The weather is turning colder, the leaves are getting crunchier, and those mornings a little frostier…it’s almost Christmas season, folks. Christmas is a time for giving, spending time with loved ones, and having a good old shindig, of course! If you’re planning on hosting your own festive gathering this year but are worried you’re not up to the task, leave it to us to provide you with a little inspiration. From having the perfect food and drink set-up, to nailing your Christmas get-up, here are some tips and tricks to make sure your party is a roaring success.

Christmas party food ideas

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to be the next Nigella Lawson to whip up some delicious party food. While you’re more than welcome to try your hand at a full on Christmas dinner, an array of snacks and sweet treats is sure to do the trick. Not only will this save you loads of time on party prep, but it also means your guests will be in full on party mode instead of food coma mode.

Savoury

For savoury snacks, you can’t go wrong with a selection of crisps, nuts, and pretzels. A range of chutneys and cheeses, served with crackers is also a great idea, as are buffet style tidbits such as pigs in blankets and pizza pinwheels. Serve them up on Christmas paper plates for a truly festive feel that also gets you out of washing up duties. Just make sure you have some napkins on hand to avoid those crumbs piling up!

Sweet

Now you can’t have savoury without the sweet. If you consider yourself the next Great British Bake Off sensation, try your hand at some festive themed cookies or cupcakes. However, if your talents lie elsewhere, a baking kit is a surefire way to deliver tasty results with minimal effort. Alternatively, just have a variety of selection boxes on display to ensure there’s something for everyone! Oh, and don’t forget the Christmas pudding and mince pies!

Christmas party drink ideas

Arguably as important as the food (if not, more important) is the drinks. Throwing a Christmas party may sound like constant work, having to top up drinks and keep guests as merry as can be. However, if you set up a drink station that allows guests to help themselves to your famous homemade punch and soft drinks, then this stress is removed.

Alcoholic drinks

Every good host knows the secret behind a good Christmas party is a healthy selection of alcoholic beverages. For starters, make sure you have those traditional festive tipples such as eggnog and mulled wine on lock. Once these are taken care of, throw some bubbly, beers, and wine in an ice bucket so guests can readily help themselves instead of raiding your fridge.

Soft drinks

If there are going to be kids present at your party or designated drivers, it’s best to have a soft drink station set up as well. Some sugar-free options are always an excellent shout as this will stop kids bouncing off the walls. Add some canned drinks to an ice bucket such as non-alcoholic beers or ice cream soda (for a hit of nostalgia), and you’re good to go. Alternatively, just leave out large bottles of Pepsi or 7-Up for a budget-friendly and super easy option.

Christmas party table set-up ideas

Whether you decide to go all out with a Christmas dinner or opt for a simple buffet, it’s always a good idea to have your table set-up on point. Place some Christmassy covers over your chairs, some crackers on the table, and some coasters for those festive tipples. For those wanting to go the extra mile, place some cute elf hats over your cutlery for the perfect finishing touch.

Christmas party games and entertainment ideas

A party isn’t a party without a little fun and games! We’re not talking musical chairs or statues (although no judgment from us if you want to play these). Once the Christmas playlist is kicking off, it’s time for the shenanigans to ensue. Start off with a little drinking game such as beer or bubbly pong. It’s the perfect way to incite a little competitive spirit and get the drinks flowing! Feel free to have a few cups of soft drinks so the kids and designated drivers can get involved too!

If you’re feeling creative, a DIY photo booth is a great idea. Bonus points if there are Christmas props involved! Top tip: use a polaroid to snap these, that way everyone has a little memento of the evening!

A Christmas themed pass the parcel is sure to be a hit with kids and big kids alike, and is the perfect low-effort activity. Speaking of minimal effort activities, quiz cards and charades are great for when things start to calm down and everyone retires to the living room.

Christmas party decor ideas

When it comes to hosting the ultimate Christmas party, it goes without saying that the decor is key. You don’t need to splash loads of cash on blow-up Santas and life-size reindeer ornaments to give your party the wow-factor. Here is some decor inspiration, no matter your festive style.

Outdoor decor

Give guests a proper greeting before they’ve stepped through your front door with some window stickers, fairy lights, or Christmas wreath (or all three)! You could even go the extra mile and put some fake snow around your entrance to allow guests to feel as if they’re venturing into a winter wonderland…

Indoor decor

You can be as creative as you like when it comes to decorating the indoors of your home. Keep it simple with some string lights and festive ornaments, or go all out with some lametta, hanging signs, and stockings! Whatever you do, don’t forget to light some festive scented candles around your home to truly create a cosy Christmassy atmosphere.

To really finish off your festive decor, take some polaroid pictures of your guests to place on your tree or anywhere around your home. Just be sure that the pegs are Christmassy too!

Christmas party theme ideas

While Christmas in itself is a theme, there’s no harm in pushing the boat out and giving guests a little nudge with their outfit choices. Ugly Christmas sweaters is a classic choice, not to mention budget-friendly seeing as most people probably have one tucked away.

To push the boat out even further, a Christmas movie characters theme is the way to go. This allows guests to be as creative as they want, plus it makes for some great pictures! To make sure people commit as least partly to the theme, offer a prize for the best outfit.

Alternatively, switch things up entirely and invite each guest to bring a small gift to then donate to a charity of your choosing. Christmas is all about giving after all.

Christmas party outfit ideas

No matter the theme, some novelty Christmas bits are always great to have on hand. For a low-key yet festive touch to your outfit, add some Christmas wreath earrings. Or, go full on novelty and grab yourself a pair of reindeer glasses or a head bopper! Just be prepared for people to inevitably steal them off you as the night goes on!

Make sure your four-legged friend gets in on the action too. A Santa outfit or simple bandana is guaranteed to make them the star of the show! Not to mention, it’ll make for some fabulous pictures!

Feeling prepped and ready to host the ultimate festive bash? If you’re looking for a little more inspiration, check out the rest of our Christmas collection, chock full of festive goodies! Whether you can’t get enough of those tasty Christmas selection boxes or are looking for the perfect gift for a loved one, Cherryz has got your Christmas covered.