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Ugly Holiday Sweater Party Time!

The holidays are sneaking up on us once again. One of Duds by Dudes favorite festivities of the season is the infamous Ugly Sweater Party, especially since we have the unique ability to use custom embroidery and expand upon any already existing ugly sweater. Throwing a wonderfully tacky sweater party is simple! All you need are party invitations, a festive banner, tacky decorations, festive food platters, a few games, and ugly sweaters to create an atmosphere full of holiday cheer!

SWEATERS
Its time to gather up those awful woolly sweaters you have hiding in your closet and wear them with pride as you mix and mingle with friends and family at a festive ugly sweater party. If you aren’t already the proud owner of an ugly sweater then the best place to start looking is thrift stores. You gotta get a good sweater base to work with, and if you’re going to be the belle of the ball you might want to consider some custom embroidery on that beezy (more on this later). Really anything goes at this point, the scratchier, baggier, and moth ball smellier = the better the sweater. So be sure to really dig deep into those racks for those hidden sweater gems at the back.

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INVITATIONS
If you actually want people to show up to your party you should send them an invitation. Otherwise you’re gonna get pretty snockered slurping down all that eggnog by yourself. You will definitely want to incorporate the theme into your ugly sweater party invitation. If you really want to wow people with your invitation use as much puce green paper as you can stand to look at and cut snowflakes until your fingers go numb. Since this party may involve some planning ahead for your guests, it important that you include the details about the ugly sweater party theme on your invitation. Include the name of the event, name of the host or hostess, date, time, location, and RSVP info. If you’re having others bring food, create your event on Punchbowl and then use the potluck tool to set up food assignments.  Screen Shot 2013-11-08 at 12.31.27 PM

A TACKY BANNER AND DECORATIONS
How do you decorate for a tacky holiday sweater party? With more sweaters, of course! You can use them as place mats underneath trays of food, table cloths, cut pieces to use as drink coasters, or just hang sweaters on a clothesline as a modified holiday garland. Another idea is to display awkward or embarrassing old family photos from holidays past. Have a good laugh looking at old fashions and uncomfortable, forced poses. What big and awesome party would be complete without a banner hanging from the fireplace with care? Duds by Dudes can print you up a delightfully tacky banner lickety–split with images of obnoxious candy canes, multi-colored lights, or ugly stockings. Just get crazy. Deck the house (and the halls) with these wild decorations and banners. The more outrageous and gaudier the better. Decorate with themes from famously funny Christmas movies.  The “leg lamp” from a Christmas Story is always great. Try to decorate the main room with enough lights to make Clark Griswold happy. Your friends will love it.

FUN AND REINDEER GAMES
Have disposable cameras sprinkled around the room. You’ll thank us next June when you finally get them developed. Bake cookies in the shape of sweaters or make gingerbread men and decorate them with colorful icing in crazy patterns like polka dots or stripes. Another traditionally “tacky” food for an ugly sweater party is fruitcake, although there are many delicious recipes available now so don’t go poisoning anyone. You can also serve brightly colored drinks to match the garish, festive colors of your ugly sweaters. What party would be complete without games? Duds by Dudes‘ parties always include:

Christmas Movie Line Trivia – Have some Christmas movie lines ready to quiz the party goers on what movie it is from.  Give extra prizes if they can name the character and the actor!
Scavenger Hunt – These are classic and always fun. Really explore the space.
Custom made photo booth – Check out our Pinterest page for ideas on how to make a photo booth.

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CUSTOM EMBROIDERY
If you find yourself wanting to make your ugly sweater even uglier then Duds by Dudes has just the solution to your problem! We do custom embroidery that is so good it’ll knock those candy cane socks right off your feet. You can use our custom embroidery skills to secure sequins, ribbons, fuzzy pom pom balls, and anything that would make your sweater even uglier! Want to throw a reindeer on the front that looks like it’s been squished by a sleigh? We will overlook the fact that you’re a twisted individual and our custom embroidery experts will make that happen for you. Just look at this satisfied customer,

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Have a safe and fun holiday season Dudes and Dudettes!

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We Fell Back, Now we’re Springing Forward…

In the U.S., Daylight Saving Time begins next Sunday, March 10th, at 2:00am! Us here at Duds by Dudes are excited to spring forward—since that means we’ll be able to get so much more accomplished after work, not to mention it will still be bright out once we leave the office! Hibernation days are over…it’s time to [spring] into action! These are some of the activities that Duds by Dudes is looking forward to:

– Jiking [Jog + Hiking]

– After-work rainbows

– Running into the sunset

– Tanning

– Happy hours before the sun goes down

– Long walks on the beach

What are you most looking forward to doing with the extra daylight time?

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Daylight Saving Time also means that the first day of Spring is approaching—which means Spring Break for students, Easter, and candy! Call us up if you’re in need of some sweet apparel for the Spring season, we’ll be happy to work with you and get you your custom apparel! Check out our website…and see what we’re up to on Facebook!

A New Year in 21 Days

With Hanukkah already begun—and Christmas and Kwanzaa quickly approaching—we can’t help but ask where this year has gone. In a mere twenty-one days we will be celebrating the arrival of the new year—2013. While some are frantic about the Mayan-predicted “Dooms Day; End of the World Day” on December 21st, others are excited to welcome the new year with new goals and aspirations for the future. Us at Duds by Dudes are excited to see what the new year will bring us!

What are your thoughts? What are some things that you are looking forward to in the new year? What are some of your New Year’s resolutions? Do you believe that the world will end on December 21st? If so, how will you spend your last two weeks?

If you’re in need of some awesome apparel or promotional products to start off the new year, contact us!