Fun and festive Christmas party ideas for hosting at home


The Christmas holidays are the perfect time for get-togethers. Whether it’s brunch, a sophisticated dinner or just a good old knees-up, it’s always good to see family and friends.

Hosting a Christmas party at home is a cost-effective option for seasonal celebrations, and gives you free rein to decide on the, music, theme and winter-weather home decoration ideas. Looking for inspiration this year? Here are our favourite Christmas party ideas that will set your shindig apart.

Tips for hosting a Christmas party at home

  • Go all-out with décor

First things first: set the scene. When hosting a Christmas party at home, decorations are key for creating a suitably festive atmosphere. To keep things classy, choose a colour scheme and stick to it. Red and gold is a classic Christmas combination, or you could opt for cooler shades like silver and blue.

Have your tree decorated, a Christmas wreath on the door and hang wall décor to make your home feel festive and inviting.

  • Set the mood with music

Next, get a music playlist ready. Music sets the tone for any party, so think about what kind of mood you want to create. Is it an intimate dinner party or cheesy family fun? Get searching for the perfect playlist, or ask your guests to send you their favourite party and Christmas tunes in advance.


Don’t forget scent

Scent is a sense that often gets forgotten, but it can really make all the difference. There are lots of festive scents that will get you in the mood. Candles, diffusers or just whatever you’ve got cooking in the house will create a lovely Christmassy atmosphere! For a DIY scent, simmer orange, cloves and cinnamon on the hob – though don’t let it go unattended for too long!

Set the Christmas table

Whether you’re having a three-course meal or a buffet affair, your Christmas table should be set to please the yuletide gods. Get creative! You could go for an impressive centrepiece or keep it simple with a striking colour scheme.

A simple but effective way to create an impressive Christmas table is to consider the style of your crockery and build it out around that. For instance, if your plates are grey and white, then a Scandi-style table might work for you, whereas if your plates are in a country style, then more of a rustic, traditional feel will be at home on your table.

cropped view of florist making Christmas wreath of fir branches, decorative berries and pine cones at workplace

A Crafts-mas Carol

Get your craft-loving friends together for an afternoon or evening of Christmas crafts. Some ideas include:

  • Crafting wreaths
  • Making baubles
  • Decorating 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.


Ugly Jumper Party!

Looking for easy Christmas party themes? Why not 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! You can even make this a fun tradition every year.

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

Christmas Bake-off!

Friends with a lot of foodies? A Christmas-themed bake-off party could be perfect. Invite everyone to bring their own handmade treats like gingerbread bars, Christmas cake bites and decorated biscuits to be judged and for a winner to be crowned!

At the end of the night, you can create little goody bags for your guests to take away filled with all your shared Christmas treats.

Christmas cocktail making

Or, why not 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.

Ask your friends to each bring the ingredients to their favourite winter tipple, and make them together for a guaranteed fun and festive evening. Small plates and nibbles are needed to complete a thoroughly sophisticated affair.

Christmas drinks, pink peppermint martini cocktail with xmas decoration and candy cane sweet on white marble kitchen table

Christmas Movie Marathon

Looking for a relaxed Christmas party theme? Then a Christmas movie marathon could be the perfect option. 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!

popcorn in a wooden bowl on the background of Christmas and New Year's decorations, selective focus

Choose any one of these fun Christmas party ideas, and you can ensure you host an unforgettable Christmas party at home this year. For more tips and inspiration, head to the Express blog.

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