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18 Ugly Sweater Christmas Party Ideas

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Table of Contents
  1. 1. Ugly Sweater Christmas Cake
  2. 2. Ugly Sweater Christmas Party
  3. 3. Free Ugly Sweater Christmas Party Printables
  4. 4. Ugly Sweater Christmas Cookies
  5. 5. Ugly Sweater Christmas Party Photo Booth
  6. 6. Ugly Sweater Christmas Party Dessert Table
  7. 7. DIY Ugly Sweater Christmas Ornaments
  8. 8. Ugly Sweater Christmas Cake
  9. 9. Ugly Sweater Christmas Cupcakes
  10. 10. DIY Sweater Presents 
  11. 11. Ugly Sweater Cozy 
  12. 12. DIY Wine Bottle Holiday Sweaters
  13. 13. Free Ugly Sweater Gift Tag Printable
  14. 14. Giant Balloon Christmas Lights & Ornaments Decorations
  15. 15. Ugly Sweater Red Velvet Push Pops
  16. 16. Ugly Sweater Christmas Party Garland 
  17. 17. DIY Sweater Christmas Trees
  18. 18. Ugly Sweater Ornaments
  19. Get creative with even more Christmas Ideas:
  20. Don't miss these 16 Cute Christmas Party Food Ideas Kids Will Love

Here’s an epic list of 18 ugly sweater Christmas party ideas you won’t want to miss. If an ugly sweater Christmas party is part of your holiday plans this year, take note. From ugly sweater Christmas party cakes, cupcakes, and cookies to a DIY ugly sweater cozy, photo booth, and party garland, this list has a little bit of everything to give you the warm fuzzies. Get inspired for ugly sweater Christmas party decorations, desserts, and more!


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1. Ugly Sweater Christmas Cake

An ugly sweater Christmas cake is the perfect dessert to take with you to an ugly sweater Christmas party! You can use a boxed cake mix as a shortcut to create your cake. Homemade or canned frosting tinted to coordinate with Christmas can be used. A variety of Christmas-colored candies (both wrapped and unwrapped) can make perfect ugly sweater embellishments!

2. Ugly Sweater Christmas Party

Invite guests to get their “ugly on” by hosting an ugly sweater Christmas party. Transform your party space to coordinate with this theme by combining traditional Christmas decorations with some tacky holiday accents. This ugly sweater Christmas party is full of inspiration including sweater-inspired printables, a table banner made from mini ugly sweaters on hangers strung on twine, edible ugly sweater sugar cookies, and so many treats and snacks.

3. Free Ugly Sweater Christmas Party Printables

Planning a Christmas party? Why not incorporate an ugly sweater theme? You can easily host a trendy ugly sweater Christmas party by tying in the theme with these free printables. Guests will think it’s hilarious to dress in the ugliest sweater they can find and celebrate the holidays.

4. Ugly Sweater Christmas Cookies

Bring a smile to your ugly sweater Christmas party guests’ faces by serving up a batch of ugly sweater sugar cookies! You can go online for decorating inspiration by looking up photos of ugly Christmas sweaters. Or, pitch the idea to your favorite local cookie artist who can add their creative ideas to sweater-shaped cookies.

5. Ugly Sweater Christmas Party Photo Booth

Guests will love taking selfies while dressed up in their tacky ugly Christmas sweaters and reliving the laughs long after your Christmas party is over. Create an ugly sweater Christmas party photo booth using wrapping paper, tinsel, and random Christmas décor. Buy or make photo props such as funny sayings like “naughty” and “nice” or “ho ho ho”.

6. Ugly Sweater Christmas Party Dessert Table

When it comes to styling an ugly sweater Christmas party dessert table, the uglier and tackier the décor, the better. Take style tips from this dessert table that boasts a variety of Christmas prints to create a backdrop straight from a Christmas nightmare. Printed paper rosettes and Styrofoam cones, covered in cut-up sweaters to look like Fair Isle trees. Throw in some themed desserts and some more sweater decorations to complete the look.

7. DIY Ugly Sweater Christmas Ornaments

It takes some creativity to decorate for an ugly sweater Christmas party. For example, you can DIY your own ugly sweater Christmas tree ornaments. You’ll just need paper clips (1 per sweater ornament) for creating “hangers”, cardstock, scissors, markers, fine-tip markers, a hot glue gun, and washi tape. You can deck out an entire Christmas tree and even send these home with each guest as party favors.

8. Ugly Sweater Christmas Cake

Turn a plain rectangle cake into an ugly sweater Christmas party dessert masterpiece. Using fondant and edible embellishments you can create your very own ugly sweater Christmas cake. Get ready for it to be the talk of the dessert table.

9. Ugly Sweater Christmas Cupcakes

You’ll need 30 regular-sized cupcakes to create this ugly sweater Christmas cupcake cake. Follow the instructions for laying the cupcakes out to create the shape of a sweater. Carefully remove each cupcake, frost, dip in sanding sugar, and replace to maintain the sweater shape. Once frosted, use mini marshmallows to embellish the “sweater” to achieve the look of fur on the collar, cuffs, and hem. hen decorate with colorful candy and frosting light strands.

10. DIY Sweater Presents 

Trying to come up with a fun decoration idea for your ugly sweater Christmas party? Why not decorate with sweaters? Hit your local thrift store and you can find sweaters in a variety of colors and textures. Cut them apart and wrap “presents” in the sweaters, adding ribbon as an embellishment.

11. Ugly Sweater Cozy 

Coming up empty-handed when it comes to party favor ideas for an ugly sweater-themed Christmas party? Don’t dismay, this ugly sweater cozy not only makes a great party favor, but also a fun party activity. You’ll need to collect some old sweaters by raiding your closets and the local thrift stores. You’ll also want to collect some tacky Christmas tree decorations, Christmas buttons, notions, and embellishments. Let guests decorate their own ugly sweater cozy.

12. DIY Wine Bottle Holiday Sweaters

If you’re attending an ugly sweater Christmas party this holiday season, we’ve found the perfect inexpensive, but a creative gift to take to the hostess. Dress up your favorite bottle of wine (or substitute non-alcoholic sparkling cider) with a DIYable ugly Christmas sweater. You’ll need: a bottle of wine/cider, felt, thread, buttons, hot glue, a sewing machine, and some festive holiday notions (ribbon, pom poms, etc.). Have fun crafting the ugliest wine bottle holiday sweater!

13. Free Ugly Sweater Gift Tag Printable

If you’re hosting an ugly sweater Christmas party this year, add this free ugly sweater gift tag printable to any party favor to coordinate with your theme. “May your sweaters be ugly and bright.” Is there a better way to wish your guests a Merry Christmas? Ha!

14. Giant Balloon Christmas Lights & Ornaments Decorations

Deck the halls for your ugly Christmas party space by crafting your own giant balloon Christmas lights and ornaments. This tutorial will walk you through the process of creating this genius holiday décor idea. You’ll be amazed at how easy the lights are to make using balloons with lights, cups, and curling ribbon or twine.

15. Ugly Sweater Red Velvet Push Pops

There are so many fun ways to incorporate ugly sweaters into your Christmas party dessert table. Using mini sweaters to decorate the outside of push pop containers filled with red velvet cake is a genius idea. Check out these push pops for inspiration for your own ugly sweater Christmas party.

16. Ugly Sweater Christmas Party Garland 

Decorations for an ugly sweater Christmas party can be so much fun! This Christmas party garland is a free printable download and is designed to look like ugly Christmas sweaters. Simply print and cut out the sweater shapes and string them up to decorate your party space.

Sweater Trees

17. DIY Sweater Christmas Trees

Would you believe these bright and colorful sweater Christmas trees are an easy DIY using completely upcycled materials? They are! You’ll need scraps of burlap (for the trunk of the trees), cardboard boxes (for cutting tree shapes to cover), and leftover scraps of Christmas-colored sweaters (you can raid your closets for old sweaters that you’ve outgrown, or are out of style, or that have stains, tears, or holes). A few cuts and some dabs of hot glue later and you’ve got some adorable decorations perfect for an ugly Christmas sweater party.

Ugly Sweater Ornaments

18. Ugly Sweater Ornaments

Homemade crafts were never this easy and fun! It’s a big hit with the kids and a great homey look on a tree!

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