United Conservatory of Music - December 2018

UGLY SWEATER PARTIES A FUN TREND YOU CAN EASILY FOLLOW!

isn’t complete without sparkles, beads, and sequins galore. What Exactly Is an Ugly Sweater Party?

should be on the agenda include an ugly gift exchange, which is similar to the white elephant exchange, except with the gaudiest gifts you can find; an ugly photo booth, complete with terrible, tacky props; and, of course, an ugly sweater contest.

It’s speculated that the first ugly sweater party took place in Vancouver, Canada, back in 2001. Since then, the trend has become one of the most popular holiday party themes. Come Thanksgiving, you’ll start to see racks in all types of clothing stores lined with hideous sweaters. If you’re ready to jump on the ugly-sweater-party bandwagon this Christmas season, here a few things to keep in mind. Your Very Own Ugly Sweater Ugly sweaters come in all shapes, sizes, and prices. You can head to H&M or a local thrift store to pick one up. However, if you have a sweater that’s been cozied up for years in the back of your closet or a drawer, now’s your chance to give it new life. Arm yourself with a hot glue gun, thread, and needle, and patch Santa, Rudolph, or Frosty on it. And let it be known that an ugly sweater

It’s rather simple — slip on your favorite Christmas sweater, gather all your friends and family members, make sure

This is the only time of year when slipping into a lurid red sweater with a stuffed Santa sewn on the front is

there are plenty of refreshments and games, and you’re guaranteed to

considered trendy. So adorn yourself in the frumpiest, tackiest sweater you can find, and have some fun this December!

have a top- tier party. A few ugly- sweater- themed games that

Inspiration Corner

HOLIDAY ROAST PRIME RIB

Ingredients

• 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

• 1 bone-in prime rib (6–7 pounds) • 8 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

• 2 cups red wine • 4 cups beef stock Directions

1. 30 minutes before cooking, remove roast from fridge and let sit until it reaches room temperature. 2. Heat oven to 350 F. 3. Make small slits in prime rib and stuff with slices of garlic. Liberally season with salt and pepper. 4. Place a rack inside a roasting pan and roast prime rib for 2 hours, until medium-rare. 5. To make au jus, place roasting pan with drippings from roast over 2 burners on high. Add wine and scrape pan as liquid reduces. Add beef stock and cook until reduced by half. Finally, sprinkle in thyme. 6. Slice roast and serve topped with au jus.

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