How to Throw the Ultimate Elf Themed Christmas Party

how to throw an elf themed christmas party

A Kalio Chic Life 

The best way to spread Christmas cheer... is to throw a themed holiday party! Skip the ugly Christmas sweaters theme this year, and instead, get inspired by one of the best Christmas movies of all time, Elf!

Channel your inner Buddy to create "The World's Best Cup of Coffee" cocktail, candy garlands, and North Pole-chic tablescapes. Buddy the Elf is so full of joy and whimsy, it's impossible not to smile as you get creative and think: WWBD (What Would Buddy Do)? But please, keep the cookies out of the VCR!

World’s Best Cup of Coffee Cocktail

When throwing an Elf themed party, it’s best to serve foods and drinks authentic to the movie. But since a “crappy cup of coffee” isn't the most... festive... drink, I whipped up the World’s Best Cup of Coffee Cocktail. If this isn’t Christmas in a glass, then I don’t know what is!

World's Best Cup of Coffee cocktail from the movie Elf

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces brewed espresso (or instant espresso)
  • 1/2 shot peppermint schnapps
  • 1/2 shot Kahlua
  • 1 scoop of peppermint ice cream
  • Candy cane pieces and mini candy cane to garnish
Ingredients for the world's best cup of coffee cocktail

Mix the espresso, Kahlua, and peppermint schnapps in a cocktail glass.

how to make the world's best cup of coffee cocktail

Add a scoop of peppermint ice cream.

world's best cup of coffee cocktail

Top with crushed candy cane and garnish with a mini candy cane, perfect for stirring the cocktail. Cheers!

world's best cup of coffee cocktail

Elf Candy Themed Garland

One of my favorite parts of the ELF movie is when Buddy the Elf recites the elves' 4 food groups: Candy, candy canes, candy corn, and syrup. I mean what kid wouldn’t love to eat just that all the time! I took this inspiration and ran with it to create a garland fit for a sugar-filled fête. This garland is so easy to make that even the least crafty among us can create it.

how to throw an elf christmas party

Supplies and Materials

  • Candy printable (PDFs are linked below)
  • Gold ribbon or cording
  • Scissors
  • 1/4-inch hole punch
supplies needed to make an elf candy garland

Begin by printing out the printable candy pages:

Once printed, cut out the candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup bottle shapes. Use a small hole punch to punch two holes in the top of each candy, about 3/4-inch apart and about 1/2-inch from the top. Thread gold ribbon or cording through the holes and space out the candy types as you go.

elf candy christmas garland DIY

Once all the candy is strung on the cording, tie loops on each end and use these to hang the garland above your dessert table.

how to make an elf candy christmas garland

For the rest of the party, I included colorful gift boxes as a table runner, painted “Son of a Nutcracker” nutcracker’s to adorn the table, framed one of my free Elf themed printables (choose from this one or this one!), and added tons of actual sweets and treats, like Cotton Headed Ninny Muggins peppermint popcorn balls, cupcakes, and sugar cookies.

how to throw an elf themed christmas party
how to throw an elf themed christmas party
how to throw an elf themed christmas party
popcorn balls for an elf themed christmas party
how to throw an elf themed christmas party
how to throw an elf themed Christmas party
how to throw an elf themed christmas party

With a theme like "Elf," it’s hard to know where you should stop! If you want even more ideas, try recreating the department store scene by hanging up hundreds of paper snowflakes over the dining table, or making snowball cookies to shovel in your mouth as fast as Buddy throws them.

All images by Kara Whitten, A Kalio Chic Life