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Ugly Christmas Sweater Party Ideas

One of the funniest and most enjoyable themes for a holiday celebration is to host an ugly Christmas sweater party. The premise is simple: gather up those awful woolly sweaters you have hiding in your closet and wear them with pride as you mix and mingle with friends and family at an ugly Christmas sweaters party. No need to worry—everybody else looks ridiculous too! If you love this theme and want to plan your own silly celebration, get inspired by these ugly Christmas sweater party ideas.
Here are a few ugly sweater party ideas to get you started:
  • Invitations: You will definitely want to incorporate the theme into your ugly Christmas sweater party invitation. Visit Punchbowl for fun online invites that will help you kick-off the planning. Since this party may involve some planning ahead for your guests, it important that you include the details about the ugly sweater party theme on your invitation. Include the name of the event, name of the host or hostess, date, time, location, and RSVP info. If you’re having others bring food, create your event on Punchbowl and then use the potluck tool to set up food assignments.

Free Christmas party invitations

Free Christmas party invitations

Free Christmas party invitations

  • Decorations: How do you decorate a tacky Christmas sweater party? With more sweaters, of course! You can use them as placemats underneath trays of food or just hang them on a clothesline as a modified holiday garland. Another idea is to display awkward or embarrassing old family photos from Christmases past. Have a good laugh looking at old fashions and uncomfortable, forced poses. Ask others to bring their contributions to share!
  • Food and Drinks: Bake cookies in the shape of sweaters or make gingerbread men and decorate them with colorful icing in crazy patterns like polka dots or stripes. Another traditionally “tacky” Christmas food is fruitcake, although there are many delicious recipes available. You can also serve brightly colored drinks to match the garish, festive colors of your ugly sweaters.
  • Activities: Your ugly sweater Christmas party will be full of fun with these games. Have a fashion show and award a prize based on guests’ votes for the most outrageous outfit. You can also host an “Unravel the Sweater” race. Ask for volunteers who are willing to dismember their sweaters for the sake of a good time. The goal is to unravel the sweater in one long continuous string, working through knots. The first person finished wins! Award a gift certificate to a nice clothing store so the winner will never again have to wear their ugly sweater. 
Your ugly Christmas sweater party is the perfect excuse to keep that horrible garment you’ve had for too long and instead turn it into the sensation of the season. Have a great time and remember that anything goes with this humorous theme!
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