How to Host an Awesome “A Christmas Story” Party

When I first heard the words “Some men are Baptists. Some men are Catholics. My father was an Oldsmobile man” I knew I had found MY Christmas movie: A Christmas Story. Because my father was an Oldsmobile man. He rented a different one every two years so my childhood was populated with Oldsmobiles. In the rare case you have never heard of this movie, it tells the story of Ralphie, ever-hopeful he’ll get the Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. Ralphie dodges bullies, a cranky father, an annoying little brother, and other travails of kid-hood. “A Christmas Story” is funny, touching and for some of a certain age, ridiculously familiar. I am such a fan of this movie that for years I’ve been saying I need to throw a theme party. Fun for all ages! Without further ado, here are tips on how to host an awesome “A Christmas Story” party.


How to Host an Awesome “A Christmas Story” Party


How to Host an Awesome "A Christmas Story" Party

Set the Stage

If you are contemplating hosting a party centered around this delightful movie, I’m assuming you are a Super Fan. Speaking my language. You already have some of the merchandise from the movie, right? In my house you’ll see the Leg Lamp night light up all year long. The Harvey’s love this movie that much. We actually have a desk lamp size of the “electric sex gleaming in the window.” That was last year’s present to my husband. You see, each year I give him another little reminder of the movie that bonds us together this season.

the leg lamp night light
Leg Lamp night light!


My  “A Christmas Story” Gifts to My Husband

These are such an inexpensive fun gift sure to get a laugh!

Sadly, I cannot tell you this years addition to the collection because my dear husband reads my posts.

Party Food

Let’s face it, this is not “Eat, Pray, Love.” So I’m not saying you should only serve food from the movie, but here’s a few things to add to your menu.

  • Ovaltine Holy Cow! They still make this stuff!
  • Oh “FUUUUDDDGEEE” You have to have fudge at the party!
  • Leg Lamp cookies
    • You can purchase a cookie cutter or fashion your own from sugar cookie dough and a Reese’s peanut butter cup. Here’s a video how.
  • Lifeboy soap (Not really! Use soap molds and red candy melts for a yummy version!)
  • Silver candy BB’s (or any round chocolate candy would work)
  • Mashed potatoes and meatloaf (bonus points for suggesting guests eat without utensils)
    • Does anyone still make meatloaf any more? Must. Because I found this recipe on
  • Turkey-as long as the Bumpuses mangy dogs don’t get it!
  • Chop Suey

Games Galore

Of course the movie “A Christmas Story” must be playing in the background during your shindig. It plays for 24 hours each Christmas Eve on TLC. So DVR or tape it. If you need it now, though, here’s an Amazon link to the rescue.

  1. “A Christmas Story” board game is always good for a few laughs
  2. Target practice with Air Soft rifles “Careful, don’t shoot your eye out!”
  3. Snowball fight
  4. Quiz guest with A Christmas Story movie trivia game
  5. Kids young and old can sit on Santa’s lap (just make sure your Santa isn’t too jolly!)

For the very adventurous, have Santa sit at the top of the stairs and guests can crawl up to tell him their Christmas wish. With a nylon sleeping bags guests can slide back down with a push of Santa’s toe.

Just for Fun

Why not stock your bathrooms with Lifeboy Soap?

Guests could come in 1940’s attire, or in big pink bunny PJs!

For the adults, serve a Singapore Sling (it is a red drink) but rename it the Red Ryder cocktail. The kids can have old fashioned soda like rootbeer and cream soda. There’s so many fun things you can do with this movie! Be creative and have fun!

So go ahead, throw a party your friends won’t forget! I triple dog dare ya!

So go ahead, throw a party your friends won't forget! I triple dog dare ya! Click To Tweet

Merry Christmas!


If you’re going to throw a party, check out the post “Organized Party Planning-Host a Crowd with Ease”


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16 Responses

  1. Kristine-Bites of Flavor

    How cute! My whole family loves A Christmas Story. I didn’t know there was a game… definitely getting this so we can all play on Christmas night! Great read!

    • Daria Harvey

      Thank you Kristine! Always nice to meet a fellow fan! Isn’t it the best??

  2. Divine Mwimba

    This is amazing. I have a little baby coming my way soon and I can’t for the holidays.

    • Daria Harvey

      Congratulations Divine! Such an exciting time 🙂 I hope this helps you throw a great party with ease!

  3. Kimberly at Berly's Kitchen

    This is probably one of the best posts I’ve seen in a while. I’m not a fan of parties, but now I want to have one. At the very least, I want to go home and watch “A Christmas Story.”

    • Daria Harvey

      Thank you for the huge compliment Kimberly! Enjoy your viewing of “A Christmas Story.” I bet you’ll be hooked!

  4. The Gifted Gabber

    What fun! If I hosted one of these, my Hubs would probably demand it yearly!

    • Daria Harvey

      Lol! You know, I had never heard of this movie until I met my husband. It was his favorite before it was mine. It has definitely been a bonding thing in our family!

  5. Edward Traversa

    people tell me I am a bit of storyteller, so this might work for me! Very nice idea and good article.

    • Daria Harvey

      Thank you very much Edward. I’ve been to your website and you ARE a storyteller! Let me know if you decide to throw “A Christmas Story” party!

  6. Vaishnavi

    Wow. Sounds like so much fun. I’d love to do it too. Awesome recommendations for party food and games – Thank you!!

    • Daria Harvey

      Thank you! If you throw “A Christmas Story” party I’d love to hear how it turned out! Merry Christmas!

  7. Michael

    I already have the leg lamp, just need everything else…

    • Daria Harvey

      You’re on your way Michael!! There’s so much fun merchandise, it’s hard to choose!

  8. Sarah Jean Althouse

    Sooo fun! My husband and I recently did host a Christmas party but the food and decor was pretty lame. I need to step it up!

    • Daria Harvey

      Oh I doubt that! But hopefully next year I’ve done the work for you and you can just copy this party!

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