How to Throw an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

How to Throw an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

 How to Throw an Ugly Sweater Party

The best way to throw an awesome ugly sweater party is to make it as fun and EXTRA as possible. I’m going to walk you through how to make it the BEST party of the year. 

 I will go over how to decorate, invite, games, the best sweaters and MORE. 

Drop comments below for your best tips you've found. 


First of all we gotta start with decorations - 

Have a Photo Booth or Backdrop



First of all you, MUST have some fun decorations to get the party started. I recommend having a Back drop to document and share all the festivities and winners of the Ugly Christmas Sweater contest.


Ugly Christmas Sweater Party Backdrop:


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ugly christmas sweater party backdrop

You can make it super simple by getting a festive colored sheet and add some tinsel, décor, ornaments, and sparkles. That is the cost effective with more effort idea. Or you can order backdrops online or your favorite party store.


This is a great way to get people taking pictures and interacting. You gotta show off your Ugly Christmas Sweaters with the world. You could add a fun phrase like, “Best Ugly Christmas Sweaters” or “Get UGLY" or something fu. 


I found a super simple and low cost one on amazon to make it nice and quick or you can make your own.


Don't forget to add props and accessories. 


Fun Accessories to use for the photo drop


Christmas sweater products


Fun Hats for your party


Christmas hats



Make Your Party Social


Create your own geo hashtag on snapchat or you could come up with a fun hashtag for all your attendees to use. Something like #jonesuglychristmas #elfuglychristmassweaterparty


Something that not a lot of people are using so try to make it different and research it on Instagram before you pick it.


Also, let your attendees know that they need to be friends or have it public for the other people to see it.


You MUST have some FUN Games

Don’t forget the GAMES!!! You gotta have games at the party, check out some ideas we have to make your party a blast.

Jingle Bell Toss - 

The Jingle Bell Toss Game  toss jingle bells into red solo cups. 

Items required: 10 mini cups, small jingle bells

How to play: Arrange 10 mini cups like bowling pins. Have players stand behind a line on the other side with a handful of jingle bells. Toss bells underhand and try to get the jingle bells to land inside the cups. Player with the most number of cups with jingle bells win! You can obviously add some fun holiday spirits to make the game adult friendly with your favorite beverage. Drink every time the opposing team makes a shot in the cup. 


Read more here - Playground Parkbench



Make Ugly Christmas Sweaters  - Tell everyone to bring their own sweater and have glue guns, pom poms, ornaments, gloves, and all the fun Christmas décor to glue onto the sweaters. Have it all laid out on the table and at the end of the time you can have the Christmas Sweater Fashion show and give out awards based on the runway. You can also ugly up the sweaters you already have. 



Ugly Christmas Sweater Fashion Show – Get together everyone and have them add on more accessories, get weird, and have fun. Play some fun tunes and make a runway to flaunt their Ugliest Christmas Sweater


Ugly Christmas Sweater fashion show

 Jingle in the trunk or Junk in the trunk - the short version is you put balls in a box and strap it around your waste and shake to try to get the balls out of the box. It's hilarious. 

Read more detail on how to play 

jingle in the trunk

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White Elephant gift exchange  - 

The gifts are placed in a central location, and participants determine in which order they will take turns selecting them. The first person opens a wrapped gift, and the turn ends. On subsequent turns, each person has the choice to either unwrap a new present or to "steal" another's.



Make Gingerbread houses - Get Gingerbread kits or make your own and you can even have a contest for the best Gingerbread house. 

gingerbread houses 

Christmas Sweater Photo Scavenger Hunt  - OMG now this is such a blast, come up with your own scavenger hunt or you can buy the game at Walmart. 


Don’t forget the Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest, get a Ugly Christmas Sweater Ballot Box 


Get a fun ballot box that you can buy or decorate it DIY. Grab a shoe box and just like back in the day when you made Valentine’s day boxes make a fun box. You can get stuff from the dollar store like:


  •     Wrapping paper
  •     Bows
  •     Ornaments
  •     Ballot Cards


If you would like to save time you can just buy the ballot box - You can buy it on Amazon 

Ugly Christmas Sweater ballot box


 Buy the Ballot Box here 


Think of some fun different Winners –


Best Ugly Christmas Sweater


Naughtiest Ugly Christmas Sweater


Funniest Ugly Christmas Sweater


Best Couples Ugly Christmas Sweater



Create some fun holiday prizes for the winners, you can get these fun Christmas Tree Awards, a pin, a banner, a crown!


Here are some of the BEST Ugly Christmas Sweaters that have won contest after contest!!!



The Sweater that turns you into a Christmas Tree - 

Be the best hit of the party with the Ugly Christmas Tree sweater that you can put up your hands add a star and voila, you’re a Christmas Tree! 


The Best Couples Ugly Christmas Sweater –

The best way to catch everyone’s attention is to come dressed up matching your significant other with double the trouble fun. One of the top favs is the Feel the Joy sweater with the Jingle my Bells Christmas sweaters. 


Couples ugly christmas sweater 


The famous bow skirt is a unique original no one else will have and a huge hit of the party. You can also pair it with your favorite Ugly Christmas sweater to match. The Christmas Tree sweater and Feel the joy sweater goes great with the bow skirt. 

 Christmas bow skirt


Get Naughty with this sweater - Kiss me under the mistletoe 

kiss me under the mistletoe sweater

Available in mens or womens on etsy or on our site here  - 

Mens naughty ugly christmas sweater


Don’t forget the BEVERAGES!!!

 Christmas drinks

Make the best holiday drinks and add some fun decoration that fits your Holiday Theme



Peppermint bark martini

Makes one


 1 ounce Vanilla Vodka ( I usually keep my in the freezer to keep it really cold before serving) 

1 ounce Godiva White Chocolate Liquor

½ ounce Peppermint Liquor (like peppermint schnapps or white crème de menthe will work)

Splash of heavy whipping cream- optional

Garnish with mini candy canes or crush delicious peppermint bark or candy canes to rim the glass.

Chill martini glasses by filling with ice. Fill your cocktail shaker with ice. Add all ingredients and shake until really cold.


Sugar Cookie Martini 

Sugar Cookie Martini



1/2 c. whole milk

1/4 c. Baileys

2 oz. vanilla vodka

2 oz. amaretto



1/2 c. vanilla frosting

1/4 c. sprinkles, plus 1 tsp., divided

Pre-made sugar cookie dough


 Holiday Sangria


  •       2 bottles white wine I used Riesling & Pinot Grigio
  •       12 ounces ginger beer plus more for topping, if desired
  •       ¼ cup pear brandy
  •       ¼ cup sugar
  •       3 bartlett pears thinly sliced
  •       1 pound cranberries fresh or frozen, plus more for garnish
  •       3-4 star anise pods
  •       Rosemary for garnish


For More Holiday Drinks Check Delish


Don't forget to DECORATE!! 

Decorate in all things Ugly Christmas Sweater, the cookies, the drinks, the clothing, everything is EXTRA and Christmasy! So much Fun. 

Get these cute Christmas Sweater Covers 


Make Ugly Christmas Sweater Cookies!


They not only make a cute decoration but they are delicious and fun too. You can make cookies at the party or have them as a great snack. 


Buy a Kit here to make it easier on yourself with a whole kit of sprinkles, cookie cutter, red and green coloring mix, sugar cookie mix. 

Ugly Christmas Sweater Cookies