12/06/2011 11:07 am ET | Updated Dec 06, 2011

Holiday Party Themes: Creative Ideas For Unexpected Parties

Tis' the holiday season -- and the season of holiday parties. Partying with your office mates or your family members may not quite be your bag, but getting into the holiday spirit with your friends is a great way to skip the awkward small talk and celebrate the changing seasons without losing your mind.

And the great thing about throwing your own holiday party is that you get to choose the guest list, the food and the theme (as well as how much effort you want to put into the thing in the first place). As HuffPost's Jessica Pearce Rotondi puts it: "It's your party and you'll invite who you want to."

To give you a little bit of inspiration for your soiree, we've put together a list of 8 fantastic holiday party themes and ranked them in terms of effort and funds required. So, ready your Paperless Post creative skills and prepare to e-vite away.

8 Unexpected Holiday Party Ideas