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Tacky Christmas Sweater Party - help!

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by BigB08822, Nov 14, 2011.

  1. BigB08822

    BigB08822 Well-Known Member

    We are throwing our annual Christmas Party in a few weeks and this year we decided to do a Tacky Sweater theme. It has been done to death but since we have never done it we thought it would be fun enough. The problem is that I don't own a sweater at all and I don't have the money to go out and buy one. Besides getting lucky and finding a cheap one at a thrift store, does anyone have any good ideas? Mainly I am wondering if anyone has ever made one? Perhaps buying a very cheap sweater and then decorating it yourself. Has anyone ever been to a similarly themed party and seen any good ideas? Help me out! As the host I have to have one of the best.
  2. milanessa

    milanessa engaged to dupa

    Buy a cheap red, green or white sweater (or even sweatshirt) and head to the Dollar store. You can usually find a lot of small felt ornaments there - then just sew them on. The more garish the better. Heck, add tinsel to be really tacky.
  3. PrincessLeppard

    PrincessLeppard Holding Alex Johnson's Pineapple

    Goodwill has never let me down. :D
  4. genegri

    genegri Active Member

    I wore a Bill Crosby type sweater to my office's ugly Christmas sweater competition and lost.

    The girl who won wore a plain red sweater with lots of BIG and bright glass ball ornaments pinned on all over with safe pins. There must have been 30 to 40 on her.
  5. orbitz

    orbitz Well-Known Member

    Get two large sheets of felt paper, cut out a front and a back and then use safety pins to hold the two pieces together to form your "sweater". Go crazy with the glue gun and bedazzle it :)
  6. michiruwater

    michiruwater Well-Known Member

    I will be absolutely shocked if you can't find one in a thrift store somewhere. We have ugly sweater Tuesday on the last Tuesday of each semester, and there are always hoards and hoards of them to choose from. I found this fantastic one with bunnies and alligators on it one year. I've yet to understand the combination.
  7. BigB08822

    BigB08822 Well-Known Member

    That's not such a bad idea! I just would hate to fall down, :lol:
  8. Nomad

    Nomad Celebrity cheese-monger

    You could also add tinsel garland to the collar, cuffs, and hem.
  9. RockTheTassel

    RockTheTassel Well-Known Member

    I've already seen some tacky Christmas sweaters at Walmart for about five bucks.
  10. BigB08822

    BigB08822 Well-Known Member

    Really? I assumed any new sweaters would be expensive just because sweaters tend to be expensive, even plain ones. I will have to look if they are that cheap!
  11. Marge_Simpson

    Marge_Simpson Well-Known Member

    We had one of these at work several years ago. The guy that won the prize bought a stuffed reindeer at the dollar store, severed it off at the neck, and sewed it to the front of a sweatshirt.
    I bought a ton of jingle bells and sewed them onto a sweater, I was voted "most annoying" because my sweater was so noisy.
    Everyone received a pair of reindeer antlers to wear. I kept mine and wear them to work whenever I get stuck working on Christmas.
  12. zaphyre14

    zaphyre14 Well-Known Member

    Goodwill, The Salvation Army, and just about every church thrift store I've ever seen has tons of Really Tacky Sweaters and Sweatshirts for $5 or less. Check out the Plus Size sections - Really Tacky and Really Large seem to go hand-in-hand a lot.
  13. GarrAarghHrumph

    GarrAarghHrumph I can kill you with my brain

    I'd have to believe that someone you know owns a tacky Christmas sweater. Ask around.
  14. Aceon6

    Aceon6 Hit ball, find ball, hit it again.

    We have a contest here and I always decorate a plain sweatshirt with stuff we already have around the house. Last year, I used a bunch of red bows (the flat kind) and just basted them on to the sweater. This year, I'm going to wear red cords and a red sweatshirt. I'm making a green "ruff" for it. As I'm fairly tall and not too wide, I hope to look like one of those gift bags that you use for wine.
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  15. Rob

    Rob Beach Bum

    When is your party and what size are you? Maybe we all could start mailing you our tacky Xmas sweaters. Unfortunately, I just gave away some particularly fetching beadazzled ones my mother gave me, but she immediately replaced them with a black sweatshirt with beads and poetry about a cat and felt white cat appliqued on it. It would be purrfect for you!
  16. BigB08822

    BigB08822 Well-Known Member

    I think this is what I am doing. I saw a picture online and the person did what you described but they also cut off the arms and legs and sewed them on as well. It was really funny looking. The hard part may be finding a stuffed reindeer but I will have to keep my eyes peeled.
  17. skatemommy

    skatemommy Well-Known Member

    We got my DD's entire Halloween costume at Salvation Army. They usually batch together the seasonal stuff. She also won a spirit award at school courtesy of Dollar General Christmas stuff. Keep us posted!
  18. SceneIt

    SceneIt DoneIt

    I am very hesitant about going into a Salvation Army store. My friend's father volunteered there and brought home a bad case of the bedbugs to the point of having to rip out all curtains, carpeting, bedding and replacing all of it. The little buggers just were relentless despite fumigation, steam cleaning, etc. This happened although supposedly he didn't purchase anything there. He figure they must have jumped on his pantleg or coat or whatever and that's how they were carried into the household.

  19. BigB08822

    BigB08822 Well-Known Member

    Well if they were so relentless then it is possible that The Salvation Army cleaned all of the donations they got but the bedbugs still lived. Not sure what else they could do expect stop taking donations. There was a severe bedbug infestation this past year in many parts of the U.S. and maybe other parts of the world.
  20. Kasey

    Kasey Correcting President Trump's grammar on Twitter :)

    Our family's "Fakesgiving" (this Friday) has the rule of ugly sweaters. He/She of the least ugly sweater has to wash the dishes; second least ugly has to walk the dog during football viewing....etc.

    (Goodwill has never let me down)
  21. Jasmar

    Jasmar Active Member

    My daughter won last year with a Christmas-themedgrandma sweater from Salvation Army, tricked out with a set of battery-operated Christmas lights fromthe Dollar Tree and cheap ball ornaments sewn all over the place. Cost us less than $5 total.
  22. snoopysnake

    snoopysnake Well-Known Member

    Cut out a picture of a sweater from a newspaper ad and pin it on the front of your shirt with thumb tacks (thumb part on the inside, points sticking out.)
  23. RockTheTassel

    RockTheTassel Well-Known Member

    Yep. Just so you know, they were in a bin near the Christmas decorations, not the clothes.

    Whatever you end up finding, enjoy the new addition to your wardrobe. :D
  24. Civic

    Civic New Member

    I'm dying to know the story behind your family's Fakesgiving observance.
  25. mysticchic

    mysticchic Well-Known Member

    Brian, I wish I lived closer to you! My Mom tends to find the tackest sweaters to give me ever Christmas. I have about 10 in my closet (she comes over to feed the cats when I am gone). So I have to keep them.
  26. Kasey

    Kasey Correcting President Trump's grammar on Twitter :)

  27. milanessa

    milanessa engaged to dupa

  28. jamesy

    jamesy shut in

    you could also wear it at your next skating event :saint:
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  29. BigB08822

    BigB08822 Well-Known Member

    I can't believe I forgot to come back and post. I went to a local thrift store and found an entire rack of Christmas sweaters. There was an absolutely hideous vest and had to get it. I didn't want a sweater since it could very well be warm and muggy in Louisiana on the night of the party. A vest will also be different from everyone else. Will post a pic when I get a chance, maybe when I get back home later in the week.
  30. SceneIt

    SceneIt DoneIt

    Watching the morning news today, supposedly this is a hot trend right now. Ugly Christmas Sweater parties. Thrift stores are seeing these sweaters fly off their shelves. :lol: