30 Stress-Free, Easy Christmas Party Ideas (2022)

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Hosting a Christmas Party at Home

I love Christmas time. I love everything about it. The cold weather, a season focused on generosity and faith, and all of the fun get-togethers. It’s truly a time of celebrating togetherness.That’s why today I’m sharing 30 easy Christmas party ideas. Because if you’re throwing a Christmas party at home, it isn’t supposed to be stressful. It’s supposed to be fun!

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Tips for Planning an Easy Christmas Party

Before I share my party ideas, let’s talk about ways to keep things simple.

1. Focus on your people. Christmas parties are great, but the whole point is being together and creating memories. Don’t let the stress of party-planning take the fun out of getting together with your friends.

2. Delegate. Don’t feel like you have to do everything for your party alone (unless you genuinely enjoy it). Delegate some tasks to someone else, either another family member or a guest. Don’t like planning games or activities? Focus on the food and ask someone else to plan the games. Feel stressed by decorating? Let your friend bring the mistletoe and garlands. Do what you enjoy and let go of the rest.

3. Pick and choose. This post is FULL of ideas. Don’t try to incorporate them ALL — just pick 1 thing from each section. The whole point is to keep things simple — I don’t want you to feel overwhelmed by ideas. Just use this post to brainstorm how you want your party to be.

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Ready? Let’s plan your easy Christmas party!

Themes

You don’t have to have a theme to throw a Christmas party. Christmas is a theme in and of itself. Just gathering some friends together and eating some good food is reason enough to get together. (REMEMBER: you can keep things simple.)

But! If you want to inject an extra bit of fun, themes are a great way to take your party to the next level without a lot of effort. Themes also help give you a little structure.

Here are a few EASY Christmas party theme ideas:

4. A Progressive Dinner.The party moves from one house to the other for each course in the meal. Appetizers at House #1, main meal at House #2, and dessert at House #3. (You can also throw in a salad course if you want to stretch the evening further.) A small activity at each house is fun, but you can just eat, too.

5. A Christmas Movie (like Elf, A Christmas Story, or The Grinch). Dress up like the characters, eat food from the movie (think spaghetti with maple syrup from Elf — ha!) and you can even watch the movie together.

6. White Elephant Gift Exchange. It’s a classic for a reason! Everyone brings a wrapped gift, and you take turns opening — and stealing them. Sometimes the gifts are nice, and sometimes they’re funny. A combo of both is fun.

7. A Gift-Wrapping Party.Ask each person to bring a roll of wrapping paper and any gifts they need to wrap. Then spend the evening wrapping presents with each other’s wrapping paper.

8. Fondue Party. Fire up your fondue pot, open a package of cheese fondue, and dip bread & vegetables. A fondue party makes for a warm, cozy evening together.

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Who to Invite to Your Christmas Party

Now that you’ve decided what kind of party you’re having, it’s time to decide who to invite.

9. Think in categories. I like to think in categories and invite a specific friend group when I’m planning a get-together.

These are some of my own friend groups:

  • the neighbors on my street
  • mom friends in my neighborhood
  • my kids’ friends & their families
  • friends from my mom group
  • my small group from church

You probably have different groups than I do — maybe work friends or your running group or your DIY crafty friends. Maybe you want to invite everyone you know. That works, too!

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Christmas party decorations

If you’ve already decorated your house for Christmas, then you don’t need to do anything extra for your party. (REMEMBER: keep things simple.)

10. DIY party decorations. But if you’re looking for some DIY decorations (or something to keep your kids occupied while you’re getting ready for your party), here is a video with some super creative ideas. I love the DIY lanterns and the hanger wreath.

Easy Party Food

You can’t have a party without food, but a lot of times, people are intimidated by what to serve at a Christmas party. Here are some ideas for keeping things easy (but still fun!) when it comes to food:

11. Use paper plates. If cleanup is what is keeping you from inviting people over for a Christmas get-together, you officially have my permission to use paper plates. We use paper plates every time we have a large group — even at Christmastime. And these days, they make such fun styles, whether you’re looking for elegant, classic, or festive.

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12. Make a huge charcuterie board or grazing table. Most everything can be store-bought which leaves you free to get ready for your party. (See 13 Charcuterie Board Ideas for Easy Entertaining and41 Homemade Charcuterie Board Ingredients!)

13. Make it a potluck.Don’t be a hosting martyr — let other people bring food, too! Ask everyone to bring an appetizer or dessert and you provide a couple of heavier snacks like mini-sandwiches or meatballs. If you’re using a theme, ask them to bring a dish that goes along with it. Or if you do a food station (see below), everyone can bring 1-2 things to contribute.

14. Set up Christmas party food stations.Food bars and food stations are all the rage these days. And why not? They’re fun and in a day of food allergies and special diets, they’re customizable.

Here are some Christmas food station ideas:

  • a Hot Chocolate Bar with creative toppings (Idea #15)
  • a Fondue Bar with cheese and chocolate fondue and bread, fruit, vegetables, and other dippers (Idea #16)
  • DIY Pita Pizzas(Idea #17)
  • a Chili Bar — make a huge pot of EasyHomemade Chili and set out all kinds of toppings (Idea #18)
  • a Pasta Bar with 2 different kinds of pasta and 2-3 different sauces along with fresh herbs and/or cheeses (Idea #19)

Easy Christmas Party Games

If you want some simple things to do at your party, here are some super easy but fun games to play.

20. Minute to Win It Games. Have you played them before? You compete on teams to play silly games that you have to finish in under a minute. They’re so fun! My family has played them several times before. And trust me — you haven’t lived until you’ve watched your favorite people try to move an Oreo from their foreheads to their mouths without using their hands.

21. Saran Wrap Ball.In this game, you hide a lot of small prizes or gifts in a big ball of Saran Wrap. Then people take turns rolling dice and unwrapping the ball. The unwrapper keeps unwrapping the Saran Wrap and keeping prizes he finds until the roller rolls doubles. The roller then becomes the unwrapper, and the next person in line starts rolling. And so on. Some people put a $20 bill in the middle to increase the

22. Left/Right Game You play this game at a gift exchange. Everyone starts with their own gift on their lap, and a Christmas story is read. The catch is that the story uses the words, “left” and “right” a lot, and every time you hear one of those words, you have to pass the present on your lap that direction. It makes for a lot of laughter!

23. Charades. It’s an oldie-but-goodie. Write down clues — Christmas movies, characters, things you find in winter — and everyone takes turns acting them out without speaking.

24. Heads Up App.Talk about easy — nothing to organize with this game. It’s an app you can download onto your phone. If you’ve played the game, “Head’s Up,” it’s the same concept. You put your phone on your forehead, it shows your friends a clue, and they all act it out for you to guess before the timer goes off. Once you’ve guessed the right answer, you flip it down for a new clue.

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Christmas Party Supplies

The last 6 easy Christmas party ideas are party supplies that both help take the stress out of your party and add festive fun.

25. Photo Booth Props— photo booths are such a fun way to capture memories from your party, and these are great.30 Stress-Free, Easy Christmas Party Ideas (4)

26. Photo Backdrop — this pretty backdrop is the perfect background for your pictures.

27. Glittery Christmas Cupcake Toppers— a fun way to add holiday cheer to some simple cupcakes.

28. Christmas Biodegradable Straws— good for the environment and fun for your party!

29. Christmas Plates & Napkins— lots of options for holiday-patterned paper plates and napkins.

30. Fancy Christmas Glasses— these hilarious Christmas glasses would be a great party favor to send home with your guests.

Easy Christmas Party Ideas

Throwing a Christmas party at home is such a fun way to celebrate the holiday season with your friends. And with these 30 ideas, you’re sure to find several that will make your party easy to host and more importantly, a whole lot of fun.

Looking for gift-giving ideas? Check out The Best Etsy Gifts for Entertaining and my Gift Guide for the Everyday Hostess! And also 38 of theBest Christmas Food Gifts for Neighbors!

Want to gain confidence to invite more people over for dinner? Join my Invite Them Over Challenge where I’ll turn you into a confident hostess in 5 days!

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FAQs

How do you throw a Christmas party on a budget? ›

Budget-friendly ideas for company holiday party menus
  1. Everyone pitches in for a holiday potluck. ...
  2. Cold cut sandwich platter or pizza. ...
  3. Brunch (but later in the day) ...
  4. A catered meal with a potluck dessert contest. ...
  5. Food truck catering. ...
  6. Low-cost food activities. ...
  7. Classic catered reception (but with low-cost offerings)

How do you throw a last minute Christmas party? ›

How to Plan a Last-Minute Christmas Party
  1. Stay calm. Don't let the small window you have for planning stress you out too much. ...
  2. Gather information. ...
  3. Make a plan. ...
  4. Delegate. ...
  5. Choose a theme. ...
  6. Keep it easy. ...
  7. Strategize food. ...
  8. Entertain.
Dec 22, 2015

What can you do at a friends Christmas party? ›

Icebreaker games are fun and can lighten the mood so everyone feels comfortable at the start of your party.
  • White Elephant. ...
  • Christmas Charades. ...
  • Christmas Carol Pictionary Relay. ...
  • Christmas Carol Bingo. ...
  • Stocking Guessing Game. ...
  • Name that Christmas Song. ...
  • Christmas Movie Trivia. ...
  • Christmas Mad Libs.
Dec 14, 2021

What time should a Christmas party start? ›

We think that the best time for a Christmas party to start is around 7:00pm. However, the exact start time will depend on a few factors such as: How long the party will last. If the guests are mainly children or adults.

How do you throw a quick party? ›

10 Tips for Last-Minute Party Planning
  1. Raid the pantry. ...
  2. Dress up your dip. ...
  3. Be creative. ...
  4. Think basic. ...
  5. Choose a cocktail. ...
  6. Keep your freezer stocked. ...
  7. Everyone loves sandwiches. ...
  8. Use grocery store delis and salad bars.

How do you host a last minute party? ›

5 Tips for Planning a Last-Minute Party
  1. Post an event page on Facebook. Keep the message simple. ...
  2. Tell people what to bring. ...
  3. Serve cheap (but good!) ...
  4. Hit up Trader Joe's for snacks. ...
  5. Don't forget the music.
Sep 6, 2017

What does every Christmas party need? ›

If you're prepared to decorate by yourself, here are a few things to check off of your list:
  • Door wreath.
  • Christmas lights.
  • Mistletoe.
  • Themed napkins and tablecloths.
  • Christmas tree/ornaments.
  • Garlands or hanging wreaths.
  • Fake snow if you've got it.
Nov 17, 2017

What kind of games can you play at a Christmas party? ›

Fun Christmas Games for Kids
  • 20 QUESTIONS: CHRISTMAS EDITION. 2+ Players. ...
  • CANDY CANES (Holiday 'Spoons') 3+ Players. ...
  • SANTA LIMBO. 3+ Players. ...
  • CHRISTMAS CAROL PICTIONARY. 4+ Players. ...
  • CHRISTMAS CHARADES. 4+ Players. ...
  • CHRISTMAS MEMORY GAME. 2+ Players. ...
  • FAMILY FEUD CHRISTMAS. 5+ Players. ...
  • STOCKING GUESSING GAME. 4+ Players.
Dec 23, 2021

What do you do at a ladies Christmas party? ›

Host a Holiday Girls Night In – Ideas & Themes
  • 7 Themes for Hosting a Holiday Girls Night In.
  • Host an Ornament exchange.
  • Host a Secret Santa gift exchange.
  • Host a Gift Wrapping party.
  • Host a Chinese Gift Exchange.
  • Host a Chic Cocktail Party.
  • Host a Donation Drive.
  • Host a Cookie Exchange.
Dec 4, 2019

How can I host the perfect Christmas? ›

Tips for hosting Christmas dinner
  1. Party time is nearly here, so if you're wondering how to host the ultimate Christmas get together, read on... Be a happy hostess.
  2. Prepare ahead.
  3. Stock up.
  4. Consider your tablescape.
  5. Utensils.
  6. Keep things simple.
  7. Entertainment.
  8. Delegate.
Jun 1, 2016

What are some good Christmas themes? ›

40 Fun Holiday Party Themes
  • A Storybook Christmas. Invite guests to bring a children's book to donate to the local library, school or literacy center. ...
  • Fill Santa's Sleigh. Ask each guest to bring a gift to fill Santa's sleigh. ...
  • Trim My Tree. ...
  • Christmas in Vegas. ...
  • Friends of Rudolph. ...
  • Building Christmas. ...
  • A Christmas Auction.

How do I host my family for Christmas? ›

Tips For Hosting Christmas With A Big Family
  1. 3 Keep Desserts Simple.
  2. 4 Plan On Where Family Are Putting Their Winter Gear. ...
  3. 5 Have A Trash Can In Multiple Rooms. ...
  4. 6 Make Fan-Favorite Food. ...
  5. 7 Accept Any Help. ...
  6. 8 Don't Use The Good Dishware. ...
  7. 9 Clear Space In Your House. ...
  8. 10 Play Christmas Movies On TV. ...
Nov 11, 2019

How do I make Christmas fun for adults? ›

Fun Christmas Activities For Adults
  1. Make Spiked Hot Cider/Hot Cocoa. Warm up this holiday season with a festive cocktail that will put you in the Christmas spirit. ...
  2. Set Up a Christmas Photo Booth. ...
  3. Host Your Own Paint And Sip. ...
  4. Enjoy A Drive-In Movie. ...
  5. Host an Eggnog Tasting.
Dec 23, 2021

How do you play the Christmas punch game? ›

Everyone gets a turn and on their turn they punch through the tissue paper on ONE cup (unless you've made enough for multiples). They pull out any prizes inside and keep them. If they don't like their prizes and want to switch with someone else who doesn't like their prizes, they can do that.

How do you play the reindeer game? ›

Give each player a pencil and a piece of paper with the word "reindeer" written across the top. Set a timer for three minutes and challenge players to write down as many words as they can from the letters that make up the word “reindeer.” When time is up, the player with the most words wins.

How do you throw a successful holiday party? ›

Top 10 Tips for Hosting The Ultimate Holiday Party
  1. Plan Your Menu. Everyone will appreciate a varied menu that appeals to guests with diverse palates and preferences. ...
  2. Pick a Color Scheme. ...
  3. Make Menu Cards. ...
  4. Create a Signature Cocktail. ...
  5. Set The Mood. ...
  6. Have Awesome Music. ...
  7. Make Some, Assemble Some. ...
  8. Make Something Cute.

How do you give a Christmas party? ›

A Fun List of Christmas Party Ideas That'll Turn You Into the Best Host Ever
  1. 1 Set Up a DIY Hot Cocoa Bar. Amazon. ...
  2. 2 Make a S'mores Board. Amazon. ...
  3. 3 Provide Some Much-Needed Pampering. Amazon. ...
  4. 4 Family Feud, but Make It Festive. PrintGoGo. ...
  5. 5 Set the Scent. Etsy. ...
  6. 6 Hang Some Holiday Decor. ...
  7. 7 Try a Banner! ...
  8. 8 Write Holiday Cards.
Dec 13, 2021

What should you not forget when planning a party? ›

What Not To Forget When Planning A Party
  • Signage. It's almost guaranteed that some of your guests won't have been to your venue before, even if it is just your home. ...
  • Think Ahead. Like a boy scout, be prepared. ...
  • Check For Allergies and Dietary Requirements. ...
  • Have Activity Options. ...
  • Relax and Go With The Flow.
Oct 23, 2018

How do you have fun at a party? ›

7 Ways To Have Fun At A Party
  1. Create a Fake Persona. If you don't know many people at the party, you can choose to become a completely different person. ...
  2. Learn Some Popular Dances. ...
  3. Be the Bartender. ...
  4. Crack Some Jokes. ...
  5. Play Casino Games. ...
  6. Drink Champagne and Play Drinking Games. ...
  7. Eat.
Jan 2, 2019

What do you get someone for their last-minute birthday? ›

Movies, books, games, and other digital items make easy last-minute gifts, provided you know what your giftee likes. I'm a fan of Kindle books for digital gifts because they can be read using a free app on computers, smartphones, and tablets instead of a dedicated Kindle ebook reader.

How do you play the Saran Wrap Christmas game? ›

Have all your party guests sit on the ground in a circle. One person will begin with the ball, while the person to their left has a pan with two dice in it. Once the game begins, the person with the ball puts on oven mitts and tries to unwrap as much as they can, while the person to the left tries to roll doubles.

How do you play Candy Cane spoons? ›

Spoons Game with Candy Canes - YouTube

What should I bring to my Friends Christmas party? ›

When attending a holiday party host by a friend or family member, you should always bring a gift for the host. It doesn't have to be expensive or extravagant, just something that shows you are appreciative. Some ideas include a bottle of wine, box of chocolates, or even some homemade bread or cookies.

What theme is popular for Christmas 2021? ›

One theme stands out for Christmas 2021 when it comes to cards and wrapping paper: sustainability. Over the last few years, interest in sustainability appears to have grown, with people now searching for cards, wrapping paper and even gifts that are sustainable in some way.

How can I host a Christmas dinner and be relaxed? ›

From prepping early to enlisting the help of family members, take a look at some of ways you can keep calm when hosting...
  1. 1 Plan well. ...
  2. 2 Lay your table on Christmas Eve. ...
  3. 3 Don't pressure yourself to do it all. ...
  4. 4 Pace yourself. ...
  5. 5 Keep it simple. ...
  6. 6 Get household members to help. ...
  7. 7 De-stress with a game. ...
  8. 8 Make some 'me time'
Dec 11, 2020

How do you throw the best Christmas dinner? ›

10 Tips to Throwing the Perfect Christmas Dinner Party
  1. Tip #1: Plan ahead.
  2. Tip #2: Invitations.
  3. Tip #3: Keep it Intimate.
  4. Tip #4: Dietary Requirements.
  5. Tip #5: Lighting.
  6. Tip #6: Set the tone with music.
  7. Tip #7: Don't take risks with food.
  8. Tip #8: Buffet Style.

What are good Christmas colors? ›

We all know and love the classic Christmas color schemes, red and green, gold and silver, but why not shake things up a little this year? Your Christmas can look however you want it to, from bright neon decorations to warming coppers and even pretty pinks.

How do you prepare for Christmas guests? ›

6 Simple Steps to Prep Your Home for Holiday Guests
  1. #1 Declutter. ...
  2. #2 Add Night Lights. ...
  3. #3 Make Space in the Entryway. ...
  4. #4 Add a Coffee Station and Extra Stools. ...
  5. #5 Create Extra Sleeping Space. ...
  6. #6 Make Extra Bathroom Supplies Easy to Find.

How do you host out of town guests? ›

How to Be the Ultimate Weekend Host for Out-of-Town Guests
  1. Welcome Guests with a Local Cocktail.
  2. Create Baskets Filled with Local Gifts.
  3. Add Special Touches to a Guest Bedroom.
  4. Serve Breakfast In the Garden.
  5. Spice up dinner with a decorative table.
May 15, 2019

What should I bring to Christmas dinner? ›

59 Christmas Side Dishes You Need In Your Holiday Spread
  • of 61. Cheesy Bacon Asparagus Casserole. ...
  • of 61. Perfect Mashed Potatoes. ...
  • of 61. Green Bean Casserole Bundles. ...
  • of 61. Roasted Red Potatoes. ...
  • of 61. Holiday Roasted Vegetables. ...
  • of 61. Perfect Baked Sweet Potato. ...
  • of 61. Fluffy Potato Rolls. ...
  • of 61.
Dec 16, 2021

What you need for a Christmas party? ›

If you're prepared to decorate by yourself, here are a few things to check off of your list:
  1. Door wreath.
  2. Christmas lights.
  3. Mistletoe.
  4. Themed napkins and tablecloths.
  5. Christmas tree/ornaments.
  6. Garlands or hanging wreaths.
  7. Fake snow if you've got it.
Nov 17, 2017

What should I prepare for a Christmas party? ›

You can gather stockings, mini-Christmas trees, wreaths, over-sized ornaments, and Christmas lights to give your party a warm and traditional feel. And don't forget to send out your matching elegant Christmas cards to cap off the theme.

How do I host holiday meals on a budget? ›

Money-saving tips for hosting a holiday meal on a budget
  1. Shop ahead and take advantage of coupons. ...
  2. 2 Skip the gourmet stores if you can. ...
  3. Don't make too much food. ...
  4. Keep your menu seasonal. ...
  5. Avoid recipes with ingredients you won't use again later. ...
  6. Order some dishes ready-made. ...
  7. Go easy on the decorations.
Dec 14, 2018

What is the most eaten food on Christmas? ›

The Most Popular Christmas Dishes

The #1 pick is roast potatoes, with a win percentage of 76%. Mashed potatoes came in second (75%), and turkey was third (73%)—the only protein in the top five.

What do you put on a Christmas buffet? ›

Christmas buffet ideas
  1. Truffle mac and cheese pots. View recipe.
  2. Beef and caramelised onion sliders. View recipe.
  3. Vegan roasted vegetable tarts. View recipe.
  4. Coconut crusted prawns. View recipe.
  5. Pork and cranberry sausage rolls. ...
  6. Lemon posset pots. ...
  7. Gravadlax on rye bread. ...
  8. Baked feta dip with olives, truffle and artichoke.

How can I host the perfect Christmas? ›

Tips for hosting Christmas dinner
  1. Party time is nearly here, so if you're wondering how to host the ultimate Christmas get together, read on... Be a happy hostess.
  2. Prepare ahead.
  3. Stock up.
  4. Consider your tablescape.
  5. Utensils.
  6. Keep things simple.
  7. Entertainment.
  8. Delegate.
Jun 1, 2016

How do you throw a holiday party? ›

  1. Make a List. Perhaps the ultimate way to create a stress-free holiday is to live by a list. ...
  2. Cook Ahead. Do as much ahead of time as possible. ...
  3. Stock Up. You'll never run out of nibbles if you shop with an aim to entertain. ...
  4. Keep Drinks on Hand. ...
  5. Deck the Halls. ...
  6. Keep It Tidy. ...
  7. Create Comfort. ...
  8. Add Joyful Sounds.

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