July kicks off with a bang, as Independence Day fireworks explode in the night sky. Yet, if you live for celebration, it can feel like a long, uneventful stretch until Labor Day. If you missed Friendsgiving, no worries: there are still a few more weekends this month to slap together a Christmas in July.
The perfect dish varies from family to family, but a potluck makes planning easy.
- Appetizers invite artistry, with snowman cheese balls, fruit and cheese Christmas trees, or one of these creative Christmas wreath veggie trays.
- Try to think of summer twists on your typical fare. For instance, you might bake a ham with pineapple rings and cherries on top or throw turkey legs on the grill. Serve with sides of S’mores Sweet Potatoes, Mexican street corn, and refreshing Holiday-Spiced Cranberries.
- Or prefer pasta? Try this Easy Summer Grilled Lasagna, along with Christmas Salad and Christmas Tree Spinach Dip Breadsticks.
- Everyone loves a traditional sugar cookie cut-out for dessert, but you might also try Hot Chocolate Icebox Pie, a Christmas Jell-o, Santa Hat Crispy Cheesecake Squares, or quick and easy Peppermint Bark.
The details bring the concept of Christmas in July to life:
- Encourage attendees to dress in their favorite Christmas tees, hats, and ties. Christmas themed sunglasses or necklaces made of flashing lights and jingle bells make easy accessories for the group. Choose someone to play Santa!
- Be sure to bust out all your Christmas serving trays and centerpieces.
- Add Christmas inflatables, themed table cloths, tiki Santa statues, festive flamingos, strands of lights wrapped around the trees, or a lit palm tree to your décor.
There are countless ways to spice up a summer Christmas party:
- Too early for Christmas music? Never! A microphone with a built-in speaker and YouTube is all you need for a Christmas karaoke party.
- If you have a sandbox, you might have the kids build and decorate a “sandman” instead. Or you could fill red, white, and green water balloons for a fight. Christmas themed pinatas are always a hit with the kids, too!
- Organize a “white elephant” gift exchange. Everyone picks a number out of a hat to choose a gift, with an option to steal. For a simple-yet-silly twist, have everyone wrap up a re-gift or something from their home they want to get rid of! Pick up a few items from the dollar store for the kids like a wiffle ball toss game, excavation eggs, chalk, glow-in-the-dark necklaces, or plush toys.
- Play a game like Santa Cookie Elf Snowman or the 12 Games of Christmas.
- Put on your favorite Christmas movie. Since the weather is much better than December, you might consider an outdoor movie experience with a projector and inflatable screen.
A Little Planning Goes a Long Way
Why wait until December to make memories that’ll last a lifetime? For more ideas on summer entertaining, contact The Shine Studio. We can bring games, crafts, and activities to entertain the kids at your next party or you can drop in for classes, workshops, and camps all summer long.