The sweaters may be tacky, but the food is super cute! Let me show you How to Host an Ugly Sweater Holiday Party that they’ll never forget with deliciously adorable food and tips to keep it cute and casual.

How to Host an Ugly Sweater Holiday Party Collage

Ugly Sweaters, Super Cute Food

An ugly Christmas sweater party is one of my favorite holiday traditions! It’s such a silly and fun event to gather around with friends and family and great food, of course. If you’re playing host this year, here’s How to Host an Ugly Sweater Holiday Party with the cutest, most delicious holiday themed food that everyone will love!

I had the honor of sharing some of my ugly sweater holiday party inspiration in the 2023 holiday issue of Life’s a Party Magazine.

A woman in a Christmas sweater featuring a reindeer wearing sun glasses and a scarf in front of a table filled with party food.

Tips For Keeping It Cute and Casual

  • The absolute last thing you need at the holidays is to pile on more stress. That’s what’s so great about an ugly sweater party. It’s a casual, cute and creative way to bring people together around the holiday season.
  • Don’t sweat the sweater party! You don’t have to worry about dressing pretty for this holiday party. Each person’s ugly sweater brings such joy and laughter to the party.
  • Everyone loves finding the perfect ugly sweater to wear! And it can be as easy as a quick stop on Amazon.
  • For the table runner, I used wrapping paper from the Joy Creative Shop 2023 Holiday Collection. As you can see, festive wrapping paper is such a perfect way to easily decorating the table for a holiday party!
A woman in a Christmas sweater featuring a reindeer wearing glasses.

All About the Ugly Sweater Holiday Spread

The sweaters might be ugly, but the food doesn’t have to be! The food at any ugly Christmas sweater party should be super festive–just like the sweaters!

The festive boards in this spread are what it’s all about! Get creative with the way you serve food at a party and it really elevates the experience for everyone! It makes for a memorable, and most importantly, delicious occasion!

A holiday spread for an ugly holiday sweater party.

Ugly Sweater Charcuterie Board

An Ugly Sweater Holiday Party wouldn’t be complete without the cheesiest of charcuterie boards! My Ugly Sweater Charcuterie Board has rich cheeses, savory meats, fresh fruits and all the go-with-ers you love. It’s a creative and delicious must-have for your ugly sweater holiday party!

Wooden food boards made to look like an ugly Holiday sweater.

Festive Antipasto Wreath

This Festive Antipasto Wreath is a show-stopping edible centerpiece to any holiday spread that’s easy to create and so enjoyable to snack on!

A large white serving plate with skewers made of meats, olives, peppers and cheeses laid out in a circle to look like a holiday wreath.

Santa Sweets Board

Invite Santa to the party with this adorable and delicious dessert board made with frosting, fruits and fun treats! This Santa Sweets Board is sure to be a holiday hit!

Christmas Tree Cookie Board

Deck the halls with a delicious variety of holiday cookie favorites arranged in a tree-shape for all to enjoy! A mix of store-bought and homemade treats make this Christmas Tree Cookie Board so easy and delicious.

A variety of holiday cookies laid out on a rectangular wood food board in the shape of a Christmas tree with a red frosted star cookie on top.

If you try any of these ideas for your Ugly Sweater Holiday Party and post a pic to social, be sure to tag me on Instagram @thebakermama so I can see! 😍 I just love seeing how inspired and creative y’all get with the ideas I share. Enjoy!


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Maegan is the author of her best-selling Beautiful Boards, Spectacular Spreads and Brilliant Bites cookbooks. She started blogging in 2012 and features hundreds of original recipes on The BakerMama. She truly enjoys sharing her easy, family-friendly recipes, creative meal ideas, food board creations, and entertaining spreads to encourage others to get in the kitchen and make something memorable for their loved ones to enjoy together. Learn More

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