12 Awesome Christmas Party Ideas
The holidays are exciting for a handful of reasons — the lights, the presents, the cookies — but there’s one thing in particular that everyone looks forward to: the epic parties.
The office Christmas party is a way to thank staff for their awesome work throughout the year. You’re trying to make the whole team feel appreciated and have a bit of fun at the same time. So, put away the cringe-worthy banners and mini-trees, and try one of these new Christmas party ideas.
1. White Christmas Party
Throw on your best snow-colored attire for a true white Christmas party. There’s only one rule: don’t spill the red wine. Take the white Christmas theme to the extreme by turning your entire party into one big white extravaganza.
White linens, white china, white chairs, white Christmas trees with white ornaments and ribbons, etc. Decorate the back of each chair with white angel wings and add white “snowflakes” to your centerpieces and table tops. Consider adding silver as your accent color to add a sparkle to the ambiance. Scatter small silver-wrapped gifts throughout the tablescape and bigger ones in corners of the room or under the white trees.
2. Christmas Masquerade Ball
Don your finest garments and polish your dancing shoes for an evening of opulence and extravagance. Create the ambience of a monochrome masquerade ball with Venus de Milo statues, kentia palms and floor standing candelabras. As you arrive the stunning showgirls will be on hand to serve the champagne reception before they take to the stage to entertain you and your guests whilst you enjoy a tempting 3 course meal!
For decorations, think harlequin patterns, theatre masks and anything decadent, and for those who haven’t come with a mask, or who want to give theirs a little extra pizzazz, set up a mask-making station with coloured card, string, felt pens, feathers, glitter and other decorations. In one corner of the room, create a photo booth area with a curtain backdrop and a box of props; mustaches, fairy wands, santa hats, feather boas and funny signs.
3. Nightmare Before Christmas Party
Give your Christmas party a Tim Burton flair and make use of all those leftover decorations from Halloween. Dress up the room with black and white tinsel, skulls and skeletons in Santa hats, and decorate balloons to look like the iconic Jack Skellington.
Fill the playlist with songs from Tim Burton’s films, along with Halloween classics like ‘The Monster Mash’ and ‘Superstitious’ (a great way to banish the cheesy Christmas carols for the evening!) Food should be of the authentic English variety: roast meats, mini-Yorkshire puds, bangers and mash, custard… all the classic comfort foods.
4. Winter Wonderland Christmas Party
There’s something magical about a white Christmas – and here’s your chance to embrace the season with a Winter Wonderland theme. Decorate your party space to look like a wintery palace, with white draping, fairy lights, ice sculptures, glittering snowflakes, and cuddly polar bears.
For drinks, serve an icy vodka cocktail and some delicious, warming mulled wine. Food should be warm and funky – crudites, savory bites, coconut balls, baked Alaska and panna cotta. Have everyone dress in their winter best – scarves and hats and gloves essential.
5. Santa’s Workshop Christmas Party
What’s Santa making in the North Pole? Why don’t you find out! Set up your party room to look like Santa’s workshop – a corner for Santa visits, piles of presents ready to go on the sleigh, and different workstations where busy elves have fun activities for guests to do.
Get someone in your office to wear a Santa suit – you can usually find some willing participant. Everyone can take turns getting their picture with Santa – it can be fun to also supply a few props to make photographs even more interesting.
At each elf “workstation” include different activities that either test the guest’s creativity or team-building talents. Build bridges from popsicle sticks, create your own sushi, or paint each other’s faces. A “Santa’s Workshop” theme is also a great opportunity to get your team into helping out a worthy cause, by having them bring along food and supplies for charity hampers and helping to wrap presents. Or ask that each guest bring a toy for a child in need this holiday season. At the end of the evening, all gifts will be donated to a local toy drive.
6. Candyland / Chocolate Factory Christmas Party
Who doesn’t love candy? Decorations should be candy-themed; lots of candy colours and stripes. Place candy-canes at every table and huge cut-out cupcakes along the walls.
Dinner food should be fun and funky – sushi is great. And for dessert, what better than a candy buffet or a decorate-your-own cupcake station?
7. Christmas Around the World Christmas Party
Practically every country, every religion and every culture celebrates a festival around Christmas time, even if they don’t call it Christmas or associate it with the same sentiments. Why not celebrate these differences with your own Christmas Round the World party theme!
This is a particularly awesome theme idea if you have a multicultural office. Encourage people to dress in national or traditional costume and have a range of traditional food stations from different cultures. For example, you could set up a Spanish station, serving dishes like tapas and paella, a Moroccan station, serving tagines, a Thai station, serving Pad Thai and spring rolls, and a German station, serving bratwurst, sauerkraut and roasted chicken.
Nothing puts people in the holiday spirit like carols! Have a playlist that features songs from all over the globe, spanning continents and a dozen different cultures. Guests will be delighted by the cheery music and you’ll have fun guessing which country each carol comes from.
8. Christmas Movie Marathon Party
From The Santa Clause to A Christmas Story, It’s a Wonderful Life to Bad Santa, the holidays are rich with beautiful, heartwarming and hilarious films. A great inexpensive theme for an office party is to choose a few of your favourites and stage a little screening. Rent a projector, spread beanbags and comfy chairs around, and supply traditional movie snacks like popcorn, pizza and candy bars.
Bonus points if you can find an outdoor venue and set up an outdoor movie theater. Spread out your picnic blankets and enjoy movies under the stars.
9. Christmas Circus
This is a dazzling theme that will have employees and guests raving about the visual effects and ambiance of the party for weeks to come. Consider hiring a series of specialty acts, tightrope walkers, clowns, jugglers, tumblers, etc., and in addition to scheduling some of the bigger acts as part of the “show” portion of the evening, hire some of them to walk around the event to entertain guests sporadically, such as magicians who perform random street magic.
In addition to the important entertainment element, proper décor will support the theme and really give guests something to talk about. Incorporate a lot of long drapery into the event design. Your whole design should include a lot of bright reds, like the reds of the three ring circuses. Consider setting up circus food stations, such as roasted peanuts, popcorn and cotton candy, throughout the venue. Your food stations can include a variety of finger foods and appetizers, such as sliders and chicken fingers.
10. Après Ski Party
If you don’t make it out to the slopes this season, bring the warmth of a ski lodge to your own home by hosting an après ski-themed party. Make sure your guests can cuddle up with a faux fur blanket and decorate with vintage ski decor and anything wood-finished. Don’t forget to have that fireplace burning! You could include a trip to an indoor ski slope or ice skating rink to amp up the wintery factor.
Visualise a traditional fireplace surrounded by chesterfield sofas, wooden tables and traditional rugs, the walls decked with vintage snow shoes and skis with wooden sledges and pine trees scattered throughout the room.
Warm up with a welcoming glass of mulled wine before dining on a selection of enticing canapés and bowl food, or perhaps you would prefer a sit down meal. The Alpine ski lodge is such a versatile theme and can be adapted to fit around you and your guests, working well as a more informal affair with a drinks reception and canapés but can also be dressed up for a more decadent evening of wining and dining.
11. Alice in Wonderland
If you had a world of your own would everything be nonsense? Well at an Alice in Wonderland themed festive party, that’s exactly what you’ll find! Take your guests on a journey down the rabbit hole and into a land brimming with giant playing cards, toadstool seating, rose topiary trees, and gargantuan clocks. You might even get to meet Alice and the Mad Hatter!
12. Prohibition in the City
This festive season invite your colleagues along to a Christmas party of a clandestine nature. We’re going to take you back to the 1920s, and the backstreets of New York City, where an illicit speakeasy waits your arrival! Visualise sumptuous red, black and gold décor. Gramophones on brass, marble tables, ox blood red chesterfield sofas, floor standing tiffany lamps and wooden crates. Of course, sensational flapper girls will be ready to greet you and your guests with a tempting moonshine cocktail, before they perform their dazzling dance display! This will be one corporate Christmas party your guests will be talking about for many Christmases to come!
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