10 Christmas Party Themes You Haven't Thought of Yet

Because you can only attend so many ugly sweater parties.

Because you can only attend so many ugly sweater parties.

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1 Reverse Christmas in July

Christmas in July is a time-honored mid-summer party favorite. In the summer's hottest month, people pretend it's Christmas—complete with a tree, gift exchange, and hearty meal. Well, turn the tables on this tradition with a beach-themed romp in the dead of winter. Beach balls, mojitos, everyone's favorite Christmas with the Beach Boys album, and ample sunscreen are a must.

2 Holiday Movie Marathon

Because TBH you would have been searching for holiday movies on Netflix anyways, so why not have a holiday film fest? Just keep it to less than five to avoid merry movie fatigue. And if just watching hours of movies isn't exciting enough for you or your couch guests, add some action with a drinking game. Take a shot whenever someone says "Christmas spirit" or whenever anyone in Santa garb is on screen.

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3 Marshmallow Roast

Roasting marshmallows around a campfire (or a crackling fireplace) is the best. Just stock up on chocolate bars and graham crackers for s'mores…and some peppermint schnapps to wash 'em down. Spend the night getting roasted and toasted.

4 Pet Holiday Party

Because cats and dogs like nothing more than to be dressed up (as you can clearly see from how happy this cat looks), why not throw a party just for them and their adorable outfits? Imagine: a gathering with multiple puppies dressed in Santa hats. If that's not Christmas joy, we don't know what is. Bonus points if you can construct a makeshift photo area complete with an instant camera so that you and your friends can take holiday-themed, squee-worthy photos with fluffy. They can always use the photos for next year's Xmas card.

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5 Cherry Cocktail Potluck

Instantly upgrade a holiday potluck by asking friends to bring their favorite holiday cocktail instead of food. Candy cane martinis, eggnog, spiked cocoa…just be ready for a very rowdy round of carols towards the end of the night. Oh, and you should probably actually have some food there as well.

6 Christmas Carol Karaoke Night

You may not be a fan of unsolicited carolers banging on your door at night, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't enjoy an opportunity to bust out Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You." Either hit up a karaoke bar with private singing rooms or invest in a home karaoke set, and rock out to the holiday's best jams. Like the movie marathon, a complete Christmas playlist may take all night, so consider sticking to a theme. Classics are fun for the whole family, but sticking with pop reinterpretations by the tragically disbanded 'N Sync and just about every American Idol winner will help you stay on track.

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7 Gingerbread House Decorating Competition

Why not take a charming childhood tradition and turn it into a cutthroat competition? Have all of the supplies for traditional gingerbread house building ready, but also chose a judge and a few different categories (such as most creative, best construction, best candy curating, etc.). If you want to make things more interesting, chose a theme for the competitors (the more random, the better), set a timer, and ready, set, GO!

8 Christmukkah Party

Seth Cohen was on to something when he merged together two of the most present-filled holidays into Chrstmukkah. Throw an all-denominations holiday celebration and decorate with trinkets from every creed — a Christmas tree for, well, Christmas, dreidels for Hanukkah, and a kinara candle holder for Kwanzaa, to name a few — and spend the evening learning about one another's holidays (and probably watching The O.C.).

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9 Christmas Cast-Off Gift Exchange

Re-gifting — the act of handing off one of your previously received unwanted gifts to someone else — may be considered tacky in some circles, but when everyone's doing it, it can't be that bad, right? Have all of your friends come over with one of last Christmas' cast-offs — a leopard-print Snuggie, an automatic-twirling spaghetti fork, or a hot-pink clip-on tie. Make sure everyone's gifts are wrapped and then play a version of "White Elephant," where people can pick from the pile or steal someone else's new acquisition. One person's trash is another's recycling!

10 12 Days of Appetizers Party

Christmas cookies are great, but that doesn't mean that we aren't as excited about savory holiday snacks (cheese everywhere!). Instead of hosting a cookie swap, have friends bring their favorite xmas appetizers for an app-only potluck–no main dishes invited! And yes, make one person bring cookies.

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