There’s nothing like a bit of midyear yuletide cheer to take the edge off the winter chill, which is why we can’t wait to celebrate Christmas in July. It’s a chance to revel in the ‘traditional’ kind of Christmas enjoyed in the Northern Hemisphere and it can be a great opportunity to get together with family and friends who you don’t always get to see during the busy end of year holiday season. Depending on where you live, you may even be getting a few snowflakes around this time of year, so make the most of it and plan a cosy night in with our ideas for throwing a cracker of a Christmas in July event, even if it’s not quite frosty enough to make a snowman.
Ho Ho How to Celebrate
Bring the cheer with some fun activities to keep away the cold.
This involves a little pre-planning, but if you won’t get the chance to meet up with your party invitees to draw names out of a hat, don’t despair. Several online Secret Santa organisers mean you don’t have to miss out on the fun — all you need is your attendees’ email addresses, and websites like Secret Santa Organiser or Sneaky Santa take care of the rest. You can even add wish lists and a spending limit so everyone is on the same page, and you can be sure that nobody draws their own name.
Pin the tail on the reindeer
This isn’t just for kids – it can be very entertaining for the adults after a few glasses of eggnog. Print out a template or make one yourself, find a blindfold and grab some blue-tack (you’re much less likely to cause an injury) and you’re ready to play.
It may be a challenge to find these in shops at this time of year, but what’s Christmas without a paper crown and a terrible joke? Here’s a tutorial for Christmas crackers you can put together at home.
This one might be a little harder to do at home, but we think it’s just as fun to watch the Hobbit himself, Martin Freeman, square off against late night television host Jimmy Fallon in a game of antler ring toss, where the aim is to land as many rings on your opponent’s antlers as you can. If you’re determined to try this yourself, we recommend scouring eBay for the equipment and putting away any priceless vases or other breakables before you begin.
Christmas in July Costumes
Kit yourself out in our Christmas costumes for men, women and kids. For even more options, view our full range here.
Recipes to Warm You from the Inside Out
There’s no better excuse than frosty weather to indulge in some comfort food with friends.
You’re sure to warm up quickly with a glass of mulled wine. Check out this recipe courtesy of Give Me Some Oven.
Mince pies are a Christmas essential in the Northern Hemisphere, but they’re not so popular in the sweltering summer.
Winter’s the perfect time to fully appreciate this fruity, spicy seasonal treat.
Whip up some of Jamie Oliver’s Eggnog for a truly traditional Christmas tipple.
You can even use the recipe to create eggnog lattes for a delicious pick-me-up.
You can’t beat the aroma of gingerbread men baking in the oven, and they’re great fun for kids to decorate.
No matter what time of year you’re celebrating, you just can’t have Christmas without a Christmas ham. We’re getting hungry just thinking about this recipe for honey glazed ham.
Set the scene with our extensive range of Christmas in July party supplies. You can find even more party tableware and decor for your Christmas in July celebration here.
How will you be celebrating?