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50+ DIY Grinch-Themed Christmas Party Ideas

Go for a Grinch theme for your Christmas party this year! Find fun snacks and décor ideas in this article, like these furry green topiary trees!

Go for a Grinch theme for your Christmas party this year! Find fun snacks and décor ideas in this article, like these furry green topiary trees!

Have a Merry Grinchmas!

With its predominantly green and red color scheme, a How the Grinch Stole Christmas theme is perfect for a festive party. You'll need plenty of red and green decorations for this event. You can also make Grinch-inspired snacks, such as "Garlic in Your Soul" rolls and pretzels dipped in red and green candy melts.

Decorate your outdoor area with a Grinch butt tree, Whoville signposts, and even a bright green balloon arch. Make centerpieces for the table using mason jars or repurposed topiaries covered with Grinch fur to add a whimsical touch. Have a look at all the party ideas below for inspiration!

Whimsical Table Décor With Grinch Fur Trees

Whimsical Table Décor With Grinch Fur Trees

Whimsical Table Décor With Grinch Fur Trees

To recreate this whimsical-looking table, you'll need a lime-green tablecloth and a red plaid or polka-dot runner. For the centerpieces, you can recycle topiary trees by covering them with green fur fabric. Use a glue gun to add some mini red pom-poms for the final touch. Here are some additional fun ideas:

  • Tie green ribbon bows to the chairs.
  • Twine red and green ribbon around nearby items (posts, table legs, etc.).
  • Put up some cardboard pictures of the Grinch himself.
  • Place green LED candles on the runner.
  • Create a mini Grinch tree (a sad-looking, twisty Christmas tree) for a centerpiece.
Whoville Signpost

Whoville Signpost

Whoville Signpost

Here's how to make this cute signpost to direct your guests to the different areas of the party!

Supplies

  • Cardboard that you can cut shapes out of (like an old shipping box or cereal box)
  • Red, white, and green paint
  • 1 long cardboard tube or some PVC pipe
  • Hot glue gun
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Wrapping paper (ideally Grinch-themed)
  • Ribbons
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Cut three arrow shapes from the cardboard and paint them red, white, and green.
  2. Add the words Mount Crumpit, Whoville, and Grinch's Lair to the arrows.
  3. Cut holes into the cardboard boxes so you can insert the tube or pipe through them. (Tip: Stack the boxes first, then mark with a pencil where the tube needs to go through each box.)
  4. Glue the arrows to your tube or pipe (consider painting it red first, if you like).
  5. Wrap the boxes with the wrapping paper. Use a scissors to pierce through the paper over the pre-cut holes.
  6. Stick the tube or pipe through the pre-cut holes in your boxes.
  7. Add ribbons to decorate the boxes and signpost.
Candy-Cane-Striped Whoville Signpost

Candy-Cane-Striped Whoville Signpost

Candy Cane Striped Whoville Signpost

Here's a minor variation on the Whoville signpost idea: Paint the center post with red and white stripes to make it look like a candy cane! This makes it even more festive and whimsical.

Green Grinch Cutlery

Green Grinch Cutlery

Green Grinch Cutlery

The devil is in the details, so make sure that everything at the party fits with your theme, right down to the cutlery! You can purchase green plastic utensils and make Santa hats from red felt to keep them together (or just wrap them in red and white napkins). Use green paper cut into fun shapes to make a nametag for each guest's cutlery set. They're sure to appreciate this touch!

Smug Grinch Favor Bag

Smug Grinch Favor Bag

Smug Grinch Favor Bag

No matter the party, favor bags are a must! To make this Grinch-inspired version, you can purchase green bags and decorate them with the Grinch's smugly grinning face. Add a red paper Santa hat with cotton ball trim on top. Fill the bag with red and green treats and favors.

Whoville Centerpiece

Whoville Centerpiece

Whoville Centerpiece

Make a whimsical centerpiece by layering red and white striped candies and mini glitter baubles into a glittered plant pot. You can either make your own plant pot by painting it with glitter paint or purchase one. Here are some other fun items to use in a Seussian centerpiece:

  • Swirled lollipops
  • Glitter-covered Styrofoam balls
  • Curly pipe cleaners
  • Spiky faux greenery
  • Red and green bows
  • Red berry sprays
Painted Mason Jars

Painted Mason Jars

Painted Mason Jars

We all have old glass jars lying around the house, so why not turn them into festive Grinch jars? This would make a wonderful centerpiece or set of vases for your event! Here's how to do it.

Supplies

  • 3 clean mason jars
  • Red, green, and black paint
  • Letter stencils
  • Red and green ribbons
  • Hot glue gun
  • Fun items to put inside the jars (your choice!)

Instructions

  1. Paint the interiors of the jars red and green. (Tip: Pour in the paint and swirl it around to get full coverage.)
  2. Using a stencil, add black letters spelling out the name "GRINCH" across the jars.
  3. Glue a piece of red or green ribbon around the rim.
  4. Fill the jars with whatever whimsical items you like!
Grinch Lantern

Grinch Lantern

Grinch Lantern

This Grinch-inspired lantern would also work great for a candy land theme. Layer a red lantern with red and white striped ribbons and peppermint candies. Add lime green accents to really make it Grinchy!

Grinch Butt Tree

Grinch Butt Tree

Grinch Butt Tree

Bring your favorite Dr. Seuss character to life by posing his legs next to your Christmas tree so it looks like he's trying to steal it! You can make a pair of legs out of old tights stuffed with cotton fill, green pool noodles, a pair of green leggings, or something similar. (You can also buy premade legs online.) This tree is sure to get a laugh from visitors!

Grinch Backdrop

Grinch Backdrop

Grinch Backdrop

Every party needs a themed backdrop for photo ops, and this image of the Grinch in his Santa suit is perfect for a party. Pair it with other red and green holiday décor, like a big peppermint, bauble trees, and letters spelling "Merry Christmas!" You can paint your own Grinch sign, print one out, or purchase one online.

Drink Up, Grinches!

Create a funny and festive drink station for thirsty guests. You can make a sign or table mat with the words "Drink Up, Grinches!" printed on it. Buy some red and green wine glass markers and use them to add the same message to the glasses, plus the year; that way, the glasses make a great souvenir for your guests! Add peppermint stirrers to the glasses to complete the look. You could even mix up a green Grinch punch for your guests to drink!

More Drink Ideas for Your Grinch Party

In the photo gallery below, you can see other Grinch-inspired party drinks, including other ways to use the funny "Drink Up, Grinches!" message. There are tons of tasty beverages you can offer, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. One thing is clear, though: The greener the drink, the Grinchier it is!

Magic Grinch Sand

Magic Grinch Sand

Magic Grinch Sand

Don't forget to plan some fun activities for your party! You can create an activity booth for making bags of Magic Grinch Sand to keep the Grinch away at Christmas time. Have your guests fill their bags with layers of glitter, red hots, sugar, and green sand.

Grinch Pretzel Snacks

Grinch Pretzel Snacks

Grinch Pretzel Snacks

Make these Grinch-inspired snacks by dipping pretzel sticks in white candy melts and dusting them with red and green sprinkles. You could use this idea with Oreos and other biscuits or snacks, too.

Whimsical Grinch Christmas Tree

Whimsical Grinch Christmas Tree

Whimsical Grinch Christmas Tree

Steal the show with this mischievous Grinch-themed tree! If you have a white tree, it is relatively easy to put this spin on it by adding red and green decorations. You can make the Grinch face from cardboard and paint it green; add glitter for extra pizzazz. This is sure to be a hit with kids.

Grinch Balloon Arch

Grinch Balloon Arch

Grinch Balloon Arch

Balloon arches are a popular choice for parties since they really add a dramatic visual punch to your event. Recreate this idea by blowing up red and green balloons to form the main body of the arch. Add foil balloons resembling peppermint candies at strategic intervals. If you've never made a balloon arch before, check out some tutorial videos online first!

Welcome to Whoville Sign

Welcome to Whoville Sign

Welcome to Whoville Sign

Adorn your porch with an arched Welcome to Whoville sign to get guests in the party spirit as soon as they arrive! You can either make your own sign out of cardboard or search online to find something similar. A fun arch like this also makes a great spot for selfies, or you can just use it to catch up with guests as they enter.

"Garlic in Your Soul" Rolls

"Garlic in Your Soul" Rolls

"Garlic in Your Soul" Rolls

These rolls are inspired by the lyrics of "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch":

Just face the music, you're a monster, Mr. Grinch, yes, you are
Your heart's an empty hole
Your brain is full of spiders
You've got garlic in your soul, Mr. Grinch
I wouldn't touch you with a thirty-nine-and-a-half foot pole

To make these mouthwatering snacks, simply bake a classic version of a roll and add garlic butter to it. They're a hilarious addition to the treat table!

Grinch Holiday Table Setting

Grinch Holiday Table Setting