Host an ‘Ugly Christmas Sweater Party”

December 14th, 2010 Posted in Entertainment

So, you want to put together an awesome holiday get together but your ideas are less than fabulous. Brainstorm no more! Here’s the perfect way to host a great get together without spending a dime on your outfit since all you need do is head to the back of your closet and look in the box marked “Ugly Sweater to donate”. OK truth be told – you may need to spend a dime should you need to purchase an awesomely ugly sweater at your local Salvation Army or Goodwill discount store.

So, you are now the proud owner of the world’s ugliest Christmas sweater but are left wondering how do I get the Ugly Sweater Party started…Right? Here are some party ideas that will get the party started and keep it going:

How to Host an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:

  • Ugly Christmas Sweaters
  • Food
  • Drinks
  • Games

Choose a date, time, and place for your party. Send out invitations. Be sure to include on your invitation that it is an “Ugly” Christmas sweater party.

Food-Decide on what food and drinks you will serve. Easy food options that will be great for the cold winter months include: chili, potato soup, cheese soup, or vegetable soup. For dessert you can decorate some Christmas cookies. Be sure to set out some appetizers or other things that your guests can snack on throughout the night.

Drink Ideas:

-BYOE (Bring Your Own Eggnog)
There is nothing as exciting as a Choose Your Own Adventure, and nothing says Choose Your Own Adventure like dumping a bottle of brandy into a punch bowl of Eggnog.

-Make sure you have non alcoholic drinks available for your guests

-A fun idea for this type of party is to make jello shots.You can make red and green jello shots that look great on a serving tray, and also taste great!

Game Ideas:Plan a game or two if you wish. An example would be a gag gift exchange. Ask your guests to bring a gag gift that is under $10. Draw numbers to determine the first person to pick a gift. Let your guests steal a gift throughout the game to make it more interesting. You can find cheap and good gifts for this type of exchange at a thrift store or Goodwill.

-Christmas Movie Trivia Game
Self-explanatory here, but a fun way to get everyone involved! There are a ton of good questions/answers at

-“Holiday Sausage” Game
This game was clearly created by a genius from Wisconsin…Here are the rules.
~ Divide everyone in the room into two teams.
~A player from team 1 may ask any question to any player on team 2. However, the player from team 2 must answer that question with “Holiday Sausages”…no matter what the question.
~ If player 2 is able to answer “Holiday Sausages” without laughing, team 2 gets a point (or player from team 1 takes a drink).
Simple. Hilarious when you get creative. Good times.

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Photobooth-A fun way to remember the night is to set up a photo shoot area. Decorate it with ugly or tacky Christmas decorations. An easy way to do this is to hang up a red or green plastic tablecloth to a wall. Drape tinsel around it or you can add a small Christmas tree decorated in tacky ornaments. There are a lot of props you could add to your photo area. When guests arrive have them stand in front of your photo shoot area to get their picture.

Tips & Warnings

-Find your Ugly Christmas sweaters at Goodwill or second hand shops. Ebay usually has some also. If you are brave, you can even sneak into your parents or grandparents closet to look for ugly Christmas sweaters.

-Goodwill is also a good place to find some tacky or ugly Christmas decorations for your party!

-Your Grandma and Grandpa that still wear Christmas sweaters may take offense to this party because they love their Christmas sweaters. It is probably best to leave them off the guest list!