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We went to our very first “Ugly Sweater Party” this past weekend! Can you believe that! I’ve seen photos and blog posts about ugly sweater parties before but I had never heard of anyone I knew having one and we certainly hadn’t been invited to one!
I had an idea of what to wear but to be honest, I was secretly freaking out over this ugly sweater thing. Where do I find an ugly sweater? Do I have to make my own ugly sweater. Does it have to be a sweater?
As you can see, I over think EVERYTHING. *my poor, poor husband*
So Saturday, while I worked on these Chocolate Kiss Pretzel Bites to take to the party and finished up a few other projects, BigBear ran all over town in search of Ugly Sweaters for the party.
He truly is the best guy ever haha. He literally went to 11 stores looking for Ugly Sweaters. However, the only Ugly Christmas Sweaters he found were like $50 …. mmmm … Thanks but no Thanks.
He called me and I reminded him that I had seen some “Build your own ugly sweater” kits at Target, but of course once he got there they were all sold out. So we had to get a little creative.
He grabbed a “Make your own felt tree kit” from Target, some blue mini ornaments, bows and 2 red sweatshirts and brought it all home to me with a packet of glue sticks in hand.
Oh and look at that wine bottle “ugly sweater” that he bought me while he was at Target. It was for the wine that I took to the party haha. It was perfect. (My wine bottle opener set is modeling it below)
So with my crafty tool box, glue gun and sweatshirts, I sat down and started to work on our Ugly Sweaters.
I really wish I had taken more photos! What’s wrong with me! Matt and Paige had a photo booth section set up and everything and I just didn’t take advantage of it! I totally regret it but at least I remembered to snap a photo or two of our Ugly Sweaters (even if they’re blurry!) **Craft Tip** — Pipe Cleaners are PERFECT for creating cursive letters and hot glue really does stick to t-shirts! (I had my doubts)
I had a lot of fun and it was nice to do something different but let me just tell you, *between you and I* wearing an ugly Christmas sweater had my anxiety going through the roof! 🙂
I’ll admit that I’m a little picky when it comes to clothes, so wearing something that was SUPPOSE to be ugly was mmm….interesting. haha
But onto the Chocolate Kiss Pretzel Bites !
I had debated on if I should even make these for the party because they’re just so dang simple. (I know right….that’s a silly reason to NOT make something)
I’m glad I ended up making them though! These Chocolate Kiss Pretzel Bites were a huge hit at the party and I watched people sneaking over for handfuls of them throughout the evening. Most of the guest would eat a few and then say something like “Move those away from me because I can’t stop eating them.” — I call that a WIN!
I posted a photo of them on some of my social media accounts while I was making them and loved hearing about how much people loved these little bites and how they make them each year!
After you make a batch you’ll understand why they’re loved so much!!
Chocolate Kiss Pretzel Bites
- 120 square pretzels (I used Snyder's Waffle Square Pretzels)
- 1 bags Mint Holiday M&Ms
- 120 Hershey Kisses (I used 60 Regular Kisses and 60 Candy Cane Kisses)
Pre-heat oven to 250F.
Line a baking sheet with wax paper or parchment paper. Lay square pretzel out onto baking sheet.
Top each square pretzel with a chocolate kiss.
Place into a pre-heated oven for 4-5 minutes.
Remove from oven and press a M&M onto each Chocolate Kiss.
Place try into the fridge for 2-3 hours to harden.