Ugly Sweater Party Ideas

Throw the ultimate fun-filled holiday bash with these ugly sweater party ideas! Just because the sweaters are ugly doesn't mean the decor has to be!

Ugly sweater holiday parties are some of the most fun, so we never really need an excuse to throw one together! While your other holiday soirees might be a bit more time-intensive when it comes to planning, an ugly sweater party can be thrown together a bit more quickly and with minimal work.

The key is to have great guests willing to participate in the ugly sweater show. So long as they come decked in their tackiest, you won't have to fret overly much with decor. In fact, carefully chosen and coordinated décor smacking of refinement is the complete opposite of what you need at an ugly sweater Christmas party.

Break out the plastic Santa and lighted from the inside angels and grab velvet dollar store ribbons and wrapping paper to make your party perfect! The more eclectic your decorations, the better you'll nail the "tacky"” look you're going for.

For your dessert and appetizer table, we've also got some tacky holiday party recipes you'll want to throw in the mix. So, check out our gallery for more ugly sweater party inspiration!


  • Most of the parties that you see buzzing around the internet have fabulous ornate backdrops for their food. Tacky ugly sweater parties should also have fabulous ornate backdrops.

  • This is as easy as taking a roll of wrapping paper and wrapping up all the frames and canvases on your wall. If you're feeling extra ambitious, add a few bows and hang everything back up. Voila, you have a glamorous backdrop.

  • That roll of wrapping paper will get a work out when decorating your ugly sweater party! This garland is made from squares of cardboard wrapped in wrapping paper and tied up with bows or curling ribbon. Cheap and cheery! And delightfully tacky.

  • Send this adorable Ugly Sweater Party Invitation designed by Tumbalina to let friends and family know about the celebration! Don't forget to remind them to wear their ugliest sweater.
  • You've got all the tacky decor inspiration, but what about your party menu? Use the same tacky approach for your food and create a spread that brings back classics from the 70s and 80s. While guests might shake their head at a cheese ball from yesteryears, this revisited recipe will have them licking their lips!

  • There's no party appetizer that's more overdone than pig-in-a-blanket. They've been at every party we've been to since childhood. As played out as they may seem, however, there's a reason they've stuck around for so long! They're deliciously simple. Hostesses and guests both love them, and that's a win-win.

  • Gingerbread men are an iconic holiday treat that's easy enough to make thanks to store bought mixes. Whether you make them from scratch of from the box, for an ugly sweater holiday party, your gingerbread people need to dress the part! Use your frosting and candies to imitate the ugly sweater look you expect all of your guests to done.

  • There's no better cake to have at an ugly sweater party than a Bundt cake. For one thing, it's simple to make. For another, it's so easy to turn into a tacky decorated treat - just give your kids lots of edible glitter and sprinkles in red and green!

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