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How to Host a Christmas in July Party On a Budget

13 June, 2011

Don’t get me wrong – I love a hot, Australian Christmas.

The festive season for us is synonymous with cricket on the beach, fresh prawns, cold beers and having an after-lunch kip under the ceiling fan. Awesome.

But I want to wear a freakin’ reindeer jumper.

I want to wear one while I’m sitting around a Christmas tree, next to warm fireplace, while I’m eating a delicious hot roast dinner washed down will a glass of mulled wine. Mmmmm.

Luckily, some clever chap invented “Christmas In July” – the makeshift holiday that Australians can choose to celebrate so that we don’t miss out on all the white Christmas traditions.

This year I’ve decided to get together with a bunch of friends and host a Christmas In July party. I’ve come up with a few ways to organise the party without spending too much money. Here’s what I’ve got so far.


I’m going to grab a bunch of old Christmas cards I’ve been holding on to and write on the blank side of the picture on the front. Simple.

Alternatively, if you don’t have any cards around, there’s heaps of invitation templates online that you can customise yourself and print. It’s nice to get an actual invitation in the mail rather than a Facebook event invite, so I think going to the extra effort with invitations is worth it.


I’m opting for a “bring a plate” scenario this year. Putting on a full roast dinner spread can be a bit expensive so I’ll cook the meat, and all the sides will be catered by the guests.

If you’re looking for some mouth watering recipe ideas for traditional Christmas food, here’s a few of my favourites:

  • Mulled Wine
  • Roasted Marmalade Ham
  • A whole bunch of wicked Martha Stewart Christmas recipes


This one is easy, since I’ve already got a bunch of stuff that I put up for real Christmas.

It’s up to you whether or not you want to keep things classy or go completely over-the-top tacky. Think about what your guests would like.

If you want to go super tacky, try putting a bit more of a ‘snowy’ spin on things with some fake window frosting and perhaps a fake, indoor snowman made from cardboard boxes and some white foam stuff.


A fun idea is asking everyone to bring along their favourite daggy Christmas mix tape or record. If you’re lucky you might end up with some Disney Christmas carols or a Mariah Carey compilation. It’s not Christmas until Mariah has sung “All I Want For Christmas Is You”.


Most party favourites can be played with a Christmas spin on them. Try playing a game of charades where you can only act out books, songs or movies that are about Christmas. Or play a game of Pictionary where you can only draw Christmas carols.

Hosting a Christmas in July party doesn’t need to be an expensive affair. Keep it fun, simple, and share the responsibilities with your friends.

If you’ve hosted an awesome Christmas in July party, let us know how yours went! Or send us in some pictures your best “I just drank 8 glasses of eggnog” face.


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by Gemma Maddock

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