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Ugly Christmas sweater party; Healthy, easy recipes for your holiday party

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The ugly Christmas sweater party is still one of the top holiday favorite adult theme party ideas. Consider serving quick and easy recipes at your holiday party that have an ‘ugly’ twist to them.

Here are a couple of my favorite appetizer recipes for this theme party and for the healthy eater. While they may not be as hideous as some of the ugly sweaters at your party, they will keep you and your guests in the sugar free zone.

The Ugly Smile Plate


• Round plates
• 1 small cucumber
• 1 large yellow squash, or yellow bell peppers
• cherry tomatoes (round)


• Slice the cucumber into ½ inch thick circles.
• Cut the bottom from the squash (or the bell pepper); then cut the bottom in half to form a piece resembling a ‘smile’.
• Cut remaining squash (or bell pepper) into bite size pieces and arrange them face down on a round plate(s) with brightly colored side facing up.
• Place cucumber slices at the top of the place for the eyes, arrange the ‘smile’ at the bottom of the plate, and place the cherry tomato in the center for the nose.

NOTE: This same concept can be applied to a fruit plate using slices of pears in place of squash, kiwi in place of the cucumber, and a strawberry in place of the tomato.

Ugly Insalata Caprese:


  • Toothpicks
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Fresh basil
  • Small buffalo mozzarella balls
  • Finely chopped pecans
  • Balsamic vinegar and olive oil


• With a toothpick (an ugly toothpick) skewer the first (3) ingredients in the order provided so that the tomatoes are on top with the cheese balls on the bottom and the basil in between.
• Roll the mozzarella end of the skewer into the chopped nuts. Arrange on a platter.
• Drizzle with vinegar and oil.

Remember, planning this holiday party is only half the fun. Shopping for a cheap, ugly Christmas sweater is where the laughter begins! People are spotted every season pawing over tacky Christmas sweaters together.

If you are gearing up for your festive holiday theme party this year, consider the following links to help get the creative juices flowing and provide you with additional ugly Christmas sweater ideas.

Additional information and ideas for your Ugly Sweater party:

  • Click on the link in this sentence for several great pictures of ugly Christmas sweaters.
  • Also consider Pintrest for excellent holiday visuals and ideas.
  • For additional nutritional ugly food ideas, click on the link in this sentence.

For additional information and local places to shop for healthy foods during the holidays, click on any of the following links:

From my home to yours: another favorite recipe - enjoyed with nutrition in mind.

Happy holidays!



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