Winter Wonderland Party Ideas

5 Winter-Themed Holiday Celebrations

The winter season is a great reason to get everyone together and celebrate what life has to offer. A time to shake off the cold temperatures and long winter nights with friends and family. While the party doesn’t have to revolve around celebrating the holidays or traditional festivities, it does have to be a memorable occasion.  

To help get you into the winter wonderland spirit, our party planning experts at J&J Tent and Party Rentals put together five epic winter-themed party ideas. 

Chili Cook-Off

Embrace the cold with a chili cook-off! Invite your guests to cook their favorite style of chili and let the competition begin. This winter wonderland party is a great way to warm the soul while also filling your belly with homemade recipes that everyone will enjoy. Make sure to have something for the winner to take home at the end of the night: a chili cook-off trophy or a cool cooking gadget. 

Organize a Polar Plunge

Step 1: Rent a home in a cold location with access to water, such as a pond or lake. 

Step 2: With your guests, jump into the freezing water. 

Step 3: Enjoy the many facial expressions and memories made while running back to the warmth of a heated space. 


This party idea, while relatively simple, will take some planning. Make sure to rent a space well in advance and coordinate a set date with your guests. Let each person know what you’re organizing so they can prepare to take the plunge. As a party favor, consider purchasing each guest a fuzzy robe to warm up in after their arctic bath. 

Bonfire and S’Mores

Nothing says “Winter Party” like a good ol’ bonfire with all the s’more fixins. Guests can bundle up as they enjoy the classic campfire foods: hotdogs, s’mores, campfire nachos and more. Keep things simple with lawn games such as cornhole and horseshoes for entertainment. 

Holiday Mash-Up  

There are so many fantastic holidays to celebrate in winter…Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and New Year’s, to name a few. Use this mix of holiday traditions as the backdrop for your epic winter party. Have each person bring something that reminds them of their youthful holiday celebrations and embrace the differences of your closest friends and family members. 

Fondue Party

The best fondue party is about the experience and the perfect pairing of foods. Elevate the experience by adding delicious versions of old-school fondue recipes. Try thinking outside of the box. 

  • Add roasted veggies to the mix
  • Don’t forget the protein: shrimp, sausage and steak are great options
  • Try different types of cheese as the base
  • Add a dessert fondue experience

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Outdoor Party Planning Help

If you’re planning an outdoor holiday party or have outdoor aspects to the party, like a self-serve bar tent, please consider a party tent rental. J&J Tent and Party Rentals offer a wide variety of roomy party tents in different sizes with heating options. 

At J&J Tent and Party Rentals, putting customers first is our top priority and remains our focus from the moment you contact us. We understand that planning a flawless experience takes enormous energy and focus, so let us be your trusted advisors. No matter the event type, providing quality rental products and services is essential to making your dream event a reality. 

From Polar Plunges to elaborate winter celebrations, we ensure that every customer can host the most remarkable event, regardless of the venue, budget or individual needs. Contact us today at (919) 977-3691 or visit our website for more information, J&J Tent and Party Rentals.

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