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A Guide to Hosting a July Christmas Party in UK

by Shea Liu 07 Jun 2024
As the summer sun warms the British Isles, an unconventional yet delightful idea has been making its rounds across households – the July Christmas Party. This unique celebration brings the warmth and cheer of Yuletide in the midst of vibrant summer days, offering a refreshing twist on tradition. If you're planning to host your very own Christmas in July bash, this guide will ensure your event is filled with joy, laughter, and a touch of the unexpected.

1. Embrace the Theme: Summer Meets Winter Wonderland
Start by setting the stage for your unconventional celebration. Decorate your outdoor space or living room with a blend of traditional Christmas elements and summer flair. Think twinkling fairy lights intertwined with vibrant floral arrangements, snowflake-shaped paper cutouts hanging from tree branches alongside colorful bunting. Create a ‘snowy’ effect using white cotton or paper decorations, while incorporating bright summer colors to keep the atmosphere light-hearted.
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2. Festive Attire with a Twist
Encourage guests to dress up in a fusion of Christmas and summer styles. Think ugly Christmas sweaters paired with shorts, Santa hats atop sun hats, or reindeer antlers with floral crowns. Offer a prize for the most creative outfit, adding an element of friendly competition to the festivities.

3. Summery Christmas Feast
When it comes to the menu, embrace the best of both seasons. Serve classic Christmas dishes with a summer twist. Think turkey burgers with cranberry sauce, BBQ glazed ham, and a salad of roasted Brussels sprouts with lemon and parmesan. For dessert, indulge in frozen eggnog, Christmas pudding popsicles, or a refreshing yule log made with fresh berries.

4. Themed Beverages
Quench your guests' thirst with festive cocktails that are perfect for warm weather. Offer a 'Summer Sangria' infused with cinnamon and cloves, or 'Mistletoe Mojitos' featuring mint and cranberry juice. Don't forget the non-alcoholic options, like a 'Sparkling Cranberry Spritzer' or 'Elderflower Fizz', ensuring everyone can join in the merriment.

5. Outdoor Activities
Take advantage of the sunny weather with outdoor games and activities. Organize a 'Snowball' fight using water balloons, or set up a 'Reindeer Ring Toss' using inflatable reindeer antlers. A 'Frosty the Snowman' building contest using sand instead of snow adds a fun challenge.

6. Caroling with a Summer Sound
Music is key to setting the mood. Create a playlist that blends traditional Christmas carols with upbeat summer tunes. Think 'Jingle Bell Rock' followed by 'Summer of '69', or 'Deck the Halls' mixed with 'California Gurls'. Encourage guests to sing along or even host a karaoke session where participants can perform their favorite summer hits with a Christmas twist.

7. Gift Exchange with a Twist
In keeping with the Christmas spirit, organize a gift exchange but with a summer theme. Suggest items like beach towels, sunglasses, or gardening kits. You could also introduce a 'White Elephant' game where guests bring humorous or quirky gifts that are both practical for summer and lightheartedly festive.

8. Spread the Joy
While your July Christmas party is all about fun and frolic, consider adding a charitable element. Collect donations for a local charity or organize a toy drive for children who might not have a joyful holiday season. This act of kindness will amplify the true spirit of Christmas, no matter the month.

Hosting a Christmas in July party in the UK is a wonderful way to break the monotony of summer and bring people together in a unique celebration. By embracing the best of both seasons, you create an atmosphere that's both nostalgic and refreshingly new. Remember, the key to a successful July Christmas party is creativity, a touch of whimsy, and a whole lot of Christmas cheer. So, gather your friends and family, and let the festivities begin – because every day can be Christmas if you believe!
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