The New Holiday Party Idea You Have To Try

‘Tis the season for twinkling lights as far as the eye can see, cheerful carols on the radio, the comforting smell of pine boughs and freshly baked cookies. Oh, and ugly sweaters. Displayed in a place of honor in thrift stores or rediscovered in closets and worn proudly with an ironic grin, this fashion faux-pas-turned-phenomenon has ruled the holiday party scene for the last few years. The thrill of the hunt for the most perfectly hideous second-hand garment—and the laughter that ensues—is what it’s all about. So when stores began selling new sweaters made specifically to look ugly and profit from the fun, we knew the trend was officially over. The authenticity of ugly sweater parties has been compromised, but we think it’s as an opportunity to try new ideas. And thus, the Old is New Year’s Ball was born.

If you are looking for a way to add a little bit of class to your holiday party, put your ugly sweater back in the closet and give a glamorous old gown a second lease on life. Host an Old is New Year’s Ball, and invite your friends to an unforgettable evening of elegance, refinement, and of course, plenty of laughter. Here’s how!

1. Say “Yes” to the Horrible Dress (or Suit):

Have you ever walked through a thrift store and noticed all the second-hand frocks on the racks in colors you can’t believe were ever in style? Or tried to purge your closet, only to realize you still have a few bridesmaid dresses that you feel too guilty to get rid of? Or found a ruffled, baby blue tuxedo with matching vest at a vintage store and thought to yourself, “if only I had an occasion fit for this beautiful suit!” Well, now is your time to show off your gaudiest second-hand finds and give them one more night out. The more elegant the outfit is, the better.

2. Accessorize:

Don’t skimp on the jewels and baubles. Elegant gloves, beaded handbags, and even jewelry can all be found at thrift stores. Choose a few pieces that really make the sequins in your gown sparkle and complete the look.

3. Set the Scene:

This is a black (or fuchsia, or orange) tie affair, and the atmosphere should match. Champagne and strawberries, classy cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres (no appetizers here!) are all necessities. And appropriate music is a must! An event such as this calls for dance music fit for royalty.

4. Crown the King & Queen:

Encourage everybody to dress in their second-hand best by making it a friendly competition. Vote for the funniest outfit, the most glamorous gown, or even the ugliest ensemble and give out prizes to the winners!

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Valentina

A Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Valentina lives in Lancaster, PA where she runs slowly, hikes often, and excitedly points out historical landmarks to friends and family. She is fond of curry and guacamole, and insists that vanilla ice cream is a waste of time and calories. Val is convinced that the greatest feeling in the world is stepping off a plane in a new place, and is a passionate believer that all the best days include books, baking, border collies, and bagpipes.

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