Christmas may be 166 days away, but Christmas in July is just around the corner! Aussies celebrate Christmas in sweltering heat dressed in bathers and boardies. A piping hot roast isn’t always easy to get down when it’s 40 degrees, and that’s why we celebrate Christmas in July! Also, who wouldn’t want to celebrate Christmas twice a year? Christmas in July or Yuletide is a chance to celebrate in northern hemisphere conditions. And we love it! Cosy warm ugly jumpers, hot chocolate, a fire – the quintessential Christmas.
Christmas in July is awesome! If you’re planning on getting your naughty and nice friends together for this unofficial holiday, here are some festive dinner party ideas for Christmas in July. When Christmas comes around in December join us at Santa’s Wonderland for a day of Christmas fun with the family.
The Grinch may be an unpleasant character but these Grinch Cocktails are nothing short of delightful. Nothing warms you up like a cocktail with gin, absinthe and triple sec. Welcome your guests with this delicious cocktail that will have them belting out your favourite Christmas tunes before midnight!
Candy Cane Bread Sticks and Christmas Tree Pizza
The perfect pairing for your Grinch Cocktail. Whip up these candy cane breadsticks in 15 mins (30 mins bake time) and serve them as a starter with dips and cheeses.
Wow your guests with a homemade Christmas tree pizza. Using this pizza dough recipe, prepare a pizza with toppings of your choice and decorate them with cherry tomatoes as baubles.
Christmas Roast Dinner
There are no two ways about it, the main course has to be a traditional roast dinner. We’re talking roast turkey, chicken or pork, roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings – the works! Here’s our list of Christmas roast must-haves.
● Mustard, lemon and rosemary roast chicken
● Roast potatoes and/or creamy mash
● Butternut pumpkin, onion and garlic roasted with cracked pepper, salt and sage
● Cauliflower and broccoli bake
● Homemade bread or dinner rolls with butter
● Yorkshire puddings
● Lashings of gravy!
Reindeer Cake Pops
The kids will love these Reindeer Cake Pops and you’ll have heaps of fun making them. Buy a cake from the store and transform it into gorgeous little cake pops for your dinner party. If they don’t turn out great, plop them into a glass and call them ‘Messy Reindeer’ instead.
No dinner party is complete without games or activities. Here are three party activities to add to your evening.
Build a Snowman
Great for kids and adults. Using scoops of ice cream and lollies for decoration, guests can build their own dessert.
Any excuse to sing Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want for Christmas’. Turn your front room into a karaoke hall to sing all your favourite Christmas songs. Our picks:
● Jingle Bells
● Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
● Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
● Walking in a Winter Wonderland
● Santa Baby
● Jingle Bell Rock
● Silent Night
● All I Want for Christmas is You
● Fairytale of New York (not for the kids!)
● Feliz Navidad
Ask your guests to bring along a gift to the value of $5 for Kris Kringle. Play a wicked game of ‘White Elephant’ with the gifts where you can swap or steal off another guest. A fun activity with plenty of friendly banter.
Do you love Christmas as much as we do? You should bring your family to Santa’s Wonderland. It’s a magical event for the young and the young hearted. Escape into a World of Christmas Magic filled with rides, activities, princesses, elves and fairies. Find out more about the event here https://santaswonderland.com.au/whats-included/