A Guide to Ugly Christmas Sweaters and Parties
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By Martha McCarthy

The Ugly Christmas Sweater trend has reached epidemic proportions and has no sign of stopping. Similar to Facebook, “old people” are jumping on the bandwagon… that is, old people who can distinguish between a serious and satirical Ugly Christmas Sweater-wearer. So how exactly do you throw an unforgettable ugly Christmas sweater party? I will guide you though the steps:

Invitations

Be sure everyone knows about your holiday bash by inviting them weeks in advance. This can be done in a multitude of ways, but I recommend inviting them, reminding them and getting them extremely pumped for the big day – which means communicate across multiple platforms! My favorites: Facebook Event Invites, Facebook Messages, CoCoDot Digital Invitations, RedStamp app reminders and sometimes even cute little printed postcards.

Party Planning

Get the typical Christmas tune-age going. Mix the classy classics with the tacky tunes and don’t forget to include “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” at least twice. The later in the playlist the higher the chance of an impromptu duet; it’s a statistically-proven direct correlation.

Party Decor

When you are decking the halls, it is important to mix the traditional holiday season swag with some obnoxious random decorations, helping create a not-too-serious vibe. You might consider a “Pin the nose on the reindeer” wall hanging and a booty-shaking battery-operated Santa doll. If you have too much time on your hands: line your walkway with candy canes on both sides to make your very own Candy Cane Lane. OMG can you say “cuteness?!”

Party Prizes

As we’ve mentioned time and again, the whole point of these parties is “winning.” Charlie Sheen may be #winning with the most Twitter followers, but believe it or not, there are more important things in life! Like taking the title of owning the UGLIEST Christmas sweater. Not everyone is aware that these parties are not just fun and games. But after your first sweater shindig, you will know what to expect and you’ll make a point to step up your sweater game.

Why don a dumb one if you can have the most tantalizingly tacky, conversation-starting, ridiculously rowdy, over-the-top UGLY sweater?

Stroke your sweater-sporting guests egos by awarding a series of awards, prizes, badges, buttons or makeshift trophies.

And there you have it, the most important components when it comes to throwing best themed party of them all – The Ugly Christmas Sweater Party! Have a holly jolly, very merry, unbelievably ugly Christmas this year!

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