'Tis the season for all those fabulous festive things that get you in the holiday spirit, such as trimming the tree, singing yuletide carols and having family gathered 'round. And let's not forget that little celebration that conjures up crusty images of Cousin Eddie from National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation: an ugly sweater party! It's basically the hottest thing since fruitcake.
The party's fairly straightforward — a celebration where you're surrounded by your dearest friends and family, all donning their best and ugliest holiday apparel. Here's how we'd throw a totally tacky ugly sweater party, complete with a free printable party pack you can use to throw your own ugly sweater party.
These free printable invitations for an ugly sweater party set the tone and give all the necessary information to your guests. They also just so happen to coordinate with the rest of our free printable party pack.
For our ugly sweater party, the decor could only be summed up by the phrase "tacky but cute." In addition to the print-and-make DIY banner in the free printable party pack, we created dozens of yarn balls to decorate with. Stack them in an apothecary jar or a large glass bowl, or simply spread them along the table. We did both because just like an ugly Christmas sweater, you can never have too much flair!
How to: Make a decorative yarn ball
We cheated! Because we wanted to get to the partying part as fast as possible, we grabbed foam craft balls in varying sizes and wrapped them in yarn.
(Hint! Look for ones with a rough versus smooth texture, as the yarn will stick better.)
Place the end of the yarn against the ball and begin wrapping. Go slow! It takes four or five times around until the yarn will feel secure on the ball. Wrap, wrap and wrap some more. It's best to do large sections in the same direction, then gradually shift direction and do another large section.
Keep wrapping. No, really — keep going. This is going to take a minute or two!
When your ball is good and wrapped, grab a hot glue gun, put a dab of glue where the end of your yarn will be, stretch the piece of yarn across the glue, wait a few seconds, and then snip off the excess.
Love the look of our party? The orange felted runners, chevron straws and award frame are all from Hobby Lobby.
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