Do the words Christmas and party get you excited?? I love both, so the chance to celebrate Christmas twice each year…is pretty cool!! For those of us that live in the Southern Hemisphere, it’s always summer at Christmas, and the traditional Christmas scenes of snow and drinking mulled wine by a roaring fire are far from the thoughts of most people. Instead we like to indulge in Christmas in July, and what better way than to throw a Christmas in July party.
This party was organised by Women of Hope at my local church and was a Christmas party on a big scale. Have you ever tried cooking a Christmas dinner for more than 10 people??? Well some very talented ladies at my church, cooked it for 100 and I have to say….it was incredibly yummy!
Christmas in July Party Decoration:
The colour scheme chosen for the entire party decoration was purple and silver. This included the tickets, menu’s, table settings and other decorations. Tables were set up with plain white table cloth’s with a beautiful purple garland table runner. Each of the tables had a glass centrepiece filled with purple and silver Christmas baubles and purple envelopes for guests to use as a gift giving…..I’ll let you in on that secret a bit later!!
Each table had two candles, alternating between some gorgeous crystal candle holders and purple candles sitting on mirrored plates. These created a beautiful ambiance and made all the crystals scattered down the centre of the table sparkle.
There was of course a Christmas tree of the traditional sense and also a bare tree sprayed silver. This created a talking point for guests trying to guess what it’s purpose might be….I will reveal this to you soon….so keep reading!
The menu for this Christmas in July party was absolutely delicious and certainly no one went home hungry! It consisted of a three course meal, including a traditional Christmas dinner. There were a few fights for dessert with a toss up between mini Christmas puddings and chocolate brownies…spoilt for choice!! At the end of dinner a plate of gourmet chocolates were provided to each table which finished off the meal beautifully. There were certainly no complaints about the food and you could easily have been at a restaurant with the stunning menu.
With a large number of people it can be difficult to have party activities, but these ladies pulled it off perfectly. There was a Christmas quizz (table against table) and guests were entertained with Christmas music by a piano player and singer. It made for a truly entertaining evening.
I mentioned before that the tables all had a centrepiece filled with purple envelopes. Guests were given the opportunity to donate to Angel Tree which is an amazing prison fellowship program set up for children of prisoners. Each year prisoners in local Adelaide prisons are given presents which they can give to their children at Christmas visiting times. A tree was set up in the hall and by the end of the night it was literally covered in purple envelopes filled with donations for these children.
It was an incredibly enjoyable evening and a great excuse for a bit of a Christmas celebration mid year!!
Are you planning on holding a Christmas in July party, or have you held on in the past? What did you do to make it a special affair?
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