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Chinese whispers dress up party game.

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One of the most popular types of party for girls is the slumber party. It is always difficult to suggest interesting party games for sleepovers or slumber parties as the guests are usually close friends and have particular likes and dislikes.

Here is a variation on the popular Chinese whispers type of game, but incorporates an element of dress up.

Chinese whispers dress up.

To begin with a large box containing old clothes is prepared. The box should have hats, shoes, shirts, skirts, dresses, shorts, necklaces and other jewelry. The more varied and unusual the dress items the better.

First have one quest dress themselves in some of the clothes from the box.

At this point of the game the other guests are not in the room, or closing their eyes.

The next guest then takes a photo (iPhone or similar can be used) of the first guest and then goes out of the room (or closes her eyes again). The first guest then puts the clothes back in the box and the second guest tries to put the identical clothes on, from memory.

The next guest then repeats this action, by having a quick look at the dressed guest, taking a photo and then trying to dress up in the same way. When the game is finished the final dressed guest can be compared with the original photo to see how close she is in wearing the correct clothes. All the photos can be compared to see where things went wrong if the clothes don’t match the original photo.

There are other party games that can be played with an old box of clothes, but the above variation is one that I would recommend giving a try at you next slumber party. This can be played with girls and boys (using clothes for either girls or boys or a mixture).

If there are a large number of guests, you can have a number of boxes of clothes and split the party into small teams that have their own box. The teams all play together but only use their own box. You only need one camera as the guests can take a peek together and one person can photo all the dressed guests for a given round. In this way the game could be played with a large party of over 20 guests.

Guess the object party game

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On the internet you can find many pictures of antique and interesting objects that will make a great party guessing game.

The Victorian objects in the above picture are (from left to right):-

Cork shaper (hard to guess), this would be used in the 19th Century to reduce the size of a cork to fit into a wine bottle.

Corkscrew opener (easier to guess) from the 19th Century

Can\Tin opener (using a cutting motion) from the 19th Century

Sugar Cutters from the 19th Century. In those days sugar was sold in solid blocks (not granulated) and needed to be cut into small pieces, hence the expression ‘one lump or two’ when putting sugar into tea.

For a party you host, simply select and print suitable pictures of unusual objects from the internet. You can then stick the printed images on a wall and have the guests wander around making notes as to what they think the particular object is. Afterwards you can ask each quest to reveal their answers to each object.

For younger guests you might want to just hold the images up and have the guests make guesses as a group.

A game of 20 questions could also be incorporated with this activity. In this way you show a picture of an unusual object and the guests have 20 questions (which can only be answered with a Yes or No) to guess the object.

The pictures could also be of objects highly magnified (these type of images are also available on the internet). When photographed at close up some objects (example a toothbrush) are difficult to identify. The 20 questions game could also be used for the magnified objects and a combination of magnified and unusual objects could also be used in this activity.

If you are able to lay your hands on unusual (for the given audience) objects you could use real objects. I remember my own children (growing up in California) did not see a Christmas cracker until they were around 8 years old, when my mother (from the UK) sent some over for Christmas, we had a little guessing what it is?

Host a Disney Frozen or other Sing A Long party

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The Sing A Long was popular many years ago in cinemas, (especially war time 1940’s) with a bouncing ball spelling out the words of many uplifting songs and audiences bellowing out the tune with more joy than talent.

Sing A Long DVDs and videos can be purchased today but these titles are mainly targeted at younger audiences.

Recently the popular Frozen movie was released as a Sing A Long. Audiences of all ages (but mostly teenagers) are now flocking to local theaters to participate with their friends.  The popular hit “Let it Go” is well known to these cinema-goers and they can’t wait to “Let it Go” themselves!!

In order to host your own Sing A Long party, for guests of any age, you can buy a regular DVD then print out the words of the songs and pass them out. All of the lyrics of popular songs can be found on the Internet and most of the popular movie musicals are available on DVD.

Having a Sing A Long party (possibly with dinner or snacks) needs a little preparation but your guests will appreciate it. If you want to go the extra mile, line up 5 or 6 DVDs and mark out where the popular songs are so you can ‘fast forward’ to them during the party. Have song sheets ready and start the proceedings, I am certain your guests, whatever age, will want to redo their favorites. Also YouTube is a great source for these vintage song clips, although the DVD versions of the movies are clearer.

Whether your guests are bellowing out “Let it Go” from Frozen or “Somewhere over the Rainbow” their spirits will be lifted, just like they were during those hard (war) times in the 1940’s when this form of entertainment was extremely popular.

You could even mix this type of event with a Karaoke, that is hosting a classic musical themed party with Sing A Long and Karaoke. You are likely, however, to find that guests that are a little shy with regular Karaoke will Sing A Long when all the party is joining in.

Dress up and princess themes also go well with this activity (as do other movie themes), there are many Disney classic DVDs with Sing A Long versions. Stopping for snacks or more formal fare is also easily accommodated, just hit the pause button (this also gives the guests and your neighbors a welcome break!!).

Improvisation – Improv. party game ideas for teens

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Improvisation (Improv.) comedy has become a popular format for TV shows, both in the UK and US. The idea is simple and that is to give the players on the stage a situation in which they have to improvise suitable dialog or actions. The situations given can be elaborated or simple. In it’s simplest form the players are given an object, such as a tennis racket or a lampshade, and asked to improvise situations using the object. Examples are using the lampshade for a hat or the tennis racket as a frying pan accompanied by suitable dialog. The object is passed quickly between the players for a couple of minutes with each player trying to come up with a novel improvisation.

As a party game this type of improvisation activity has been popular for years.  Here is one improvisation game that has been played for years and would be suitable for a kids or teens party today.

If I were not upon this stage

This improvisation takes the form of a song and activity. I remember performing this party game over 40 years ago at my middle school in England. The game is played by first selecting a small group of the party guests to be the performers. The whole party can be split into teams of 4 to 8 depending on the overall size of the party and each team takes it in turns to perform, for a small party of 8 or less the whole party can perform it together. The improvisation begins with one of the performers singing this song:-

If I were not up this stage a Washerwoman I would be.

You’d here me all day long

A singing of my Song

Wash the shorts, wash the shirts, hang them out to dry.

Wash the shorts, wash the shirts, hang them out to dry.

 

The next person then sings the same song but with a different occupation and action line, for example: -

If I were not up this stage a Teacher I would be.

You’d here me all day long

A singing of my Song

Spank the girls spank the boys, leave them both to cry

Spank the girls spank the boys, leave them both to cry

As you might guess, school kids in England sang this version so making fun of teachers was expected.

Anyway after the second person has finished singing his\her piece they repeat the last line, during which time all the performers repeat their individual last lines together. Also as the last line is sang the performer mimics the action they are singing, hanging out clothes or spanking children. Note the last lines don’t need to rhyme with each other; they just do in the example. They do have to have the ‘similar’ timing, so example lines would be:-

Fisherman

Catch the cod catch the sole, haul them in my net

Policeman

Catch the robber catch the speeder, put them in my jail

The game repeats with each new performer singing what they would be doing if they were not on the stage and all the performers joining in with the last line singing over each other with their individual lines and performing their actions.

After about 4 performers have completed their songs the proceedings will get a little chaotic but the idea is just to keep going until all have finished.

If you are organizing this activity you should prepare some suitable occupations and songs then give them out to each guest, to sing and perform. If the party feels comfortable with the format they could come up with their own ideas.

Project runway fashion designer party game for a slumber party

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This type of party game has been popular for years and is similar to other dress up themed games. The game can be incorporated into a broader theme: movie stars, princesses, pirates etc. but the basic appeal of the game is designing and making clothes out of paper.

This game makes a great activity for a planned slumber party.

The party is split into small teams (at least 2 in a team) and the teams are given some newspaper, a roll of toilet paper, optionally an old roll of colorful wallpaper, a pair of scissors and 12 pins. Other ‘accessories’ can be given out to add the ‘glam’ (especially at slumber parties), sunglasses, large hats, scarfs, ribbon, makeup etc.

The teams then have 5 to 10 minutes, or longer if the kids want, to design a dress (or jacket, suit etc.) and put it on one of their team members.

If the party is themed then the outfit could be appropriate for the theme, pirate, princess, roaring 20’s, 60’s, Victorian etc.

When all the teams have completed the task a small fashion show can take place and optionally ‘judged’ by the hostess. Each of the party guests could ask questions of the ‘designers’, for example:

“What was you inspiration? “

“To what event would this be worn?”

For teens you could try hosting a more realistic Project Runway party game that involves some ‘stitching’ and real cloth (use old cut up clothes) and give the teams 45 minutes to put something more substantial together.  In this form the game is more of a craft activity, something like the vintage ‘quilting’ parties that took place in the past and possibly today (if you want to give that a try, let me know how it goes!!).

The game could also be played to design and make a single fashion item, to be worn during the party. For example, at the start of a Victorian Tea Party, the guests could be given some basic party hats and cloth, ribbons etc., to make a Victorian hat. Each of the guests then wears the hat during the taking of tea (taking them off for the activities).

Hats are a great party item to make for any party theme; you just need the basic hat shape, buy some inexpensive bland party hats, and give the guests ribbons, scarf pieces, other decorations to stick on (stars etc.) and a stick of glue. The activity makes a great craft activity and the hat itself makes a memorable keepsake (party favor) that the guests take home.

What is your problem? Party Game for kids and teens

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This game is a variation on the popular charade style games where people have to guess an occupation or action from someone performing a mime or skit. The game needs to be played in small teams, 2 or 3 in each team is ideal. The team doing the ‘acting out’ needs to go out of the room and decide amongst themselves who has a ‘problem’ and what that problem is. For example one of the team members could have a problem that he or she cannot stop interrupting. The team then decides on a small skit to act out that will demonstrate this problem. For example the team could be in a launderette washing cloths and talking, with the problematic person continually interrupting. The team can only act out the problem and although they can speak they should not mention the problem, for example they can’t say, “can you stop interrupting”.

When the ‘acting out’ team returns to the main room they act out their skit and the other teams have to guess who has the ‘problem’ and what it is.  For older guests the problems could be more tightly defined, for example ‘this person talks a lot” is similar but not the same as “this person always interrupts”.

The problems could also be scratching, hopping, laughing or something bizarre like spinning around every time their name is mentioned. If the hostess thinks of example problems ahead of time, to make suggestions, then the party guests will get the idea and come up with their own. The guessing teams should keep quiet until the end of the round (skit) then get together in their teams and discuss, write down a guess. When all the teams have decided on what problem they just saw they reveal their answers and another team acts out a problem.

Some ideas for ‘problems’ are: -

Argumentative
Always calls people by their wrong name.
Only speaks in questions
Cannot say ‘Yes’ or ‘No’, only ‘maybe’ or ‘I suppose that’s correct’ or ‘it is possible’ etc.
Never looks directly at the person he\she is speaking to.
Has to ‘tweet’ or send text messages when someone talks to him\her.

This party activity can also be incorporated into a themed party; in that the skits could be related to the overall theme, for example the guests reenact a scene from Cinderella or a popular movie but with one of the ‘players’ having the ‘problem’.

Meet Mr. or Mrs. Right party game for teenagers

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This game is a basic ice breaker for any teenage party and ideal for slumber parties. The idea is simple you just need to print out photos of famous people, either alive or dead, ahead of time. The sets of photos will depend on the number of guests and whether the party is girls only, boys only or mixed. Each identical set of photos consist of a picture of a person that each guest gives to each other guest in a ‘blind exchange’. For example if there are 12 guests in the party then each guest gets 11 photos (they do not give themselves one), each set allows for a every girl to get a photo of a boy and vice versa. So if there are 5 boys and 7 girls and the girl has a set, she will have a set of 5 females (to give one to each boy) and 6 males to be able to give one to each of the other females.

As the guests go around the room they take out a suitable picture (that they think will make a good husband or wife) for the guest they are greeting and then exchange them ‘face down’ so the guests do not see each other’s photos until they are both exchanged.

At the end of the game everyone shows their sets to the rest of the party to see if one guest collects a particular celebrity. The celebrities could be Lady Gaga, Prince Charles, Clark Gable, Mickey Mouse or any other character living or dead from the real world or fiction.

If the hostess is willing then several sets of photos could be prepared and they do not need to be of people. For example different motor cars could be exchanged, or houses or types of animals (cats, dogs etc.) to see if a certain guests attracts a certain type of person, animal or thing. More abstract topics could be chosen, for example colors, words (happy, thoughtful, studious etc.) so it is really up to the imagination of the party organizer in terms of the photos chosen and exchanged.

The game is also ideal for a themed party, in that the subject matter chosen could match a given theme, princesses, witches, movies etc.

Hold the Front Page – Party Game for teenagers

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This idea comes from a popular game where you (or a team) are given a picture and you need to think of a funny caption for the picture.

The idea of the Newspaper party game is to give out pictures of well-known celebrities or other interesting pictures, which could include pictures of other party guests. The guests then have to work in small teams to arrange the pictures in a newspaper front-page format with suitable headings and a short description of a fictitious story. Each team could be given a large board or a large piece of paper and then with some glue and a sharpie they can assemble a newspaper front page.

The pictures can be ‘photo shopped’ ahead of time, by the hostess, so that images of the party quests going to prison, meeting the queen, playing in a famous rock band etc. can be printed and given to the guests.

At the end of the activity, which is done in small teams, each team presents their Newspaper to the hostess, who is playing the role of the newspaper editor. The idea is that the party guests are ‘pitching’ their stories for publication.

The pictures given out to each team could be sets of the same picture or each team could get different pictures.

For younger guests a variation of this game is to give out pictures of famous children’s stories (or nursery rhythms) and have the kid’s think of alternative headings or storylines for the pictures. Basically they just write down what they think is going on in the picture, this could be true to the story or something made up. The kids then arrange the pictures on a large board, as a craft project, to form a Newspaper front page.

Another variation is for the hostess to search the Internet for actual news items, either current or historic. The hostess should choose items that are not well known to the guests and print these out ahead of time. The guests then have to guess what is going on in the picture and come up with a suitable caption. This variation is suitable for teenagers and adults. The guests could produce a Newspaper front page, as per the regular game, or they could just present their answers verbally to the other teams at the end of each round.

The thinking princess’s Party Favor

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Often party favors are given out as a grab bag of stickers, pencils, candy and other small toys or objects. When I hosted a recent Victorian Tea Party for my daughter and several of her friends, I gave out favors (keepsakes) during the activities so that they could be used in the activity then taken home by the guests.

For example one of the party activities for a Victorian themed party is a game of ‘Introductions’, which involves each guest going around the room exchanging small ‘calling cards’ as they introduce themselves to each other. For this activity I purchased a several original Victorian calling cards from EBay, then printed them off on card. As the guests arrived I had each guest take a pile of cards and write their names on them, to be given out during the introductions activity. At the end of the introductions activity each guest had a set of calling cards, one for each of the guests in the party. This set of calling cards was placed aside and then given back to the guests as a keepsake, in the form of a party favor.

Another favor, at the same Victorian party, consisted of a dance card (which was printed from copies of original Victorian dance card images from the internet). Each guest received their own personal dance card and following an activity of ‘Fill your dance card” each guest ended up with a dance card with initials of the other guests on it (no dancing was involved in this activity, just filling dance cards).

Other examples of items that can be used in parties and then given out as a keepsake (party favor) include: -

Fountain pens

Notebooks

Small flashlights (for darkened room games)

Yo Yo’s or other small dexterity games, that can be incorporated into party games

Hand puppets (can be used to throw your own puppet theatre)

Craft items that have been made during the party

The above list is but a sample of suitable items, but the key to giving out these types of favors is to think of small attractive objects that can be incorporated into the party theme or games and give these out during the activities. I would also recommend giving out a small bag to hold the items first, then instructing your guests to carefully’ place the items in the bags and set the bag aside until they take them home.

When I was a child attending kid’s birthday parties (some 40 odd years ago) in the UK we did not have the concept of party favors but a child could ‘win’ a small prize in games such as pass the parcel (and the host usually arranged that every guest ‘won’ a prize) and each guest proudly took home these trophies to show their parents and siblings.

Mock trial Judge and Jury party game ideas for kids

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The idea of mock trials has been a popular educational activity for many years, with teachers and students playing the roles of prosecution, defendants and the rest of the class acting as the jury.

Here are some party ideas that would make an entertaining activity for a kid’s party, based on the mock trial concept.

First of all you (the hostess) need to create a basic scenario with one or more defendants and an accusation of a crime. The party invitation should include headlines for this mock trial, the more bizarre the better.  Examples of mock trails with headlines, suitable for a kid’s party, include: -

Goldilocks accused of daylight robbery (stealing porridge)

Jill accused of pushing Jack down a hill

Sleeping beauty accused of laziness

As you can tell from the headlines the idea is to accuse any fictional character of something that is loosely related to a well-known story.

As the hostess you can prepare a number of these mock trails but they all follow the same pattern. By having 3 or 4 mock trails prepared you can move from one to the other should there be a lack of interest or participation in a given mock trial.

You need to have an accused, note you could have a number of party guests acting as a team, for example 4 kids could ‘represent ‘Goldilocks and speak on her behalf.

Next you need ‘witnesses’ that read prepared questions or accusations that the accused has to answer. Examples of such questions/accusations are: -

To Goldilocks

Is it true that you entered the 3 bear’s house uninvited with the idea of stealing food?

To Sleeping Beauty

Have you ever fallen a sleep when doing chores around the house?

As you can see the questions, to the defendants, are loosely connected to a story and the amusement of the game will be determined by how innovative the questions are and how the accused responds. If the party guests have their own questions, then these should be encouraged but prepared questions will keep things moving.

Party guests can read out the witness’s questions or the hostess can read them out.

If all the party guests do not know the stories selected the stories can be briefly told at the start of the party.

This game activity also lends itself to a themed party, i.e. princess or fairy tale themed parties, in that the characters and crimes chosen can all relate to a given theme.

In the end the ‘on lookers’ can declare the accused guilty or innocent of the ‘crime’ but the real object of the game is for all participants to have a fun time.

The hostess should play the role of the judge (to keep order) and there is no prosecution as such just the party quests reading questions and accusations that the defendants respond to.  The party guests who are not defendants then make up the jury and can vote on guilt or innocence.