11/25/13

Party Planning: Tacky Christmas Sweater

Each year my family hosts Christmas Eve at our house. And this year, I am going with a theme ;) I want to plan a Tacky Christmas Sweater party! Why??? Because a Tacky Christmas Sweater party is fun! No need to be formal and stress about what to wear, what to serve. Instead embrace all things tinsel, bright and festive-- and enjoy the chance to be a bit tacky!


If you haven't heard of a Tacky Christmas Sweater party, it's a pretty easy theme. Guests simply wear 'ugly holiday sweaters' and awards are given for the guests with the tackiest Christmas outfits. Of course the food and decor can also follow the tacky theme. Here are some of my favorite ideas for hosting a Tacky Christmas Sweater Party.

Step One: Crazy Invitations- Cute invites set the tone and let guests know what they are in for!

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Step Two: Gaudy Decorations- Over the top tinsel, lights and wrapping paper make the perfect decor. A photo booth is a great idea for capturing all the guests 'unique' sweaters.
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Step Three: Food- Think Chevy Chase and Christmas Vacation. Pigs in a blanket, chips/dips, meatballs, mac n' cheese, pizza, a fun cake, and some gingerbread men dressed in 'ugly' sweaters.


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Step Four: Awards - Give out awards for "All Around Ugliest", "Most Festive", "Most Likely To Get Arrested".   You can award buttons, ribbons, or even trophies.

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Step Five: What to Wear- Shop a resale shop, look through your grandma's closet, or hit Etsy. You can even craft your own 'ugly' outfit- including accessories!

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I was sent this fun t-shirt from Skip N Whistle.   I am wearing it with jeans and a blazer to the girls' school Christmas parties, but for our Tacky party I will probably pair it with some sequin suspenders and a big gaudy headband. (Skip N Whistle has a ton of these fun designs- some are even on sweat shirts, click here to see more Tacky Christmas shirt from Skip N Whistle.)



Have you ever been to a Tacky Christmas Sweater party?

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