Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

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This sweater is probably the most fabulous thing I own.


As someone on Twitter commented, truly ugly Christmas sweaters offend multiple senses.  Our were clearly visually offensive.  They also jangled with bells and had 3-D Scotty dog appliqués that were soft to the touch.  


Jen hosted an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party, and it was really a blast.  The food was great, the sweaters were hysterical, and the conversation was out of hand.  I wish we had a tape recorder on us sometimes.


Nicole and Isaac also got into the tacky spirit! Nicole “embellished” their sweaters with jingle bells and lots of flair.




Baby Liam came and sat under the tree!  Yes, he was dressed like a reindeer.



The food spread, as mentioned, was amazing.  It’s nice to have other healthy, vegetarian-friendly friends.


On the plate:


  • A faux chicken nugget
  • Ziti
  • Several quinoa bowls
  • Salad
  • A roll
  • Homemade applesauce
  • And two glasses of wine 🙂


The dessert were to DIE for!


I had two of these Egg Nog Cheesecake Bites from Jen:


A Dough Ball Tower piece from Diana:


And one of my own sugar cookies:


A really fun party with lots of wine and sugar.  I woke up this morning with a tummy ache (no surprise!).  We laid around in bed for about two hours, which felt wonderful. 


I realized that Maggie’s eyebrows are going grey:


She’s getting so old. 🙁 She’s going to be 7 next August.


And then I made breakfast:


A grilled banana sandwich sans syrup or brown sugar.  I’ve had enough sugar!  And the bananas are sweet enough.


Off to be productive.  It’s 11:30 and I’m just having coffee now!



  • Jackie @ Baking Charms December 19, 2010, 11:40 am

    Love that you two got matching sweaters!! What a fun party 🙂

  • Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) December 19, 2010, 11:41 am

    Haha I saw your famous Xmas jumper on Jen’s blog first! Love it! 😀
    All the cookies look SO good! Mmmm…
    And 7 isn’t that old for a dog is it? Maggie looks great I think! 🙂

  • Baking 'n' Books December 19, 2010, 11:42 am

    Where did you ever get those matching sweaters?! Note to self: Plan an Ugly Christmas Sweater party next year! 🙂

  • Jacquelynn December 19, 2010, 11:42 am

    Looks so fun! I, too, am just having coffee… trying to get motivated to go run in the cold in Ohio 😛

  • Madeline - Greens and Jeans December 19, 2010, 11:42 am

    I’m pretty sure the visual assault was only made more powerful by the fact that there were TWO of them! Well played…

  • sarah @ See Sarah Graduate December 19, 2010, 11:43 am

    Omg your sweaters are fantastic! Love it!

  • steph December 19, 2010, 11:44 am

    i love the sweaters !! and the desserts !! and baby liam !!

  • Jennifer December 19, 2010, 11:47 am

    Your sandwich looks pretty amazing even without the sugar! Glad you’re having a great holiday season:)

  • Angela (Oh She Glows) December 19, 2010, 11:52 am

    I LOVE that they are matching sweaters! Priceless.
    I looove Ugly Xmas sweater oarties…ours last year was so much fun. I wish we had the time this year for it. I just might have to bust out my sweater anyways…

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine December 19, 2010, 11:54 am

    That sweater is AWESOME. Seriously, it’s so heinously tacky- I want it. And now I’m craving Christmas cookies!! Looks like a fun night.

  • Ashley December 19, 2010, 12:05 pm

    omg, that reindeer baby is the cutest thing ever! The party looks hilarious! The hubbs is a good sport to rock-not just any ugly sweater-but MATCHING sweaters! Love it!

    • Caitlin December 19, 2010, 12:09 pm

      He actually insisted that we match!

  • Stacy @ Every Little Thing December 19, 2010, 12:08 pm

    the party looked super fun! love the matching sweaters 🙂 someone else on my blog roll went to this party, because i’ve seen some of those pictures before! haha

    my roxie started going grey too 🙁 she just turned 7 too!

  • Ciely December 19, 2010, 12:11 pm

    Maggie is 42 in dog years? She looks great for her age…and a COUGAR to James!

  • Marina December 19, 2010, 12:11 pm

    Agree,baby is so cute:)
    Party sounds awesome, with the silly sweaters and amazing food!

  • grocery goddess jen December 19, 2010, 12:17 pm

    Those sweaters are truly, truly hideous! Love!

    I know what you mean about too much wine and sugar – I had the same tummy ache for the same reason last Saturday.

  • Lily @ Lily's Health Pad December 19, 2010, 12:27 pm

    I need an ugly Christmas sweater…stat! I’d consider wearing it to work on the day before Christmas.

  • Lee December 19, 2010, 12:33 pm

    I love the matching sweaters. Where did you find them? It always amazes me that people actually buy these type of sweaters for real and not for an ugly sweater party.

    • Caitlin December 19, 2010, 12:35 pm

      We got them at Dillards. They were ridiculously expensive!

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) December 19, 2010, 12:33 pm

    I love seeing xmas sweaters from parties…too fun!

    The desserts. Wow. Dough ball tower, eggnog bites, your sugar cookies..NICE!

  • Erin @ Bishella December 19, 2010, 12:36 pm

    I love Christmas time just for these posts XD I posted recently about my new-found love of holiday sweaters:

    and aww Maggie. My little pup is at least 8 (we’re not 100% sure of her birthday) but she’s a Maltese so I think she’s still got a ways to go before she slows down. Thank goodness <3

  • faith @ gracefulfitness December 19, 2010, 12:39 pm

    Your sweater vest are priceless!

  • Ali December 19, 2010, 12:39 pm

    That is quite the ugly sweater!! I’m impressed. It’s funny because every ugly christmas sweater party I’ve ever been to, I head right to my mom’s closet for her sweaters from the 80’s. Too funny 😀

  • Kiran December 19, 2010, 12:42 pm

    Hilarity! But with so much fun when every one is in the spirit 🙂 Happy Holidays!

  • Lacey @ Lake Life December 19, 2010, 12:48 pm

    You two were one tacky couple! Love the sweaters, if there was a contest I think you would have won 🙂

  • Kaitlyn (College Girl Runs) December 19, 2010, 12:59 pm

    LOVE your xmas sweater! Perfect for that party 🙂

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) December 19, 2010, 1:14 pm

    Haha I love those sweaters! Super tacky but GREAT! 🙂

  • Emily December 19, 2010, 1:30 pm

    the best thing about your sweater is that your husband has a matching one! those are completely awesome. 🙂

  • Grace December 19, 2010, 1:30 pm

    Your comments about Maggie and James totally mirror my own – I sometimes think about my dog getting old (he turns 6 in July) and it worries me. Eeks!

  • Autumn Tao December 19, 2010, 1:35 pm

    Can I make a suggestion? When you notice the grey on Maggie, recognize she’s getting older, not old. I’m 33 with some grey hairs, and I’m hardly old. To look at your pet and think about them being old steals some of the joy from their life, from you both. She’s getting older, and that’s normal. My girl is 11 and she’s a spitfire still. Her hearing is going a tad, but so it my father’s! It’s life, it’s aging, so don’t let yourself see it any other way.

  • Sana December 19, 2010, 1:38 pm

    You and your hubby should win a prize in an ugly xmas sweater contest!!

  • Mauimandy@The Grains of Paradise December 19, 2010, 1:46 pm

    I LOVE the baby reindeer snuggie….so freaking cute!!!

  • Amy B (Second City Randomness) December 19, 2010, 1:47 pm

    Love the sweaters! We organize an Ugly Holiday Sweater Day at work every year. I’m yet to win, but crossing my fingers for this year! 🙂

  • Paige @Running Around Normal December 19, 2010, 1:47 pm

    OH man I love that they’re matching sweaters!! hahah! Sounds and looks like such a great time:) I love when parties are just fun without even having to try to make it fun.

  • Amanda (Eating Up) December 19, 2010, 1:51 pm

    YES! I love that you and the Husband match.

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit December 19, 2010, 2:07 pm

    Christmas sweaters are so funny! I love that you found a unisex one. Looks like some awesome Christmas festivities 🙂

  • suki December 19, 2010, 2:31 pm

    you were right. those are outright hideous… and so perfect! make sure to save ’em for future ugly sweater parties.

  • Kris December 19, 2010, 2:35 pm

    Love the sweaters! Maggie is not old, although I totally understand how fast the years with a doggie fly by. Old is my simple sweetie who at almost 16, spends her days in a doggie sweater (in FL!) soaking up the sun, and much worse, pooping in her bed. I just caught her doing that — I don’t even think she knew it was happening!! Just lying in her bed; didn’t even have to stand up. And we take her out every three hours, day and night. The embarassments and indignity of old age …

  • sarah k. @ the pajama chef December 19, 2010, 2:42 pm

    what a classy sweater 🙂 you should wear it more often. jk! haha love it!

  • Sarah December 19, 2010, 3:33 pm

    OMG!! Those sweaters really are hideous!! LOL! And a triple sensory assault?! And they match! Wow – if there was a competition for ugly sweaters I’m pretty sure you two’d win it! Thank you so much for the laugh!
    BTW – congrats on winning the Amway Positivity Project Awards! I’m soo happy for you and Girls on the Run. 😀

  • Amalfi Girl December 19, 2010, 3:53 pm

    Those are some seriously ugly sweaters. 🙂

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) December 19, 2010, 3:56 pm

    OMG – those sweaters are TOO funny!!!!

  • Faith @ lovelyascharged December 19, 2010, 4:02 pm

    Priceless sweaters…and wonderful looking spread by the way!

  • Dee December 19, 2010, 5:22 pm

    I love that you and your husband had matching sweaters! Awesomeness! 🙂

  • Kristina December 19, 2010, 5:46 pm

    The food looked so delish-love when people have veggie options! The sweaters are hilarious, even better that they are a full zip vest! You guys looked great!

  • Haleigh December 19, 2010, 6:40 pm

    I adore the matching sweaters! Classic 🙂

  • Laurie December 19, 2010, 6:59 pm

    What a fun party! You know the scary thing is some people wear those sweaters for real.
    There is a guy in the background of one of the pix in a white sweater w/ a reindeer on it…imagine that at an office this week.

  • Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks December 19, 2010, 7:33 pm

    Looks like a great party!

    But I dunno if I could get on board with having an ugly Christmas sweater in my closet… 😉

    Pets getting old makes me sad. 🙁 My kitty is going to be 14 this year…I’ve had her since the summer before my sophomore year of high school. Cats can live to be 20 (or sometimes older, but typically not)…and she’s still feisty….but it makes me sad. 🙁

  • Natalia@TheHealthScript December 19, 2010, 7:38 pm

    Noooo! You can’t say that Maggie is getting old! My dog is 9 years old and he is my first “real” pet (besides fish) and I refuse to believe that he will die anytime soon! It simply will not happen 🙁

    • Caitlin December 19, 2010, 7:45 pm

      I seriously feel the same way! I hope our babies live forever!!!

  • Kimberley December 19, 2010, 7:38 pm

    OMG!!! My husband’s admin assistant has a huge collection of holiday sweaters, vests, etc that she wears unironically…and she had on that very sweater last week (with a bright red turtleneck and sparkly tree earrings, no less)!! I love that she is so festive.

    And 7 isn’t old at all for a well cared for dachshund. Our neighbor’s had theirs for 17 years.

    • Caitlin December 19, 2010, 7:46 pm

      Hahah re: the admin asst!

      And 17 sounds perfect 🙂

  • Anna December 19, 2010, 8:28 pm

    I must say, your husband looks remarkably comfortable in that sweater. Looks like a great holiday party!

  • Amanda@RunningOnCoffee December 19, 2010, 8:47 pm

    I love that you had *matching* vests…haha
    Our pup started to get a little gray before she turned 7 too. She is a black greyhound. She’s 8.5 now…she’s got grey eyebrows and grey along her nose, and her speckled-grey has spread to her shoulders too!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 19, 2010, 10:06 pm

    Your sweaters are hysterical! I’m going to an ugly Christmas sweater party this week and I hope I can find a sweater as ugly as those!

  • Diana December 19, 2010, 10:20 pm

    your Christmas sweaters were pretty epic! i loved that you two got matching sweaters! 🙂

  • Wei-Wei December 19, 2010, 10:37 pm

    I grilled bananas the other day for dessert because there wasn’t any food in the house and I was tired of just bananas. Mmmmmmmm so gooood.

  • Gigi December 20, 2010, 12:48 am

    Love your super tacky sweaters. You two matching sweaters were double visually offensive. 🙂

    Sounds like a great holiday party.

  • Amber K December 20, 2010, 1:39 pm

    I love the sweaters. Pure awesomeness. 😉

  • Lisa December 20, 2010, 4:17 pm

    Now THOSE are ugly sweaters.

  • Jolene ( December 21, 2010, 12:32 am

    GREAT sweaters!

  • Ugly Christmas Sweater Dude February 20, 2011, 11:21 am

    Wow your Christmas party looks like lots of fun!!!!! Invite me next year!!

  • Ugly Christmas Sweaters November 14, 2014, 3:09 pm

    I love the matching ugly sweaters! Funny stuff and some great ideas.

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