It might be the season to be jolly, but planning a Christmas party for your little angels and elves can quickly turn into a stressful task. To help make sure your winter bash goes brrr-illiantly, we've put together a list of inspirational ideas and fun things to do that will keep the kids entertained until Santa arrives. For ideas around invitations, food, party games and decorations, check out our 12 ideas of Christmas below:
1. DIY party invitations
The cost of buying ready-made party invitations can soon add up. So why not unleash your artistic side, get the kids involved and make your own? This Pinterest page is full of beautiful handmade invitations that'll provide plenty of do-it-yourself ideas
2. Christmas-themed fancy dress
Every kid likes dressing up but around the festive season, a little make-believe can make the magic of Christmas even more special. From reindeers and snowmen to Santa himself, there are so many options for celebrating this time of year in costume.
3. Strawberry Santas
These strawberry Santas are simply adorable. To recreate them yourselves, all you need is a punnet full of the seasonal coloured fruit, some cream cheese, vanilla extract and a steady hand. It's as simple as that! But for the full recipe, head to Senior Musing Moments.
4. Melted snowman biscuits
If you feel like unleashing your inner Mary Berry this Christmas, then these melted snowman biscuits will be right up your street. For the full, simple to follow recipe that kids go crazy for, check out Be A Fun Mum.
5. Rudolph in a jar
If you've got a few empty jars lying around, making this Rudolph-inspired party pleasure will be easy. What's more, all the finishing touches, such as googly eyes, sparkles, chocolate balls and coloured pipe cleaners, are easily found at your local pound shop.
6. Ham and cheese cracker snacks
Kids love these Crimbo crackers. But best of all, they are one of those ideas that look spectacular at the same time as being easy-peasy to pull off. Once you've got your cheese carving skills fine-tuned, you can create any shape you want - snowflakes or stars to something more unusual, the choice is yours.
7. Pin the nose on the reindeer game
For a Christmas-themed alternative to a favourite traditional party game, pin the nose on the reindeer ticks all the boxes. If you have a notice board, pins and a creative approach to cutting cardboard, you already have everything you need to get this game up and running.
8. Snowman Bowling Game
White Christmases are fantastic. But if you're wishing for snow in the UK, it's more likely than not that you'll end up disappointed. This DIY snowman bowling game makes for a fun compromise, and you can make it quickly and easily out of stuff just lying around the house.
9. Ninja Turtle baubles
If you're looking for decorations both kids and adults will love, look no further than these Ninja Turtle decorations. You'll need turtle-tinted baubles, googly eyes, plus blue, orange, red and blue ribbon. Once complete, hang 'em on your tree to celebrate a cowabunga Christmas.
10. Make your own Christmas tree
This one doubles up as a decoration and Christmas party activity idea, all rolled into one. If you're entertaining a bunch of crafty kids, simply look at this video tutorial, which provides simple, step-by-step instructions for how to make your own cardboard Christmas tree.
11. Tea light snowmen
While LED tealights aren't going to trick anyone into thinking they have a real flame, as you can see, they do make a fantastic and safe substitute for the carrot nose of a snowman. For the full tutorial on how to make these delightful decorations, click through to One Little Project.
12. Party bags
At the end of the party, send your little guests home happy with a Christmas party bag. Featuring games, stickers, fun activities, stationery and much more, our selection of Christmas party bags include a huge range of goodies kids can take away and enjoy.
If you're on the lookout for more Christmas party ideas for children, there's no better place to look than our Pinterest, which is jam-packed with inspiration.