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An ugly Christmas sweater party is a great way to celebrate the holidays because it gives guests an immediate way to connect with one another. And despite the name, they can actually be quite lovely. It just takes a few well-thought-through details and a nice balance between kitsch and chic. Gather round as we sweat a few of the details for you.


Create an invitation that sets the mood.

If the party is being catered, purchase ugly sweater vests and bow ties for the staff.

Decorate your tree with knitted ball ornaments, which can be purchased on eBay.

Incorporate  Christmas sweater ornaments into your floral arrangements.

Serve treats, including sweater-shaped cookies, in Christmas-sweater colors.


Use cocktail napkins with a sweater pattern.

Incorporate knitted items on your buffet table.

Serving pieces with a “knitted” look are fun to add as well.

Ask your guests to cast votes for “who wore it worst” and present prizes. 

Take Polaroid photos of guests as they arrive. During the party, have someone print out the photos and insert them into snow globes that can be given as party favors.  

How to Throw an Ugly Sweater Holiday Party

Welcome Photo and Quote Mashup

Welcome photo: Deanna Durbin
Welcome quote: Jean Harlow

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