My wife and I used to host an annual ugly sweater party before we had kids. These parties became super popular in the 2010s where friends and coworkers would gather together and take silly photos to post online. I wore a variety of these different sweaters these parties over the years. Some were knit and found in a closet from my childhood, one had a big green image of The Grinch, another featured my favorite sports team The Minnesota Vikings, and one even lit-up with Christmas lights. I wonder if that was a fire hazard?

If you’re in the planning an ugly sweater party with your friends or at the work, I share more than 55 invitation messages you can send by email or snail mail on a printed invite. Stick around until the end and I’ll even share my favorite menu items to include at these parties that are typically held during the holiday season.

Short Ugly Sweater Party Invitation Wording Examples

  • Deck the Halls with Ugly Sweaters! Join us for a night of festive fun, where the sweaters are tacky and the spirits are high.
  • Ugly Sweater Alert! Santa’s watching, so make it count. Come for the laughs, stay for the eggnog.
  • Tis the season for terrible knits! Wrap yourself in your ugliest sweater and celebrate the joy of the season with us.
  • Santa’s not the only one coming to town. Bring your ugliest sweater and let’s jingle bell rock!
  • It’s Ugly Sweater Time! Don your holiday horror and join us for a night of merriment and mischief.
  • Got an ugly sweater? We’ve got a party for you! Join us for a festive evening where fashion disasters are the main course.
  • Let’s make Santa cringe! Wear your ugliest sweater and join us for an unforgettable night.
  • Elves wanted: Must wear ugly sweaters! Join us for a night of festive folly and fun.
  • It’s a Winter Wonderland of ugly sweaters! Join us for an evening where the uglier the better.
  • Ugly Sweaters Unite! Join us for a celebration of the season’s worst fashion choices.
  • Bad Taste Christmas Bash! Bring your ugliest sweater and your holiday spirit.
  • Ho Ho Horrible Sweaters Party! Join us for a night where Santa might just put us on the naughty list for our sweaters.
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  • Festive, Fun, and Fashionably Ugly! Grab your worst sweater and get ready for a night to remember.
  • Jingle all the way to our Ugly Sweater Party! Let’s see who can outdo Rudolph in the fashion stakes.
  • Calling all ugly sweaters! Join us for a night of festive frolic and fun.
  • Make it a December to Remember with the ugliest sweater in your closet!
  • It’s beginning to look a lot like an Ugly Sweater Party! Join us for a night of festive cheer and cheerfully bad fashion.
  • Be Naughty, Save Santa a Trip: Wear your ugliest sweater to our holiday bash!
  • Ugly Sweater Party Time! Let’s see who can dazzle with their holiday disaster.
  • Join us for a Holly Jolly Ugly Sweater Party! It’s the best way to spread Christmas cheer.
  • Don your most dreadful knitwear and join us for an Ugly Sweater Party!
  • Ugly Sweaters and Merry Times await! Join us for a night of holiday hijinks.
  • It’s the Ugly Sweater season! Let’s get together and celebrate in style – the bad style.
  • Fa-la-la-la-la in your Ugly Sweater! Join us for a night of festive fun and fashion faux pas.
  • We’re dreaming of a bright Ugly Sweater Party! Wear your worst and join us for an evening of holiday hilarity.

Office Ugly Sweater Party Invitation Wording

  • Ugly Sweaters Required: May the Worst Win! Join us for an office party where the dress code is ‘festively frightful.’
  • Break out your worst knitwear for the Annual Office Ugly Sweater Contest! Let’s see who gets the ‘Best of the Worst’ award.
  • It’s time to ‘dress down’ in style! Our Ugly Sweater Party is the one time when bad taste equals good fun.
  • Office Memo: Ugly Sweaters Mandatory. Join us for a festive celebration where even the boss approves of your terrible fashion.
  • Let’s make the end-of-year report: Most Ugly Sweaters Worn at Once! Join us for an unforgettable office party.
  • The Boss said we can finally relax the dress code – for our Ugly Sweater Party! Come and show off your festive worst.
  • This year, our team’s KPI is ‘Knitwear Performance Index.’ Bring your ugliest sweater and help us hit the target!
  • Ugly Sweater Alert: Bring your holiday worst and let’s see if we can make the office lights dim in despair!
  • The Annual Ugly Sweater Audit is upon us. Bring your most outrageous knit and let’s tally the results!
  • Forget business casual, it’s time for business comical! Join us for the Ugly Sweater Office Party.
  • Who needs a power suit when you have a power sweater? Flaunt your ugliest at our office party!
holiday sweater couple

Nothing brings coworkers together like an ugly sweater party.

  • Even our spreadsheets can’t calculate the level of ugly we expect at our sweater party. Don’t disappoint!
  • Our next team-building exercise: Wearing Ugly Sweaters! Let’s bond over some seriously bad fashion.
  • Our office party dress code? Ugly as sin sweaters. Join us for an evening of laughs and light-hearted fun.
  • Let’s make this a meeting to remember! Your agenda: 1. Wear an Ugly Sweater. 2. Have fun.
  • The only thing ‘going down’ this quarter is our fashion sense! Join us for the Ugly Sweater Extravaganza.
  • Annual Ugly Sweater Contest: Because sometimes, it’s fun to not take ourselves too seriously.
  • Let’s ‘wrap up’ this year with some ugly sweaters! Join us for our office holiday party.
  • This year’s office party theme: Ugly Sweaters! Because what’s a little holiday season without some hideous knitwear?
  • Attention Team: It’s time to dig out your most dreadful sweater and show it off at our office party!
  • In the spirit of the holidays, let’s wear our worst! The Ugly Sweater Office Party awaits.
  • Let’s ‘thread’ lightly at our Ugly Sweater Party! May the worst threads win.
  • Our holiday memo: All staff must wear ugly sweaters. Let’s see who’s ‘knit’ to win it!
  • Ugly Sweater Season is officially open in our office. Join us for a night of hilariously bad fashion.
  • This is one office memo you’ll love: Ugly Sweater Party! Let’s make it ‘offic-ially’ fun.
  • In lieu of end-of-year reports, present your ugliest sweater! Office party, here we come.
  • Let’s add a little ‘flare’ to our usual office attire. Ugly Sweater Party is on!
  • It’s the annual ‘Who can out-ugly the boss?’ sweater contest. Join us and let’s find out!
  • Warning: Ugly Sweaters approaching! Our office is about to get a lot more colorful.
  • Office dress code update: Ugly Sweaters are now temporarily approved! Let’s party!

Detailed Ugly Sweater Invite Example

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Ugly sweater wallpaper.

Email Invitation Subject: It’s That Time of Year Again – Get Ugly & Hungry!

Dear [Friend’s Name],

‘Tis the season to be jolly, and by jolly, we mean outrageously adorned in the most gloriously ugly sweaters known to humankind! You are cordially (and humorously) invited to the annual Ugly Sweater Dinner Party, where fashion crimes are not only tolerated but celebrated!

Date: [Date] Time: [Time] Location: [Your Address]

Join us for an evening filled with laughter, good food, and questionable fashion choices. This is your chance to raid grandma’s closet, unleash your inner fashion outlaw, and strut your stuff in an ensemble so bold it could stop traffic.

On the Menu: Delicious dishes that are guaranteed to be better than any of our sweater choices. Expect warm, comforting food perfect for a chilly evening of fun and friends.

Dress Code: The rule is simple – the uglier, the better. Be it bedazzled, tinsel-tangled, or color-clashed, your sweater should be so loud it practically holds its own conversation. Bonus points for flashing lights and jingling bells!

Let’s eat, laugh, and be merry (or should we say, ‘marry’ our sweaters with our questionable taste in fashion?). RSVP by [RSVP Date] so we can ensure there’s enough food to distract from our sweater-induced sore eyes.

Looking forward to seeing you in your worst (attire, that is)!

Warm and fuzzy regards, [Your Name]

P.S. There will be a prize for the ugliest sweater, so bring your A-game!

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Subject: ? Join Us for the Annual Ugly Sweater Party – Win a Delightful Prize! ?

Dear Team,

It’s that time of year again! We’re thrilled to invite you to our much-anticipated Annual Ugly Sweater Party! Get ready to dig through your closets, visit your favorite thrift stores, or get creative with some DIY because we are about to see some of the most hilariously hideous sweaters ever!

Date & Time: [Insert Date], from [Start Time] to [End Time]

Location: Our office lounge area

Here’s What to Expect:

  • Ugly Sweater Contest: Wear your ugliest, most outrageous Christmas sweater. The uglier, the better! We’ll have a contest, and the winner will receive a $20 Del Taco Gift Card. Let the competition begin!
  • Festive Food & Drinks: Enjoy a variety of delicious treats, including little smokies, sugar cookies, and more. We’ll also have a selection of drinks to keep the holiday spirit flowing.
  • Fun Activities: Get ready for some enjoyable games and activities designed to spread cheer and laughter.
  • Photo Booth: Capture the fun with our themed photo booth. Perfect for those memorable office party snaps!

A Few Notes:

  • RSVP: Please let us know if you’ll be able to make it by [RSVP Deadline].
  • Dress Code: Of course, it’s all about the sweaters! But feel free to add any festive accessories to your outfit.
  • Safety First: While we want to have as much fun as possible, let’s remember to celebrate responsibly.

We can’t wait to see everyone’s fantastically frightful sweaters and share a night full of joy and laughter. This is a great opportunity to relax, connect with your colleagues, and get into the festive spirit.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

Looking forward to seeing you there,

[Your Name] [Your Position]

Feel free to customize this template with specific details about your event, such as the exact date and time, RSVP instructions, and any other relevant information.

What Food Should You Serve at an Ugly Sweater Party? 

Let’s be honest. An ugly sweater party is an informal and super casual event. I’m known for offering a lot of different crockpot food during these events that include those little smokies heated up with some type of BBQ sauce and served with a side of toothpicks so hands don’t get messy.

Like other events that happen near or around the holidays, all baked goods are fair game. Bust out the semi-ironic sugar cookies in the shape of Christmas trees. Bring on the brownies. Bring out the pie.

food for an ugly sweater party

A tempting holiday spread.

Food Ideas

  • Cheese and Crackers Platter: A classic and easy-to-prepare option that can be made more ‘ugly sweater’ themed by using cheeses and crackers in unconventional shapes.
  • Veggie Tray with Dip: Use colorful vegetables arranged in a quirky pattern to keep up with the theme.
  • Mini Meatball Skewers: Similar to your little smokies, these can be served with toothpicks and a variety of dipping sauces.
  • Ugly Sweater Shaped Sandwiches: Use cookie cutters to shape sandwiches into sweater designs.
  • Festive Taco Bar: A build-your-own taco bar allows guests to customize their meals and adds an interactive element to your party.
  • Christmas Tree Pizza: A pizza arranged in the shape of a Christmas tree, decorated with various toppings.
  • Pretzel and Dip Station: Offer a variety of pretzels with different dips, including sweet and savory options.

Signature Drink Ideas

  • Ugly Sweater Punch: A fun, fruity punch that can be made with or without alcohol. Use bright colors and fun garnishes to make it stand out.
  • Hot Chocolate Bar: Perfect for a winter party. Offer various toppings like marshmallows, whipped cream, and peppermint sticks. Spike it with peppermint schnapps or Baileys for the adults.
  • Mulled Wine: A classic holiday drink that’s both warming and festive.
  • Eggnog Martini: A twist on the traditional eggnog, served in a martini glass for an elegant touch.
  • Candy Cane Cocktail: A sweet, minty drink garnished with a candy cane.
  • Apple Cider Mimosas: A simple and festive drink made with apple cider and champagne.

Remember, the key to an Ugly Sweater Party is to have fun with it. The food and drinks don’t have to be gourmet; they just need to be enjoyable and fit the laid-back, festive vibe of the event.