party ideas for favors is to buy mugs, fill with cocoa and mini marshmallows and wrap in plastic tied with a ribbon. Also, at almost every print shop you can get mugs with your family’s picture on it (a mug shot…) and something saying thanks for coming to the party.
Loot bags for the kids can be filled with funtoos, jingle bells, stickers, blowing bubbles, Christmas candy, pencils, erasers, snow stickers, holiday coloring books, snow globes, little bendable snowmen, homemade snowdough (here’s how to make it), candy canes, etc.
Here are free printable favorboxes the kids can fold and use to hold small gifts:
Thank You Cards
Don’t forget to snap lots of pictures and after the party you can send the best ones as thank you cards. If it’s a Christmas party, one of the coolest Christmas party ideas is to have one of the elders dress up as Santa and get a picture of each child on Santa’s lap.
Ask everyone to come dressed in green and red and when they arrive you can hand out red clown noses or paint noses red to resemble Rudolf. You can also give out reindeer antlers (just take pipe cleaners and put two antlers on a bow), or you can buy inexpensive reindeer antlers and holiday hats.
Also check out these free printable gift-tags to put on all the Christmas gifts
Games and Activities
If you are lucky enough to have snow piling up in your backyard, you’ve got so many fun Winter & Christmas party ideas for outdoor play: Ride sleds, build snow forts and snowmen, make snow angels, have relay races, pin the carrot on the snowman, obstacle courses, tug of war, and just frolic in the snow.
For those of you without snow, take a look at these pages filled with over 20 of the coolest Christmas party ideas for games and activities.
Also check out these printable Christmas activities:
Another great activity for kids and adults too is to have a bunch of Christmas-themed coloring pages on a table full of crayons, markers, glitter, etc. Here are some great and free Christmas coloring pages to print out:
Keep warm and have the coolest party ever!
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