Scandal’s Katie Lowes Throws a Surprisingly Stylish Ugly Sweater Party (PHOTOS)

12/21/2015 at 10:54 AM ET

Katie Lowes
Phil Eisen

Katie Lowes isn’t afraid to get ugly — when it comes to sweaters, that is.

When the Scandal actress and her husband, actor Adam Shapiro, offered to throw her brother Sean and his fiancée Meg Smith an engagement party last year, she knew just the theme to set the perfect tone.

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“We said, ‘What if we did it in December, served a traditional Christmas dinner and asked everyone to wear ugly sweaters?’” says Lowes.

Lowes and Schapiro went all out for the 2014 bash, which doubled as Lowes and Shapiro’s first annual holiday party in their then new Los Angeles home.

“I enjoy doing DIY stuff, so I rigged together a photo booth with streamers and my laptop,” says Lowes, whose guests enjoyed s’mores roasted by the fire pit and Manhattans made using her great aunt Joan’s recipe.

Katie Lowes
Phil Eisen

But the true highlight of the party was the theme.

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“Guests can get annoyed if you ask them to wear a full costume,” Lowes says. “But giving them just one rule sets the tone for a fun party. Everyone ended up trading stories about where they found their amazing sweaters.”

Katie Lowes
Phil Eisen

For more on Katie Lowes, other celeb soirees and more holiday cheer, check out PEOPLE’s subscriber-only Holiday Entertaining issue.

—Patrick Gomez @PatrickGomezLA

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