13 Party Ideas for December Birthdays
13 Party Ideas for December Birthdays
December is one of the busiest months of the year, so if you were born then, you might sometimes feel shortchanged. People born in December may feel overshadowed by Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, or just the stress of holiday season in general. You might even lose out on presents, getting one combined birthday/Christmas gift instead of two.
There's no need to feel slighted this time of year, though. Try throwing yourself — or a friend or loved one with a December birthday — a special party, customized for the holiday season but not in any way lessened by it.
DIY Ornament Party Favors
Here's a cute idea for DIY party favors that fit the season: Buy the empty ornaments at a craft store, along with some glistening snow glitter and miniature Christmas trees. If you don’t want to worry about having to craft your decoration in a small ornament, make these party favors in mason jars and turn them into snow globes!
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If you’re throwing a kid’s birthday party, a Frozen theme is perfect for December. Have wigs ready for the kids to dress up as Anna, Elsa, or Kristoff, and let all the kids create their own snowmen out of marshmallows to look like Olaf. You can decorate the house to look like Elsa’s icy castle, and play music from the soundtrack at this party.
Gifts for Giving
Instead of having everyone bring a gift to this party, have them bring a Christmas present that you’ll donate to a charitable organization, like Toys for Tots. This way, you’re using your celebration to give back to the community, which will get everyone into the spirit of giving this holiday season.
Gingerbread House Party
A gingerbread house decorating party is a fun way to get your guests of any age to create their own party favors. It’s an all-evening activity, so your guests will spend the majority of their time working on their beautiful gingerbread houses. Lay out an array of candy options and gingerbread house essentials, so they can create their own masterpieces to take home.
Hot Chocolate Bar
This is a great addition to any adult or child’s December birthday party. With winter on its way, everyone could use a warm drink to take the chill out of his or her bones. Set up a table where your guests can pick their hot chocolate (dark, milk, or white) and then give them the option of different mix-ins, like marshmallows, cinnamon sticks, or candy canes. If your party is for adults, include a liquor of your choice so your guests can spike their drinks.
Ice Skating Party
Throwing your birthday party at your local ice skating rink is always a great winter activity that’s fun for children of all ages. Bring pizzas into the rink or buy them there if that's an option, so you can feed everyone when the Zamboni comes to clean the ice. Make sure your little hockey star or ice princess dresses like one for this party!
A Nutcracker-themed party is a fantastic way to celebrate December and create a beautiful birthday party. Make sure you add ballerina slippers, nutcrackers, and plenty of pink to make this dreamy ballet come alive. You could even take everyone to see The Nutcracker if it’s being performed in your town!
Santa’s Workshop Party
Throwing your child a Santa’s workshop-themed party is a great idea to get him or her excited for Christmas Day. Have Mr. and Mrs. Claus make special guest appearances so the children can tell Santa what they want for Christmas. Add a Christmas cookie decorating station and give out Santa hats to make this party full of Christmas cheer.
Star Wars Birthday Party
If you’ve got a Star Wars lover on your hands, there’s no better birthday theme than a party from a galaxy far, far away. Make green and red-chocolate covered long pretzels to act as lightsabers for dessert. Serve your guests Star Wars cocktails, movie-themed foods, and play the movies to get everyone excited for the premiere on December 18. If your party falls after the premiere date, you could even take everyone to see Star Wars: Episode VII.
If you’re entertaining children at any December birthday party, having them create their own snowflakes is an inexpensive, easy activity. Simply have all the participants fold their silver, white, or blue paper, draw their unique snowflake pattern, and then cut it out for a customized snowflake! Hang these up around the house for an added touch of winter décor, or let everyone take them home as party favors.
Winter Solstice Party
For a more mature winter theme, why not throw a party celebrating the official start of winter on December 22? Decorate your house in plenty of green to symbolize nature's beauty, and fill the house with candles to keep the light going as the sun sets on the shortest day of the year. Be sure you and all of your guests go outside to watch the earliest sunset of the year!
A classic theme for any birthday party in December, Winter Wonderland celebrates everything we love about the season. Decorate your home in all silver and white with homemade snowflakes and icicles. Serve winter cocktails and warm foods at this gathering to get everyone in the spirit. You can also spray paint tree branches silver to look like miniature trees and hang small tea lights from the trees for a beautiful, elegant look.