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Top 7 Tips for Hosting an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

We've gathered together the best of the best for your ugly Christmas sweater party this year. The best tips, tricks, crafts, and websites for you to be sure you're hosting the most memorable party any of your friends have been to! Without further ado, here are our top 7 picks. Can't get enough Christmas ideas? Head on over to our Pinterest for loads more!

  • 1. Send Out Some Funky Invites

  • Before you get anything else done, make sure that everyone knows that your party is even happening! The wackier the invite the better. Click or tap the images below to buy these invites.


    The Uglier the Sweater the Better the Party Invitation Eat Drink and Be Ugly Invitation Tis the Season to Rock Ugly Sweaters Invitation

    Get some ideas from these invites below:


    Ugly Sweater Party Invitation May All Your Sweaters Be Ugly and Bright Invitation Tis the Season to Rock Ugly Sweaters Invitation

  • 2. Find or Make The Ugliest Sweater

  • Next is the make or break. You are the host, after all, so you have to make sure that you have a great outfit! There are plenty options out there both if you want to make a sweater yourself or if you want to buy one. They range from old fashioned to scandalous to funny. Choose your direction and go forth! Check out one of our own ugly Christmas sweaters from our online store Funky Christmas Sweaters.


    Miley Cyrus Wrecking Ball Santa Sweater DIY Ugly Christmas Tree Sweater Black Mustache Christmas Tree Ugly Sweater
    DIY Reindeer Sweater Tacky Christmas Sweater Naked Santa Ugly Christmas Sweater

  • 3. Decorate Your Venue

  • Match your surroundings to the occasion with festive decorations. Before you get into the decorating too far, make sure you don't skip the mistletoe! It's a Christmas classic that you just can't beat. Buy some from a local craft store, make your own craft version, or check out some online versions, like these:


    Kiss Me Mistletoe Sprig of Mistletoe Felt Mistletoe

    Now that you've got the mistletoe down, you can work on your set up for the party. You can create as many tables as you want with treats, awards, photos, and more.

    Ugly Christmas Sweater Party Decor Ugly Christmas Sweater Party Decor

    Don't leave out the drinks. You can buy or make different covers for your drinks. This can also help to distinguish whose drink is whose!


    Reindeer Christmas Beers Christmas Wine Bottle Covers Christmas Wine Bottle Covers Christmas Wine Bottle Covers

    Embrace the ugly sweater theme with some old embarassing family photos hanging on the walls.


    Embarassing Ugly Christmas Sweater Family Portrait Embarassing Christmas Family Portrait Embarassing Christmas Family Portrait

    Finally, you'll have to decorate the room that's everyone's likely to visit during the evening. The bathroom! It's often overlooked, but having a festive touch in an unepected room can be the cherry on top.


    Santa Toilet Cover Santa Shower Curtain Elf Toilet Cover


  • 4. Make Some Awesome Christmas Sweater Themed Food

  • An ugly Christmas sweater party is still a party. Which means you'll need at least some nibbles and drinks.

    The easist way to keep with the theme is cookies, because you can decorate them however you want. You could even make it party of the party, and set up a bunch of different frostings and sprinkles for your guests to choose from and decorate their own ugly sweater cookie. Everyone loves some good sugar cookies.


    Christmas Sweater Cookies Christmas Sweater Cookies Christmas Sweater Cookies

    Don't forget about the gingerbread men! They're a Christmas classic that you can't skip.

    Spiced Gingerbread Cookies Frosted Gingerbread Cookies

    Now let's talk drinks. Whether you're serving alcoholic drinks or non-alcoholic, there are plenty of options out there for festive drink recipes. Here are some of our fave options:
    Mulled Wine Grinch Punch Cranberry Cider
    Cranberry Cider Hot Buttered Rum Hot Chocolate on a Stick Peppermint Eggnog

    Let's get to the best part. Dessert. Go crazy with mince pies, cakes (or cupcakes), and more!


    Ugly Christmas Sweater Cake Christmas Mince Pies with Dark Chocolate & Figs or White Chocolate & Cranberries Ugly Christmas Sweater Cake Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer Cupcakes
    Christmas Mince Pies Ugly Christmas Sweater Cupcake Cake Christmas Mince Pies
    Christmas White Chocolate Pretzels Rice Krispie Treat Christmas Trees Grinch Cookies


  • 5. Plan Fun Activites to Entertain

  • Set up a few really fun games that you can play with everyone. Whether you've gathered all of your family together for the party or just your friends, these will be a blast! You can step up your charades game, play gift swap games, play conversation-starter games, or even get really hands on in the minute to win it games! You can play with as many or as few people as you'd like, and choose the difficulty level that suits your needs. These games are sure to get everyone together and laughing.


    Holiday Family Feud The Christmas Game Christmas Minute to Win It Games Christmas Guessing Game

    Maybe you don't want to play games. Or maybe you do, but you want an extra something to entertain everyone. Set up a photobooth and let everyone capture silly photos of themselves! It's a great way to get a picture of everyone's sweaters, and it's a whole lot of fun to take the photos with different backdrops and props. Bonus: You can upload all of the photos into one album on Facebook after the party and all of your guests will have the photos from the party as a keepsake!


    Christmas Photo Booth Props Christmas Photo Booth Props Christmas Photo Booth Props

    You can take the photos on an iPad with one of the following apps:



    You can also use a digital camera to take higher quality photos. Here are some tutorials on how to set up a photbooth with a DSLR.


    If you're just planning on letting everyone take photos on their own devices, print out a hashtag hang it up near the photobooth. That way all of your party-goers can post their pictures for the whole gang to see later! Make sure that the hashtag is unique enough that it won't have loads of photos from other people that weren't attending.



  • 6. Have A Tacky Gift Exchange

  • One of the best things to do at any Christmas party is to have a gift exchange. There are lots of different kinds with different price ranges, themes, and rules. You could stick to the theme of the night and go with a tacky gift exchange! Look for gifts on Ebay, your nearest dollar store, or a thrift shop. The tackiest gift wins.

    Right/Left Gift Exchange White Elephant Gift Exchange Gift Exchange Gift Exchange

    We really like the idea of an ugly Christmas sock exchange. Then everyone can keep their toes warm in matching ugly sweaters and socks!


    Just For You Christmas Socks Ugly Christmas Socks Ugly Christmas Socks Ugly Christmas Socks Ugly Christmas Socks

    Still stuck for gift ideas? Here are a few cheap and easy options that will be big hits.


    Best Scented Candles Portable Phone Charger Gift Baskets Boozy Hot Chocolate Kit


  • 7. Reward the Ugliest Sweater

  • By the end of the night, you and your guests are bound to have noticed one sweater that's particularly spectacular. Be sure to reward the creative guest's efforts with an award. You can put as much or as little effort into these as you want. Add a small gift along with the reward, hand out awards that are catered to the particular winners, or make 3 awards for the top 3 sweaters. You could always make your own, but with the growing popularity of Ugly Christmas Sweater Parties, you can also find quite a few options on sites like Etsy! Here are a few ideas to get you started.


    Ugly Christmas Sweater Award Ugly Christmas Sweater Award Tacky Christmas Sweater Award Ugly Christmas Sweater Award

If you like what you see and you want to get some more ideas to throw the best party ever this Christmas, head on over to our Pinterest page for ideas on decor, movies, food, and gifts. Plus, we have a whole board dedicated to ugly Christmas sweater parties!