Ugly And/Or Crazy Sweaters

Note: Friends, if you were at the party and I cut off your head in some of these pictures, it’s just because I wasn’t sure if you wanted a picture of yourself on my blog.   If you don’t mind, just let me know and I’ll include your lovely faces.  Thanks!

Last Friday Derek and I threw a Crazy Sweater Party!  We had never been to an ugly/crazy sweater party before, and we thought it would be fun to do one this year.  Here is a picture of us with our sweaters:


Shockingly, neither of us actually won the prize for the worst sweater.

We had dinner and cookies for everyone, and we started out sharing “random facts” about ourselves while we waited for everyone to get here – a lot of the random facts ended up being horrible injury stories or weird medical things, but it made for interesting conversation!

We played a few different games and I think they turned out pretty well.

In the first game, I attached a paper with a Christmas character written on it to each person’s back, and the goal was to figure out who you were by asking others yes or no questions.  The characters I used were:

-Frosty the Snowman (Me)
-Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Derek)
-Santa Claus
-Mrs. Claus
-The Abominable Snowman
-The Little Drummer Boy
-The Grinch
-Ebenezer Scrooge
-Tiny Tim
-Buddy the Elf

Everyone figured theirs out!


Scott and Danae and their sweaters – and yes, that’s our Ralphie in the picture too.  We dressed our dogs up in sweaters for the occasion.

We also played Pictionary with the titles of Christmas songs.  I should have taken pictures of some of the drawings!  The songs ranged from really easy to pretty hard.  These are the ones I used:

-The Chipmunk Song
-I Saw Three Ships
-12 Days Of Christmas
-Hard Candy Christmas
-Deck The Halls
-Jingle Bell Rock
-The Little Drummer Boy
-Silver Bells
-Carol of the Bells
-Sleigh Ride
-Winter Wonderland
-Baby, It’s Cold Outside
-Grown-up Christmas List
-Let It Snow
-I Heard the Bells On Christmas Day
-Away In A Manger
-Santa Baby
-Rockin’ around The Christmas Tree
-Frosty the Snowman
-Santa Claus is Coming To Town
-I Want A Hippopotamus for Christmas

I was really impressed with everyone’s drawings!  I wouldn’t even know where to begin with most of those.  Anyway, with a combination of raw talent and pure luck, the girl’s team won!


Our friends and their cute baby.  Sorry for the pixelating, but I wasn’t sure they wanted a picture of their baby on my site.  Just look at the sweaters.

We also played a game that is kind of like musical chairs, but with no music and more strategy.  Basically everyone draws someone else’s name from a hat (someone else at the party), and the goal is to get four people from your team on the couch.  The person to the left of the empty spot has to call out a name, so you have to figure out everyone’s fake names and remember them to try to get your team members on the couch.  It’s hard to explain, but it was fun.


My friend, Laura, brought a sweater to the party to announce the gender of their baby (they found out the day before the party) – it’s a boy!  I thought it was a really cute way to announce it to all of us!
Then we voted on the guy and girl with the worst sweaters!  We each gave a little speech to campaign for our sweater. Here are the winning sweaters:


Jed, Ashley’s husband, won for the worst guy’s sweater! It was pretty ill-fitting, and he sold it well in the speech!


And my sis won for the worst girl’s sweater!  Really, I don’t think words were even needed to sell that one.

I thought the party turned out pretty well, and it was fun to see everyone and their sweaters!  And I have an ugly sweater just waiting in my closet in case I ever get invited to another sweater party.
Though some people told me it wasn’t that bad – I suppose the ‘80’s are coming back in style.

What sweater would you have voted for?

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Jamie Leigh said...

SO fun!! I am throwing an ugly sweater party this weekend!! Looks like you guys had a blast and there were some super ugly sweaters there :)

HIS daughter said...

LOL that is awesome! I have been inspired! We need to do an ugly sweater party lol :)
Looks like it was so fun :)

Jessica said...

This looks like so much fun! I've never been to an ugly sweater party either. I'm thinking we may need to host one next year :-)

Amanda said...

What a fun party! You think of the greatest games for get togethers. I remember thinking that you played unique games at your gender reveal party, too. You must have a gift for entertaining!

Unknown said...

I LOVE this idea. I am NOT a fan of those sweaters that are "fashionable" this winter.

Laura said...

It's okay if you show our pictures! :)

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