Top 10 Easy and Delicious Christmas in July Party Snacks

After setting the theme and sending out the invites to your Christmas in July party, it’s time to create the menu. Make sure that your guests are happy and their tummies satisfied by serving them mouth-watering and nutritious party snacks. Tree Classics presents 10 of our favorite easy-to-prepare treats.

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Rice Krispie Christmas Ornaments

Rice Krispie Ornaments

Made from a healthy serving of toasted rice bits shaped into a Christmas ball, the Rice Krispie tree ornament is sure to be a hit with kids who love cereals. Dress up the ornaments by adding marshmallow crème laces and red or black licorice string so you can hang them on a Christmas ornament tree.

Rudolph Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies

Here’s a holiday goody that even Santa Claus won’t be able to resist. Treat the whole family to some delicious and adorable Rudolph peanut butter cookies. Quick and easy to prepare, this simple recipe can be made by kids. Pair it with a glass of warm or cold milk for an awesome mid-morning party snack.

Ice Cream Cone Christmas Trees

Ice Cream Cone Christmas Tree

Create your very own edible mini forest with scrumptious ice cream cone Christmas trees. Grab a few sugar cones and decorate them with green frosting. Add some white frosting for the garlands and colorful candies for ornaments. Finish up by placing a gumdrop for the tree topper. You can also add “snow” to your ice cream cone tree by sprinkling it with shredded coconut.

Christmas Cheese Tree

Christmas Cheese Tree

For people who love cheese, here’s a cool way to enjoy your favorite dairy treat. Add a new spin on the classic cheese platter by turning it into a delightful Christmas cheese tree. Fashion a Christmas tree on the tray using an assortment of red and yellow cheeses and some green fruits or vegetables. This is a simple and healthy snack your guests can bite into.

Snowman S’mores

Snowman S'mores

Craving for some delicious fire-roasted marshmallows? Light up those bonfires and start roasting these Snowman S’mores. This kid-friendly recipe is an excellent after-dinner snack.

Bruschetta Christmas Wreath

Bruschetta

Decorate your Christmas in July dinner table with a bruschetta wreath for the centerpiece. Also try non-fat sour cream on rye to make a guilt-free version.

Snowman Pizza

Snowman Pizza

Give kids another reason to celebrate by adding this all-time favorite party snack. Turn ordinary pizza into a snowman pizza and top it with six different cheeses to make it even more delectable.

Santa Hat Brownies

Santa Hat Brownies

We tip our hats off to this sweet Santa hat brownie treat. It combines the rich flavor of the Vanilla-Mascarpone buttercream with the syrupy goodness of ripe strawberries, all on top of moist fudge brownie squares. Your guests will be coming back for more. You can also use Oreo cookies instead of brownies for quicker and easier preparation.

Christmas Pine Cone Cheese Ball with Almonds

Christmas Cheese Ball

Spruce up the traditional Christmas cheese ball with this quirky pine cone design. Sliced almonds on the cheese mimic the seed pods of a real pine cone. You can also cover the cheese ball with herbs such as dill and basil.

Reindeer Chow

Reindeer Chow

If you don’t have much time to cook before the party, you can try whipping up a batch of this quick reindeer chow. Simply mix different cereals in a bowl, add a few peanuts, pretzels, and candies, and pour in some melted white chocolate to bind the ingredients together. Let the batter cool off a bit then break it into bite-sized chunks for easy munching.

With these delicious treats, your summer party will be the talk of the neighborhood. Don’t forget to share your own favorite party snacks in the comment box below. Happy Christmas in July!

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6 Simple Christmas in July Kid Activities

Celebrating Christmas in July gives children a chance to enjoy summertime with a unique holiday twist. With school out, you can have some good ol’ family fun with Tree Classics’ six simple Christmas in July activities with the kids.

1. Have a Snowball Fight

Keep the kids happy and busy this summer with this new take on a classic winter game. Have a friendly snowball fight with family and friends but instead of using snow, you can use white balloons filled with water. This is a sure-fire way for the little rascals to keep cool this season.

2. Decorate Christmas Cookies

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Whip up a batch of crunchy sugar cookies or oatmeal cookies and decorate them as Christmas tree ornaments. You can make stars, snowflakes, or angel-shaped cookies dipped in confectioner’s sugar for a snowy effect.

3. Watch Christmas Movies

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After a tiring day of playing outside, give the kids some time to rest and unwind by letting them watch their favorite Christmas movie. Set up your DVD player and put on films such as FrozenA Christmas Story, Home Alone, or The Grinch. Kids will enjoy the spirit of the holidays even in the middle of summer.

4. Make a Snowflake Factory

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Dreaming of a white Christmas in July? Help bring the magic of snow to your summer holiday party by teaching the kids how to make beautiful DIY snowflakes. All you need are a pair of kid-safe scissors, snowflake patterns, and a few coffee filters.

5. Craft Holiday Reindeer Hats

Let the youngens dress up as Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer with these adorable hand-printed reindeer hats. Have a craft table set up and show the kids how to make their own pieces. You can even throw in a prize for the best looking reindeer hat.

6. Light up Sparklers

Enjoy the clear evening sky by taking the kids outside and letting them light a few sparklers. This will also get them excited about the real holidays by the end of the year!

This summer, Tree Classics invites you to spend time with the family and try these fun kid activities to celebrate Christmas in July. Have a merry summer-y holiday!

5 Fun Ideas for Christmas in July Invitations

July is one of the best months to throw a party in the outdoors. With bright clear skies and the cool climate about, this month offers you a chance to have fun in the summer sunshine with friends and family. This is also the perfect season to celebrate Christmas. You read that right: now is the best time to celebrate Christmas in July! And once you’re set on celebrating Christmas midyear, get the word out about your wonderful summer shindig with five fun ideas for your Christmas in July invitations.

1. Open with ‘Sea’s Suns Greetings’

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Make your Christmas in July party invitations more exciting by switching up the classic Christmas card saying “Season’s Greetings” with the clever “Sea’s Suns Greetings” instead. This is super fun if you’re having a beach or pool party. You can even try dressing up your card with a few seashells or a sprinkling of sand.

2. Require Presents for a ‘Bad Santa’ Gift Exchange

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Want some good-humored fun? Ask guests to bring a summer-inspired white elephant gift for a traditional “Bad Santa” gift exchange. Let them pick out an item that would entertain the recipient in a light-hearted way. With a little bit of creativity, you can save up on expensive gifts while having lots of laughs with your guests.

3. Send out Santa Hats for Guests to Wear

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Instead of handing out the usual party invitation, try sending Santa hats to guests. Ask them to decorate their hats beforehand and wear them to the party. The guest with the best decorated Santa hat wins an awesome door prize.

4. Deliver a Box of Christmas Goodies

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Satisfy cravings for sweets with a sampling of Christmas treats as the invitation to your dessert buffet. Don’t forget to add a gift tag indicating the date, time, and venue of the party. You can also ask guests to bring their family’s own favorite Christmas dessert. This way everyone will leave with jolly tummies.

5. Have Guests Wear Ugly Hawaiian Shirts 

Instead of asking guests to wear ugly Christmas sweaters (it’s too hot for that!) ask them to wear an ugly (or pretty) luau shirt. The best, er, worst dressed party goers get a prize!

With a little effort, you can have lots of laughs coming up with fun Christmas in July party invitations. What’s your unique way of inviting guests to your summer parties? Tell us!

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Fiesta-themed Christmas in July Party

Christmas in July is all about relishing the spirit of the holidays in the warmth and sunshine of summer. This midyear festivity has the same excitement of the winter celebration – only in more radiant colors. So what better way to rekindle your love for the Yuletide season than with a colorful and fabulous Christmas fiesta right smack in the middle of July?

Tree Classics gives you fun and easy-to-follow party ideas for a wonderful Christmas in July fiesta. From decorating tips to recipe suggestions, this simple two-step guide is designed to help you celebrate the best summer Christmas party in your neighborhood.

Step 1: Spruce up Your Home with Paper Lanterns and a Christmas Star Piñata

You can easily turn your summer holiday party into a memorable bash by adding a splash of color to your home. Try hanging festive paper lanterns or a wreath made of ribbons at the entryway or front yard to welcome the spirit of merriment into the neighborhood. You can also make a Christmas star piñata filled with surprises. No one will be able to resist the delicious candies hidden inside.

Step 2: Treat Your Guests to Delicious Christmas Food with a Kick!

Bake eggnog cupcakes to celebrate Christmas in July

1. Colorful Eggnog Cupcakes

Bite into these delectable eggnog cupcakes in summer colors. Eggnog cupcakes are a new take on the classic holiday drink well loved for its sweet and savory goodness. You can also use low-fat milk and artificial sweeteners as a substitute to the eggnog and butter cream frosting.

2. Festive Fiesta Dip

What’s a fiesta without some good ol’ fashioned finger food to nibble on? Keep the energy at your party going by serving crunchy tortilla chips your guests can dip in this scrumptious fiesta dip. Made from a combination of shredded cheese and sour cream with a hint of taco seasoning, this Mexican-inspired treat brings some punch to your Christmas in July.

3. Fruit Christmas Tree

If you prefer a healthier option, you can try creating your own delicious fruit Christmas tree with a selection of the most refreshing summer fruits, such as kiwi, strawberry, honeydew melon, and watermelon. You can use toothpicks to fasten the fruit slices onto a cucumber shaped into a cone. Cut out a star from the honeydew or watermelon and place it on top as the finishing touch.

4. Christmas Lemonade

Quench your thirst this summer with a tall glass of Christmas cocktail! To prepare the Christmas lemonade for the adults in the crowd, simply mix 1.25 oz Absolut Citron with 3 oz lemonade and 3/4 oz sour apple pucker (apple schnapps). Add a maraschino cherry, lemon wedge, lime wedge, orange wedge, and a hint of mint to complete this cooler.

Kick off Christmas in July with your very own terrific midsummer bash by following our ideas for a merry summer-y fiesta. Keep visiting the Tree Classics blog for more party ideas! Happy Christmas in July!

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Tree Classics Christmas in July: Host a Milk and Cookies Party in 2 Easy Steps!

In our fifth and final installment of Tree Classics Christmas in July, we give you two easy steps (plus lots of quick tips!) for hosting an amazing milk and cookies party to keep the yuletide spirit alive. You don’t have to wait for Santa to come down the chimney just to enjoy these oven-fresh delights. Gather friends and family this summer for one unforgettable holiday!

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Step 1: Bake the Cookies with Your Friends and Family

Let’s face it. It’s more fun to bake when you have friends and family helping you out in the kitchen. It’s also the perfect excuse to try out a tiny pinch of your favorite mouthwatering cookie dough!

Line up the ingredients for your selection of baked goodies and give each baker a corner in your work station. Whip up a batch of the classic chocolate chip cookies using red and green candy morsels or, for the more advanced bakers, a batch of stained glass sugar cookies with a colorful Jolly Rancher center.

QUICK TIP: Don’t forget the cookie cutters and stamps! Make your guests feel right at home by letting them take part in baking goodies with sweet and thoughtful holiday greetings they can exchange with one another.

Another great thing about cookie parties is that everyone can garnish their cookies their own way. For Christmas in July, have red, green, and yellow candy sprinkles, gumdrops, and crushed candy canes ready for your happy helpers to lavish on their baked goodies.

 

Step 2: Serve Up Ice Cold Milk

While waiting for your cookies to bake, you can start serving ice cold milk to your kitchen helpers! Kick off your summer Christmas party with various flavors of milk, such as chocolate and strawberry, and for the figure- and health-conscious, a serving of low-fat and lactose-free milk from your very own milk bar.

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QUICK TIP: Instead of using the usual pitcher and glass, fill old-fashioned bottles to add a vintage feel to your summer Christmas party. These wonderful glass bottles can be used later on as a quaint flower vase or container for your trinkets. You can also fill the bottles three hours before the celebration and place them in the chiller. When it’s time for the party, you’ll have your cool drink ready to be paired with your oven-fresh cookies!

 

For friends and family who can’t get enough of those delicious cookies, you can give them extra treats packed in these lovely antique-styled French canning jars. They make classy take-home gifts and nifty containers for other baking ingredients.

 

Tree Classics’ Recommended Treats:

1. Classic Cookie Recipes

A Christmas milk and cookies party in the middle of summer should serve fun and unique treats. This New York Times favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe and these colorful Oreo cookie pops are sure to make your celebration all the more special.

Tree Classics Chocolate Chip Cookies
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2. Healthy Cookie Recipes

Health-conscious guests need not worry about the fare as you can also serve flourless and sugar-free peanut butter cookies and whole grain low-sugar chocolate cookies with pecans from Kalyn’s Kitchen.

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Have a merry and memorable Christmas in July with a fun and simple two-step milk and cookies party!

Tree Classics Christmas in July: How to Make an Edible Christmas Tree!

Deck the halls with fruits and berries, or better yet, make a miniature Christmas tree with sugar cookies and candy sprinkles! Because Tree Classics absolutely loves Christmas in July, we’re celebrating it with all the luscious fruits, veggies, and sweets from this season. It’s one unique holiday that infuses elements of traditional yuletide festivities with the flavors of summer. Have fun adorning your home – and satisfying your tummy – with edible Christmas decorations. Tree Classics presents three great ideas to spruce up your summer holiday with delicious treats.

Have a Yuletide Fiesta with Fruits

Infuse your Christmas in July celebration with the flair of a summer fiesta by whipping up a fruit Christmas tree. This new take on the traditional fruit salad consists of strawberry, raspberry, orange, watermelon, kiwi, and grape carefully mounted in the conical shape of a tree. You can also add pear, mango, papaya, and banana into the mix. As a finishing touch, you can cut out a star out of a pineapple to top your scrumptious yuletide tree.

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Tropical fruits are known to have a wide array of health benefits. Aside from vitamin C, fruits such as mangoes and papaya help reduce the risk of breast cancer, according to the International Journal of Cancer. Eating potassium-rich bananas is great for regulating blood pressure. The vitamin B6 in the fruit is credited for improving a person’s mood. Fresh pineapples also make for an excellent anti-inflammatory food due to an enzyme called bromelain.

Taste a Veggie Merry Christmas

If you prefer a Christmas dish that packs an even healthier punch, you can’t go wrong with a fresh produce holiday tree. This ideal edible centerpiece can be made with broccoli, cauliflower, cucumber, celery, and lettuce leaves. Arrange the vegetables into a Christmas tree and place on a large platter. Serve this marvelous treat with a creamy garlic herb dip or hot spinach and artichoke dip for an even healthier fare.

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While broccoli may not be the tastiest of vegetables, it is certainly one of the healthiest to eat, especially for people with age. Its health benefits include a high concentration of lutein and zeaxanthin, which help improve eyesight, and also soluble fiber and chromium, which regulate blood sugar levels. The vitamins A and K present in broccoli also aid in breaking down the vitamin D in our bodies, which in turn promotes better calcium absorption and bone growth.

For people on diet, the lettuce leaves in our veggie Christmas tree offer a light yet filling dining option. A cup of shredded lettuce leaves only has 12 calories and almost zero fat. Also, its high fiber and cellulose content improves digestion and promotes long-term weight control.

Enjoy a Sweet, Sugary Holiday

Since it’s summer, a little sweet treat wouldn’t hurt. Spruce up your beloved Christmas tree with delectable confectionery creations straight from your kitchen. This Christmas nougat candy, carefully placed in miniature baskets or decorative tins, makes a great highlight for your tree and a thoughtful gift for guests as well. In place of regular candy canes, you can create these fabric candy cane cone treats as creative and tasty accents. Hang up these cute and delicious iced Christmas cookie decorations to make your Christmas tree more fun to look at. If you want to save time baking edible decorations, go for these nifty gingerbread decorations from Tree Classics.

Christmas Cookies
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Whichever edible idea you choose for your tree, you’re sure to enjoy a fun-filled Christmas in July.

Celebrating with Tree Classics: 12 Ways to Christmas in July

If you’re eager to celebrate the holiday season with the exuberance of summer, then you’ll love our ideas for Christmas in July! What better way to cherish all the wonderful memories with friends and family than with a get-together that also lets you soak up the sun. Get ready for some midyear cheer. Fluff your Christmas tree, serve up some eggnog, and kick-start the merrymaking with Tree Classics’ 12 ways to Christmas in July!

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Tree Classics Christmas in July: 5 Simple Ways to Spread Cheer

Christmas has always been a season of giving. Whether you’re handing out gifts at an orphanage or helping out at a local soup kitchen, you know there is nothing more satisfying than being able to make other people happy. Celebrating Christmas in July allows you to continue spreading the joy of the holidays. Join Tree Classics as we list down ways you can turn your Christmas good deed into a year-long tradition.

1. Hold Storytelling Sessions with Kids

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Reading is a great way for kids to enrich their imagination. There is a tale of adventure and awe locked inside every page of a good book. But reading can be very difficult for a child who has dyslexia or is visually challenged. Remove this obstacle by lending your voice in an audiobook production and holding a storytelling session with kids.

By using well-loved storybooks and textbooks that have been transformed into electronic recordings, children with learning disabilities can enjoy the lessons that these wonderful literary treasures have to offer. Visit Learning Ally to find out how you can sign up as a volunteer reader.

2. Visit Homes for the Elderly

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Time has a way of making us forget the things that really matter. We won’t be where we are today if it weren’t for the people who came before us. Let’s not wait until the Christmas season to check up on Grandpa and Grandma and make them feel appreciated. Drop by your grandparents’ house or your local elderly home and bring back their smiles. You can share a meal, tell stories, and even play fun games with them. Check out organizations such as Little Brothers to learn more about how you can help bring cheer into the lives of our beloved elderly.

3. Become a Red Cross Volunteer

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If you’re looking for a long-term commitment helping out, you can never go wrong with the American Red Cross. Always ready to help where there is a disaster, the organization has come to symbolize solidarity and care. For decades, it has given aid to those situated in the most dangerous corners of the world. The Red Cross has diversified its volunteer work into different functions. Aside from helping in disaster relief efforts, you can also be a volunteer at blood drives, become a health and safety instructor, or even a social media advocate.

4. Rescue Animals with Your Neighbors

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Animals have the right to be safe. Sadly, not everybody is aware of this fact. We often find pets neglected or mistreated by their owners. Groups such as Sanctuary One and The Humane Society of the United States try their best to care for these poor critters, but they also need the help of other animal lovers. Sign up for their programs such as rescuing and protecting these pets from cruelty and providing them a loving home.

5. Build Homes for the Homeless

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And, yes, there is no place like home. This has always driven the volunteers of Habitat for Humanity. They have dedicated their time and energy to providing homeless people everywhere a shelter where they can be safe and warm. You can join hands with family and friends and turn home-building activities into a time for bonding. With every brick you lay and every beam you hammer into place, you can have the satisfaction of knowing you’ve helped create a better tomorrow for your fellow.

You don’t have to wait until Christmas to spread holiday cheer. Now is as good a time as any other.

Tree Classics Christmas in July: Tips for Caring for Your Christmas Tree

After six months of stashing away your Christmas tree in the attic or basement, it’s time once again to take it out for some much-deserved cleaning and fluffing and celebrate Christmas in July. To help you along, Tree Classics runs down basic steps as you display your beloved tree this summer.

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Dust off the Tree

Just like any item stored in a box for months, your Christmas tree may have accumulated dust – and dust often sticks deep within the bristles and branches. Cleaning it can get frustrating. To make things easier, you can either use a handy vacuum or go old school with a whisk broom.

  • Vacuums can be used on newer and sturdier trees. When using one to clean your Christmas tree, make sure that the vacuum is not too powerful for it. Attach an upholstery bristle to your vacuum and test it out first on the base of the tree. If your tree can handle it, go ahead and proceed with the vacuuming. Once you get to the needles and branches, keep the vacuum about an inch away from the tree so that it won’t suck in the foliage.
  • When dusting old and delicate Christmas trees, it is better to use a soft whisk broom. Carefully brush the dust off the tree, paying close attention to the branches and needles. You can also use a damp rag for a more meticulous cleaning of the foliage.
  • For the trunk and larger branches, a bucket of warm water and some mild dish soap will do the trick. Soak a rag in the bucket and start wiping the tree. You can also use shampoo.
  • For pre-lit Christmas trees, avoid using any liquid cleaner to prevent short-circuits.

Check the Detailing

Once you’re through getting rid of all that muck from your tree, the next thing to do is to check all of its parts. Sometimes in our haste to store our tree right after Christmas, we tend to leave out some of its pieces.  We wouldn’t know until the next season when we’re about to take it out again.

  • Familiarize yourself with each part of your Christmas tree when setting it up and disassembling it. Also, keep the manual for the tree handy to have a complete list of its pieces.
  • When working on a pre-lit Christmas tree, double check it for loose connections or busted bulbs before plugging it in.

Ask Help Early

If you find that some parts are missing or that there are damages to your Christmas tree, you should notify your tree company’s customer service right away for parts replacements or appropriate repairs. Inspecting your tree’s condition as early as July will save you from further troubles during the busy holiday season.

More than just being a mere summer holiday, Christmas in July is a convenient reminder of how to properly take care of your beloved Christmas tree. Add this to your family tradition and you can be sure of a happy and stress-free yuletide season.