‘Tis the season for merriment, and what better way to celebrate the holidays than by hosting an unforgettable Ugly Sweater Party? At DrinkTanks, we believe that every gathering is an opportunity for joy, laughter, and a touch of eccentricity. We know we’ve touched on Ugly Sweater Parties before, but with the kick-off of our 3rd Annual Ugly Sweater Collection, we wanted to dive a little deeper. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you throw the best Ugly Sweater Party, ensuring your guests leave with memories as cherished as the sweaters they wore.
Tip #1: Invitations that Set the Tone
Start by crafting eye-catching invitations that reflect the festive spirit of your Ugly Sweater Party. There are tons of templates online – both free and for purchase – that you can use for inspiration. Emphasize the importance of donning the tackiest, most outrageous sweaters for a chance to win our coveted Ugly Sweater Growler and if so inclined a personalized trophy. Remember, the more outrageous, the better!
Tip #2: Festive Food Delights
When it comes to food, you have options that cater to every budget. If you're on a tighter budget, consider hosting a potluck, encouraging guests to bring their favorite holiday dishes. For those with a bit more to spend, curate a menu of festive treats like candy cane-shaped cookies, holiday-themed cupcakes, and other seasonal delights. Make sure you include some food options with a little more substance, too – especially if you’ll be enjoying holiday spirits.
Tip #3: Signature Cocktails to Sip and Savor
No party is complete without a selection of signature cocktails. Elevate your Ugly Sweater Party with delightful concoctions like Sweater Weather Sangria or a PepperMint Martini. Pre-make the cocktails using our DrinkTanks Craft growlers topped with the Keg Cap so all your guests need to do is charge and dispense into their favorite cup – ensuring your guests stay in high spirits throughout the night.
Tip #4: Deck the Halls with Ugly
Transform your party space into a winter wonderland with festive decorations. Incorporate classic holiday elements with a touch of tackiness – think tinsel, mismatched ornaments, and of course, plenty of ugly sweaters hanging as makeshift decor. Create a cozy and inviting atmosphere that encourages mingling and laughter. Bonus points for a fun photo booth backdrop!
Tip #5: Ugly Sweater Contest Extravaganza
The highlight of the evening will undoubtedly be the Ugly Sweater Contest. Capture the memories by taking Polaroid pictures of each guest and displaying them on a clear container (think mason jar, clear plastic party cup, etc). Provide each attendee with a tiny ornament to cast their vote for the best sweater, adding an element of fun and anonymity to the contest.
At the night's end, crown the winner who will take home our coveted Ugly Sweater Growler, making it a party to remember.
Remember, the key to a successful Ugly Sweater Party is to embrace the festive silliness and create an environment where everyone feels welcome and included. So, gather your friends, don your tackiest sweaters, and let the holiday cheer flow with DrinkTanks. Cheers to an unforgettable Ugly Sweater Party!