12 Christmas Party Theme Ideas Inspired by Invitations!

With the holidays almost upon us, get your party theme planning going by starting at the beginning! How? With your party invitations, of course! But why choose an ordinary theme when you can make it whimsical, interesting, and unique based on any of these 12 themed invitations that we are presenting to you today. You’re sure to find a theme among them that suits your style and personality, but also fits your budget!

Christmas themed invitations

Theme #1: Fondue Fun

Fondue party invitation via Zazzle
“Snowflakes Holiday Fondue Party” invitation from Zazzle

Party Details: Bring a winter-inspired fondue to center stage with such favorites as mini meatballs, roasted vegetables, bacon, and fruit. Include sliced baguettes, pretzels, and sweet potato chips. Some fondue sauces can include cheese, melted chocolate, and roasted tomato. Stick with simple decor like poinsettias in clear glass vases filled with a few gold baubles. Consider budget-friendly edible gifts such as wine, boxes of chocolate, or nut mixes trimmed with pretty printable gift tags. See our fondue party inspiration here.

Theme #2: White Elephant / Gift Exchange

“Blue Bubbles White Elephant Party” invitation from Purple Trail

Party Details: Admit it, everyone’s got those items stashed away at home—unused because they’re not your style or you’ve got more of the same! Turn them into the focus for a fun holiday bash. Remember, “one person’s trash may be another person’s treasure”! Prepare a display table for all the “treasures” with a striking DIY holiday centerpiece. Serve party dishes you can whip up in minutes like a simple pasta bar with noodles and a selection of tomato, cream and oil-based sauces. Plus 2 or 3 pizzas in assorted flavors. Easy for guests to have their fill as the gift exchange goes on—and no serving hassles for you!

Theme #3: Wine and Cheese

Wine and cheese invite via Zazzle
“Damask Holiday Wine & Cheese Party” invitation from Zazzle

Party Details: This is definitely a hassle-free yet stylish approach to celebrate the holidays! Just arrange your living room for casual coffee table entertaining by pulling up some easy chairs, bean bags and throw pillows. Then lay out a spread of your favorite wines and cheeses for everyone to sample them all. A great party activity would be a “blind wine tasting game” or even something as simple as “guess the number of wine corks in a jar”! And for party favors, send each guest home with an ivy-embroidered pouch of wine crackers and a mini cheeses.

Theme #4: Ugly Sweater

Ugly sweater theme invitation via Amazon
“Ugly Christmas Sweater Party” invitation from Amazon

Party Details: This is a chance to get family members into some kooky Christmas spirit! Send invitations that will set the lighthearted mood, then “deck the halls” with homemade holiday decorations using recycled ornaments and craft supplies. Prepare a menu of American comfort food and yuletide drinks like eggnog. Then, for the highlight of this gathering, hold an “Ugly Sweater Contest” complete with photo booth Christmas props to document the winning looks!

Theme #5: Jingle and Mingle

Jingle mingle invitation via Tiny Prints
“Jingle and Mingle Holiday Party” flat invitation from Tiny Prints

Party Details: Here is a wonderful way to get to know your neighbors better this festive season. Present a welcoming entryway decked with a DIY wreath, then decorate indoors with upcycled ornaments and trimmings. Serve a light menu of homemade soups, sandwiches, and salads presented on red holiday entertaining essentials. And send guests off with neighborly gifts of homemade goodies trimmed with jingle bells!

Theme #6: Cookie Decorating

Cookie Party Themed Invitations via Tiny Prints
“Scrumptious Cookies Holiday Party” flat invitation from Tiny Prints

Party Details: Planning a gathering around a hands-on activity is such fun! Especially when it’s a cookie decorating activity inspired by the holidays. The venue can, of course, be the kitchen so that ingredients and supplies are handy, and clean-up is easy. The baking ware in Christmas colors and designs can double as the party decor, too! For the menu, a burger bar is sure to be a hit—a savory contrast to all the holiday sweets and treats.

Theme #7: Naughty or Nice

Naught Nice Party Invitation
“Vintage Festive Santa Holiday Party” flat invitation from Purple Trail

Party Details: Wouldn’t this be a fab theme for a “girls night in” for moms? A chance for these hardworking ladies to relax and unwind among friends this Christmas time. Glitz up the party setting with holiday cocktail essentials in gold as you serve up some bubbly paired with savory appetizers, finger sandwiches and light desserts. And in keeping with the season, present each guest with a special gilded gift that’s both practical and pretty. Moms deserve it!

Theme #8: Elf (on a Shelf or Elsewhere!)

Elf theme invite via Purple Trail
“Tis an Elfn Holiday Party” invitation from Purple Trail

Party Details: This mischievous little character can certainly perk up any holiday gathering. So let him tumble and twirl all through your Elf Party decor—from centerpieces to wreaths to garlands to place cards. Trim your party tables in festive red and white, and serve elf-shaped cookies with mugs of hot chocolate garnished with peppermint sticks. Then as guests leave, delight them with homemade Christmas favors filled with yuletide cheer!

Theme #9: Gingerbread

Gingerbread Invite via Purple Trail
“Gingerbread Candy Cane Christmas Birthday Party” invitation from Purple Trail

Party Details: How lucky is the little one celebrating a birthday within the holidays? Imagine having a theme as well-loved as gingerbread to build a party around! Of course, the birthday cake should be a charming gingerbread house, with the entire party setting having a magical winter wonderland motif. And for food, desserts, party games and favors, there are budget-friendly Christmas party ideas that kids (and parents) will just love, too!

Theme #10: Trim the Tree

Trim the tree invite via Purple Trail

“Trim the Tree Party” invitation from Purple Trail

Party Details: Planning a more intimate gathering with just family? Then, decorating your Christmas tree together gives you the perfect excuse to party—plus precious bonding time! If Dad, Mom, Grandpa, Grandma, siblings and children will join you, you may want to serve a full holiday party menu  and give heartwarming homemade treats and personalized DIY ornaments as keepsakes. And speaking of gift giving, stock up on useful presents for family and friends—like calendars, date books or planners, and journals—to remember you by all year round!

Theme #11: Dog Christmas Party

Doggie Christmas Party Invitation via Tiny Prints

“Doggone Christmas” flat holiday photo card from Tiny Prints

Party Details: Here’s one yuletide event you can bring your dogs to! Gather together your gang of fellow dog owners and decorate the party venue with pup-themed wreaths, garlands and party ware. Set up a simple hotdog bar for the human guests, and doggie bowls of bone-shaped biscuits and puppy chow for their canine companions. Have a “Bow-Wow” contest for the best-in-holiday-look doggie! Then, bid everyone goodbye with cheery party favors in merry and bright holiday packaging.

Theme #12: Nutcracker Themed Party

Nutcracker fill-in invitation by Caspari on Amazon
Nutcracker Fill-in Lines Party Invitation via Amazon

Celebrate the holidays with a classic Nutcracker theme that people of all ages can enjoy. Bring fairy tale-like details to life with metallics like mercury glass vessels for your centerpieces, pastel florals, and little nutcracker ornaments as place cards. For the party menu, consider serving a charcuterie board of cheeses and meats, honey roasted chicken, crispy potato latkes, and Russian tea cookies to name a few tasty options. As a holiday tradition, plan on a story time of the Nutcracker for the kids with festive cookies and milk!

So what theme will you treat your holiday guests to? Remember, it can start with inspiration from a creative Christmas party invitation. So visit the links we’ve featured above—and get those party ideas popping!

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