Everyone loves some fun, friendly competition. Why not incorporate that into your next Christmas party? An ugly Christmas sweater contest is a great way for your guests to join in the festivities and show off their creativity – the tackier, the better.
In order to put on an ugly Christmas sweater contest, you should mention on the invite that there will be a contest. Next, you need to figure out what kind of criteria you want to judge the sweater on. Having multiple categories where guests can win different prizes is also a fun idea. For example, you can have a winner for most creative, the funniest, most offensive, and the most original ugly sweater. You may want to inform the guests about the judging criteria on the invite as well.
Next, you will need to pick out the prizes for the winners. This is really up to you. Some people enjoy rewarding the winners with gag gifts, while others purchase gift cards in small amounts like $5 or $10. If you're only going to have one winner, then you should go with a larger gift card amount.
Now you have to decide which person/people will be judging the contest. You can have all the guests vote for their favorites or as the host, you can be the sole judge of the contest. It's fun to involve your guests as much as possible so the former might be a better option. Keep the mood light and fun. After all, the end goal is to gather and celebrate the holidays. Showing off the best of the worst Christmas sweaters is just a bonus!