I have been wanting to do an Ugly Sweater Party for years, but by the time I got around to it, it was so cliche that I just decided not to try. One of our friends reminded me about it last month and said I should do it anyway. Always up for a challenge, I wanted to spin it so it was still fun. My husband and I mulled it over and went with a Geek theme that seemed perfect for us and our friends.
One of my favorite parts of the Ugly sweater party concept is that it is wonderfully tacky in an almost cute way. Geeking that up was so fun. We’ve been asked to do it again next year, and have already decided it was rather awesome and we’d like to improve on it and give it another go.
In our invite, we specified that guests were to come in a Geeky holiday sweater, either hand made or bought and were to bring a Geeky themed treat and a game to share. Here are some highlights:
Tee Fury seemed to be popular this year.
My husband and I sported Die Hard and Doctor Who Christmas “sweaters”
Some of our guests were so much more creative. We’ll have to step up our game next year.
These impressed me so much, particularly as they were last minute.
Their sweaters were ordered from the UK and didn’t get here in time, so they created these sweaters last minute with mostly with felt. In addition to another geektastic Tee Fury Who shirt, An epic Doctor Who sweater and a Words of Radiance sweater that had this Whovian/Brandon Sanderson fan very impressed. I mean, look at those Shattered Plains! So much detail!
Again, I’m amazed. She free handed these awesome yet adorable Firefly sweaters.
A Wash sweater and a Jayne-gerbread sweater.
For our decorations, I used these fantastic tins found at desperate.com, some printable cube people from Deviant Art, and other touches I hand crafted or dug out of our Christmas decor in the name of Ugly Sweater. I wood burned some tacky, geeky gifts and added some store bought ones.
I found my mom’s old retro tree and used it and I loved the effect and the nostalgia.
Some of our geeky grub:
Star Trek Insignia cookies (made with a star cookie cutter with the “arms” cut off of the star.)
Andy’s Mint Brownies. Regular brownies with melted Andes mints on top.
SNL’s Schweddy Balls. AKA Swedish meat balls.
Flying Cauldron Butterscotch Beer!
And I had to add holiday scarves.
Combined with some of the games I’ll post next, this was such a fun evening with some of our favorite people and we will definitely do it again.