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Ugly Christmas sweater party : Christmas crafts, recipes, activities / Brandy & Matt Shay.
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9781454709893
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New York : Lark, [2016]

©2016
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127 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
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Includes index.
Contents:
Food & drink -- Hideous projects -- Ugly apparel -- Gettin' ugly games -- Labels, invites & awards -- Helpful info.
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Whether you're planning your own wacky celebration or contributing to someone else's festive affair, here are the most deliciously ugly (in a good way!) ideas for making Christmas merry. Dress up in a crazy Poinsettia Poncho. Serve easy-to-prepare eats and drinks like Strawberry Santa Hats and Jingle Bells Sangria. Play a game of Candy Cane Pickup. You're ready to go: just set the date!
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Summary

' T was the night before the ugly sweater soiree
A nd all through your place,
Y our perfect party clothes were put away without even a trace.
Y our guests will drink cranberry cocktails and craft,
W hile wearing sweaters that are zany and daft.

Put on your ugly holiday sweater and get ready to PARTY! Whether you're planning your own wacky celebration or contributing to someone else's festive affair, here are the most deliciously ugly (in a good way!) ideas for making Christmas merry. Dress up in a crazy Poinsettia Poncho. Serve easy-to-prepare eats and drinks like Strawberry Santa Hats and Jingle Bells Sangria. Play a game of Candy Cane Pickup. You're ready to go: just set the date!


Author Notes

Matt and Brandy Shay founded Shay Design in 2001, and since then they've had the pleasure of designing, project managing, and packaging numerous books. Their clients include: Sterling Publishing, Lark Crafts, Chapelle Ltd., WWCPress, Stampington & Co., Downtown Book Works, Martingale, Mudd Puddle, Time Inc., and many more. Brandy Shay has been the Director of Operations for Where Women Create, Where Women Cook , and Where Women Create Business magazines since their inception in 2007. Matt Shay has been a professional graphic artist for 22 years and has worked for a variety of clients both nationally and internationally.

Contributors include:
Professional photographer and owner of Toni J Studios, Toni J. Albrecht; Paige Hill (paigehill.blogspot.com); Jayme Shepherd, a crafter and cofounder of Hazel & Ruby, a Pinterest-inspired, DIY creative brand (hazelandruby.com); Lori Allred, host of Inspired by Pinterest , which airs weekly on MyCraftChannel.com and blogger on allreddesign.com.


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

The Shays, who cofounded the marketing agency Shay Design, have graciously prepared a "field guide" to all things ugly before Christmas: sweaters, drinks, games, accoutrements, etc. The creative couple throw their annual party to raise funds for a family in need, but such parties can merely raise fun, too. The gala starts, of course, with the ugly sweater; for those who don't have one, they offer ways to uglify apparel from the closet or thrift store-glued garlands for humans and pom poms for pups. They start with the menu to whet your appetite for throwing this party of marked hideosity. The food, including an ugly sweater cake, can be washed down with spiked drinks, such as grinch punch. The "hideous projects" look easy, but the cozies require real work, including crocheting, knitting, and hot-gluing. Except for the sewing projects, the directions are rarely explicit: buy a box cake, "crank up funky music," arrange items in a pyramid. The games promote seasonal silliness. Toni Albrecht's photos properly elevate the endeavor to tacky and fun. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

The authors, veteran hosts of ugly-sweater parties, provide suggestions for those planning their own celebrations, including recipes, party decorations, and game ideas, as well as DIY ugly sweaters. Most of the recipes are standard party food with a twist (think cake pops with ugly-sweater accoutrements). The decorations range from the hideous (an ugly-sweater table runner) to cute and useful (knit and crocheted bottle and can cozies). Most of the ideas are simple enough for casual hobbyists to complete in an afternoon and will add the extra touches that make a holiday party memorable. VERDICT This lively -Christmas entertaining book will capture readers' attention-plus, it's a nice antidote to the perfectly put together spreads on -Pinterest and in high-end party guides.-Nanette -Donohue, Champaign P.L., IL © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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