If you want some ideas for throwing your own Ugly Christmas Sweater Party, you can click here to read last year's post, or just check out today's pics. We're pretty loose when it comes to party rules:
- Any tacky attire is welcome (ugly sweaters, vests, puffy painted sweatshirts, plaid pants, crazy socks, accessories) The tackier, the better!
- Guests bring an appetizer or dessert to share
- Each guest brings a wrapped tacky white elephant gift with their name signed somewhere inconspicuous (ie. From: Amanda T)
- Tacky gifts should be $5 or less, or even something from your own home. Tacky gift wrap (torn newspaper, non-Christmas bags, an old sock) is highly encouraged
We encouraged the ladies to get into the fun of the evening by offering prizes for Tackiest Outfit and Tackiest Gift. The moms walked the "runway" as I narrated the show ("Sally is wearing a brilliantly shiny Vegas-style sequined top tonight. Don't you love her suspenders?"), and then we voted on whose outfit we liked best. The winning mom, in a green tutu, won a $20 gift card to Charming Charlie so she could go out any buy some actual cute accessories.
For the gift exchange, we had each mom select a gift and then we sat in a circle and the moms took turns opening their gift, saying who it was from, and displaying it for everyone to see. We had a foot massager from the Goodwill, a Santa toilet seat cover, some really gross skull and feather earrings, and a Christmas gnome missing an arm.
The gift wrap was a hoot--one was taped with blue painters tape, Christy brought a Valentine's Bag with "Happy Valentine's" crossed out and "Merry Christmas" written in Sharpie, and I wrapped mine in newspaper and made a "bow" with a coffee filter.
Our lovely friend, Angie, offered to host the event for us, which was perfect since she has a large home and it was decorated for Christmas in time for the party. We had Christmas music in the background, and lots of tasty food to sample.
If you've never hosted an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party before, I highly recommend it! So much less stressful than hosting something formal, and always good for some laughs! (I'm in the back row wearing the "tacky" snow hat I received in the gift exchange)
What's the best Christmas or holiday party you've ever attended?
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