Ugly Christmas Sweater Party: Christmas Crafts, Recipes, Activities

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“Ugly Christmas sweaters have moved from the embarrassing garb of old family photos to a thing to be celebrated along with the holiday. Parties with a dress code specifically focused on these now (ironically) appreciated garments have become a tradition for some, and this book seeks to provide guidance to making them the best gatherings they can be. More than 20 recipes for food and drinks will fit just about any Christmas party, though several do feature a sweater theme or shape. Most of the crafts, which could be used as party prep or as activities at the gathering, feature sweaters, while some revel in the general tackiness of holiday decor from decades past. There are instructions for decorating more than a dozen ugly sweaters as well as headbands, shoes, and even a Christmas tree dress constructed from copious yards of green tulle. A few simple party games are outlined, though certainly the ugly sweater competition will be the highlight of any such get-together. A link to downloadable themed bottle labels, invitations, and
awards is included.” —Booklist

“The Shays, who cofounded the marketing agency Shay Design, have graciously prepared a ‘field guide’ to all things ugly before Christmas: sweaters, drinks, games, accoutrements, etc. The creative couple throw their annual party to raise funds for a family in need, but such parties can merely raise fun, too. The gala starts, of course, with the ugly sweater; for those who don’t have one, they offer ways to uglify apparel from the closet or thrift store—glued garlands for humans and pom poms for pups. They start with the menu to whet your appetite for throwing this party of marked hideosity. The food, including an ugly sweater cake, can be washed down with spiked drinks, such as grinch punch. The ‘hideous projects’ look easy, but the cozies require real work, including crocheting, knitting, and hot-gluing. Except for the sewing projects, the directions are rarely explicit: buy a box cake, “crank up funky music,” arrange items in a pyramid. The games promote seasonal silliness. Toni Albrecht’s photos properly elevate the endeavor to tacky and fun.” —Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Matt and Brandy Shay founded Shay Design in 2001, and since then they’ve had the pleasure of designing, project managing, and packaging numerous books. Their clients include: Sterling Publishing, Lark Crafts, Chapelle Ltd., WWCPress, Stampington & Co., Downtown Book Works, Martingale, Mudd Puddle, Time Inc., and many more. Brandy Shay has been the Director of Operations for Where Women Create, Where Women Cook, and Where Women Create Business magazines since their inception in 2007. Matt Shay has been a professional graphic artist for 22 years and has worked for a variety of clients both nationally and internationally.

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Professional photographer and owner of Toni J Studios, Toni J. Albrecht; Paige Hill (paigehill.blogspot.com); Jayme Shepherd, a crafter and cofounder of Hazel & Ruby, a Pinterest-inspired, DIY creative brand (hazelandruby.com); Lori Allred, host of Inspired by Pinterest, which airs weekly on MyCraftChannel.com and blogger on allreddesign.com.

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