7 Ways to Entertain at Home this Christmas


Christmas is the perfect time to get together with your loved ones. Whether you’re looking for fun-filled activities or want to throw a sophisticated soiree, we have ideas to set your Christmas parties apart.

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Apres Ski

Create the ultimate experience for your loved ones with an Après Ski party! Transport your guests to The Alps by transforming your home into a cosy ski lodge.


For a truly magical experience, remember décor is key! To achieve this theme, scatter a mix of Fair Isle and fake fur accessories, such as cushions and blankets throughout your home. The addition of real wood logs and fake antlers hanging from the walls will add a traditional touch. Make your guests feel like they’ve just come from a day on the slopes by propping skis against your mantelpiece, along with ski boots and goggles. Finally, add large pillar candles throughout your home to provide a cosy, warm glow.


Give your guests a memento by setting up a photo booth. Place a backdrop of snow on a wall and equip your guests with ski gear and signs of famous ski mountains to use as props. These photos can be printed and made into a handmade ski pass for them to take home!


Après Ski wouldn’t be complete without warming food and drinks. Stay traditional and minimize your time in the kitchen with cheese fondue, chicken pot pie and chocolate fondue for dessert. Extend the party outdoors with a fire pit and an outdoor bar! Serve your guests mulled wine, Aperol Spritz and for true Après Ski luxe place champagne bottles to chill in the snow!

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A Crafts-mas Carol

There is nothing better than decorating your home for Christmas, so why not throw a party out of it? Corral your craft-loving friends for an afternoon of crafting wreaths, baubles and Christmas cards. Prepare mulled wine to fill your home with the scent of Christmas before your friends arrive and ask everyone to bring their favourite craft supplies to share. Why not make your friends a handmade bauble as a memento of your party, with their name on it so they can enjoy for years to come.

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Ugly Jumper Party!

Embrace the festive fun by hosting an ugly Christmas jumper party for you and your friends. Invite everyone to wear the most hideous Christmas jumper they could find to your party, with the winner winning a gift at the end of the night! This is the perfect opportunity to take photographs to keep for years to come, so set up a photo booth with different Christmas props to add to the fun!

Christmas green cupcake with colorful sprinkles in red cup on white background with decorations

Christmas Bake-off!

Host a delicious December get-together with a bake-off theme. Invite everyone to bring their own handmade treats to be judged and for a winner to be crowned! Get the children involved by creating little goody bags for your guests to take away, filled with decorative Christmas biscuits, gingerbread bars and Christmas cake bites!

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Winter Cocktail Masterclass

Get into the festive spirit by organising a cocktail masterclass! Even if you’re not the most skilled bartender you can still make stunning seasonal drinks, that everyone will enjoy. Why not ask your friends to bring the ingredients to their favourite winter tipple, and make them together? Small plates and nibbles are needed to complete a thoroughly sophisticated affair.

Traditional Christmas cookies with almonds on dark wooden background

Feliz Navidad!

Are you wanting to deviate from the traditional Christmas party ideas? Then look no further than a Feliz Navidad theme!


Decorate your home with handmade faroles (lanterns) whilst playing classic Spanish guitar music, and of course the iconic Feliz Navidad Christmas Carol! Impress your guests with a more exotic twist on festive food with a charcuterie board, seafood paella and polvorones. Children will love making traditional marzipan figurines, as well as other Spanish Christmas confectionery. There is never a more fitting time to pop open a bottle of bubbly, instead of champagne, this Christmas keep in theme with Cava!

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Christmas Movie Marathon

Looking for a relaxed party idea this Christmas? Then a Christmas movie marathon is for you!  Set the dress code for festive pyjamas or onesies and cuddle up under blankets, for an evening of your favourite Christmas films. Serve all the classic movie treats with indulgent twists like salted caramel popcorn, mini hot dogs and make a hot chocolate bar complete with marshmallows, brownie bites and fresh whipped cream. This is the perfect way to spend a chilly evening this festive period!

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