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Plan an Ugly Sweater Party for you and your Friends this Holiday Season!

Tired of those stuffy holiday parties where everyone stands around in their best suits and prettiest cocktail dresses, holding fancy champagne flutes and nibbling tiny appetizers that wouldn't keep a bird satisfied?  Why not let loose with your friends for a night of holiday fun by hosting an ugly Christmas sweater party this year?   The perfect way to celebrate the season with a little lighthearted fun, and to finally find a use for that ugly sweater you've been hiding since Grandma gave it to you years ago, an ugly Christmas sweater party is a surefire hit with any crowd! 

Invite your friends to the big event with an appropriately theme personalized Ugly Christmas Sweater Party invitation that you've customized with all your party details.  Be sure to let everyone know that the ugly sweater is required for entrance to the event!  You can suggest they check out the local thrift store, eBay, or even their grandparents' closets if they don't have an ugly Christmas sweater of their own, or, have them stretch their creative muscles, pull out the craft supplies and create their own! 

Your party decor will need to be up to the task of competing with those tacky Christmas sweaters, so your everyday holiday decorations will need to be kicked up a notch for the big day!  Stock up on plenty of Christmas decorations so that you can decorate your party space.  The more over the top you go with the party decor, the better!  Tacky and gaudy is the name of the game for this holiday party, so cover every inch of the ceiling with festive holiday swirls, string up plenty of Santa and snowmen light sets, tape up plenty of Santa add on props and Snowman scene setter add ons, and adorn the front door with a Christmas package door decoration.  As soon as your guests walk into your overly decorated party space, they'll know this is not going to be another stuffy holiday party! 

When you're planning the menu for your ugly Christmas sweater party, avoid the traditional Christmas party foods since this is no ordinary Christmas party!  Instead of dainty finger foods or elaborate sit-down meals of roasted turkey and stuffing, try a hearty chili bar, complete with a large pot of your favorite chili, along with plenty of chili toppings, all in white individual bowls so everyone can top their chili however they want.  Fill your chili bar with toppings like shredded cheese, chopped onions, diced peppers, corn chips, nacho chips, sour cream, salsa, olives, bacon bits, diced tomatoes, and cilantro.  Serve some sliced sourdough bread on the side to soak up the spiciness and you've got a stellar meal, perfect for a cold winter's night! When it's time to roll out the dessert table, have cute Santa Claus serving trays filled with tasty treats like brownies, fudge, mini cheesecakes, and cookies.  If you have the time before the party, make some gingerbread cookies and decorate them with their very own ugly Christmas sweaters! 

Let your friends show off their keen fashion sense by setting up a fashion show for the tacky Christmas sweaters!  Turn up the holiday tunes and have everyone strut their stuff down a homemade catwalk so everyone can admire the truly awful Christmas sweaters.  Hand out voting sheets so everyone can cast their ballot as to who has the most hideous sweater.  You can also have them vote on the most creative sweater and the funniest.  Once everyone has had a chance to show off their ugly Christmas sweater, count up the votes and hand out awards to the winner.  Perhaps a festive pair of candy cane suspenders or a holiday hat and apron set would be appropriate? 

While an ugly Christmas sweater party might not be a traditional choice for a holiday party, it's a guaranteed stress reliever for everyone this holiday season!  So gather your friends and don the ugliest sweater you can find for a night of fun and laughter that will top of your Christmas season in style! 

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