Ugly Christmas Sweater Party Ideas are here for you to throw the best Christmas party ever. These creative party supplies and sweaters will make your party the Go To Event year after year.
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First, let's look at a little history. Christmas Sweaters were popular gifts in the 80's (my generation) they quickly became something to laugh at when people wore them in the 90's. It was mostly for old women and men. Then it became kitschy to wear an ugly Christmas sweater. People started flocking to thrift stores to find them and the Ugly Christmas Sweater Party was born. Ugly Christmas Sweater Party's are a complete contest to see who can outdo each other whether you buy an ugly sweater or DIY your own.
Ugly Christmas Sweater Party Ideas for Decorations
First thing on the list is an awesome invitation, this sets the tone for your party. No matter the budget here are a few ways to get a great invite. You can send an email invite, design your own, buy a nice Ugly Christmas Sweater Party Invitation or download a freebie Ugly Sweater Invitation.
Set up a photo booth. You can simply buy a $1 plastic tablecloth in red or green, use a sheet, or get an inexpensive themed backdrop. We usually set out an Ipad for people to use or if you want to go retro buy one of these new Fuji Instax Cameras and prop up a cork board for everyone to pin their pictures to during the night. If you want to use your Christmas photo booth props for more than an ugly sweater party then get these Traditional Christmas Photo Booth Props or if you want to stick with your theme these fun Ugly Christmas Sweater Photo Props are perfect.
We usually stick with tacky and serve beer in cans. I always keep koozies on hand for parties and backyard bbq's in the summer but these Ugly Christmas Sweater Koozies are a must have for me. Just be sure to grab them from your friends before they walk out the door with them. If you want to dress up utensils, water bottles or a take home treat with these ugly sweater wraps are an inexpensive yet custom look to add to the party.
Don't forget to load up with fun Ugly Sweater Napkins and paper goods for your buffet. We usually ask everyone to bring a favorite appetizer to share. I always like to make my Slow Cooker Meatball Sub Sliders for something a little more substantial but when I make this Baked Fontina Garlic Cheese Dip it's gone in minutes.
Make sure to have an ugly sweater contest and let your friends vote on the best Ugly Sweater. Here are a few suggestions or you can make up your own.
- All-Around UGLY Sweater
- Most Original
- Best Couple Combo
- Raciest Sweater
- Most Festive
Have prizes for your winners like these fun Ugly Sweater Trophies, or if you want something a little nicer these Personalized Holiday Cookie Gift Jars are great. If you want to make some of the categories worth a little more get these fun ugly sweaters for a bottle of wine.
DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater Party Ideas and Accessories
Whether you want to go low key with just these LED Christmas Sweater Ornaments you can attach to any sweater in your closet or use an Ugly Christmas Sweater Kit which includes a plain red sweater, white felt, reindeer, snowflakes, pom poms, glue, red bows, googly eyes, assorted ornaments, glitter gel, jingle bells, wrapped presents, gold bead necklace, sewing kit, pipe cleaners, and stencils. You can DIY your own great sweater. Top if off with a springy headband, a Light-Up Christmas Bulb Necklace and bow earrings for the ladies or a fun hat for the gents.
If you want to DIY from scratch your ugly Christmas sweater check out these 40 cheap and easy ugly Christmas Sweater DIY's for inspiration.
Iconic Themed Ugly Christmas Sweater Party Ideas
If you want to celebrate a favorite movie or character here are some great ones you can buy.
- A Christmas Story Lamp Sweater
- Star Wars Storm Trooper Sweater or find your favourite character with over 25 Star Wars designs to choose from.
- Elf Ugly Christmas Sweater
- The Grinch Ugly Christmas Cardigan
- Homer Simpson Santa Christmas Sweater
Traditional Ugly Christmas Sweater Party Ideas
If you'd like to go more traditional or retro then here are a few great sweaters you can purchasee as well, some even light up.
Of course, if you are Jewish and want a Hanukkah Ugly Sweater this one is perfect!
Optional Ugly Christmas Sweater Ideas
Now, if you are not into the whole sweater thing but you still want to look trendy at the party then might I suggest a few of these options. The leggings are my personal fave!
Finally, if sweaters are not your thing then a-rockin' ugly sweater t-shirt might be just what you need. I personally love this wine ugly sweater!
Do you and your friends ever throw and ugly Christmas Sweater Party? I'd love for you to leave me a comment telling me your great ideas!