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Host Your Own Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

Updated on October 11, 2014

Go Ahead And Host An Ugly Sweater Party

It's my party and I'm gaudy if I want to. Yes it is that time of year. The hot cocoa, sitting by the fire, cozying up to your loved one, opening presents, and wearing ugly sweaters?? You know you have that one sweater. The one that Aunt Mertle gave you in '02. The one that comes out one time a year. Well be ashamed no more. Wear that baby proudly at your next Ugly Sweater Party! Y

And here's a video to put you in the holiday mood! - Ugly Sweaters Galore!


The Setting For Your Ugly Sweater Party

Nothing gets you in the mood for a Christmas party like a well decorated home. So put up that fabulous tree, set out the eggnog, plug in the lights, and turn on the music. When you are setting up for your party, you will want to plan ahead. It is always a pain when you have to run for the store at the last minute. Don't forget to wear your own Ugly Chrismas Sweater, or you can wow your guests by making your own sweater.

Setting Up Your Ugly Sweater Party

Don't forget the essentials for your next party. Some of the items below are disposable which makes for quick clean up after the party is over.

Disposable Christmas Plates For Your Ugly Sweater Party

Masterpiece Premium Quality Heavyweight Plastic Plates: 25 Dinner Plates and 25 Salad Plates
Masterpiece Premium Quality Heavyweight Plastic Plates: 25 Dinner Plates and 25 Salad Plates

These disposable plates are not your typical plastic plate. When placed with your tablecloth, these plates will be a great start to a beautiful table setting.


Disposable Silverware For Your Ugly Sweater Party

Stock Your Home 75 Piece Plastic Silverware Set, Looks Like Silver Cutlery - Solid, Durable, Heavy-duty Includes: 25 Forks, 25 Knives, 25 Spoons Perfect for Parties, Weddings & Catering Events
Stock Your Home 75 Piece Plastic Silverware Set, Looks Like Silver Cutlery - Solid, Durable, Heavy-duty Includes: 25 Forks, 25 Knives, 25 Spoons Perfect for Parties, Weddings & Catering Events

Disposable silverware helps make clean up quick and easy. You do not have to fuss over dirty dishes when the guests leave, and they are a great addition to your table setting.


Gobblets For Your Ugly Sweater Party

Plastic Wine Glasses 8oz 25 Count Box
Plastic Wine Glasses 8oz 25 Count Box

Finish off your table setting with disposable goblets. These goblets are attractive and will make your job hosting so much easier!

Kitty And Me
Kitty And Me

Cook Time

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30-45 minutes (includes cook time)

Serves: 8

Gingerbread Triffle

  • 1 can pumpkin pie filling
  • 1 box instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 tub of whip cream
  • 1 box of gingerbread cake mix
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg


  1. Cook gingerbread cake mix as directed. Allow time to cool to room temperature.
  2. You will be layering ingredients. It will look best if layered in a glass bowl. This will make for an attractive display.
  3. Follow directions on pudding mix box.
  4. Combine pumpkin pie filling with pudding and nutmeg. Mix well.
  5. Start layers with 1/3rd of gingerbread layered on the bottom of the glass bowl.
  6. Next, add 1/3rd of pumpkin mix.
  7. Try to spoon layers on lightly in order to maintain the seperation of layers.
  8. Add 1/3rd of the whip cream.
  9. Continue with layers ending with whip cream.
  10. Sprinkle cinnamon on top and serve.
  11. This is a delicious desert and very easy!
  12. Free Photo Image: by Kitty and Me.
Cast your vote for Gingerbread Triffle

The Christmas Sweater Games

Ugly Sweater Contest


Old sweater-Support your local Salvation Army thrift store and get a sweater for less than a dollar!

Christmas decorations-The sky is the limit here. You can use ornaments to hang on the sweater, wrapping paper, ribbon, or an assortment of pom poms from your local craft store

Safety pins-or other things to attach decorations to the sweater

Instructions: Divide teams into groups of 3-5. Provide them with a sweater and supplies for decorating. Tell teams to split up. Give teams 10 minutes to decorate, and then have a fashion show! Have all guests vote on their favorite ugly sweater!

Cost: 5-10 dollars

Santa's Grab Bag


Zip lock bags

Random items from around the house. The more random the better. Put 5-7 items in each zip lock bag.

Instructions: Divide teams into groups of 3-5. Hand them a zip lock bag containing random items. Inform them that they will be making up a story with a Christmas theme. The catch is that the story must include all items in the zip lock bag. Have the teams split up and take 10 minutes to come up with a story. All teams will gather back together and tell their story. This game requires creativity and ends in hilarity!

Cost: Free

Snowman Wrap


Toilet Paper

Scarves and mittens


Divide your teams into groups of 3-5. Give each team a roll of toilet paper. The goal is to wrap a person with toilet paper. The first team to use the whole roll and add the scarf and mittens wins!

Price: A 3 pack of toilet paper 3-5 dollars.

Christmas Trivia Game

Do you know what the name of the dog was in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation? What did folks dress up as in The Christmas Song? If you know the answers, then you will be great at this game. There are many resources online listing Christmas trivia. Use theirs, or come up with your own.


List of trivia

Here are some websites to help you make a list:

Trivia 1

Trivia 2

Trivia 3

Trivia 4

Score sheet


Divide teams up into groups of 3-5 or play individually. There are different ways to play.

Elimination Style- A person is knocked out of the contest when they get an answer wrong

Points Style- Give a set number of questions and add up the number correct. The winner is the one with the most points.


A couple of sheets of paper for scoring.

Siamese Gift Wrap


Wrapping paper





Select teams of two. The will be instructed that they are wrapping a christmas present, but they will be doing it using one hand!

Have each team member place an arm around the waist of their teammate. They could also hold hands if that is more comfortable.

They must work together to wrap the present. The group decides who did the best job wrapping.

Cost: A few dollars for tape, bows, and wrapping paper.

Will you be hosting an Ugly Sweater party?

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      marsha32 5 years ago

      I have to laugh. This is a fun lens and would be a fun party too.

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      laptop 5 years ago

      What is worst than looking at these ugly sweaters is that I know of people or, even myself, that have these ugly sweaters.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I guess you saw my sweater collection. This is a very cool lens. Nice work!

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      Mickie Goad 6 years ago

      The minute I saw the Gingerbread Trifle I fell in love with this lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thanks, great lens and recipe.

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      TNThompson 6 years ago

      One of my favorite things about christmas is ugly sweater parties. Got some great ideas from this lens.

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      Great idea for a party - there's certainly no shortage of ugly Christmas sweaters out there, after all!

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      Odille Rault 6 years ago from Gloucester

      Lol!! What a fabulous idea! I'm going to include this in my module "Lenses I Love" - I think it's excellent... and that gingerbread triffle looks absolutely delicious! :)

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      cooksalot 6 years ago

      This would be a fun tie in with a cookie exchange.

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      GrowWear 6 years ago

      Sweaters, such as in your intro, were rather cool in their first 30 minutes. But, they still do help to create the cheer. :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Nice lens and idea.

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      glenbrook 7 years ago

      No but I enjoyed reading this lens very much anyway:)

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      jackieb99 7 years ago

      Nope...but maybe next year! Awesome idea.

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      julieannbrady 7 years ago

      Oh my! Love that "ugly" Christmas sweater! Happy Holidays. Let's party! OH ... there seriously should be a Squidoo Group for all lensmasters writing and wearing ugly red Christmas sweaters!

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      TheShu 7 years ago

      I think its coming along nicely