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​5 Tips to Prepare for an Outdoor Summer Christmas Party

Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean you can celebrate a little Christmas. This summer, take advantage of the heat to throw you and your friends a summer Christmas party! From unraveling your decorations to planning your summer/winter festivities, our guide can help you prepare your home for your Christmas party guests. Below, are our top five tips to help you get started and spread some cheer this summer season.

1. Unravel Your Christmas Decorations from the Previous Year

One of the best things about celebrating Christmas in July is that you get to recycle or trash your old decorations from the previous year. All you have to do is unravel them from their dedicated boxes and put them up in your home. However, the fun part is that you can mix them up with your summer home decor, such as putting up your slim Christmas tree. Once you’re finished with them, you can recycle the old decorations you no longer want, so you can get new ones during November and December in preparation for actual Christmas.

2. Decorate Your Home With Holiday Lighting

It’s time to dust off your old holiday lights from last year’s Christmas season. Here are a few ideas you can partake in for your summer Christmas party:

- String them along your porch or deck

- Hand lights from the top of your front or backyard fence

- String lights on your basketball hoop

- Hand lights from nearby tree branches or plants in your front or backyard

3. Make Summer Christmas Dishes

Even though you’re throwing a Christmas party in the summer doesn’t mean you have to cook steaks or order pizza. Instead, work on making a combination of both summer and Christmas dishes together.

For example, you can make peppermint ice cream, eggnog smoothies, and fruit cake cups for your guests. But rest assured, there are plenty of recipes available online to choose from for your summer Christmas party.

However, this also doesn’t mean that you can’t pull out any traditional Christmas dishes for your friends. We simply recommend adding a little summer twist to them!

4. Mail Your Invitations

With your party planning in full swing, make sure you remember to send out invitations! Mail out Christmas cards as your invitations. You could also send out an online invitation and choose a Christmas themed one. Just make sure that all of your guests now that you are throwing a themed party so they will be prepared.

5. Plan a Few Christmas Themed Activities

After you find your decorations, create your menu, and send out invitations, it’s time to decide what your guests will do during the party. Put a summer twist on a few classic Christmas activities or vice versa. For example, you could have a summer snowball fight. Fill up white water balloons and have a “snowball” water balloon fight. You could also sing Christmas carols by the pool or play lawn games while wearing Santa suits. There are so many ways you can bring Christmas fun to your summer party. Just make sure you plan activities that you and your guests will all enjoy.

Celebrating Christmas during the summertime really offers the best of both worlds. It combines the joy of Christmas with the good weather of summer. To prepare for your outdoor shindig, be sure to plan your decorations, food, and activities. With these few tips, you will be able to throw the best Christmas in July party ever.

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