December Party Themes

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Ah, December! It’s not just the chilly air and the twinkling lights; there’s something magical about this time of the year that makes it perfect for throwing a party. Whether it’s the anticipation of the holidays, the excitement of the New Year, or just a great excuse to bring friends and family together, December is the ultimate party month.

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Plus, it’s packed with fun national days that can inspire unique and memorable party themes. So grab your party hats, we’re about to explore some fantastic December party themes that will make your celebrations the talk of the town!

Fun December Party Themes

There’s no shortage of reasons to gather and have fun this month!

1. Cookie Swap (National Cookie Day – December 4)

Who can resist the sweet allure of cookies? Celebrate National Cookie Day by hosting a cookie swap party. Invite guests to bring a batch of their favorite homemade cookies. Set up a big table where everyone can display their goodies and swap them.

To make it even more fun, have a contest for the best-decorated or tastiest cookie. Provide cute boxes or festive bags so your guests can take a variety of treats home. It’s a sweet way to start the festive season!

2. Ugly Sweater Party (Make it Yourself!)

A man and woman wearing ugly Christmas sweaters

There’s nothing more quintessentially December than an ugly sweater party. Ask your guests to wear their most outrageous Christmas sweaters. You can have categories like ‘Most Creative’, ‘Ugliest’, and ‘Most Festive’ sweater, with small prizes for the winners.

Serve warm drinks like hot chocolate or mulled wine, and play classic holiday movies in the background. It’s a cozy way to get everyone laughing and enjoying the season’s spirit.

3. Chocolate Wonderland (National Chocolate Covered Anything Day – December 16)

Imagine a party where everything is drizzled, dipped, or decorated in chocolate. Sounds like a dream, right? Well, National Chocolate Covered Anything Day gives you the perfect excuse to turn that dream into reality.

Set up a chocolate dipping station with fruits, marshmallows, pretzels, and anything else you can think of. Don’t forget a variety of chocolates, milk, dark, and white, to cater to all tastes. It’s a delicious theme that chocolate lovers will adore.

4. Festive Flannel Party

December is all about staying cozy, and what’s cozier than flannel? Throw a festive flannel fête where the dress code strictly involves flannel shirts and pajamas. Decorate your space with rustic touches and warm lighting. Serve comfort food and have a lineup of classic winter movies ready. It’s a laid-back, snug gathering that’s perfect for catching up with loved ones.

5. Winter Wonderland Ball (First Day of Winter – December 21)

Transform your party space into a dazzling winter wonderland. Use whites, silvers, and blues for your decorations, think sparkly snowflakes, shimmering fairy lights, and icy tinsel. Ask your guests to dress in elegant winter attire. Serve frosty cocktails and icy desserts. You can even rent a snow machine to add to the ambiance. It’s a glamorous way to welcome the winter season.

6. Christmas Karaoke Night

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Who doesn’t love singing along to their favorite Christmas tunes? Host a Christmas karaoke night where your guests can showcase their vocal talents or simply have a blast singing off-key with friends.

Create a playlist with everything from classic carols to modern holiday hits. You can make it more interesting by turning it into a competition with fun awards for ‘Best Performance’, ‘Most Enthusiastic Singer’, and ‘Best Duet’.

7. New Year’s Eve Countdown Practice Party

Why wait until the last day of the month to start the New Year’s celebrations? Host a “Countdown Practice” party where you do a mock countdown to midnight. This can be especially fun if you have kids and don’t plan on staying up late on New Year’s Eve.

Have party hats, noisemakers, and confetti ready for the pretend midnight moment. It’s a joyful way to build up the excitement for the actual New Year’s Eve.

8. Gift Wrapping Party (National Wrapping Day – Second Sunday of December)

Turn the chore of wrapping gifts into a fun gathering with friends. Invite your pals over, bring all the gifts, wrapping paper, ribbons, and tags. Exchange wrapping tips and tricks, enjoy some snacks, and wrap away! It’s a productive and fun way to handle holiday prep together.

9. DIY Ornament Party (National Christmas Tree Day – December 8)

Get crafty with a DIY ornament party! This is perfect for National Christmas Tree Day. Set up stations with all the supplies needed, glitter, paint, beads, and plain ornaments. Guests can create their own decorations to take home or hang on your tree.

This is especially fun for families with kids or for anyone who loves a bit of crafting. Serve simple finger foods and hot apple cider to keep everyone fueled and happy.

10. Gingerbread House Decorating Party

A person decorating a gingerbread house

Host a gingerbread house making party where each guest or family gets their own kit to assemble and decorate. Lay out lots of decorating options like candies, pretzels, icing, and more. You can have a contest for the most creative, sturdiest, or most festive gingerbread house. This activity is a hit with both kids and adults, offering a tasty and artistic way to spend an afternoon or evening.

11. Reindeer Games Party

Inspired by the playful side of the holiday season, a Reindeer Games party is all about fun and games. Set up stations with different games like pin the nose on Rudolph, a snowball toss, and a holiday scavenger hunt. Encourage guests to wear antlers and red noses to get into the reindeer spirit. This theme is great for active kids and adults alike and ensures your party is full of laughter and energetic fun.

12. Pajama Brunch

Who says parties need to be in the evening? Host a cozy pajama brunch! Invite guests to come in their comfiest pajamas and serve up a delicious brunch spread with pancakes, eggs, bacon, and mimosas for the adults. You can have a cozy movie playing in the background or soft holiday music. It’s a relaxed and comforting way to enjoy the company of friends and family.

13. Holiday Lights Tour

Organize a holiday lights tour around your neighborhood or city. Gather your group and set out to admire the festive lights and decorations. After the tour, invite everyone back to your place for hot cocoa and cookies. This is a wonderful way to enjoy the beautiful sights of the season and spend time with loved ones.

14. Secret Santa Party

Secret Santa is a classic holiday tradition, and hosting a party around it can make the gift exchange even more fun. Have everyone bring a wrapped gift within a set price limit. During the party, each person draws a number to determine the order they will choose a gift. It’s exciting, mysterious, and a great way to give and receive a little holiday cheer.

15. Holiday Hat Party

Ask guests to come wearing a festive holiday hat, whether it’s a Santa hat, elf hat, reindeer antlers, or even something they’ve created themselves. Offer a prize for the most original hat. This simple theme can be a lot of fun and encourages guests to get creative with their festive attire.

16. Hot Chocolate Bar

A mug of hot chocolate with marshmallows and a plate of marshmallows

Set up a decadent hot chocolate bar with all the toppings such as whipped cream, marshmallows, peppermint sticks, cinnamon, and various syrups. Let guests customize their own hot drinks while they mingle and enjoy some holiday treats. This warm, sweet party theme is perfect for chilly December evenings.

December is a treasure trove of festive fun, and with these party themes, you’re all set to make the most of this fun month. So, whether you’re swapping cookies or belting out holiday tunes, the key is to enjoy the company and the cheer of the season. Let the parties begin!

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