Anyone can host a traditional holiday party, but if you really want your guests swinging from the (ornament-bedecked) chandeliers, why not try something different this year? One party theme is coming on so strong that Time Magazine covered this tacky trend-turned-pop culture phenomenon in 2013. Read on to learn about throwing an Ugly Sweater Party of your own.
Get the Party Started Right
Your invitation is the first chance you get to make the right impression so be sure that it communicates the theme both in content and kitsch. Whether you choose paper or online invitations, include the event’s name, date, time and location, along with RSVP information. Also, be sure to give your guests enough notice to track down the ultimate in knockout knitwear.
Deck the Halls
There’s no “too much” when it comes to ugly sweaters, and the same applies to your party decor. It’s go gaudy or go home. Check out local tag sales and thrift shops for everything from garish stockings to giant Santas to flashing multicolored lights. After all, one man’s holiday trash is a one man's treasure trove when it comes to finding decorations so bad that they’re good.
And don’t forget the sweaters themselves. On your hunt for the perfect fit, you will likely encounter a bunch of runners-up and also-rans. Use these as tablecloths, wall hangings, placemats, and more. Take time to launder them first to remove odors from clothes and avoid unpleasant surprises.
Another clever decorating idea that not only involves your guests, but is also a great icebreaker? Invite guests to bring along their old, awkward Christmas photos, and display them on poster board. After all, nothing gets people laughing more than a good pair of velvet shortalls.
Eat, Drink and Be Merry
No tacky holiday celebration is complete without a fruitcake. Serve this storied staple along with eggnog, gingerbread cookies, and all of your other holiday “favorites.”
Help guests get in the festive mood by engaging them in party games. Christmas karaoke, holiday movie trivia, seasonally-inspired scavenger hunts, and “Pin the Tail on the Reindeer” all put a festive spin on traditional party favorites.
And don’t forget awards! From “All Around Ugliest,” to “Loudest,” to “Best Couple,” plan on handing out plenty of over-the-top honors to your best-dressed guests.
Once you do find the perfect wacky wearable for your Ugly Sweater Party, you’ll want to make sure it holds up for parties of Christmas future. At-home dry cleaning products clean and freshen special care clothes so you don't have to worry about spills setting in and ruining them. They even freshen dry clean only clothing! By caring for your favorite ugly sweater, you can keep it looking its most -- ahem, festive -- for seasons to come.