Retro Christmas Holiday Cocktail Party

retroinviteRetro Holiday Cocktail Party!

I so enjoyed writing about the retro decorations available this year that I wanted to take the theme a step further and create a cocktail party based upon fun, vintage touches!  Take a look and see if what’s old feels just right for today!


Four funky and fresh invitations with a vintage feel are available from Invitation Box!  The styles include a Las Vegas neon sign, a 1950’s style billboard and retro trees! (Retro Billboard, Retro Trees, Welcome to Vegas, Cadillac Santa, 50 for $108)


Pick up an adorable reproduction pattern tablecloth from retrotableclothRetro Redheads!  Find cloths embellished with ribbons, presents, Santas and Christmas trees!  Layer a topper over a plain white cloth to accommodate a larger table and let the colors guide your choices of paper goods, candles and flowers! (Retro Redheads)

Cocktails and Hors D’Oeuvres

I found the most fabulous website that will answer all of your questions when planning a retro menu!  At, you’ll find recipes for cocktails whose names you haven’t heard in decades (think Stinger!), a wide array of “canapés from the past” (think Roquefort olives!) and the option to purchase vintage accessories!  This site is so terrific that it will transport you immediately back to the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s! Take a look even if you aren’t planning to host this particular party!!


With another nod to the past, purchase “choirboy” candles for your guests from The Vermont Country Store! This classic decoration will surely bring back memories for all in attendance!  Wrap one or two candles in cellophane bags! (Vermont Country Store, set of 3 for $17.95, with Santa and angel styles as well)

I know that your guests will love this unique twist on the traditional Christmas cocktail party, and if you’re like me, you’ll enjoy gathering special items that bring back wonderful childhood memories!  Cheers!

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290 responses to “Retro Christmas Holiday Cocktail Party”

  1. Becca says:

    My husband and I entertaining this holiday at my momma’s house. We are in charge of food so we are making a festive German menu that will incorporate some of my moms favorites meals growing up!

  2. Shan says:

    i love looking at websites and blogs for inspiration

  3. Chacoy says:

    The “girlfriends” and I are starting a new tradition this year, and I am hosting the first one!
    We are going to get together two days after Christmas to chillax, I am having a brunch; I am making a great quiche,and some mamosa’s. We have to dress from the 40’s. I already have a great apron, dress and shoes; I am just looking for the perfect pair of shoes:) I even bought some awesome plates, cups, and silverware for it- I can’t get anymore excited!!

  4. melanie says:

    I visit Amy Atlas Events, OhDeeDoh and the Hostess with the Mostess for some of my fav holiday ideas! On Tuesday I’m hosting a Red party, featuring pomegranate martinis, dipped chocolate cherries etc. It’s just a small mixer for some neighbours

  5. Jennifer says:

    Great holiday ideas! I love the invitations you found!

  6. Beth says:

    You just know there’s going to be lots of cocktails at my party! Fine Living has a great list and I love HWTM’s red garnishes. My grandma had the choir boys when I was growing up! So cool to see them again. Happy Holidays!

  7. Robin says:

    I just hosted my first cookie exchange with a group of girlfriends and hope to make it annual tradition! I love the idea of a retro Christmas party, maybe next year that will be the theme of the cookie exchange!!

  8. Mandy says:

    I love Christmas! One of my favorite holiday traditions is to gather up all my family members and head to the zoo for their holiday lights display. And of course to celebrate with a touch of style, I make sure I bring a lovely thermos filled with hot cocoa and peppermint schnapps. A good altenative to the schnapps is also some homemade Irish cream.

  9. scott says:

    This year the only entertaining I am doing is for my in-laws, who are coming this Saturday. We are doing finger foods mostly, but will be exchanging gifts and watching “Christmas Vacation” on our big screen for fun!

  10. angie says:

    My mom and step-dad are coming this weekend to celebrate Christmas and Winter Solstice with us. I am making crockpot veggie meatballs, butter oatmeal cookies, smoked gouda fondue, and stuffed shells w/marinara sauce. Should be a GREAT time!

  11. mj says:

    We’re keeping it simple this year- we just had a birthday party for our daughter’s first birthday! Other than that, we’re just having friends over for dinner. It’s fun, though!

  12. Susan says:

    I have some really old “vintage” ornaments from when my mom was a girl – orphan annie and her dog, etc. I never take them out as they are so heavy on the tree, but you have inspired me to reconsider the vintage touches!

  13. Jill says:

    I’ll be celebrating with a new baby newphew this year. We’re keeping everything simple and as stress free as possible, including the menu. I’ve found some great recipes from Real Simple that will be easy to prepare and delicious!

  14. Cheryl says:

    I will be hosting my 10th annual holiday dinner party. This year we have invited 30 people. It is my favorite day of the year! The good food and the great company always make it so memorable.

  15. Jessica F. says:

    My parents are driving over to my place to celebrate Christmas this year. Thanks to the millions of blogs I read daily I’m able to get a ton of new ideas for the holiday. The decorations are always top notch! 😉

  16. Amy says:

    This year I will be partaking in other peoples gatherings. I am nine months preggers and hosting a shin dig is not a reality 😀

  17. Mikaela says:

    My fiance and I got engaged 3 months ago and this is the first year that we are having Christmas at our new place! I am so nervous but so looking forward to starting a new tradition and merging our families during the holidays!

  18. Roxy says:

    I’m away from home this year so I’ll be celebrating at other peoples’ homes. I would LOVE to host a silver and lilac theme though! Maybe next year!

  19. Rosemary says:

    We’re celebrating a new roommate and cute new (vintage) furniture in a new (flipped) house with a fabulous dinner party on our new dining room table we found at the Habitat for Humanity store.

    I think the roommate is the only thing we didn’t get secondhand. 🙂

  20. Laura M says:

    I love HWTM blog! She has my tastes completely and helps me think outside my own box. We always have a Girl’s Night Out where we either exchange cookies or Christmas items dirty santa syle. I love her cookie recipe’s and unique ways of decorating.

  21. Mandi says:

    I’ve been hitting up Country Living’s website since the summer for great ideas! They deliver every time.

  22. Laura says:

    I just held a winter wonderland themes christmas party and had a GREAT response with the candy/dessert bar! Color themes are a great idea and pull everything together!

  23. Beth T. says:

    Today I returned home from a trip, to my undecorated house with no Christmas tree. I’m going to focus on putting out the decorations we really care about–sentimental items or pieces we think are beautiful–and then inviting the people we care about to join us for some low-key gatherings.

  24. Marci says:

    Sadly our Christmas plans have all fallen apart. It is going to be very simple this year with just hubby, me and our two young daughters.

  25. becky says:

    Im having a small get together.I have specially made little cards at the table setting.I also have a new tablecloth and some vintage pieces as well.Very nice I think for a few people.

  26. Asmaa says:

    Nice blog and site , i have decided to make more crafty greetings and cards myself to send out , something that i neglected in the past and i am sure means a lot to others.

  27. Carrie says:

    I love to talk with my friends for inspiration. We come up with all kinds of unique ideas. Sometimes I thumb through catalogs that come in the mail like Pottery Barn…then I make what I like from what I’ve got on hand or can get inexpensively.

  28. Lauren says:

    I love looking through blogs (Hostess with the Mostess) and home decor magazines to find inspiration for decorating for the Holidays. When I entertain I know I can turn to blogs for quick, cute, and fabulous decor ideas!

  29. Megan says:

    I’m having a gift wrapping party this season as I’ve done in past years. Although we always have cocktails and great conversation, we only sometimes get gifts wrapped … 🙂

  30. Danielle says:

    We always try to incorporate family recipes with new ones. This year Mama’s mac and cheese is going to be an appetizer instead of a side by baking it into individual bites.

  31. Bonnie says:

    I have two small children (3 year old and 8 month old), so this is a very special season for us. My 3 year old loves all the lights and the Christmas tree. My 8 month old loves wrapping paper…we just have to make sure she doesn’t eat it. It will be a fun holiday!

  32. Erin says:

    I love to look at Martha Stewart magazines for crafty holiday decorating ideas! I’m having friends over for a fun crazy sweater party!

  33. Siera says:

    Love the idea – I think I’m going to have a girls party with a retro theme now! 🙂 I love tablecloths from Anthropologie – they give it that kitchy, vintage feel!

  34. Heather says:

    I get most of my inspiration and ideas from perusing all the wonderful blogs out there! It’s so nice to be able to borrow other people’s creativity!

  35. My favorite place for Christmas shopping is Etsy. I love giving handmade gifts for Christmas.

  36. Sylvia H. says:

    Both my husband’s and my extended family live out of state so we plan on getting in touch via Skype this Christmas. Thank goodness for technology!

  37. Natalie says:

    I will be entertaining by cooking up a storm for all of my family… nothing better than cooking while listening to great, classic christmas music!

  38. Andy says:

    My Christmas Inspiration is coming from Hostess with the Mostess and Crate and Barrel. They really fit my modern contemporary taste and I can bring really cool inspirations to life.

  39. Mandy says:

    We’re hosting both our families for the first time ever at our house this year – I’m excited and also really nervous. 🙂

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