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Ugly Sweater Holiday Party

Friday, December 10, 2010

I’ve been invited to my very first “Ugly Sweater Holiday Party" and I couldn't be more excited! It’s always great to add a theme to your party and when that theme includes a little humor it’s the perfect opportunity to take lots of photos to capture the event.

So how does one plan an “Ugly Sweater Holiday Party?” Easy!

1. Invite friends, co-workers and family
Online electronic invitation websites like, make it an easy way to send out invitations at the last minute. If you haven't already, make sure you send out your invitations soon! It's difficult to plan things around the Holiday's because usually everyone is very busy with other Holiday events and Christmas shopping.

2. Find the perfect ugly sweater:
This can be difficult especially when you live in New York City. We don't exactly have ready made ugly sweaters hanging around at H&M. This may take a little creativity. You could either, find a decent looking sweater and then travel to your local arts store (such as Michaels) and pick up ugly patches, bows, ribbon, even lights to make your own crazy Holiday sweater. Another thing you can do is go to your local thrift store and see if they have any there. Start looking now because it may take you a while.

Bonus suggestion: Offer up a ugliest sweater contest to get your guests really in the mood! That way you can make sure that people will go above and beyond to have the most ugly sweater of all.

3. Food, Snacks, and Drinks
You can either ask your guests to bring a bottle or something or a treat, or provide everything for this event yourself. Appetizers are always the way to go. My top picks are: chicken fingers, stuffed mushrooms, meatballs/small sub rolls, shrimp cocktail, pigs in a blanket, spinach dip and chips, salsa and chips, brownies, cupcakes, cookies, and pie. Keep it simple, keep it easy. No one is expecting to cover over and have a full meal. Just make sure you say on your invitation that appetizers and deserts will be provided. For a drink, try a spiked eggnog with either rum or bourbon or a spiked hot chocolate to make a special warm surprise for your guests. Yum! You can also do holiday cocktails, holiday punch, tons of options! (click here to check them out).

4. Holiday Music

What's a Holiday party without holiday music? Just because it's a holiday party doesn't mean you have to chose boring tunes, find some of your teenage favorites or even some new Holiday Christmas albums, such as Mariah Carey's latest one "Merry Christmas." What's a holiday party without the Nsync "Home For Christmas" album, "Under My Tree" was my favorite (click here) what was yours?

Have a great party!

5 comments on "Ugly Sweater Holiday Party"
  1. lmao i love this post
    and i definately have the xtina xmas album bahaha
    i got it in 5th grade i remember bc i made everyone listen to it at the 5th grade holiday party!

  2. lol.. this post is cute..!I love ugly sweater parties lol its the funniest party that someone could have..! sadly not going to one this year..!

  3. Awesome! I went to one yesterday, and I gotta say that I disappointed when it came to the sweater. I just didn't have time to find a good one, and they didn't even have any at my local goodwill, I think cause ugly sweater Christmas parties have become so popular! But I did rock my dangly Santa earrings. :)

  4. LOL I loved this post! Im over here cracking up! But nobody can sing a Christmas song like Mariah!


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