Ok, are you ready? This post contains tons of pictures, links to 4 tutorials, an ugly sweater giveaway, and a link party for you to link up all your sweater party ideas! Here we go!
jingle bell earrings//WalMart
Let me start by saying how much I love this “ugly” sweater trend. I
think its SO fun! When I went to the thrift store this year, I couldn’t
find any Christmas sweaters! Maybe they are all getting snatched
up for ugly sweater parties? haha. I hope there will
never be a shortage of ugly Christmas sweaters, because I am already starting
to hoard them a nice little collection. I love that there are
companies who have made selling ugly Christmas sweaters into an online business. Have you heard of UglyChristmasSweaterParty.com? My husband and I both got
sweaters from them this year (and if you read til the end of this post I have one
to give away)!
Like us, most of our friends are still in the beginning stages of their
careers, or still in school, so the theme of a sweater/tacky party
just… fits. 🙂 But no matter what phase of life we are in, we picture ourselves hosting an ugly sweater party until we’re 99 years old. We just have a lot of fun doing this, and would love to make it an annual tradition!
These are my cute friends Maren and Angela. Angela brought a Justin Bieber doll for her white elephant gift, that was pretty hilarious! Someone else opened candy covered crickets!!! After coaxing, he decided to eat them, and when he ripped open the bag, they spilled everywhere. Everyone was laughing so hard. I love white elephant gift exchanges!
Let’s talk about the photo booth. What do ya think? It was a really fun way to keep our guests entertained. Get the tutorial here: How to Build a Photo Booth
Angela came to my house and helped me build it. She’s awesome.
For their prizes, I found these at the dollar section at Target… a whoopee cushion, a leg lamp stress ball, and a Christmas story sketch pad. Classy. I know. I also threw in a bag of peanut M&Ms.
These ribbons are from Target, and I really couldn’t pass them up. I think its hilarious how Target has totally jumped on the Ugly Sweater trend this year. Seriously, if you’re planning an Ugly Sweater Party, go check out Target. You’ll see stuff everywhere!
For the food this year, I asked each guest with the last names A-M to bring something savory, and last names N-Z something sweet. I just have to point out the Red Solo Cups… haha. Even though we don’t drink, I still think the Toby Keith song about red solo cups is hilarious. I couldn’t resist having red solo cups at our party (even though I might have been the only one who noticed, haha).
Not that we needed any cups to drink out of, at all. I put my husband in charge of the drinks, and you can see he definitely did a great job. He says it’s not a party without glass bottled soda. 🙂
Last year I bought a sweater cookie cutter, and stashed it away somewhere in my basement. A few days before our party, I set out to make ugly sweater cookies, and I couldn’t find it! I’ll just have to try again next year 🙂 Instead, I served these cookies. Recipe here.
I also made some quick pizzas, with this flatbread from Flatout Bread. I have been craving this every day since our party, so delicious! More details coming on this next week!
We got really lucky with beautiful weather that night, so last minute my husband got a fire going, and strung some colored lights to add to the mood of our ugly sweater party. (You really can’t have a sweater party without rainbow colored lights, right)? He was so awesome… he even put up signs all over the house saying “shoes,” “coats,” etc to direct people where to go. He also played the perfect Christmas album for a sweater party, “She and Him,” (starring the adorkable Zooey Deschanel). He had a lot of great ideas, and he made hosting the party a lot of fun!
I had way too much fun getting the decorations made and set up. Here are a ton of pictures:
I LOVE this little leg lamp nightlight. I found it on ebay last year.
I love my yarn wrapped deer, and knit inspired print. And notice that vase, its sweater inspired too! I was a sucker for anything having to do with knit, yarn or wool. Darn that Target, they had SO much cute stuff!!! (I had a good “blogging month,” so we used some of the money I earned to spend on the Target decorations).
Amidst my crazy party planning and decorating, I tried to include my kids as much as possible. They had a ball making this pom pom tree with me. Get the tutorial here: Kid Craft: Pom Pom Tree
Although I do love to make stuff, I have my limits. I did not make this
ornament tree. (I figure that once I buy all the ornaments and supplies,
and do all the work, I would have regretted not just purchasing it for
$17! I’ve always love these ornament wreaths, and I was so excited to
find it in my favorite traditional Christmas colors! And that knit
inspired soap dish? LOVE it. Both are from… you guessed it, Target).
Do not, I repeat, do NOT host an ugly sweater party without mistletoe!!!
Yeah, I bet you can’t believe I made these ugly sweater blocks. Hahaha. I had this idea pop into my head, and since I haven’t put much effort into learning how to use my Silhouette Cameo that I got for Christmas last year, I thought I better finally buckle down and learn how. I LOVED making these so much, and I love how ridiculously awesome they turned out. 🙂
Ugly Sweater Vinyl Wood Blocks
Whew, I hope you enjoyed reading all about our party! I am already scheming new ideas for next year, and I can’t wait! If you like any of my ideas, decorations, anything at all, I would LOVE it if you’d take a minute to…
I have an Ugly Christmas Sweater Pinterest Board,
come check it out!