Vintage Santa punch bowl and mugs

Christmas is naturally a time for nostalgia—whether it’s the magic of childhood your Christmases past or even for a previous time period. As you plan your vintage Christmas party, here is some inspiration for a cheery, midcentury-inspired theme.

Minty Fresh

Rather than traditional forest green, use mint greens with red to set a whimsical, retro tone. A vintage tablecloth in this palette is perfect. Browse your favorite flea markets, thrift stores, or browse online on shops like Etsy. A wintergreen vase with red roses continues the color scheme and marks the occasion.

The mint isn’t just for the color palette but for the palate as well. Cupcakes with miniature candy canes echo the festive red and classic freshness. For the full effect, use cupcake holders with a red, striped pattern.

Vintage Christmas party Santa punch bowl

Punch Perfection

What better way to evoke Christmases past than by using collectibles from the period? Holt-Howard actually got its start as a company with their Christmas products, and for festive retro whimsy, their Santa punch bowl and mugs are perfect. Look for two black H’s stacked on top of one another along with the year it was made in black on the bottom if you want to make sure it’s authentic.

Holt-Howard’s 1959 Starry Eyed Santa Mugs offer a playful way to serve up some punch. The Santa’s hat forming a straight handle and stars for Santa’s eyes, these mugs can’t help but lighten the mood. Other variations on the design include a Santa hat forming a round handle. If the bright colors and playful innocence of vintage 50s Christmases inspires you, then these mugs will fit right in. The large Santa bowl is the icing on the cake. Use to contain your favorite punch, jazzed up for the occasion with orange slices and raspberries.