1. Set The Scene with Summer-Themed Christmas Decor

Christmas is one of the most fun holidays to celebrate, especially with the kiddos. So as the weather begins to warm up and thoughts of snow begin to pass, why not celebrate Christmas in July? July is the perfect time of year to embrace the Christmas spirit even if it’s not technically December. 


If you are wanting to host a fun summer event, we have the best Christmas in July ideas for you. From summer-themed Christmas decor to the perfect festive outfits, we are here to help you celebrate this fun holiday like a pro. 

1. Set The Scene with Summer-Themed Christmas Decor

One of the best ways to get your family into the Christmas spirit this July is to decorate your home with a summery take on traditional holiday decor. Start with a non-traditional Christmas tree. Instead of opting for a regular evergreen, opt for a palm tree or a tree in a fun color. Then get creative with beach-themed ornaments. String Christmas lights around it for a festive touch and hang up string garlands for extra sparkle.


To pair with your festive tree, other summer-themed Christmas decorations can include: 


  • Christmas wreaths instead made with palm fronds or shells
  • Festive banners or flags with fun sayings like “Happy Huladays!” or “Baby, It’s Warm Outside” 
  • Glass jars filled with sand, shells, and candles 
  • Snowmen made out of sand with your little kids


2. Serve Tasty Holiday Treats & Drinks 

Nothing says “Christmas in July” like holiday-themed treats you’ll kids will love! Take the Christmas foods and drinks your family loves and give them a summer twist. Some fun treats and drinks include:   


  • Frozen Hot Chocolate - This traditional hot drink is always a hit on the holidays so why not serve it cold in the summer? Not only is it easy to make, but your baby boy or girl is guaranteed to love it.


  • Christmas Cookies - This treat is a must at every Christmas celebration, especially in July. To give them a summer twist decorate classic cookie shapes such as gingerbread men and stars with brighter frosting and sprinkles. 


  • Festive Fruit Plate - If you and your family are looking for a refreshing and healthy snack, fruit is always a great option in the summer. To match your Christmas party theme, use your cookie cutters to make them into fun shapes such as stars and Christmas trees.


  • Charcuterie Board - For those who want to kick things up a notch, a charcuterie board filled with holiday treats and summery-themed snacks is the perfect combination. Include cheese, nuts, crackers, fruits, and jams to give your guests something to talk about and provide sustenance for the rest of the evening.


3. Don’t Forget the Gift Exchange 

One of the most important parts of any Christmas celebration is the gift exchange. To make your Christmas in July party even more special for your toddler, consider having a gift exchange that everyone can take part in. Whether you want to do a traditional Secret Santa, White Elephant gift exchange, or something more creative, these gift-giving games are sure to bring plenty of laughs and fun!


If you are looking for gift ideas to bring to your Christmas party make sure that they can be used in the summertime! Consider gifting beach toys and games, summer accessories like toddler girl sunglasses, or even fun summer clothes. These gift ideas are practical and sure to be loved. 


4. Plan Activities & Games For Everyone

No Christmas celebration in July is complete without some fun summer activities for kids and parents alike! Whether you’re having a small gathering or a large party, there are plenty of ways to keep your guests entertained this summer.


  • Classic Lawn Games - For a casual gathering, start with a round of classic July activities like croquet, badminton, or horseshoes.


  • Christmas-Themed Scavenger Hunt - If you want to get your guests out and about exploring the neighborhood, this game idea is sure to entertain everyone. Include things in the scavenger hunt that are both holiday and summertime related.


  • Festive Photo Booth - If you’re wanting something more interactive, organize a festive photo booth with Christmas props. 


  • Holiday-Themed Crafts - For the artistic crowd, activities such as drawing, coloring, and crafting are always fun. You could also get everyone involved in decorating Christmas cookies if you haven’t done so already.


  • Invent New Game - If you’re feeling creative, invent a new game inspired by the season – you can create your own Christmas version of charades or Pictionary.


  • Karaoke - Finish off the night with some karaoke for an extra dose of holiday cheer. You can find plenty of Christmas music karaoke online – just make sure to have enough mics for everyone!


No matter what activities and games you choose, make sure to keep the focus on having fun and enjoying each other’s company. After all, that’s the spirit of Christmas in July!


5. Dress the Part 

What better way to get into the holiday spirit than dressing in Christmas in July outfits? Instead of wearing the classic ugly Christmas sweater, let your creativity shine and come up with fun outfits that incorporate both summer and holiday themes. 


Choose colors and prints that remind you of the season, like reds and greens, and mix them with brighter colors like pink or yellow. For a cute beach look, you can wear a festive dress. Or pair a shirt that has holiday colors with shorts or a skirt. 


Kids can also join in on the fun by wearing holiday-inspired clothes, including a stylish toddler fourth of July outfit. Dress them up in matching sets or opt for individual looks from our holiday shop that feature bold colors. If your kids will be outside or swimming all day you can still add holiday-inspired accessories like Santa hats or reindeer antlers!


Host the Perfect Party with RuffleButts

When planning your Christmas in July party, lots of things come into play to make your party fun and festive. But the decorations and treats aren’t the only things you should consider. 


At RuffleButts, we’ve got everything you need to dress your little ones for this fun occasion. Whether you want to go more casual or dress to match, we have all the options. 


No matter what you choose, your little ones will be looking adorable during your Christmas in July festivities. Shop our collection today.


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