How to Host an Epic Christmas in July Party
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Mele Kalikimaka is the thing to say! Learn how to celebrate this summer with a Christmas in July party. We'll walk you through menu options, decor ideas, entertainment and more.
We love any excuse to celebrate. And while “Christmas in July” may not be an official holiday, it’s a wonderful reason to invite over some friends and cook a delicious meal. Read on to learn exactly how to host a Christmas in July party this summer.
Christmas in July Menu Ideas + Tips
The first step in planning a memorable Christmas in July party? A very merry menu. We suggest a mix of traditional holiday favorites and seasonally appropriate summer dishes.
Get the party started with a round of cool, Christmas in July cocktails.
- Beat the heat with icy options, like this striped Tropical Candy Cane Freeze. If you’re hosting outside, consider setting up a blending station on the patio so guests can imbibe all night long.
- Go crazy for cranberry! We love this tiny, tart fruit in sangrias and as a garnish. While it’s unlikely you’ll be able to find fresh berries in July, check your grocery store for a frozen option. Or, add a splash of flavor with cranberry juice.
- Add a festive touch—and keep your cocktails cool—with an ice ring. Simply fill a Bundt or tube pan with juice, soda, herbs, fresh fruit and any other add-ins you’d like, and freeze. Then, right before party time, remove the ring from its mold and drop into your favorite punch. (We love this vodka version).
- Consider a mocktail option—especially if younger guests are invited. We love this Grinch Punch.
Feeling snack-ish? Set out an array of Christmas in July appetizers.
- Go red and green. This color combination will make your apps feel extra festive. Try it with all sorts of fresh summer produce, like snow peas, avocados, cherry tomatoes and bell peppers.
- Arrange grab-and-go bites—like crostini, sliders, charcuterie or pinwheels—in a wreath shape. Add a bow for extra flair.
- Put your Christmas cookie cutters to work. They’re ideal for shaping mini pizzas, chips and crackers.
From turkey to ham—and all those wonderful side dishes—be prepared to feast on these Christmas in July dinner ideas.
- Prepare a classic holiday roast on the grill. We love Grilled Huli Huli Turkey Drumsticks and Zesty Grilled Ham.
- Step up the salads! This easy side dish is cool, refreshing and perfect for summer. Try a sweet version with gelatin and fruit or opt for savory recipes packed with veggies.
- Infuse summer flavors in classic Christmas dishes—like this BBQ Turkey or these to-die-for Tropical Butterhorn Trees.