The cider cocktails are prepped, the playlist is ready to go, and the camera is ready; it’s ugly sweater party time! And even though your calendar is filled to the brim with last-minute shopping and miscellaneous holiday to-dos, there’s no need to be a party pooper when it comes to the planning. These fun party ideas, recipes, and ugly Christmas sweater DIYs will have you sending out your invites with glee.

1. Tacky Holiday Sweater DIY: Don’t get so deep into planning that you forget about your ensemble! This ugly sweater DIY will save you from waiting on shipping and combing through the racks of your local thrift store. (via Brit + Co)

2. Colorful Hot Cocoa Bar: Everything you serve should be as festive as the attire, and the easiest way to ensure that is by having as many sprinkles and colorful syrups as you can find. (via Brit + Co)

3. Ugly Sweater Printable: Your wall decor is as much a part of your #lewk as the ugly knits you wear. (via Make + Tell)

4. Christmas Light Leggings DIY: Don’t stop with the tacky sweater. Get festive with these easy Christmas light leggings. (via Studio DIY)

5. Ugly Christmas Dresses: Kick things up a notch by adding rickrack to an ugly dress from the back of your closet. Before you know it, you’ll have a Insta-worthy masterpiece on your hands. (via Brit + Co)

6. Christmas Bulb Cocktails: Just when you think you’ve explored every possible way of serving a drink, here comes the Christmas bulb full of holiday goodness. (via Sugar & Cloth)

7. Pugly Gingerbread Cookies: You can’t call yourself the hostess with the mostest without expertly decorated treats. (via Brit + Co)

8. DIY Ugly Sweater Ornaments: Deck the halls in the worst that fashion and best that crafting has to offer. (via Brit + Co)

9. DIY Cozy Photo Backdrop: Give your guests the softest, plushest, and most appropriate photo booth for the ‘gram. (via Brit + Co)

10. DIY Holly Leaf Holiday Plates: Go the #extra mile for your party with these festive plates. Who doesn’t love a thematic approach to disposable dishes? (via A Kailo Chic Life)

11. DIY Ugly Christmas Sweaters: Is “ugly” synonymous with “hella cute”? Because that’s exactly what this eclectic sweater is. (via Brit + Co)

12. DIY Donut Tree: Serving your finger food on a handmade display is pretty much the new standard in hosting. (via Handmade Charlotte)

13. Christmas Cones: Just like ugly Christmas sweaters broke the mold when it comes to holiday entertaining, the winter cake cone will do the same for desserts. (via Brit + Co)

14. DIY Disco Santa Hat: Every gift needs a topper, and every kitschy outfit needs an equally kitschy accessory. (via Club Crafted)

15. Pom-Pom Everything: While you’re at it, deck the halls, walls, trees, and sweaters in pom-poms. Trust us, it looks amazing. (via Brit + Co)

Are you hosting or attending an ugly sweater party? Show us your pics on Instagram using the hashtag #IAmCreative!

Additional reporting by Ariel Garneau