5 Ideas for Your Ugly Christmas Sweater Party


Tacky Christmas sweaters: once the type of gift we stuffed in the deepest depths of our closets, now the hottest item at thrift stores starting the day after Thanksgiving. These days, everyone loves a good Ugly Christmas Sweater party—so much that we actually have a national holiday on the third Friday in December dedicated to the event.

A throwback to the 1980s when the iconic sweaters were actually popular, Ugly Christmas Sweater parties began sometime in the early 2000s. We can see why these parties have become a regular part of holiday celebrations—they’re a casual, fun break from the formal cocktail parties while still being festive.

Thinking of throwing an Ugly Christmas Sweater party this year? Check out our tips for making it one to remember.


Goofy Invitations
Make sure guests know just how ugly their sweaters should be by sending silly invites. Deck your invitations with garish garlands and brazen baubles. Send the message that this is a time to let loose. The cheesier, the better!

Cookie Decorating
‘Tis the season for festive fun, so set up a cookie decorating station and have guests pile on the icing and sprinkles. Serve classic gingerbread cookies or keep with the theme and bake some sweater-shaped sugar cookies. Red, white, and green icing and colorful sprinkles and candies will make your cookies pop. Chinet® Classic White platters make great cookie decorating palettes to keep the mess minimal.

Photo Booth
Everyone loves a good Instagram opportunity. Set up an easy photo booth by hanging wrapping paper on the wall for a backdrop. Set out props like big, empty frames, nerdy glasses, and Santa hats. Guests can take pictures against the backdrop with their phones. 

Warm & Cozy Beverage Bar
Whether it’s coffee, hot cocoa, or warm cider, a cold-weather gathering calls for some winter warmers. Surprise guests with a hot beverage bar and a stack of Comfort Cup® by Chinet® insulated hot cups. Include drink toppings like whipped cream, marshmallows or cinnamon.

Ornament Exchange
White Elephant gift exchanges are fun, but nobody wants to go home with someone else’s junk. For a fun alternative, have guests bring a wrapped Christmas ornament to exchange. Swapping and stealing is still encouraged, and everyone can go home with something new for their tree.

How will you celebrate Ugly Christmas Sweater Day? Share your ideas (and sweaters) with us on Facebook and Instagram with #MyChinetParty.