christmas in july

Ever since Chrystina from Chrystina Noel shared her tips on how to host a Christmas in July party on the blog, I've been brainstorming about how to make my very own "Chistmas in July party" a reality.
Oh, and it.is.happening.

Two things I don't joke around about... Christmas... and parties.

My invitations arrived yesterday... and they.are.awesome.  Almost as awesome as all of the Christmas snack ideas I have swirling around in my mind.  Still trying to decide on a signature Christmas drink... preferably a cold one (hot chocolate isn't nearly as tasty when it's 100 degrees outside)... any ideas?

I've had several friends ask me what exactly you do at a Christmas in July party... to which I reply, "Eat Christmas food and listen to Christmas music, of course... duh."  Although... I did tell one girl we were going caroling.  She may not be coming anymore.

I've considered all kinds of things... decorating cookies... bringing toys to donate for children's Christmas gifts... having an ugly Christmas sweater contest... playing pin the nose on Rudolph... the list goes on.  All of these are awesome ideas... but I decided to keep it pretty simple... eat and hang out.  I decided this because I ended up inviting a random array of different women... some will know each other... some won't.  I want people to be able to mingle... to eat Christmas cookies and meet new people... simple.  I did decide to include recipe cards in all of the invitations, encouraging women to bring their favorite holiday recipe to swap with someone... but that's about the extent of our "activities."

...that is, unless I find an awesome Christmas sweater that lights up...