7 Tacky Last-Minute DIYs to Inspire You for the Ugly Christmas Sweater Soiree

Between extended hours baking cookies at the stove, multiple deadlines before the end of the year, and getting crafty to make handmade gifts for my loved ones Christmas is the busiest most wonderful time of year at Do Sask Headquarters. That doesn’t leave a lot of time to get my outfit ready for the Ugly Christmas Sweater Soiree.

Mixing eggnog into my morning coffee almost totally makes up for it!

If your holiday season is anything like mine, you’re probably wondering where to find the time to put together a prize-winning outfit for the Ugly Christmas Sweater Soiree on December 12 and December 19 at the Hose & Hydrant Pub. Well, not to worry. I’ve done the work for you, so you don’t have to!

Here are some of the tackiest last-minute outfits I could find to inspire your look for the Ugly Christmas Sweater Soiree:

1. Use your tinsel to steal the show as an eye-catching tannenbaum.

Photo via Pinterest

You might need a friend to wrap the tinsel around you, or you could tie it around a door knob and spin. Finish the look in 5 minutes or less!

2. Go bow-nanas with a chic take on tacky Christmas DIYs.

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Black shirt, leggings, tape and bows. This basic look may take 30 minutes or less with three of your friends taping and sticking.

3. Pimp your beard! Show off that luscious mane with battery-operated string lights.

Photo via Bored Panda

Once you’re finished weaving the lights into your beard hair, top off this colourful look with a flannel jacket and stylish cap.

4. Channel Lil’ Kim circa 1999 with a holiday spin in this sexy Rudolf getup.  

Photo via Twitter

There’s a NSFW ladies version, but this sweater seems like it’s better suited for adventurous/hilarious dudes.

5. This cold shoulder grumpy cat sweater is something I’d consider wearing regularly.

Photo via Homemade Home

Okay, minus the Santa hat. It’s kind of cute.

6. Paired up? How about this lovely couples’ sweater set…

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Photo via Milliyet

Because everyone can relate to Rudolf now and then. Especially at Christmastime.

7. Or this not-so-subtle Frosty the Snowman tribute?

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Props to this spirited couple for going all-in with their innuendo.

7. This mantle-place replica with stockings and fire get a standing ovation from me.

Photo via Pinterest

Not sure if this girl dressed up for an ugly sweater party, or had to stand in as a fireplace at Christmas.

About Do Sask’s Ugly Christmas Sweater Singles Soiree

Do Sask is known for connecting people to new ideas and activities at speed dating events, art classes, and brewery tours in Saskatoon. The Ugly Christmas Sweater Soiree at the Hose & Hydrant Pub is the perfect opportunity to come and meet the Do Sask community. Registration is by donation with 50% of all profits donated to the YWCA Turning Points Program.

Friends and the curious welcome, regardless of relationship status.

Optional speed dating will be offered along with hilarious party games, prizes for ugliest sweater, and raffle draws. Do Sask throws out the old rules of speed dating for a more connective experience.

There are two Ugly Christmas Sweater Soirees for different age groups:
  1. December 12 – 38 and under. Click HERE for details and to register.
  1. December 19 – 36 and over. Click HERE for details and to register.

Both start at 7 pm and run ’til late. Please wear an ugly Christmas sweater if you have one! (Santa hats work, too!)

Tickets are by donation with half of all profits going to YWCA Turning Points programThe Ugly Christmas Sweater Soiree at The Hose & Hydrant Brew Pub, December 12 and 19, 2017 starting at 7 pm. Please share your tacky outfit ideas in the comments below.

Saskatoon Speed Dating in the Summer

Saskatoon Speed Dating Tuesdays
The dog days of summer are no more…

Okay, my phone has been burning up lately. Folks have been missing Saskatoon speed dating this July. Someone even emailed asking me to find them a wife. (If I could do that, believe me I would be a very wealthy woman!)

Thanks for having patience while I take some much-needed time off with my hubby.

Saskatoon Speed Dating Dates Announced

Luckily, Do Sask is making up for the time away with not one, not two, not three, but FOUR events coming up to set you up for a summer of lovin’:

AUGUST 1, ages 24 – 38

Register HERE.

AUGUST 15, ages 44 – 58

Register HERE.

AUGUST 29, ages 34-48

Register HERE.

SEPTEMBER 12, ages 21-31

Register HERE.

Every Other Tuesday at The Hose & Hydrant Pub

I’m thrilled to announce The Hose & Hydrant Pub is now a regular host venue for Saskatoon Speed Dating very other Tuesday starting at 7 p.m.! They have generously let us take over half of the bar to give you a shot at love.

Let’s give Anton, Ana, and the servers at the Hose a big round of applause next time, shall we?

Save up to $50!

Tickets are $35 including taxes and fees via Eventbrite, or $25 cash throughout summer at the Thursday Night Art Market. Register for up to 5 speed dating tickets in advance to save up to $50 on speed dating.

Offer ends September 7, 2017.

$35 Registration Announcement

In case you missed my latest FB announcement, I’d like to thank all of the speed daters who took part my pre-launch events in the first half of 2017.

It’s been a blast trying new things with you as we grow this awesome activity in Saskatoon.

Due to the popularity of Saskatoon speed dating and the increased demand that they require, you will notice that the cost per ticket will be $35 including all taxes and fees at our subsequent speed dating nights.

This will not only make it possible for me to keep hosting events, but you’ll get extra value in your ticket with better quality supplies available, a minimum date guarantee and an array of local event options coming soon!

Your ticket still includes matching, a complementary drink and appetizers. There is no other provider in Saskatoon that offers this value.

Additionally, Do Sask will not run events unless there is a minimum of 14 people registered in advance.

That means you’re guaranteed at least 7 dates, or you’ll get your money back.

The Matching Process

Most people ask about how matching works, so I thought I’d give you the rundown. It takes between two to three hours to match all attendees and reconcile the data to ensure that no mistakes have been made. (Sometimes clerical errors happen, but I try very hard to avoid that!)

When you hand in your match card at the end of the night, I organize it the following morning on a spreadsheet (from SpeedDater):

Match + Match = Dating Match

Match + Friend = Friendship Match

Friend + Friend = Friendship Match

Match + No = No Match

Friend + No = No Match

No + No = No Match

I then follow up with each and every match to let them know the details of their connections which takes about 1.5 hours.

When all is said and done, the entire matching process takes about 4 hours on average. This doesn’t include the time spent finding the people to attend speed dating, advertising, setting up the venue, setting up ticketing, selling tickets, etc.

If you have any additional questions or concerns related to this increase, or you want to register for an upcoming event contact info@dosask.com.

Why I Became a Craft Vendor at Thursday Night Art Market YXE

I’ve been writing my entire adult career, but I’ve always had a crafty side. So this summer I decided to try something different as a craft vendor at the Thursday Night Art Market YXE.

Become a Doer Poster
The poster that’s going up at my Thursday Night Art Market booth. Looking at the faces of all of my attendees makes me smile.

Why do I craft?

Apart from running craft workshops since the start of 2017 at locations across Saskatoon, I’ve never actually sold my crafts to people. But I’ve been ‘making’ since I was small and have enjoyed giving handmade items to my close family and friends. Crocheted scarves, preserves, beer nuts, handmade cards, custom photo coasters – you name it, I’ve dabbled in it! My items usually get a big happy reaction too, so I am just as excited to give them as my friends are to get them.

In fact, one winter I got together with a group of friends called the “Crafty Bitches” to make a variety of goods to give for Christmas in bulk. It was the most fun to get together, make stuff, and then share the awesome results when people opened their gifts that year.

I don’t think of myself as an artist, but I am creative.

Artists have always inspired me, but I’ve never really felt like one. Back in high school, I applied to art school and got wait-listed. I decided to take my talents to the media world instead and developed a 10 year career in advertising copywriting. Do Sask is about trying new things and getting involved in the community.

The Thursday Night Art Market caught my eye because it’s a place where people can go to support local artists every Thursday in the summer months in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Each event hosts local vendors selling diverse goods from handmade craftsmen items to artisan eats & more! You’ll also find food trucks, bands, dancers, outdoor seating, and other things.

What’s at my Thursday Night Art Market YXE booth?

The chance to build a terrarium on your own time with less hassle. No need to wait for another Do Sask workshop – grab one to go for rainy-day fun at the lake or a night in with friends. To-Go Terrarium Kits give you all the pieces you need to make a glass terrarium at home.

Terrarium To-Go Kit Red and Gold
Terrarium To-Go Kit options include the choice of red and gold, or yellow and silver gravel.

Includes:

  • Detailed Instructions
  • High-Quality Glass Vessel in bubble or wine goblet
  • Locally-Grown Succulent & Moss
  • Coloured Rocks/Pebbles
  • Rocks
  • Soil
  • Filtration
  • Terraring Tools (chopstick and spoon)

Don’t forget to share your finished terrarium with me on Instagram by tagging @Do.Sask and #TeamDoSask. I’d love to see what your green thumbs are capable of creating.

Terrarium Kit Complete
A pair of completed terrariums using supplies from the to-go terrarium kit. Choose a wine goblet or bubble vessel.

Alongside To-Go Terrarium Kits, you’ll find my handmade gifts including Alcohol Ink Ceramic Coasters, String Art, and Pre-Made Terrariums. I can also make custom pieces if you’re interested in a personalized gift for someone special – perhaps your new summer fling!

If you’re single, register in advance for an upcoming speed dating night at the Thursday Night Art Market YXE and save the Eventbrite fees. 

Saskatchewan Pride Alcohol Ink Ceramic Tile Coaster
Alcohol ink ceramic tile coasters in a special edition Saskatchewan Pride theme.

New doers can WIN stuff!

If you like Do Sask, encourage your friends and family to come down to the Thursday Night Art Market and sign up to become a Doer. When they opt-in to the newsletter they will have a chance to Win a To-Go Terrarium Kit package for 3 – a $90 value!*

Two draws will be made on July 27th and September 7th, 2017.

*To qualify, winners must be new Doers (you can always ask them nicely to share the prize).

Hope to see you at #ThursdayNightArtMarketYXE this summer, Doers!

I’ll be set up at Market Square in front of the Saskatoon Farmer’s Market just off Avenue B and 19th street every Thursday from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM until September 7th. River Landing is only steps away. 

DO YOU LIKE supporting local SASKATOON artists? JOIN THE DO SASK FACEBOOK GROUP TO find out about more events like the thursday night art market.
Become a contributor!

Contact Do Sask, or reach out on Facebook if you would like to share your favourite things to do in Saskatoon.

Become a vendor!

The Thursday Night Art Market YXE is organized by Erin Pell. Click HERE to get in touch with her and join me as a vendor.

Saskatoon Speed Dating Connects People with Purpose

Throw out the old rules of speed dating for a more interactive and connective experience.
90% of our dates matched with at least one other person.

Last week, the people of YXE got out of their comfort zones and off of Tinder for the first ever Saskatoon Speed Dating Night presented by Do Sask.

They met face-to-face with great new people in a casual, relaxed atmosphere courtesy of The Hose & Hydrant.

I asked all attendees to ditch their smartphones in favour or real connection for a night of socializing.

We turned traditional “speed dating” upside down for a more interactive experience by providing conversation starters, games, and plenty of nibbles at the start.

The only rules of the night were:

  1. Don’t ask about your dates’ profession.
  2. Don’t ask where your dates live.

Instead, I encouraged the singles to ask each other about their favourite hobbies, food, activities, and interests. When folks talk about the things they love doing it makes them come alive while demonstrating the best parts of their personalities.

Jolene Watson, Certified Myers-Briggs Personality Practitioner of Clarity Coaching dropped by.

She briefly talked about the myth of opposite attractions, having clear goals in mind, and knowing exactly what type of personality you have before looking for an ideal partner.  As a Certified Myers-Briggs Practitioner, she also provided insight on overcoming stressful social situations as an introvert.

People Bingo was a fun ice breaker game to kick off night.

I gave participants 10 minutes to mingle, introduce themselves, and find people who match the traits on the card. They had to put the person’s name in the corresponding box or have the person sign the appropriate square.  The first person to fill five boxes across or down yelled BINGO!

Then it was go time! Speed dating ran for the rest of the night.

Each date was 4 minutes long. They only had 30 seconds in between each one to choose whether their date was a friend, a yes, or a no on their match card. This gave people a chance to go with their gut instincts. At the end of the night, I asked each participant to hand in their match cards.

Contact details were only shared if there was a mutual match.

Over 90% of people had at least one match!

Of the people attending, 9/10 walked away with at least one match.

That’s what I call a successful start to Do Sask’s singles night!

Here’s what the singles had to say about Saskatoon Speed Dating:

4 stars –  “Fun & interesting – great new thing to do to push yourself out of your comfort zone.  :)”

5 stars – “Casual, no pressure, easy, comfortable.”

5 stars – “Very easy environment to start talking to people. Host has good energy. Opener game was an awesome ice breaker.”

4 stars – “More single people should try this! Much better way to meet people.”

4 stars – “It was a lovely evening.”

5 stars – “GREAT TIME! Amy was great. A group of us stayed drinking together until around midnight.”

5 stars – “Casual, low pressure, cool people.”

“I had fun 🙂 I hope you get more ppl and it grows cause it’s a great idea and a nice environment to meet people 🙂 good luck!!”

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