Looking for a casual holiday party idea that brings families together? For a fun and nearly effortless get-together, consider hosting a party with a Christmas pajama theme! From cute women’s pajamas to kids cozy PJs, everyone will be cozy and festive.
Having to get all dressed and forcing kids into uncomfortable dress clothes is no way to spend the holidays. Instead, a pajama-themed party will leave everyone breathing a sigh of relief and enjoying family, friends, and the warmth and joy of the holiday season in comfort.
First, plan the date for the party and mail or email invitations several weeks in advance. Specify that guests should wear their matching family PJs. It may also be helpful to include ideas for families who don’t have completely matching family pajamas, such as wearing pajamas of the same color or with a similar pattern or theme.
Since this is a laid-back event, keep the food simple. A potluck is a great idea; ask guests to bring a favorite Christmas dish to share. Have a simple snack bar and hot cocoa bar that guests can nibble on throughout the night. Order pizza and pair it with a festive Christmas punch to keep things casual and low-key. Or, skip the meal and focus on dessert. Coordinate a cookie swap or just ask everyone to bring a dozen of their favorite Christmas cookies or desserts to share. Supply the milk and hot chocolate, and you’re all set.
Just like the food, the decorations should be relaxed and fuss-free. Add lots of pillows to sofas and chairs and roll throw blankets to place in small stacks throughout the party area. Throw in some simple DIY decorations, like a row of “Zzzzzzz’s” cut out from card stock and taped on the wall. Place stick-on glow-in-the-dark stars or strings of white lights up around the room. Place personalized Christmas stockings around the room, and let guests take one home at the end of the night.
Everyone will be warm and relaxed in their flannel pajamas, and guests may be content to just sit around in the cozy atmosphere and chat. However, to enhance the party and add to the fun, plan activities that will keep everyone enjoying the evening. Some ideas for things to do at a holiday family PJ party include:
Thank your guests for coming to the Christmas matching family pajama bash with a fun party favor. Consider cute sleep masks with a simple theme, a Christmas-themed mug with a pack of hot chocolate or a Christmas-themed pillowcase (roll it and tie it with ribbon for a decorative look) will all make great favors.
Other ideas include girls’ or boys’ slippers or sleep socks, a throw blanket for each family that attended, a throw pillow with a Christmas print and stuffed animals for kids. Or, use a fabric marker to draw closed eyes on a small paper or fabric favor bag, and fill it with treats like assorted teas, Christmas cookies or Christmas candy.
Hosing a pajama-themed family gathering for the holidays is a lot less stressful than a formal party. Everyone gets fun and family time, and the hostess can also relax and enjoy her time. Make it a fun new tradition to get together in Christmas PJs for a party every year.