An Ugly Mug Exchange is similar to an Ugly Sweater Party or a White Elephant Gift. The only exception is that guests are exchanging mugs instead of sweaters or white elephant gifts.
Almost any mug will work for an "ugly" mug. One party a friend of mine walked away with a cat-shaped mug. Santa mugs, pink princess mugs, or mugs with funny sayings are usually popular too.Even a syrup "mug" works. Seldom are the mugs really ugly. They are usually decorative in someway. Just keep it fun and simple.
When everyone has a mug, then you can celebrate with hot chocolate and ice cream. Scoop ice cream right into your new mug and pour hot chocolate over it ... yummy! You could choose to celebrate with hot cider, punch, root bear floats, or some other party favorite.
An Ugly Mug Exchange is a fun, inexpensive party game for all ages. They can be themed: pick mugs that are only a certain color or a certain size. Some of the best parties, however, are left open for everyone to pick their own unique style of a mug to contribute. There are a lot of crazy designs for the finding that can later create laughs or a frenzy of stealing. In the end, everyone walks away with something new to take home.