If one wanted to have their party reach “legendary” status, they would need to raise the bar, change the game and get away from the norm. One trend that is rapidly gaining traction every season is the ugly Christmas sweater party. Oh yes, the only party in the world that encourages the guests to dress as ugly as possible.
We all want to be judged, we want to be silly and outrageous we just never have anyone tell us that it is alright to step outside our shells for a night and show what we all really want to show the world…that we can be fun, we can be free, we can make a fool out of ourselves and not care what everyone else thinks. Allow your guests to let themselves be free to be ridiculous and they will love you for it.
Let’s Get This Party Started!
It all begins with an idea. We already have that, so let’s move on to the invitations. You don’t need to be one of the worlds best invitation designer to come up with tacky and ugly sweater invitations. Keep within a budget and get the neighborhood kids to make them out of old wrapping paper and construction paper. Throw in some glitter, cotton, and googly eyes and your invitations will be just as ugly as you intend them to be.
The decorations, who can forget those.
Time to break out the actual ugly Christmas sweaters you were given as a teenager and hang them up for all to see what a nightmare it was to have your knitting loving grandma around. But don’t forget the lights. You know the ones I am talking about…with the huge bulbs that belong outdoors and rarely work. If they are flashers, that’s perfect. String those bad boys anywhere and everywhere possible. Now head on down to the nearest Wal Mart and pick up the ugliest stockings you can find to hang up all over the house. Now you are ready to entertain your “ugly” guests
Now to make it “legendary”.
How about a few games to ignite a spark. A grab bag is always fun, but let’s put a twist on it. Each attendee picks a number, number one picks first. Then the second guest picks their present and has the option to trade it for guest number ones’ present. As the grab bag goes around, each guest will have the option to trade for any other gift that has already been picked. This will keep your guests busy, laughing and joking for at least an hour or two.
Now that the guests are lively and ready to get down, try Christmas Karaoke. Nothing loosens up a grinch attitude like belting out the entire song “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer” with a southern twang in front of friends and family.
But you can’t have an ugly Christmas sweater party without a judging contest.Like I said earlier, we all want to be judged and if we are going to spend money on a ridiculous sweater and risk stepping out into public with it on, it better be worth our while (besides the legendary party of course).
Try different categories and make sure multiple people win. The more ridiculous the categories, the better.
- Most original
- Most tacky
- Most outrageous
These are just a few tricks and tips to make the party legendary. Kris from RealUglySweaters.com does a terrific job of giving tips for throwing an ugly Christmas sweater party.
But the best thing you can do to as a good host is to make sure you make things easy on your guests and let them know where to get these ugly and tacky Christmas sweaters and accessories from. So here are a few of my personal favorites and where to get the best tacky and ugly Christmas sweaters ever:
- A 70’s Christmas is about as hideous as they come
- The Big Red Naughty is about as tacky as they come
- But this is the holy grail of all ugly Christmas sweaters