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How To Throw A Fabulous & Nostalgic Vintage Christmas Party

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The vintage Christmas party theme is so nostalgic. Here's how to create your own retro Christmas bash at home!

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updated on:
November 4, 2022

If you're looking for vintage Christmas party ideas, you've come to the right place! There is truly nothing more nostalgic than the holidays, and what better way to gather with friends and family than at your very own vintage Christmas party???

Yep, you know the kind I'm talking about. The old-fashioned Christmas appetizers, the tinsel tree, and the slow Christmas instrumentals that will have your guests chatting away all night. Let's not forget the retro Christmas cocktails to keep everyone sufficiently hydrated.

Today, we'll be going through the most essential elements you need to incorporate when throwing your own vintage Christmas party.

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Vintage tinsel Christmas tree

vintage christmas tree
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One key element to a retro Christmas is a tinsel-trimmed tree. Honestly, I'm not sure why this went out of style because tinsel is so beautiful in the light and I just think the Christmas trees of the past beat the styles we have today.

I also think it's interesting that the kind of trees that were popular in the past were more Noble Firs, a bit spacey unlike the super voluminous trees popular today. I think a little bit more space allows the tinsel to really shine and the ornaments to hang beautifully. Plus, even if you go with an artificial tree they look a bit more realistic than the giant Spruce trees.

Silver Tinsel

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Aspen Fir

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Vintage Christmas playlist

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If you only have five minutes to create an ambiance in a room, go for lighting and music! Here are some of my picks for the best Spotify playlists for a vintage Christmas party:

Every Christmas cocktail party need some cheerful jazz to encourage conversation!

If you want to go more retro, set up a turntable with some Christmas records. It gives off that nostalgic slightly crackly sound that takes all of us back in time!


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This turntable is less than $130 and looks vintage. It has all the modern technology capabilities like bluetooth connection, and it can even play music from your phone if you don't feel like throwing on a record.

Here are some of my Christmas vinyl picks:

Elvis Christmas vinyl

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Frank Sinatra Christmas vinyl

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Dolly Parton Christmas vinyl

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Vintage Christmas party food

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A pillar of Christmas cocktail parties were the elaborate hors d'oeuvres that were passed! I found some cool vintage Christmas recipes to pass to your guests here.

If you like this post you may enjoy this post: 21 Unique Vintage Gifts For Her (That She'll ACTUALLY Love)

Vintage Christmas party dress

Every hostess needs a classic red dress on hand for a vintage Christmas party! This one from Amazon has over 8,000 reviews and a 4.5 star rating!

Red Dress

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Vintage Christmas cocktails

vintage christmas cocktail

A vintage Christmas party simply wouldn't be complete without some vintage-inspired cocktails. Here are some cool retro glasses to match your drinks:

Coupe glasses

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If you're looking for some perfectly retro Christmas cocktails, here are some delicious looking drinks that I found.

Vintage Christmas party decorations

A vintage Christmas party is not complete without some colorful and festive decorations. Here are some fun throwback decor items that will have people young and old feeling warm and fuzzy inside.

Bubble lights

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How nostalgic are these bubble lights? They'll make the evening bright.

Shiny brite ornaments

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These ornaments were really popular in the 40s and 50s. Bring back some of the joy with these ornaments - they even come in vintage packaging!

Vintage Christmas movie

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The best way to end the night is to screen an old school Christmas movie. One of my favorites is White Christmas.

What elements are you looking forward to incorporating in your own vintage Christmas party???

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