Ideas for the Best Ugly Christmas Sweater Party


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Get Your UGLY on!

ugly Christmas sweaters
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So you want to throw a holiday party, but not any old party? Wearing an ugly Christmas sweater that you bought at a thrift store helps recycle, so find great ideas for your ugly Christmas sweater party below.

Support Local Thrift Stores

If you’re looking for where to buy ugly Christmas sweaters, look no further than your nearest thrift store. Secondhand stores are always in need of donations of not just clothing, but also electronics, furniture and other household items, like kitchen utensils or decorative objects.

If you don’t want to keep your sweater around until next year because one of your resolutions is decluttering, take it back. Donate it to the thrift store where you purchased it to pay it forward. This is one instance where it’s okay for an item to be single-use, as you purchased it used, the money supports secondhand items, and it will be resold again to complete the cycle.

Remember that usually thrift stores won’t launder or repair donated items, so make sure your stuff is in decent condition when donating. In other words, if things get out of control at your ugly sweater party and it ends up covered in eggnog, give it a wash first. Donating is still better than banishing it to a landfill.

Of course keeping your ugly sweater to wear to a party next year is a-okay too!

Tips for Your Ugly Sweater Party

  • Ugly Sweater PartyIf you send invitations, refer to it as a par-tay. This gives it an air of swankiness.
  • The more puffy 3-D elements on the sweater, the better.
  • Bonus points if your sweater also makes noise, such as when it has  jingle bell(s) sewn on.
  • The added fruit and spice of Southern Comfort in eggnog cannot be underestimated.
  • Ugly Christmas sweaters, along with any kind of wool, can be recycled and reclaimed into thoughtful and imaginative gifts or just to keep for yourself. Items like mittens, holiday scarves, little tote bags are all warm, useful and festive.
  • Give a prize to the person wearing the ugliest or funniest Christmas sweater. This may be hard to judge. What’s a decent “prize” for wearing the ugliest holiday sweater? How about an equally festive coffee mug. I’m sure the thrift store where you’ll be shopping will have plenty of snowman and Santa designs to choose from.
  • If you are a business or nonprofit organization, a fun way to inspire customer engagement and recycling is to reward people for coming in or sending a picture of themselves wearing an ugly Christmas sweater. Offer discounts or a gift card in a small amount or some other fun incentive to get people recycling and participating.
  • Don’t discriminate against the sleeveless! An ugly Christmas vest may also be purchased and donned in place of a sweater.
  • At your party, have a space set up for people to take photos in their sweaters. For example, turn your fireplace and mantle into a scenic photo spot. If you don’t have a fireplace, you can always follow our tutorial to make your own cheesy recycled fireplaceusing some cardboard, your television and a fireplace dvd.

    Creative Commons License photo credit: Skley
  • No one should be left out, especially your pet! The hissing means they’re happy, yes?

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One Response to Ideas for the Best Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

  1. Love this! Great post as usual. There’s nothing like that thrift store smell for a festive party. Thanks for the tips.

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