2012 Recap & 4th Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Party December 30 2012
Our 4th Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Party was a huge success and a great way to end the 2012 season! We had such a great turnout - the bar was packed, the bowling lanes were full as hundreds of our friends, family and complete strangers gathered wearing their ugliest and tackiest Christmas sweaters to have a great time and raise money for StandUp2Cancer. We're proud to say that with the help of over 20 local businesses and all those in attendance, we generated over $800 worth of raffle prizes and over $500 in cash donations!
Thank you so much to all of our customers and business partners that helped make 2012 another record year! Without you all, we'd just be three guys in a warehouse filled with wool, cotton and synthetic blend materials - THANK YOU!
We wish you all the best in 2013!
Team Ugly - Adam, Brian & Kevin
We really appreciate the help from our friends and local Crown Point, Indiana businesses that generously provided gifts towards our fundraiser - Thank you very much!
Abuelo's Mexican Restaurant - www.abuelos.com
Bar Louie - www.barlouieamerica.com/
Beggars Pizza - www.beggarspizza.com/crown-point
Bronko's - www.bronkosrestaurant.com
Buddy & Pals Place - www.buddyandpals.com
Buffalo Wild Wings - www.buffalowildwings.com
Carriage Court Pizza - www.carriagecourtpizza.com
Crown Brewing - www.crownbrewing.com
Crown Town Grill - www.thecrowntowngrill.com
Dunkin Donuts - www.dunkindonuts.com
Fahrenheit Two-Twelve - www.fht212.com
Fricke's Bar - Fricke's
Gelsosomo's Pizza - www.gelpizza.com
Hooters - www.hooters.com
Langel's Pizza - www.langelspizza.com
Lucrezia Italian Restaurant - www.lucreziacafe.com
Main Street Cafe - Main Street Cafe
Pappa's - Pappa's
Schoop's Hamburgers - www.schoophamburgers.com
Station 21 - www.station-21.com
Subway - www.subway.com
What's the Scoop - What's the Scoop
Hey Cancer! It's Going to Get Ugly December 01 2012This December, Team Ugly is honored to be ambassadors to the new Stand Up 2 Cancer campaign called "Hey Cancer! It's Going to Get Ugly!" The campaign runs from today, December 1, 2012 through December 31 and encourages folks to don their ugliest and tackiest holiday gear to help raise funds for innovative cancer research.
Can An Ugly Sweater Determine the 2012 Election? October 23 2012
Winning the key battleground state of Ohio is at the top of both the Obama and Romney campaign priority lists, and the Ugly Sweater Trio known as “Team Ugly” may have the solution.
CROWN POINT, Indiana, October 22, 2012 (eReleases) –With record breaking campaign funds being spent this election year, both candidates want to connect with voters in key swing states, and when Adam Paulson, Brian Miller and Kevin Wool, aka “Team Ugly” owners of UglyChristmasSweaterParty.com came across “The Buckeye Beauty”, they wanted to provide President Obama and Governor Romney an equal chance to connect with Ohio voters.
“Voters have been inundated with negative ads, and we thought there could be a positive way to help the candidates connect with Ohio residents and Buckeye fans across the nation," says the website Founder and Co-Owner Brian Miller.
The Presidential campaigns aren’t the only potential benefactors, as all proceeds from the sale of this sweater will be donated to the charity of the new owner’s choice.
“We think this could easily be the most effective use of campaign funds, plus all of the proceeds will be donated to the charity of the owner’s choice, so it’s really a win-win,” said Miller.
The price tag for the “Buckeye Beauty” is $2012.00.
UglyChristmasSweaterParty.com is the home of the largest selection of Ugly Christmas Sweaters on the internet, featuring thousands of tacky and over the top festive gear. Co-Founders Adam Paulson, Brian Miller and Kevin Wool are known as “Team Ugly” met in the fall of 200 while attending Indiana State University. They attended their first ugly Christmas sweater party in 2006, and soon after were inspired to start a blog and eventually an ecommerce venture to bring ugly Christmas sweater joy to people all over the world.
Interview with The Mulberry Lane Show - Enjoy! December 14 2011
Team Ugly on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno - December 9, 2011 December 12 2011
Team Ugly was happy to sit down and discuss the Ugly Christmas Sweater Party Book, share some of our favorite tips and recipes from the book, as well as judge and name some of our favorite sweaters Jay's staff modeled for the audience...Enjoy!! Thanks to everyone for tuning in!
Cheers & Merry Christmas!
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno - Guests Friday, December 9, 2011 December 09 2011
Hey everyone! Be sure to tune in tonight (or set your DVR) to The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Team Ugly will be the second guest tonight following Bill O'Reilly. We will discuss our new book, The Ugly Christmas Sweater Party Book, as well as share ideas and tips for you to have the best Ugly Christmas Sweater Party of all time!
Wear your ugly Christmas sweaters and gather 'round the living room.
See you all tonight!
Where's the Ugly Sweater Party At? December 02 2011
We've always enjoyed hearing from our fans and customers about upcoming parties, so we wanted to invite you all to share with us when/where your Ugly Christmas Sweater Party will be this year.
If you're hosting or attending a PUBLIC party, let us know:
Date / Time / Location / Fundraiser or Benefit / Etc.
If you have a flyer made up, send it along or post it to our Facebook page. (www.Facebook.com/UglyChristmasSweater)
This is the season for Ugly - You're INVITED!!
The Washington Post: The Art Post Knows Ugly November 29 2011
Our pals over at The Washington Post offered up a nice look at how the Ugly Christmas Sweater Party started...who started this party?
Honestly, when was the last time a new holiday tradition was born? :)
The ugly holiday sweater you owned when you were child was embarrassing and itchy. Today, it’s still embarrassing and itchy, but it’s also a beloved holiday cultural phenomenon, in the form of an Ugly Holiday Sweater Party. For at least 10 years, grown adults have been trotting up light-up Rudolph sweaters, or hand-knitted Christmas tree abominations for laughs. Who do we have to thank — or blame?
Ugly Christmas sweaters hit the runway in the Dolce and Gabbana fall collection. (Maria Valentino)
The actual mass-market ugly sweater reached its peak popularity sometime in the 1980s, according to the Wall Street Journal. That’s when people wore the sweaters in earnest, supposedly.
The sarcasm may be thanks to a 2001 party trend from Vancouver, Canada. At least, that’s according to the three men who wrote “Ugly Christmas Sweater Party Book: The Definitive Guide to Getting Your Ugly On.” Authors Brian Miller, Adam Paulson and Kevin Wool hedge that claim, saying the world will never be sure who held the first ugly sweater party. They also manage to squeeze out 152 pages of advice on throwing a party with instructions that can be summed up in one sentence: “Tell your guests to wear ugly holiday sweaters.”
Since that time, ugly sweater parties have earned a much-desired place on the list of Stuff White People Like in 2008, where author Christian Lander wrote that one of the greatest difficulties of preparing for an ugly sweater party is finding an appropriately tacky sweater: “If you find yourself invited to one of these parties, you must begin your preparations immediately. Craftier white people have been searching used clothing stores since last Christmas, and so you should not expect to find anything of significant ironic value.”
No need to worry about that — the authors of the party guide have also set up an online shop for ugly Christmas sweaters, offering poinsettias, snowflakes and Santas galore, all for $24.
Companies like Caribou Coffee have jumped on the ugly sweater bandwagon too, with Caribou’s sweater maker: Users can design their own ugly sweater on Facebook, and Caribou will give a sweater to the needy for each one designed. It takes the irony-imbued trend back to its roots: Celebrating the holiday with earnestness, giving, and warmth.
That earnestness may be making its way back full circle. The one part nostalgia, one part hipster mockery has popped up on runways and into mainstream fashion with Fair Isle styles, like this $600 reindeer sweater.
Are you headed to an ugly sweater party this holiday season? Be sure to send us photos of your cringe-worthy polyester-blend bedazzled embarrassments. Upload images of your ugly holiday sweaters here, and we’ll be sure to feature the best — or worst.
HuffingtonPost.com Knows Ugly November 28 2011
While a $198 Ugly Christmas Sweater from J.Crew might be great - the same thing for $24 is way better!
Happy Cyber Monday 2011 - speaking of, did you check out our $7 Accessories??
Ugly Christmas Sweaters on Portland Talk 620AM November 14 2011
Listen to our interview with Portland Talk 620AM - thank you again for having us on the show!
So When Does the Christmas (or Holiday) Season Start? November 14 2011
We've heard a lot of noise lately around department stores making such a big deal out of the holiday shopping season, and some recent news has come out asking people "When is it too early?" Nordstrom even gained attention for NOT decking their halls pre-Thanksgiving stating that they "like the idea of celebrating one holiday at a time" - you have to appreciate that. We'll keep an eye on them to see if they stick to their word or give in to the competition.
Being that we here at UglyChristmasSweaterParty.com only focus on one thing... Ugly Christmas Sweaters ...we hope you give us a pass for getting out of the gate early. Of course, if you visited our website in search of fine China, perfume or 3,000 count Egyptian cotton bedding - well, we can't be blamed for bombarding you with a holiday themed sales environment, right?
So what do you think? When is it too early?
Name It to Win It - Ugly Christmas Sweater Give-a-way November 10 2011
The now famous "Name It to Win It" Ugly Christmas Sweater Give-a-way contest is in full force over on our Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/UglyChristmasSweater). Check it out and be sure to "Like" us to compete. The game is really simple; each weekday morning in November, we'll post a picture of a fresh Ugly sweater and the funniest name wins!
We'll ship that exact Ugly Christmas Sweater to you the next business day, and all you have to do is show it off!
Like Grandpa used to say, it's good clean fun.
Cheers (45 Days Until Christmas)