Bottoms Up — December 15, 2015 at 3:25 pm

It’s Time for Ugly Sweater Fun



Christmastime is here, which means crowding around the big tree, gazing at the holiday windows and breaking out your ugliest sweater. Undoubtedly one of the most festive parts of the season, ugly sweater parties have become annual celebrations. The one thing that surpasses wearing one of those hideous sweaters is throwing an over the top party. From the drinks to the snacks and decorations, here are some of the essentials to throw a memorable party.



Creating a fun and welcoming environment is necessary when throwing a party, and what is more fun than a photo booth? To capture all the crazy moments, people can setup a photo booth with a Christmas background from Party City, props that can be purchased at Michael’s or on Etsy and a camera. From making silly faces to kissing under the mistletoe, a photo booth will become the hottest thing of the night.


An ugly sweater party is not complete without festive cocktails that remind people of the holiday season. UV Vodka brings the flavors of baking into their signature Christmas cocktail, The Gingerbread Man. Mixing one part UV Cake Vodka and two parts ginger ale, The Gingerbread Man is a delicious drink that will have partygoers wanting more from the home-bartender. For people looking for sparkly at the party, they can indulge in the flavorful vodka and moscato mix liqueur, Viniq and their Shimmer All the Way cocktail. The sultry red cocktail is mixed with Viniq Ruby Shimmery Liqueur, pomegranate juice and Barefoot Bubbly Cuvee; this cocktail will put anyone into the Christmas spirit.


Add a little fun with the classic Christmas Coca Cola glass bottles that add a holiday twist to the Share a Coke program, and enjoy a tasty delicious jell-o shot from Ludlow Cocktails CompanyTaking the wait out of jell-o shots,  Ludlow shots come pre-made that come in various flavor that everyone will love, including the Moscow Mule.


While cocktails can be creative and delicious, there is nothing that beats a classic glass of wine. There are countless wines that are available at wine and spirit stores, but Save Me San Francisco Wines brings the best of California to New York. Started by the musical group Train, Save Me San Francisco Wines are named after their hit songs, including their pinot noir, Soul Sister. 


The party is not just about drinks, but festive bites, too. Finger foods are the ideal meals to serve, and one bite that will have  people going back for are Snappers holiday treats. Known as the pretzel treat, the holiday line includes Milk Chocolate Cinnamon Caramel, Dark Chocolate Caramel Fudge and Dark Chocolate Peppermint Snappers. Whether people put them out for dessert or at the beginning of the party, Snappers are sure to be a hit.

There will be one person that will wear a hideous over-the-top ugly sweater that needs to be rewarded. After selecting the winner, they can walk away with a personalized bottle of wine from Josh Cellars that congratulates them on this noble honor. Each label can be custom made for any gift and special occasion and ideal for a prize. From the cocktails to bites and prize, these will essentials are guaranteed to make a memorable party.

Twisted Talk: Have you been to an ugly sweater party? What did you think of it? Discuss below!

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