Ugly Christmas Sweater eShop Adds How-To Blog of Christmas Party Ideas

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Not Your Average Sweater, an online eShop specializing in ugly Christmas sweaters, has launched a new blog to provide holiday party hosts with an array of ideas to help with party planning. Blog posts and videos outline tips and suggestions for menu planning, decorating (of your ugly Christmas sweaters and your home), as well as games and activities for Christmas parties of all genres and sizes.

After opening the doors of her online sweater shop last holiday season, the owner of Not Your Average Sweater ( realized that many of her customers, friends and family were new to the idea of ugly Christmas sweater parties. In an effort to help them join the whimsical world of this fast-growing holiday trend, she’s launched a new blog ( in conjunction with her eShop to provide information to help everyone from the novice to the experienced sweater party host throw an even more successful holiday party.

“People love the idea of ugly Christmas sweater parties, and know they’d be lots of fun,” stated Nancy Schloetel, owner of Not Your Average Sweater, “but I’ve learned that people sometimes need a few ideas to jumpstart some out-of-the-box thinking and get their tacky on.”

Some ugly Christmas sweater parties differ little from run-of-the-mill holiday affairs. Guests are just asked to wear an ugly sweater, and that’s as far as it goes. Whether you’re planning a gathering of friends and family, a reunion, holiday bash, company party, office luncheon, community or fundraising event, or even a rousing kegger, you can keep the tacky, retro, silly vibe alive in every detail of your party. The fact that an ugly Christmas sweater is eco-friendly can be a highlight, too. “I appreciate the re-cycle, re-purpose, re-use aspect of these parties,” adds Schloetel.

Once you begin to read through Nancy’s blog and watch some of her how-to videos (, you soon learn that much more can be made of these holiday shindigs. Do you aspire to win the ugliest outfit prize? Need an activity to break the ice? Want some game suggestions that work well for party groups made up of all ages? Ever decorated a Christmas cookie that’s shaped like a sweater? Are luminarias in your decorating future? Have you considered making your party more meaningful by adding a humanitarian element? Do you remember some of the fun, silly treats you used to make at scout camp? Watch Nancy’s videos, and you’re on the road to find the answers you seek.

Nancy sums it up by saying, “I started out thinking it would be fun to toss my energy into the ring and teach myself how to sell some ugly sweaters on the web. Now, I realize I can go further than merely providing quirky apparel for fun-loving parties. I can help people develop ideas for every aspect of their ugly Christmas sweater parties, helping them build even more wonderful holiday memories along the way.” What could be better than that?

About Not Your Average Sweater:
The Not Your Average Sweater eShop ( offers ugly Christmas sweaters for holiday parties. Choose from hundreds of previously enjoyed, adult-sized sweaters ranging from quaint and charming, to hideously ugly (with lots of added extras you won't find anywhere else). Find great accessory and ensemble pieces (like patterned turtlenecks, holiday vests and blazers, along with plaid skirts, kilts, shorts and pants) to take your next ugly Christmas sweater look into the best-dressed winner’s circle. The Not Your Average Sweater blog contains how-to videos giving you great sweater tips and party ideas and suggestions. Find recipes, party games and activities, and even decorating ideas to take your ugly Christmas sweater party to the next level.


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