Published on Jan 3, 2020
Who wants a Christmas party that comprises of a few glasses of cava and cold sausage rolls in your local hall? No one. Especially when there are so many brilliant Christmas party theme ideas out there. That’s why we’ve put together ten of our favourites that will have your guests letting their hair down and talking about the party for months to come – for all the right reasons…
A masquerade ball
There’s something magical about a Christmas party theme that means you don’t have to stare at the same faces of your colleagues you have to look at every day! Whirl your guests back in time to a lavish and mysterious Masquerade ball with an experience they won’t forget in a hurry. Tell everyone to dress up in the appropriate attire, then have them greeted at the venue with a glass of bubbly and live band while they wait for dinner. Serve an appropriately themed feast and watch as masks are removed, and true identities revealed! Once the meal has been finished, have your guests slip their masks back on and whirl straight to the dance floor to dance the rest of the night away.
A circus theme
Christmas is a time for fun and for releasing your inner child, so why not play on this with an exuberant circus themed Christmas party. Decorate your venue to look like a circus ring, or find a venue which is already complete with ringmaster to welcome you and your guests and guide you to the circus arena. Have your team nibble on circus themed canapes and cocktails before a full seated dinner which watching an amazing show of circus acts. Why not invest in a classic retro sweets or popcorn stand for guests to dip into throughout the evening, and you could also have extras such as a characterturist, juggler, mime or magician to keep things entertaining into the evening.
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Let’s face it, nothing can quite beat the festive feel of Apres ski and while taking the whole company to the slopes is probably a bit expensive, you can still bring the feel of the slopes to the party. Decorate the venue with traditional chalet accoutrements such as furry rugs, wooden furnishing and old skis – you could even go one step further and hire a venue specifically for Apres Ski parties complete with log cabins, cosy throws and trees covered in snow. Make sure to organise an outdoor log fire surrounded by benches where you can sit round and drink boozy hot chocolate or mulled wine and toast marshmallows under the stars. Drink ski-themed cocktails and dance until the early hours to a DJ who will play a host of festive themed tunes that will have you believing you really have joined an Apres Ski of the mountains.
Reverse Christmas in July
As many in different industries know, July is the time to start planning festive content – hence the name Christmas in July. So why not flip it on its head with a summer themed party? Have the venue transformed into a total beach paradise complete with deckchairs, beach balls and parasols, an ice cream van, paddling pools and an array of summery cocktails. Why not serve up an indoor BBQ and have a competition to see who can wear the most outrageous Hawaiian shirt? Hire a photobooth and have all summer themed props such as sun hats, sunglasses, arm bands and pool floats. You could have the DJ play an entire summer themed set too!
There’s nothing like a Casino Royale themed Christmas party to get your guests excited and an excuse to dress to the nines. The men will don their finest penguin suits, while the ladies slip into sparkling cocktail dresses. Be handed a glass of bubbly (or a martini!) as you arrive to a glitzy venue, before sitting down to a delicious three course dinner. Following this, your guests can take to the tables for a turn on a fun casino with the chance to win a number of fun prizes, before making their way to the dance floor to dance the night away.
Relive your childhood memories of being let loose in a sweet shop with a chocolate themed Christmas party. A perfect mix of nostalgic fun and entertainment, this is the ideal way to get into the festive spirit and have a party your guests will never forget. Begin the evening by walking through famous Wonka gates, before entering a sweet shop paradise complete with colourful giant candy canes. Have your guests enjoy a chocolate-themed cocktail before taking their seats for a themed dinner where live music will be played (and perhaps even an appearance by an oompa loompa or two!) When plates are cleared, why not direct your guests to a chocolate fountain or retro sweet stand before letting loose on the dance floor until the early hours.
Murder Mystery party
Think Cluedo on a big scale for this Christmas party theme idea! At a murder mystery party, members of the team are each given their own identity at the beginning of the night. They are then to play this character throughout the evening – props and costumes help make this one truly special! The basis of the story is that someone at the party has been murdered and the murderer is a member of the team. It’s up to you all to try and figure out how the murderer is, while the culprit has to evade suspicion! You could have themed cocktails and a three-course meal to enjoy all while trying to discover the main suspect…
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Narnia Themed Party
A Narnia themed party is a great one for really getting into the spirit of the theme. Step through a coat-filled wardrobe to enter a magical world complete with white Christmas trees, Aslan and castle scene silhouettes, props, live music and faun stilt performers to do a meet and greet. Enjoy cocktails before a delicious three course dinner surrounded by the spectacular decor. There could be competitions for the best dressed, a quiz, or live music to accompany while you eat. Round the night off with DJ and a disco before heading off in your carriages at the end of the evening.
Winter Wonderland Christmas Party
For an extra special twist on the classic Christmas party, why not hold a Winter Wonderland themed party? Have your guests arrive to the venue complete with alpine backdrops, fake snow, Christmas trees and twinkly lights – the perfect set up for a night of festivities. Greet them with a mug of mulled wine and a live band on arrival, before having them sit for a delicious three course Christmas dinner. Have everyone dress in white or festive colours and let them dance the night away to a live band or a DJ. Be sure to get a photobooth with Christmassy themed props to remember the night by!
80s themed party
This Christmas party theme idea is one guaranteed to get everyone down and footloose and enjoying themselves! A real retro treat, have your guests dress up in appropriate 80s attire, with cocktails such as a Long Island Iced Tea or peach schnapps to greet them. Enjoy themed table settings, a red-carpet entrance and fun photo booths complete with props, before setting down to a three course meal. During the night make use of a multi-coloured dance floor while boogying along to the likes of Madonna, Fame and Duran Duran under a glittering disco ball. You can run eighties quizzes or challenges, with prizes such as for the best dressed or highest quiz score. It’s a night that everyone is sure to love!