What Are Some Ugly Sweater Party Ideas?


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Ideas for ugly sweater parties include prizes for the ugliest sweater or ugliest couple, ugly sweater-themed invitations and old-fashioned party snacks. Ugly sweater parties are a staple of family gatherings and friendly get-togethers every winter. Instead of having everyone dress up in the same old threads, spice up an ugly sweater party by mixing up the formula a bit.

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A typical ugly sweater party has participants either scouring their parents' and grandparents' closets or hitting up antique and thrift shops or retro clothing stores for the most outdated sweaters possible. This requires the lowest amount of commitment and monetary investment for all participants. To incentivize guests to go all-out on their outfits, offer prizes for the ugliest sweater, ugliest overall ensemble, ugliest couple or many other possible prizes.

Every good party starts with a good invitation, so send out a unique and particularly ugly invitation. Find an extremely ugly sweater, cut it into 4-inch by 4-inch squares, and include one square inside the envelope along with each guest's personalized invitation.

Creative decorations are must-have items for a fresh ugly sweater party. With minimal investment, life-sized cardboard cutouts can be purchased of famous individuals, who can also be dressed in ugly sweaters.

Finally, snacks reminiscent of bygone years round out your perfect ugly sweater party. Ladyfingers, punch in an oversized punch bowl, fondue, pigs in a blanket, little smokies, and other old-fashioned hors d'oeuvres are sure to truly transport guests back to the past when the ugly sweaters might have actually been in style.

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