Funky Christmas Jumpers' Top 7 Tips for Hosting a Classroom Christmas Party

We've gathered together the best of the best for your football-themed Christmas party this year. The best tips, tricks, crafts, and websites for you to be sure you're hosting the most memorable party any of your students have been to! Without further ado, here are our top 7 picks. Can't get enough Christmas ideas? Head on over to our Pinterest for loads more!

  • 1. Decorate Your Door

  • Before you get anything else done, get everyone's attention with a fun decorated door. There are plenty of ideas out there for things you can put together or even that you can make with your whole class. Check out some our favourites below:

    Charlie Brown Classroom Door Handprint Christmas Tree Classroom Door Gingerbread Classroom Door
    Snowman Classroom Door Nutcracker Classroom Door Polar Express Classroom Door

  • 2. Find or Make A Jumper

  • Next is the make or break. You are the host, after all, so you have to make sure that you have a great outfit! There are plenty options out there both if you want to make a jumper yourself or if you want to buy one.

    Penguin Christmas Jumper Elf Costume Christmas Jumper Rudolph Christmas Jumper

  • 3. Decorate Your Classroom

  • The door may be decorated but don't forget about the inside. Add festive decorations that you can make with the students!

    Christmas Craft Christmas Craft Christmas Craft
    Reindeer Face Craft Winter Classroom Board Paper Wreath Craft

  • 4. Make Some Awesome Christmas Themed Food

  • You'll need at least a few nibbles and drinks for your students. Keep it simple, or go all out!

    Grinch Punch Veggie Tree Reindeer water bottles and popcorn bags
    Little Smokie Christmas Tree Rudolph Cookies Pigs in a Blanket Christmas Wreath
    Christmas Pizza Cranberry Cider Hot Chocolate on a Stick

    Let's get to the best part. Dessert. Go crazy with mince pies, cakes (or cupcakes), and more! Again, you can serve them in both Christmas and football themes. And don't forget about the gingerbread men! They're a Christmas classic that you can't skip.

    Gingerbread Men Rice Krispie Treat Christmas Trees Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer Cupcakes Christmas White Chocolate Pretzels
    Grinch Cookies Mince Pies Snowman Oreo Balls

  • 5. Plan Fun Activites to Entertain

  • Set up a few really fun games that you can play with everyone. Whether you've gathered all of your family together for the party or just your friends, these will be a blast! You can step up your charades game, play gift swap games, play conversation-starter games, or even get really hands on in the minute to win it games! You can play with as many or as few people as you'd like, and choose the difficulty level that suits your needs. These games are sure to get everyone together and laughing.

    Pin the Nose on Rudolph Snowball Toss Christmas Minute to Win It Games
    Wrap the Tree Christmas Bingo Christmas Drawing Game

    Maybe you don't want to play games. Or maybe you do, but you want an extra something to entertain everyone. Set up a photobooth and let everyone capture silly photos of themselves! It's a whole lot of fun to take the photos with different backdrops and props. After, the students will have cute photos to take home or put up around the classroom!

    Christmas Photo Booth Props Christmas Photo Booth Props Christmas Photo Booth Props

    You can take the photos on an iPad with one of the following apps:

    You can also use a digital camera to take higher quality photos. Here are some tutorials on how to set up a photbooth with a DSLR.

  • 6. Have A Gift Exchange

  • One of the best things to do at any Christmas party is to have a gift exchange. There are lots of different kinds with different price ranges, themes, and rules. Look for gifts on Ebay, your nearest pound store, or a charity shop. Or, have students bring something from home that they already have, but don't want anymore. It can be a good way for kids to go through their toys and decide which ones they've outgrown, and give them a new home. A last option is to have the kids all make something to give. It can either be an in-class project or a homework assignment. Here are some ideas for different gift exchange games:

    Right/Left Gift Exchange White Elephant Gift Exchange Gift Exchange Gift Exchange

  • 7. Reward the Best Outfit

  • By the end of the night, you and your students are bound to have noticed one jumper or a whole outfit that's particularly spectacular. Be sure to reward the creative guest's efforts with an award. You can put as much or as little effort into these as you want. Add a small gift along with the reward, hand out awards that are catered to the particular winners, or make 3 awards for the top 3 jumpers. You could always make your own, but you can also find quite a few options on sites like Etsy! Here are a few ideas to get you started.

    Ugly Christmas Sweater Award Ugly Christmas Sweater Award Tacky Christmas Sweater Award Ugly Christmas Sweater Award

    If a lot of your students aren't wearing Christmas jumpers, you could also award the best craft, the best outfit in general, or the best participation. It's all up to you and your party!

If you like what you see and you want to get some more ideas to throw the best party ever this Christmas, head on over to our Pinterest page for ideas on decor, movies, food, and gifts.