5 Unique Holiday Party Ideas

Instead of hosting a traditional Christmas party this year, host a gathering that your friends or family will never forget.

We've put together five themed holiday parties to help inspire you this year, complete with menu suggestions, beverage recommendations, and activities to plan.


Naughty or Nice

Have you been good this year, or are you getting coal? A fun costume party idea, complete with a "Yankee Swap" gift exchange.

The Ugly Christmas Sweater

Come wearing your tackiest Christmas sweater to this retro party that will take you back to your grade school days.

Top Chef-Inspired Cookie Exchange

Bake your holiday best for a competition with your friends, Top Chef-style (then bring a couple home, with recipes, to snack on later).

Christmas "Eve" Sleepover

Celebrate the magic of Christmas Eve and Christmas Morning with your closest friends before you leave to celebrate the real holiday with family.

12 Days of Christmas

A party inspired by the favorite holiday song, complete with a partridge in a pear tree.


Do you host an outrageous party of your own, or have ideas to add? Share your comments with us below.