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These elegant Christmas party themes for adults will make your guests feel special and they will make party planning easier for you.

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Christmas Party Theme Ideas

Christmas is the time of year that everyone enjoys going to parties, so I have gathered unique themes to help you plan your next Christmas party with an elegant holiday feel. When you center your decorations and food around a themed party your friends and family will be talking bout the party for weeks. There are some party ideas that will work well for larger groups and others would make a perfect intimate special party for close friends and family.

French Soiree Christmas party

french christmas dinner goose with french flag under text

For an elegant and fun Christmas dinner party host a French Soiree. The entire party will focus on using traditional Christmas French decor and foods. Your guest will have a good time learning about another culture and creating a special time of memories.

What is a Soiree?

In English, soiree means “a fancy evening affair.” The word comes directly from French and was formed from the word soir, meaning “evening” or “night.” 

Decor: Fill glass bowls with fruit and set them around for decoration. In France, clementines appear in beautiful bowls in every home throughout December. The focus of the table is elegant and inviting, so use your good dishes and nice linens.

In France, it is common to put three candlesticks on the table, which represent the Trinity. Also, an interesting French Christmas tradition is the French knot the ends of the tablecloth so the Devil can’t get under the table.

Menu: According to Expatica, Food is a big part of French Christmas traditions. It depends on the region but some common French Christmas foods include:

  • smoked salmon and oysters with bran bread and (real) butter
  • foiegras (goose or duck liverpate)
  • goose
  • capon or turkey stuffed with chestnuts
  • Servings of vegetables such as green beans cooked with garlic and butter and provincial herbs sautéed potatoes.
  • dessert could be sponge cake decorated like a yule log, traditionally made of chocolate and chestnuts.
French 77 Cocktail
This fun twist on the classic French 75 uses elderflower liqueur to change things up!
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Vegan Mushroom Bourguignon Pie
The reason this Vegan Mushroom Bourguignon Pie came about was all down to Tristan (Louise’s Husband). We were having a chat about what we could make this
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The Best Eclair Recipe | Honest & Tasty
They’re the BEST eclairs and are actually simple to make too! These eclairs may be cute and round but the flavors are seriously top-notch and traditional. And the most amazingly rich custard pastry cream fills these beauties.
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White Christmas party

cover of white christmas movie box

An enjoyable elegant Christmas party theme would be to center your party around a favorite Christmas movie such as 1954’s White Christmas. Invite friends to dress as the characters in the movie. They could choose classy daywear of the 1950s to big flamboyant performance costumes employed in the film’s musical numbers. 

Decor: For table decorations use round tables draped with white tablecloths and a simple bowl of red flowers as they did in the nightclub scene.

Menu: Your menu could center around foods served in the movie. The first scene with food is when they are riding in the club car.

  • club sandwiches
  • popcorn (on the bar)
  • lemonade
  • malteds (like a malted milkshake)
  • hot buttered rum
  • coffee

Next, at the inn’s bar, the characters had some late-night snacks.

  • buttermilk
  • ham and cheese on rye
  • turkey sandwich
  • liverwurst

Then of course there was a birthday cake for the major in the last dinner scene for dessert.

Tips: Be sure and have the movie soundtrack playing in the background during your party.

For entertainment, you could play a White Christmas movie trivia game and then settle down with popcorn and drinks to watch the movie together.

Raffaello Cake (Coconut Almond Cake)
This Raffaello Cake is a coconut lover’s dream! Layers of moist and tender almond cake, coconut custard, and coconut Swiss meringue buttercream.
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Raffaello Cake (Coconut Almond Cake)

Royal Christmas Party

queen with crown pointing to words

Get out your red velvet fabrics and silver decor to create a royal Christmas party. Elegance at its finest.

Decor: Buy some paper gold crowns and red velvet fabric to create a runner down your table. Place some small British flags around on the table.

Menu: According to British Studies Center you will need to serve some traditional items on your menu to make your party authentic.

  • Turkey
  • Roasted potatoes
  • Stuffing
  • Pigs in a blanket
  • Yorkshire Pudding
  • Gravy
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Brussel sprouts – Served steam or fried up with bacon-
  • Christmas pudding – Dried fruit and is normally served with brandy butter.
  • Mince Pie –  Tiny pies that are filled with fruits such as raisins, cranberries, and sultanas, as well as chopped nuts and spices such as cinnamon, sugar, and nutmeg. 
Juicy Roasted Turkey Breast – Nourish Plate
If you’re cooking for a smaller number of people this Thanksgiving or Christmas, then this roasted turkey breast is so easy and quick to cook.
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Homemade Cranberry Sauce – Instant Pot, Stove Top
Homemade Cranberry Sauce is easy to make and so much better than store bought ones! This cranberry sauce is flavorful, sweet, tart, and makes a perfect accompaniment to your holiday meals. Serve it with some
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Old Fashioned Sage Dressing
Old Fashioned Sage Dressing made with just 6 ingredients, it’s quick and simple with tons of flavor. A classic Thanksgiving dressing recipe that will quickly become a favorite.
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Winter wonderland party

snow on pine trees

Bring on the holiday cheer by creating a winter wonderland party. For fun make the dress code white clothes and silver. Your friends will start getting into the holiday spirit even before they arrive.

Decor: Your holiday decorations could be simple white everything with a touch of silver. Turn the lights down low and string tiny white Christmas lights everywhere to give an elegant touch.

Menu: Try creating a menu with mostly white food items. I have gathered a few recipes to get you started.

Winter Wonderland Margarita
Made with sweet and savory rosemary simple syrup and bright white coconut milk, this Winter Wonderland Margarita is your perfect sipper for chilly months.
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Snow Globe Desserts
Ice box cake snow globe dessert is an easy Christmas dessert idea, but cute as can be, amazingly delicious, and sure to impress
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Chewy Coconut Cookies
Snowball-like Chewy Coconut Cookies perfect for the holidays or anytime of year with coconut pulsed in the batter and toasted on the outside!
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Wonderful Life Christmas party

its a wonderful life movie clip with main characters

Movie party themes can be so much fun and what better classic than It’s A Wonderful Life to center your party around?

Have guests dress up as their favorite characters or in 1930’s apparel. They could wear Mary’s dancing dress, a white robe, or one of Vilets’ extravagant outfits For men they could wear an old-fashioned football uniform, suit, and tie, or even Clearance’s gown after falling in the river. For more great costume ideas look through the Pinterest board, It’s A Wonderful life costumes.

Decor: You could set the stage for a romantic evening with travel posters around by candle light just like Mary and George’s honeymoon. Rember George borrowed his mom’s good dishes. Set the table with linens and white dishes with a hint of the gym feel or around the pool.

Menu: Be sure to include a long loaf of bread, salt, and wine. Remind your guest that these are served. Bread,

“so this house may never know hunger, salt, that life may always have flavor, and wine, that joy, and prosperity may reign forever”

For drinks serve my Azalea cocktail topped with Zuzu’s rose peddles. Of course, hot mulled cider must be served too since it was Clearance’ss favorite.

For dessert, serve chocolate ice cream with coconut on top.

It’s A Wonderful Life Trivia Game

Be sure to download and print your copy of It’s A Wonderful Life Trivia Game.

Mulled Wine Recipe (Nordic Gløgg + Non-Alcoholic)
Scandinavian mulled wine recipe, gløgg, with warming spices such as allspice and cinnamon. Both non-alcoholic and with red wine is delicious.
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Gold and white party

white and gold christmas balls and stars

A beautiful and elegant color scheme to center your party around at Christmas time is a gold and white party. Invite guests to dress in glitzy gold and white.

Decor: Decorations can be gold Christmas ornaments, white linens, white plates with gold chargers, and gold tinsel running down the center of your table.

Tips: If you do not have many gold Christmas items, head to the Dollar Store and buy a few inexpensive items such as small trees or wreaths. Then spray paint everything gold!

Menu: Why not host a dessert and coffee menu. Set up a coffee bar with elegant white dishes. Create a table of scrumptious warm traditional cookies,  petits fours, and fruit cakes.

Gouda Mac n Cheese
Nothing says comfort food better than homemade mac n cheese however, if you are looking to jazz it up a bit for a special dinner you need to serve this wildly scrumptious Gouda Mac n Cheese recipe.
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Gouda macaroni and cheese layered in lasagna noodles and cheesy sauce then baked cheese on top
Pumpkin Hand Pies
Everyone will enjoy eating these fun pumpkin hand pies that are filled with pumpkin purée, apples, maple, and a blend of inviting pumpkin pie spices.
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Pumpkin-Hand-Pies cut in a Christmas tree shape with a cookie cutter and powdered sugar sprinkled on top to look like snow

Chartitams Scottish high tea party

tea cup with christmas decorations around it

During the Christmas season, there is not always a free evening to enjoy quality time with friends. Why not host an old-fashioned high tea party in the afternoon? This would be a great way to host an elegant gettogether with your best friends or other small groups. It’s all about taking the time for a simple tea party and making it extra special

Decor: Vintage white lace draped over a traditional Christmas-colored tablecloth would be perfect. Mercury glass Christmas balls, vintage old fashion light bulbs, with silver and brass items. Your guest will enjoy tea in pretty mismatched teacups and saucers and silver trays of treats.

Menu: In Scotland, high tea will include some hot food, such as cheese on toast or other savory goodies.

Mini Sandwich Recipe Ideas

a variety of make ahead sandwiches perfect for a derby party

These make-ahead sandwiches for parties allow you to enjoy your event without the stress of last-minute preparations. Impress your guests with an exquisite selection of tea sandwiches, ensuring a memorable and delicious tea party experience. Get The Recipes: Make-Ahead Tea Sandwiches

Elegant Christmas dinner party on a budget

man and woman at pretty christmas dinner table

Christmas is about traditions but it does not have to be expensive. Hosting a budget-friendly elegant Christmas dinner is the perfect time to serve classic comfort food that will impress your friends and family.

It’s the little details that guests remember, not so much the big extravagant ones.

Decor: Simplicity is elegance. Keep your decorations simple such as bows of greenery running down the center of your table with Christmas balls scattered in. Place candlesticks up and down the table for a romantic yet elegant feel.

Menu: Your menu does not need to be prime rib to be elegant. Simple, yet festive dishes can be elegantly served in pretty platters with garnishes. I have gathered a few ideas for budget-friendly Christmas recipes to get you started.

Easy Christmas Tree Pull-Apart Bread
This Christmas Tree Pull-Apart Bread is the perfect easy savory treat that you can serve on the festive lunch or dinner.
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Easy Christmas Tree Pull-Apart Bread
Christmas Soup
This heirloom, vegetarian recipe for creamy tomato basil Christmas Soup is a family tradition. Make this slow cooker soup for your Christmas Eve dinner.
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Pan-Seared Tilapia with Lemon Butter
Enjoy this lemon butter tilapia in a pan, which is infused with a hint of tart lemon, cilantro, and sweet, creamy butter that creates a delicious dinner for your family.
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lemon butter tilapia with cilantro
Green Bean Almondine
Fresh green beans make a perfect side dish in this green bean almondine recipe.
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Christmas Punch Recipe
Fruity Christmas punch prepared with whole ingredients from scratch in minutes. With instruction to serve in a bowl or in individual glasses.
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Moist Christmas Cake Balls
These cake balls are my most requested Christmas treat! They are SUPER moist and turn out delicious every single time. See my tips for making cake balls!
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Easy Christmas Chocolate Rice Puffs
Easy Christmas Chocolate Rice Puffs are super chocolatey, and the rice puffs give these a delicious soft and chewy texture.
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Make-ahead Elegant Christmas Party

people toasting wine over christmas dinner table

Be out of the kitchen by the time your guest arrive can be a challenge but with these ideas, you will be able to enjoy the party with your guests.

Decor: The key is to set up a few days before the party. It’s ok, it’s worth your time to do this. Set your table and decorate the center. If you are having a buffet then get out all the serving pieces you will be using and silverware.

Menu: You will be out of the kitchen by the time your guests arrive if you choose a few easy make-ahead recipes to serve. I suggest setting up a buffet table. This will allow you to have your dishes ready and staying warm when guests arrive. You could use crockpots with large pine branches around to disguise them some.

I have gathered a few easy recipes to get you inspired.

Fuji Apple Salad Recipe
This Fuji Apple Salad Recipe is loaded with fresh, crisp fuji apples, sweet dried cranberries, and crunchy walnuts, then drizzled with a cinnamon honey vinegarette. If you enjoy a fresh, slightly sweet salad loaded with nuts and fruit, then you need to try this best salad recipe.
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Panera's Fuji apple salad copycat in a bowl with fresh apples walnuts and onions on top
How To Cook Melt In The Mouth Roast Beef With Lots of Gravy
Let me show you how to cook melt in the mouth roast beef using this Instant Pot Roast Beef and Gravy recipe. This roast beef recipe is a quick and easy dinner that creates a tender, delicious beef roast with plenty of gravy to top a side of mashed potatoes.
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close up of roast beef and a bowl of gravy
Cheesy Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes
These Cheesy Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes are a fabulous way to make your holiday meal prep a whole lot easier. Make them a day or two in advance and check them off your list!
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White Christmas recipe
This easy no bake white Christmas recipe is a delicious update on a classic Aussie dessert. With white chocolate, crunchy cereal and tangy red cranberries, it makes a pretty addition to any Christmas dessert table and fantastic homemade Christmas gifts.
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Naughty or Nice Christmas cocktail party

cocktail and christmas ball

How about getting your holiday spirit on, by literally serving up some spirits. A Naughty or Nice Christmas cocktail party hosted by you will be a great reason for friends to get dressed up and enjoy an evening out.

Decor: The decor can be your traditional Christmas decorations around your home. Focus on the ambiance, have Christmas lights strung around and warm scented candles burning. Set up a bar area all decked out with your best holiday cheer. Make it large enough everyone can gather easily and serve your drinks in pretty glasses. In a

Menu: Finger foods and light snacks such as stuffed mushrooms or sweet and spicy roasted cashews would go perfect with cocktails. Also, be sure and serve sweet treats such as trays of Christmas cookies for Santa or Christmas Pudding Balls.

The Jolly ’Ole Christmas Cocktail
The Jolly Ole Christmas Cocktail is festive without being over-the-top. Light and fruity with cranberries, mint just the right amount of holiday cheer!
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Sugar Plum Fairy Martini
Tart cranberry juice, rich Amaretto and a touch of spice come together to make you this festive Sugar Plum Fairy Martini.
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Apple Cider Mocktail
This Apple Cider Mocktail a has tart apple cider flavor with warm maple sweetness and a surprising zip at the end that’ll make you question its zero-proof claim.
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Apple Cider mocktail in glass with slice of apple and spring of smoking rosemary
Pomegranate Cocktail for the Holidays | Hot Pan Kitchen
This Holiday Pomegranate Cocktail has just four ingredients – pomegranate juice, grapefruit juice, sparkling water, and gin – with a fun sugared rim.
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White Christmas Margarita – The Perfect Holiday Cocktail | Chisel & Fork
With coconut, tequila, lime juice, triple sec and pomegranate seeds, this White Christmas Margarita looks like winter but tastes like summer.
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Cranberry Gin Fizz with Aquafaba
Enjoy a Cranberry Gin Fizz with Aquafaba for a vegan twist on a classic cocktail. The flavor is tart and the ruby red color is gorgeous!
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Prancer’s Eggnog White Russian Christmas Cocktail
Prancer’s Eggnog White Russian is the Christmas cocktail of the year! Boozy, creamy and coffee-y with just simple eggnog, Kahlúa and vodka.
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Candy Cane Cocktail
Candy Cane Cocktail Recipe By Ann The Candy Cane Cocktail is refreshing adult beverage made with Whipped Cream Vodka, Peppermint Schnapps and Crème de Cacao. A cool, refreshing and festive holiday cocktail drink recipe. Prep Time: 5 minutes Ingredients: ● 1oz Whipped Cream Vodka ● 1oz Crème de Cacao…
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Christmas around the world potluck

globe christmas ball

If you have friends that enjoy cooking then during the holiday season host a Christmas around the world potluck. Themed food potluck is the perfect way for you to easily host a party during the busy holiday season.

Decor: Set up your own Christmas decoration but also add international flags from around the world to your decorations.

Menu: Have each friend choose a course and bring a traditional Christmas dish from a country of their choice. During the dinner have them share what they learned about the country’s traditions and a little bit about the dish they brought.

The Feast of the Seven Fishes (Italian)
Growing up in a large family, we celebrated every holiday to the fullest and had many traditions. Christmas Eve was and still is one of my favorite family traditions and one that I want to share with all of you. There is something very special about this day and has left me with vivid memories…
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British Baked Cauliflower Cheese Recipe – JackSlobodian
This British baked cauliflower cheese is rich, packed with cheese flavour and has a nice golden crunchy topping. Perfect for a Sunday Roast.
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Rosolli Finnish Beetroot Salad
Rosolli is a Finnish vegetable salad that’s traditionally served at Christmas. It’s made with beetroot, potatoes, carrots, apple and pickles.
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Snowball Cookies
These classic butterball cookies are a delightful treat. One of our all time favorite cookies for the holiday season, these pillowy cookies are made with 6 simple ingredients and don't require you to chill the dough. Full of chopped walnuts and coated in a blanket of confectioner’s sugar, these cookies are easy to eat, and you'll be happy to share them with friends and family.
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Classic Butterball Cookie rolled in powdered sugar with a bowl of the sugar by the plate
MELOMAKARONA – Greek Christmas Honey Cookies
Melomakarona are traditional Greek Christmas honey cookies that are mildly spiced and dipped in a thick honey syrup. These classic Greek cookies will fill your house with a warm aroma of spices!
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Norwegian Gingerbread Cookies (pepperkaker)
Norwegian Gingerbread Cookies are spiced, snappy cookies that make your house smell divine when they bake. Get the super easy recipe here!
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