At one of our recent One Good Thing By Jillee Christmas Parties, we played 3 games that ended up being so much fun I decided to turn them into a blog post!
I’m sure many of you will be hosting, or going to, holiday parties in the next several weeks, and if you’re looking for some tried-and-true games to play, you’ve come to the right place. We tried them, and we LIKED them!
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First up, we played the Christmas Movie Trivia Game! This was fun for all ages! It was funny to see how the younger people were able to answer the more recent movie questions while the “older generation” definitely had the edge when it came to the classics.
We found the quiz at Creative Cynchronicity and had a lot of fun with it. It was a good mix of questions about new and old movies, and everyone managed to get at least a handful correct. Just copy and paste into a text document, print out enough copies for everyone and make sure everyone has a pen or pencil.
There are 25 questions and after everyone answers all the questions to the best of their ability, the person with the most correct answers WINS! Straight forward and fun!
The second game we played was Blind-Folded Christmas Tree Decorating.
We did this in pairs, but it could be done individually as well. Each person is given a large green piece of paper, several ornament stickers, and a blindfold.
Set one minute on a timer and those playing must somehow fashion a Christmas tree out of the paper by tearing, folding, or whatever else they can think of. No scissors allowed. Then they have to “decorate” their tree with the stickers. An impartial judge (or partial one if that’s all that’s available) decides who the winner is!
In our game the winner turned out to be our computer genius Andrew who did some “out of the box” thinking and fashioned a folded, 3-D version of a Christmas Tree (all while making my leopard print scarf look MARVELOUS!) Well done, Andrew! :-)
The third and final game we played was Team Gift-Wrapping!
This game MUST be played in pairs because each person can only use one hand to accomplish the task of wrapping and putting ribbon on a present.
This is probably the one I laughed the hardest during! Seeing the different ways that couples (or teams) went about tearing off tape and tying ribbon was FASCINATING, not to mention hilarious!
Each couple/pair is given one box, a roll of wrapping paper, a roll of tape, a pair of scissors, and some ribbon.
Set the timer for 3 minutes and let them have at it! I was amazed at the creativity that was exhibited during the game. One couple even managed to CURL their ribbon before the time was up! Most impressive! :-)
While I wouldn’t characterize myself as an AVID game player, I really do think that having a few games to play at Christmas parties is a great way to break the ice and get people laughing and interacting with each other.
Just be prepared for the competitiveness that can erupt! Some people take their game-playing VERY seriously. :-)
We gave away Christmas music CDs and restaurant gift cards as prizes, but you could just print out some fun certificates too.
We also asked everyone coming to the party to wear their best “ugly Christmas sweater” which always makes for a fun time. Once again you’ll need a “judge” of some sort. This year’s winner(s) at our party was a slam dunk.
My son Erik and daughter-in-law Kaitlyn, who is also my assistant, came dressed in Christmas sweatshirts (stretching the rules a little there!) of my alma mater’s (BYU) arch rivals (University of Utah.) Since it was my party, at my house, I immediately declared them the winners. :-)
A special thank you to my daughter, and social media manager, Britta (here with her husband Neil,) for coming up with and executing the games. They definitely made a pleasant party into a MERRY one!
I hope you’ll try a few of these games at your holiday parties, and that they are all as memorable and fun as ours was. :-)
What is your favorite game to play at holiday parties?