Diy ugly sweater party ideas

There is no shortage of ugly sweaters out there. We found everything from sports teams to southwestern vibes, pizza cats, mischievous gingerbread men, and a lot of NSFW Santas. But the absolute ugliest sweaters are DIY. Hit up your closet or a thrift store to start with a mildly ugly sweater, then break out the glue gun and add ornaments, led light strands, tinsel garland, bows, gemstones, or an oversized Christmas stocking that conveniently holds a bottle of wine.

Finally, finish your glance by accessorizing with more tinsel hoop earrings or a pair of Christmas ornament earrings.

It’s always the correct night for a holiday party—browse our invitations to get started. For more holiday party ideas, head correct this way.

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These DIY ugly Christmas sweater ideas are a grand way to show off your creativity and skip those store-bought ugly sweaters that everyone else will be wearing to this year's holiday party.

You'll discover more than just photos here, there are finish instructions on how to make these simple ugly Christmas sweaters.

Each link includes the supplies you need and how you can put them every together to make the ugliest holiday outfit yet.

These DIY ugly Christmas sweaters go together quickly and use supplies that won't break the bank. You'll own some of the supplies already and home and others can be picked up at dollar stores, thrift stores, craft stores, and even garage sales.

If you're hosting an ugly Christmas sweater party, you'll desire to check out these free holiday party invitations and include some enjoyment Christmas party games to make certain your guests own a blast.


Here are some super simple tips to whip up a enjoyment Christmas party theme that’s SO simple to put together.

  1. To make it simple, send out ugly sweater party invitations asking your guests to bring their own plain sweater or sweatshirt or if you live somewhere warm…. a plain T-shirt is totally excellent too.
  2. Set out a variety of decorations on a table where guests can pick and select their own ugly sweater decorations. There are simple DIY Ugly Sweater kits you can purchase love I did to make it simple.

    You can also provide your own decor love tinsel, stickers and other goofy items. Don’t forget Christmas present bows and anything that jingles for added laughter. You should probably decide if you are going to add decorations that are permanent or temporary and let guests know in the invites. I provided every temporary options at my gathering. Both ideas can be enjoyment in their own way.

  1. Add simple Ugly Sweater Decorations to set the scene. There’s a cute banner that comes in the DIY Ugly Sweater Kit that I mentioned that reads “Let’s Get Ugly” or you can also get some cool letter balloons that read “Ugly & Bright” from Etsy.

    I’m totally obsessed. Check my list of must-haves under to get the links to every of these party supplies.

  2. Set out totally goofy accessories love a variety of Christmas themed costume glasses or maybe some enjoyment hats and scarves, too.
  1. Provide a variety of enjoyment photo props to commemorate this awesome party and every the hilarious gut-busting creations that come out of it. I found another kit by the same company, that offers a pack of the amusing ugly sweater themed photo props shown in this post.
  1. Serve a variety of simple Christmas themed foods.

    Get my list of recipes under. Or make an Ugly Sweater cake or cupcakes using ugly sweater cupcake toppers. (See below.) I also recently shared Ugly Sweater Themed Brunch ideas that would make for an even more unique twist.

I desire to thank my family for being super awesome and agreeing to come to my test party way back at the beginning of November. I just own to love them for that. We had a lot of enjoyment and laughs and I can’t wait to do something love this again.

If your friends and family own a grand sense of humor, they are going to LOVE having over-the-top enjoyment with this party theme.

Here are every of the items that I used to put together this a quick final minute ugly sweater party for the holiday season. Hope this list helps you plan your party just as fast.


Host a candy buffet party that will turn your home into Candyland basically.

Set up a mocktail bar that is extremely merry indeed.

This adorable party set up could totally work for Christmas parties for kids.


Here are some yummy but quick recipes you can whip up for your festive celebrations this year:

Easy 3-Tiered Buffet that could not get any easier to put together.

Simple Holiday Appetizer Board made with every simple frozen food hacks.

Pink gingerbread shaped sugar cookies that will add a bit of whimsy to any Christmas party.

Peppermint Cookie Bars are both simple and festive to whip up.

Make extras for guests to take home.

Create a yummy Holiday Coffee Bar that even Santa would love.

Easy Peppermint Patties looks so festive and tasty for a party table.

These Mini Reindeer Cakes are as simple as they are adorbs.

And, that’s a wrap. I hope these ideas are a grand springboard for you to plan your own not to be forgotten holiday soiree!

Do you own friends and family that would enjoy a enjoyment party love this one?

Party Ideas

What’s not to love about a Christmas party the encourages you to come cozy, get toasty, and celebrate the season in a extremely low-key (and potentially lowbrow) way?

Nothing, if you enquire around the Paperless Post office. With varying levels of debauchery, an ugly sweater party is fair game for your team’s holiday happy hour, Christmas Eve with the family, or an all-night home party. Ahead, we’ll dive into our best ugly Christmas sweater party ideas, including the newest invitations, tried-and-true decorations, the down-low on DIY ugly sweaters, and the best holiday party games.

Ugly Christmas sweater party invites 

Set the tone for your party with the perfect invitation; our ugly sweater party invitations are a favorite year after year. We own a range of styles—from sweet to extremely saucy.

Let guests know if ugly sweaters are required (they are) with the invitation and if there will be a contest, as a little spirited competition can give people a nudge to purchase or DIY their ugly sweater. The wording of your invitation will let guests know what helpful of party to expect. For example, phrases love “It’s going to get ugly,” “Who is the ugliest of them all?” or “‘Holiday sweater get together” are great.

With our classic card invitations, you can invite a co-host, set maximum capacity in advance, and reply to individual guests at any time.

Our holiday Flyers are modern templates you can customize in seconds by adjusting the colors and style or adding text effects, GIFs, or a photo. They’re free to send via SMS, WhatsApp, your email, or send through Paperless Post. And your first 50 emails are free. Both invitations permit you to track RSVPs and follow up with guests.

Patchwork Party invitation by Paperless Post, Sweater Party Animals invitation by Hello!Lucky, It’s Gonna Get Ugly invitation by Paperless Post

Ugly sweater party invite available at Paperless Post Flyer 

The excellent, the bad, and the ugly: creative ideas for ugly Christmas sweater parties

If you’re looking for a theme to lean into beyond ugly sweaters, we propose going full-on ‘70s basement.

Ponder embarrassing family holiday photos and Elton John on the playlist. Pass around disposable cameras or an Instax and take group photos next to the fireplace (or the crackling logs station on Netflix). Or go in a Danish direction with a hygge vibe finish with tea lights, smorrebrod, ginger cookies, and plenty of aquavit. For more on this theme, and a few more party themes from abroad read up here.

It’s going to get ugly: Christmas party food 

Now isn’t the time to break out the fine china.

Instead, create a menu that gives you an excuse to indulge in classic Christmas party food that feels dated but yummy. Order fried chicken or pick up a honey-glazed ham for heartier fare. Or go with retro apps love shrimp cocktail, Swedish meatballs, Jello mold shots, pretzels in a pail, or a cheeseball in the shape of a Christmas tree. Making cocktails for a crew? Stir a large batch of eggnog or rum punch and then serve in the biggest bowl you own.

Ugliest Sweater Wins: game ideas

Drinking games are a no-brainer, but make them Christmas. We love Christmas karaoke, Christmas carol Pictionary, or even charades. However, if games aren’t your speed, own your favorite terrible Christmas movie on in the background and drink every time they tell Christmas. Hold your retro vibe going with films love Die Hard, Home Alone, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Scrooged, or Bad Santa. And it’s not an ugly Christmas sweater party without an ugly Christmas sweater contest.

Own a few categories on the ballot and let guests put their votes in corresponding bowls. After that, hand out cheesy trophies to the winners for a grand finale. On our ballot:

Most Original Sweater

Best Couple 

Most Likely to Get Arrested

Tackiest Sweater


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