Ugly Christmas Party Ideas

The Beautiful Gift-Ugly Sweater Party
Women's Ministry Theme

Julia Bettencourt

Posted November 10, 2014

Spiritual Application

An Ugly Christmas Sweater Party would be a good time to have a devotional on the ugliness of sin and how Christ came to wash that ugliness away so we could have beautiful lives in Him. 

Maybe even concentrate on how we are not to live in that ugly sin after we have accepted Christ but live in holiness.

Theme Verse Suggestions

But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Romans 6:22, 23

For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.  1 Thessalonians 4:7

Devotional/Lesson Suggestions

Do a study of the ugliness of sin and how the Beautiful Gift (Christ) came to save us from that sin.

Do a study on not living in the ugliness of sin but living holy lives.

Do a study of Ephesians Chapter 2 (ugliness of the flesh) 

Devotionals by Julia

Alternative Theme Titles

The Beautiful Gift

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

Beauty in Holiness

Light in a Dark World--The Gift of Christ contrasting the darkness and ugliness of sin.

The Good. The Bad. The Ugly.


Color:  red and green or non-traditional Christmas colors

I know I've seen a lot of Christmas sweater parties floating around the internet with ugly and tacky decorations, but I wouldn't go that route for a ladies meeting.

Display Christmas sweaters.  (Find them at thrift shops)

Display throws or blankets with sweater patterns.

General Christmas decorations

Sweater trees

Cut off sleeves or cuffs of old sweaters and put around vases for arrangements.  (Find sweaters at thrift shops)

Sweater tent cards

If you have some ladies that scrapbook or make cards, have them make some sweater cards for your tables.


Festive Attire Points Game

Ugly Christmas Sweater Game

Download in a PDF File

Various Christmas Icebreakers

Christmas Games Icebreakers

Download in a PDF File

Various Pass the Gift Games

Pass the Gift Games Icebreaker

Download in PDF File

Icebreaker Index


Christmas Carols


Sweater mug cozies

Christmas candy (tie on tag with strip of old Christmas sweater)

See my blog for creative favor ideas.

Door Prizes

Gift certificate to a ladies clothing store  (somewhere like Marshalls)

Christmas boxed gifts (like Hickory Farms, boxed teas, etc.)

Christmas apron

Christmas set of dishtowels

Boxed Christmas candy

Door Prize Ideas for Women

Door Prize Tips

Just for Fun

Ahead of time:  Make sure to include on your invitations a note to let your ladies know to wear a Christmas sweater (ugliest is better).

Use a sweater shaped invitation

Decorate sweater shaped cookies

Decorate sweaters for Christmas

Have fun props for photo opportunities.  (Reindeer Antlers and Noses, Santa Beards, etc.)

Have a Re-gifting Exchange.

Give out Sweater Awards:

  • Ultimate Ugliest Sweater
  • Tackiest Sweater
  • Most Colorful Sweater
  • Most Creative Sweater
  • Not Quite Ugly Sweater (for someone who wears a "pretty" Christmas sweater)
  • Place Awards (1st, 2nd, 3rd)

Food and Serving

Christmas sweater cookies

Christmas sweater cake

Pot luck

Christmas treats

Hospitality in Women's Ministry

Copyright ©2014 Julia Bettencourt
Any Scripture quoted is in the King James Version.

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See my Ugly Sweater Pinterest Board for more ideas!

This theme is geared for you to take a few ideas for a small meeting or take several for a larger event. These are suggestions for you to build upon.  Be creative...Julia

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