Entertaining Ideas

2 Christmas In July Party Themes

It’s summer, and we love summer! But for a little fun (and to make the sunny season even brighter), why not add a splash of wintry whimsy to your summer wonderland? In celebration of being more than halfway to the holidays, we’re setting the scene with two Christmas in July party themes. Both party themes include a DIY project to try and a “cup of cheer” drink recipe to get you in the spirit of the seasons—summer and winter together. Read on and get your ho-ho-hos while it’s hot-hot-hot!


Theme 1: Coastal Candy Cane Lane

Talk about a chill gathering! We’re sweet on this theme because it’s an adorable way to spread Christmas cheer, and also because peppermint has a cooling effect you’ll appreciate way more in July than you ever did in December! To get this look, we leaned into the Laurel Street collection from kate spade new york. Its red and white stripes are peppermint perfection, and they’re well-matched with Make It Pop serveware. A gingerbread house on top of our French Perle Pedestal Cake Stand adds storybook charm (and some height variety to your tablescape) while Wickford flatware with its rope texture nods to nautical style while sparkling like frost. Textured sisal paired with white fluffy rugs set a coastal + cozy scene while also tricking the eye into seeing snow atop sand. Brilliant!


TRY IT:  Candy Cane Place Settings

Sometimes the best DIYs are the simplest! To craft this merry, minty name place setting, simply take three candy canes and hot glue them into a stand formation. (Remove the plastic from the candy first; use hot glue on a lower setting that won’t melt the candy.) Consider using a ribbon for extra stability if needed (we didn’t need it!). Add a name card and your guests will enjoy the warmest (and the coolest!) welcome. 

DRINK IT: Candy Cane Cocktails

How refreshing. This candy cane cocktail will make waves at your Christmas In July party with its pretty pink color and cute candy cane garnish.


  • 2 oz candy cane vodka
  • 2 oz creme de cacao (white)
  • 1 oz vanilla simple syrup
  • 1/2 oz cream or half and half
  • 1 candy cane for garnish


  1. Prepare candy cane vodka 30 minutes before crafting cocktails (blend candy canes into a powder in a food processor and mix into vodka by shaking in a sealed mason jar).
  2. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  3. Add the vodka, creme de cacao, syrup, and half and half. Shake well for at least 30 seconds.
  4. Pour in Tuscany Classics Stackable glass and garnish with a candy cane!



Theme 2: Mrs. Claus’ Tropical Getaway

Picture this: Mrs. Claus is on holiday—with a bunch of her besties. The look is North Pole meets Palm Springs. And the vibe is all about celebrating friendship over the merriest of brunches! To achieve this summering snowbird scene, we selected a pastel pink and green color palette using kate spade new york Make It Pop accent plates. British Colonial dinner plates and Wicker Creek serveware lend tropical charm and summery texture, while Imperial Caviar flatware brings the ripple of ocean waves in a holiday glam color. And because holidays are about giving, each place setting is marked with personalized Forever Friends ornaments as a special treat. This sweet touch will put you on everyone’s nice list!


TRY IT:  Tropical Evergreen Trees

Waste not—and want not for Christmas cheer! After slicing fruit for tropical kabobs or a fruit salad, don’t throw away your pineapple’s stem. Turn it upside-down into a tropical evergreen tree and top it with a carved fruit star for the easiest, no-effort DIY centerpiece. Simply secure the star in place with a toothpick or kabob stick. It’s as easy as it is cute!


DRINK IT: Cranberry Mistletoe Mimosa

You can’t have brunch without mimosas, and you can’t make merry without mistletoe. (Well, you could, but why would you?) Bring both traditions together with Mistletoe Mimosas, stylishly served in coupe cocktail glasses for an elevated touch. Why are they called Mistletoe Mimosas? Because this drink’s so yummy, we give it chef’s-kiss approval for Christmas in July!


  • 4 oz orange juice
  • 4 oz cranberry juice
  • 1 bottle champagne or sparkling wine (or seltzer for mocktails), chilled
  • Frozen cranberries
  • Fresh rosemary sprigs (optional garnish to look like mistletoe)



  1. Add 1 oz of orange juice and 1 oz of cranberry juice to each glass.
  2. Top with desired amount of champagne.
  3. Skewer frozen cranberries.
  4. Garnish glasses with cranberry skewers and/or rosemary sprigs.
  5. Serve immediately.