How to Throw an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

While Christmas party themes and ideas are wide and varied, one theme that is always sure to generate a lot of laughs is the ugly Christmas sweater party. Rather than leaving that unwanted gift gathering mothballs in your closet, drag it out and give it new life.

What is an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party?

If you are wondering what exactly this type of party is, you are not alone. The Christmas sweater party is like a costume party where the required attire is the ugliest, gaudiest, and most outrageous holiday sweater that you can find. While this kind of party is not for the humorless, this party is an affordable alternative to a standard formal evening Christmas party where attendees silently compete for who is the best dressed. This fun theme can relieve the pressure of the dreaded question, “What should I wear,” as well as lighten the heart with laughs.

Throwing an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party
The steps to throwing an ugly sweater party are as simple or as elaborate as you desire. The general basic elements are:
• The invitation
• The activities
• The food

The Party Invitation
While you can go all out and buy or make formal party invitations, if you are keeping the party low-key and economical a digital invitation is perfectly fine. Either send out an email or use an online invitation service such as Evite to invite your guests. Take a picture of yourself in your ugly Christmas sweater best to get your guests in the spirit and competitive.

Holiday Party Activities
Have your guests judge on their choice of ugliest sweater and have a few prizes for the winners, like an ugly Christmas hat or outrageous Christmas sweaters. Set up a spot in your home to take pictures of your guests. By the Christmas tree is a perfect spot.

Christmas Party Food
You can get crazy with food like Cheese Wiz and Spam appetizers; however, costume party or not, people still like to eat so you want to keep the food somewhat appetizing. If you want to continue the theme with the food as well, limit yourself to one or two food items and play it safe with the rest.

The holidays should be a time of joy and connecting with friends and family. An ugly Christmas sweater holiday party can be a fun and affordable way of spreading Christmas cheer without breaking the bank.