How To Host a Christmas Pajama Party
A Christmas pajama party is awesome for many different reasons. First of all, wearing your pajamas is comfortable, cozy, and fun. Secondly, this is probably the easiest Christmas party theme you can throw!
Also, it is something that is very easy for everyone to get on board with. Christmas Vacation is great, but if you throw a Christmas Vacation-themed party, you really need everyone to know what it is and like it. With a pajama party, everyone can get in on it.
Deck The Halls
Here are some Christmas Pajama party ideas for you guys to make sure your house is ready for the party.
Making sure people are in the holiday frame of mind is what you are going for here and these are some neat ways that you can do that.
Decorating The House
Remember how we said this was one of the easiest party themes to throw? Well, the reason for that is as it is Christmas time, chances are your house is already decorated for the holidays.
You are not really required to do anything you would not normally do in regards to decorating the house. It just has to have that Christmas look and feel and you are good to go.
All Pajamas Welcome
In theory, you would want all your friends and family to be rocking Christmas pajamas. However, that might make some people think twice about coming.
The best thing you can do is tell people just to wear their favorite pajamas, onesies, dressing gowns, or whatever it is they feel like wearing.
Fun Christmas Name Tags
If you do want to make sure that there is something “special” that is just for your Christmas pajama party and not part of your general Christmas décor, we have a couple of fun ideas.
To start with, make a Christmas name tag for everyone. Sure, you will more than likely know who everyone is. However, if you make name tags that say “Jessies Christmas Pajama Party” on them or something like that, it adds a little bit of extra special fun to the Christmas festivities.
This fits with our Christmas name tags idea. Using the same kind of idea, have signs, posters, or whatever you want around the house.
Again, saying stuff like “Welcome To Jessie’s Christmas Pajama Bonanza” or something silly like that is sure to make people laugh.
A way you can make this extra fun is to leave a party guestbook and have your guests sign it. After the party and you read what people have written you will be able to tell who wrote their messages before and after a few cocktails.
Rocking Around The Christmas Tree
You have to have Christmas music playing during your Christmas pajama party! This time of year, you can find various Christmas compilation albums all over the place, even in dollar stores!
Of course, you can always just stream a Christmas playlist from something like Spotify, Apple, or Amazon Music if you prefer. Just make sure you have a load of music to play all through the night.
Christmas Pajama Party Games And Activities!
While just hanging around in your pajamas, having a few drinks and wearing your pajamas is a great way to spend the night.
You will probably want to make sure you have some fun activities planned for your party guests.
Here we are looking at some fun ideas for ways you can entertain your party guests.
Christmas Movie Screening/Christmas Movie Zone
Okay, so this may seem like one of the stranger Christmas pajama party ideas, but we can explain. Christmas movies are awesome and who doesn’t love snuggling up on the sofa with a blanket and some snacks while watching a Christmas movie?
Depending on how many guests you have that may be hard to pull off. For a smaller party, getting people to sit together and watch a movie is easy. If you have the space, then a dedicated Christmas movie zone gives an extra dimension to your party.
Just have a bunch of movies playing on a loop through the night and people can come and go as they please.
Pass The Parcel
This is a classic party game and perfect for your Christmas party as it can bring out the kid in everyone! It is just your basic game of passing the parcel, but as this is a Christmas party, we are going to Christmas this up a bit!
The first way we do that is by making sure it is a Christmas song that is playing while the game is taking place. Also, you have to use Christmas wrapping paper for all the layers.
There is no need to spend a fortune on the prizes here, just go for fun little gifts, like chocolates, and Christmas-themed goodies, which are sure to be a hit.
White Elephant Gift Exchange
There are two ways you can go about this one. First of all, you just buy all the gifts yourself, this can add to the cost of your party, but you do not have to go crazy.
Just get little fun gifts along with some booby prizes and people will have a good time. You could also tell people that you’re going to be playing a White Elephant Gift Exchange and if they could each bring a pre-wrapped gift.
These days thanks to smartphones and YouTube you no longer need an actual karaoke machine! If you have one that is awesome, but there are many apps you can use.
Anyway, having a bit of karaoke going on at your Christmas pajama party is a fun way to really make the night come alive.
If you ask us, karaoke is always best taking place a few hours into the party. This way most people have had a few drinks and are more willing to give it a go!
From Bing Crosby to Mariah Carey hearing your friends and family blasting out some yuletide classics is going to be hilarious.
Christmas Movie Quiz
Sure, it is as cliché and super obvious as it can get when it comes to Christmas pajama party ideas, but you cannot go wrong with a Christmas movie quiz.
If you fancy yourself as a bit of a quizmaster, you can always come up with your own questions. However, there are like a million already-made Christmas quizzes online that you can use. This is a fun and easy activity for you to add to your festivities!
A Festive Feast!
When you are throwing a party one of the most stressful aspects is what kind of food and drink to serve! Here we have some great and pretty easy suggestions for you to make sure that your guests are well-fed and happy!
Everyone Loves Pizza
When it comes to party food, even at Christmas, you cannot ever go wrong with pizza! While it technically is not a “Christmas food” you could argue that pizza is the ultimate party food so it is very appropriate.
Pizza is easy to make, or you can order it in, plus it is super easy. People can just grab a slice as they please and it is very easy for everyone involved.
Just make sure when you are getting a bunch of pizzas that you have plenty of plain cheese ones (not just for Kevin McCallister as that is the default flavor that most people will want.
What About A Nice Christmas Meal?
Look, having a nice big Christmas meal would be awesome, but that is a lot of work and it also requires you to get everyone to want to sit down which depending on the number of people you have can be a pain in your pajama-covered rear end!
If you can pull this off by all means go for it, but just do not be surprised if it ends up being more like the Christmas dinner scene from Christmas Vacation!
Buffet Food Is Always A Winner
When you are throwing a Christmas pajama party, you want people to be able to mingle and do their own thing for the most part.
By having plenty of buffet-style food, people can just eat when they want to eat. This is a very similar principle/idea to having pizza. Stuff like hot dogs, burgers, sandwiches, and so on that you can just leave out are sure to be a big hit.
You can even dress it up a bit with little Christmas decorations and pictures around the food so people know it is not just a buffet, it is a Christmas buffet!
Cupcakes are a million times easier for everyone than having a big cake that has to be cut! This time of year, you can usually find a ton of different festive-themed cupcakes.
You could make your own if you like, but if you are short on time and baking talent, buying is the way to go. With cupcakes, you do not have to worry about people cutting the cake, dropping the cake, and so on. They can just grab one when they feel like a sweet treat.
You cannot throw a Christmas party and not have a few batches of tasty Christmas cookies. You can buy these from the store if you want and in all honesty that is the easiest option.
However, it would not be a bad idea to bake a batch of cookies just before people come over. You can make them from scratch or buy a kit from the store.
The reason we are suggesting this is that it will fill the house with the smell of freshly baked cookies.
You cannot have a list of Christmas pajama party ideas without having eggnog on it! This is an all-time classic festive drink. The key here is to have a big punch bowl with eggnog.
You may be tempted to add your own favorite bourbon or whatever to the bowl. While this would be fine, it may be better to have a selection of alcoholic favorites next to the bowl and let your guests spike their own eggnog with what they prefer.
Making A Beer Run
As far as alcohol goes if you are a bit of an amateur bartender, by all means, get online, find some recipes, and make some tasty Christmas cocktails.
This is a great idea in theory, but it does require you to spend a portion of the party serving up drinks instead of mingling.
The easiest and most ideal solution when it comes to alcohol is to have a few large coolers with a selection of different alcoholic beverages in them.
Most liquor stores this time of year will have various bundle deals. Be sure to take advantage of those when you are getting your beer and other alcoholic favorites for the party.
Soda And Water
You have to take care of the designated drivers and not everyone will want to be drinking alcohol. Make sure that you have plenty of variety when it comes to soda and bottled water.
Even those who are drinking may want a break at some point of the night so a decent supply of other drinks is a must for your party.
If you are stuck for ideas for your Christmas party you cannot go wrong with the Christmas Pajama party as your theme. This is a fun theme and it is one of the easier ones for you guys to do.
There are no set-in-stone expectations for a party like this. You just pretty much have to decorate your house the way you would anyway, and have plenty of tasty food and Christmas music playing through the night!
We hope you have enjoyed our Christmas pajama party ideas and we want to wish you a very merry Christmas. Also, a party is fun, but make sure people are staying safe and that there is no one driving who should not be!
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