What to Make for an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party
Giant Marshmallow and Cornflakes Christmas Tree Treat
Learn how to make a towering edible Christmas tree with this holiday riff on a classic treat.
Snowmen Donut Sticks
Store-bought sugar donuts become impressive holiday snowmen when decorated with chocolate candy pieces, pretzels, chocolate chips, and orange gummy candies.
Christmas Light Strawberries
Create an edible string of multi-colored Christmas lights with this unique idea for chocolate-covered strawberries.
Red Pepper Bourbon Glow
What better way to use gifted peper jelly than to spice up your cocktails? This beverage is sweet and sour with a sublte hotness. Serve a drink that is fun, different, and just plain smart at your next fall or holiday get-together.
This traditional Puerto Rican cocktail tastes like a very thick and creamy coconut eggnog. It's very rich, so you can serve it over ice, if preferred, to dilute it a little. Feel free to increase or decrease the amount of rum depending on how strong you like it. The drink keeps in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks. Pro tip: It's great for gift-giving! Simply place in a decorative glass bottle with a stopper for a delightful Christmas gift.
Ginger Cake with Maple Frosting
Santa and Reindeer Truffles
Classic Gingerbread Cookies
These gingerbread cookies are sweet and not too gingery- perfect for the kids and just how you remember them. This recipe is also great for gingerbread houses. Roll the dough 1/4" thick, cut out house, and bake at 325 until firm (about 20 minutes). Rotate the pan after 10 minutes and use bold molasses for even baking and optimal flavor.
Mini sausages hand-battered and fried golden are just the right size for munching and mingling. Not to be left out of the tacky theme, we served them in a jolly basket with cheery red (ketchup) and green (salsa verde) condiments.
Feta Cheese Truffles
Tiny cheese truffles are super-simple to make and pair well with other finger foods, such as almonds, olives, and grape tomatoes. To up the tacky ante, serve them in ice-cube trays nestled in holiday boxes.
Famous Sausage Ball Muffins
We just took “decorating the tree” to a whole new level! Once these cheesy sausage bites cool, use toothpicks with red and green frills to affix them to a foam cone (you can find the foam at most arts and crafts stores). If that’s not enough for your sweater-party spread, add a bow tree topper and use holiday fabric as a tree skirt.
Whoever gave fruitcake a bad name will eat their words when they try this fruit-filled, rum-spiked cake. Because a fruitcake needs no introduction, a simple bow tied around the dessert adds just enough tackiness to this Christmas “gift.”
Fruity Gelatin Mold
Give grandma’s gelatin mold a chance and tote this updated version to the party. Have fun with the mold you choose (ours is topped with a Christmassy star), and add leftover decorations around the plate to give the piece some personality.
Panna Cotta Shots
These sweet, creamy shots are anything but ugly. But we managed to take them down a notch by pouring into plastic shot glasses and topping with red and green liqueurs. Just be sure to make these dainty desserts ahead, as they take some time to chill.