‘Tis the season to be tacky! I love a good Ugly Christmas Sweater Party. There’s something about ditching the pressure to be particularly stylish and embracing over-the-top embellishments that really brings on the Christmas cheer. But why stop at just wearing them when you can turn your party into a DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater Decorating Craft Party? This is a fun and crafty twist on the traditional Ugly Christmas Sweater Party where guests get to create the sweaters that may be ugly, but the memories will be anything but! Read on for my Top 5 Tips for Setting up an Ugly Christmas Sweater Decorating Craft Party.
Top 5 Tips for Setting Up an Ugly Christmas Sweater Decorating Craft Party
1- Provide Sweaters
You can ask friends to bring their own sweaters, or to make things easier on everyone, grab a stack of sweaters from your local thrift store. You’ll be surprised at the selection! Get a variety of sizes, thicknesses, and colors and let everyone choose what works best for them when they arrive at the party.
2 – Bring on the Decorations
You’ll want a huge variety in decorations so that everyone can really get creative. Pick up packs of bells, bows, ribbon, tinsel, felt shapes, glitter, pop pins, ornaments, mini wreaths, mini parcels & other fun decor for decorating. The dollar store is great for affordable decor!
I also provided some trim options.
I even offered a few light-up packs for those who really wanted to be merry and BRIGHT in their ugly sweaters!
Puffy paint is a must – it allows guests to express themselves or add embellishment to existing decorations.
I also provided a few fabric spray paints.
You never know when you might need googly eyes. I set out a stash with some liquid adhesive for adding them to the sweaters.
Speaking of adhesive, don’t forget to include various forms of glue in addition to sewing supplies so guests can attach their decorations to their sweaters in whichever way works best.
3 – Organize Everything
The chaos and messiness of this party is part of the fun, but it is important to display supplies in a way that allows guests to easily identify and grab what they need. I used clear pedestal jars and trays to hold and organize many of the supplies on the table.
However, you will want to be sure to leave enough space on the table for everyone to decorate. This can be a challenge if you want to provide an abundance of decorations! My favorite solution for this is to use a rolling cart to hold crafting supplies. You can roll it around the table rather than taking up table space!
4 – Give Snacks and Drinks
Getting creative takes some energy! A full dinner may be a challenge with limited space, but providing cups of snacks is a great idea. I chose to serve popcorn in cute Santa mugs.
I also used the cutest Christmas-colored disco ball tumblers to serve drinks. Cups with lids are a great idea for drinks at this party – you wouldn’t want anything spilling on the sweater creations in progress!
I paired the drinks and snacks with napkins that said “Santa, define good…”. Perfect for a funny phrase on behavior for the year, but also could be used when talking about the tacky sweaters!
5 – Decorate and Celebrate!
The best part of the DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater Decorating Craft Party is the actual decorating! It’s so fun to see what everyone comes up with.
Once the decorating is done, add another dash of fun to the party with some friendly competition. Hand out trophies to celebrate everyone’s creations! I got these adorable trophies at Oriental Trading Co.
Ugly sweaters, pretty memories! This party will be your portal into a world where garish fashion meets holiday revelry, where tinsel and pom-poms become the haute couture of the season. Get ready to jingle and mingle in style with a sprinkle of sequins, a dash of creativity, and a hearty dose of holiday spirit!
P.S. Be sure to check out the Ugly Christmas Sweater Party I styled a few years ago for some more party inspiration.
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