Remember those horrible holiday sweaters that everyone seemed to wear in the 90's? The ones with the jingling bells, 3D snowmen and light-up buttons? Well apparently (and unbeknownst to me until quite recently), they're now a "thing."
People all over the world now throw holiday parties to which their guests come attired in the ugliest, tackiest, most over-the-top sweaters they can manage to dig up. Throw in some strong cocktails, tasty nibbles and a few prizes for the best (read: worst) sweater, and I can kind of see where they're coming from. Read on for ideas on decor, menu and music for your own tack-tastic ode to the holidays.
The rule of thumb here is the brighter, the better. Think fibre optic Christmas trees, over-the-top decorations, cheesy mugs, and lots of red. Let your inner child run rampant, and you'll soon get the idea.
- Disco ball ornament from CB2, $1.95.
- Christmas bauble wreath from Habitat, approx. $32.00.
- Assorted Christmas stockings from John Lewis, approx. $16.00 - $24.00.
- Greet bar glass from Crate & Barrell, $9.95.
- Invitation from Yvonne B Designs on Etsy, $10.00.
- Pre-lit, 6.5' Douglas Fir tree from Target, $85.80.
- Set of 4 Christmas mugs from Amazon, $40.30.
- Rens sheepskin rug from IKEA, $29.99.
- Christmas village cushion, Marks & Spencer, approx. $72.00.
- Orson armchair in red, from Made.com, approx. $560.00
- Upcycled woollen pouffe from The Remakerie on Etsy, $99.00.
Don't fret too much about the culinary side of things: people are at this party to have fun, not give marks out of ten for canapé presentation. A signature cocktail, some holiday punch, a few toasted nuts and a couple sweet offerings should be enough to get the party started.
- Candy Cane Cocktail from Martha Stewart
- The Poinsettia from The Kitchn
- Milk Punch from Smitten Kitchen
- Hot Apple-Ginger Toddy from The Kitchn
- Dulce de Leche Coffee from The Pioneer Woman
- Ina Garten's Chipotle and Rosemary Roasted Nuts via The Food Network
- Quick-time Sausage Cassoulet from Jamie Oliver
- Creamed Mushrooms on Chive Toast from Smitten Kitchen
- Gordon Ramsay's Mince Pies via Channel 4 Food
- Rosemary Pecan Bark from Camille Styles
This is not the occasion to break out your favorite esoteric rock, or share that too-cool-for-school indie band you just discovered with all your mates. This is the time for cheesy, old-school holiday music that everyone knows and loves (or at least loves to hate.) Take a little Elton, add some Madonna and (of course) a bit of Mariah, and you've got yourself a party.
- Elton John - Step into Christmas
- Willie Nelson & Norah Jones - Baby, It's Cold Outside
- Elvis - Merry Christmas Baby
- Madonna - Santa Baby
- Wham - Last Christmas
- The Pogues - Fairytale of New York
- Destiny's Child - 8 Days of Christmas
- Frank Sinatra - White Christmas
- Ike and Tina Turner - Merry Christmas Baby
- Mariah Carey - All I Want for Christmas is You
(Images: As linked above)