Warm up a special occasion with Christmas in July

A beautiful fireplace, a roast dinner and pudding for dessert – it’s time to warm up a special occasion and celebrate a creative Christmas in July!  

Christmas in July is a tradition known nearly as well as the official festive season, but the phrase was first coined in the movie by the same name in 1940. 

In recent years it has been a growing trend Down Under for all ages in the colder months, a fun reason to bring the family together for good food and silly secret Santa gifts! 

And if you find the heat of summer puts you off a hot roast meal, there’s never been a better reason to serve up a steaming hot roast in the middle of winter! 

Break the chill factor and warm up your household with some festive season fun by trying a few of these ideas.


  • Think about hosting with a theme such as traditional Christmas or ‘wear your favourite North American sweater’ – or channel a bit of celeb inspiration and partner up with matching festive sweaters like Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell!
  • Personalise your invites with photos, use an online program and send them via email
  • Make your invitation interactive and ask your guests to bring a dinner table game or dessert to share


  • Use delicious treats such as gingerbread cookies and fruit mince pies to decorate the dining room table
  • Select your favourite party bon-bons for everyone to enjoy as they arrive
  • Use handmade place cards and write an encouraging individual message for each guest


  • Go gourmet with a roast – try glazed pork, or try a turducken (a turkey stuffed with a duck, stuffed with a chicken)
  • Bake up parsnip and sweet potato with steamed and buttered brussel sprouts for a healthy and yummy side dish
  • Indulge in an all-time favourite dessert with fruit pudding, custard and cream

If you’re already planning your Christmas in December, make sure you review our posts on how to style a Contemporary, Designer, Resort or Classic themed festive look.

Most importantly have fun and enjoy your party with loved ones. Make it a special time to reflect on the half of the year that has been and the half of the year that is to come.

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