Top Holiday Party Themes

Hosting a holiday celebration this year? Make your gathering festive and fun with these top holiday party themes and matching holiday invitations. 

1. Ugly Sweater Party

Ugly Sweater parties still reign supreme because they combine festivity with silliness and a bit of nostalgia. Simply put: it’s impossible not to have a good time while dressed in a ridiculous sweater that reminds you of something your Great Aunt Josie used to wear. Set the stage for your party with Ugly Christmas Sweater invitations or Ugly Hanukkah Sweater invitations and decorate with bold, tacky, over-the-top holiday decorations. 

Bake cookies in the shape of sweaters or make gingerbread men and decorate them with colorful icing in crazy patterns. You can also serve brightly colored drinks to match the garish, festive colors of your ugly sweaters. Finally, have everyone show off their sweaters and award a prize to the ugliest sweater wearer. 

2. Jingle Bells & Jammies Party

The holiday season can be a busy and stressful time of the year. Invite guests to relax, decompress, and get comfy with a Christmas Pajama Party invitation. Share important event details and encourage attendees to wear their favorite holiday pjs and slippers. 

To create a warm ambience, set up twinkly lights and gather all the blankets and pillows that you own into your party space. Keep hot chocolate warm in a crock pot or set up a hot cocoa bar with all the fixings. Serve popcorn, veggies, pizza, chips and dip, and cookies for dessert. For activities, set up a table to play board games or pop in a holiday movie.

3. Wrap & Rum Party

Tired of the same old wrapping paper, gift bags and bows, or just dread wrapping altogether? Plan a gift-wrapping gathering with yummy cocktails! This is the perfect way to pool your wrapping resources and knock one more thing off your to-do list while hanging with friends.
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Kick things off with a festive Wrap & Rum invitation and let guests know to bring gift wrap and bags, tissue paper, tape, scissors, ribbons, bows, and gift tags. As the host, you should also be sure to have plenty of these supplies on hand in addition to fun drinks like Hot Rum Toddies or Candy Cane Martinis. For food, serve simple snacks like cheese and crackers, dried fruits, nuts, and pretzels so busy fingers can grab a bite and get back to work! 

4. Christmas Carol-oke Party

Warm up those vocal chords and host a Christmas karaoke party with favorite holiday tunes. To start, send a fun Christmas Karaoke invitation by text or email. Next, make sure your karaoke machine is in working order and put together a playlist of Christmas karaoke songs. Dress up your space with disco balls, strobe lights, and green, red, and silver tinsel. 
For food, serve easy-to-eat bites that aren’t messy and be sure to have plenty of water on hand as guests will work up a sweat singing. Provide fun, song-themed drinks like Christmas Carol Punch, The Silent Night, and Jingle Bell Smash. Finally, at the end of the evening, have everyone vote on the best or funniest Christmas Carol rendition.

5. Cookie Exchange Party

This holiday party theme is by far the sweetest of them all. Who wouldn’t love to bring home a variety of delicious cookies to share (or not!) with their loved ones? Customize and send Cookie Swap invitations and use a free Potluck tool to avoid duplicate recipes and determine how many cookies each person should bring.

The day of the party, set up a large table with a festive tablecloth to display the cookies. Provide guests with small labels and markers to identify the type of cookies and who brought them. With so many sweet foods on hand, be sure to supply some savory foods to balance out all the sugar (think: mini meatballs, pigs in a blanket, chicken wings, and mozzarella sticks). For drinks, cookie-themed drinks are the way to go. Check out this yummy Sugar Cookie Martini recipe. Finally, provide Tupperware for guests to collect their share of goodies and go home happy!

Remember that hosting a party does not have to be stressful. No matter what type of party you host, start your planning off on the right foot with digital holiday party invitations to share important info, gather RSVPs, and get guests excited about the event.  

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