Here is a simple and inexpensive party idea that combines a masked party with some games of identity. To begin with the host needs to make masks of famous people, animals or objects. These masks are simply made by printing a picture of the person (object or animal) from the internet, ideally on a piece of thin card. Two eyes and a mouth are cut and the mask can be attached to your party guests with a simple ribbon being loosely tied around their head.
The first activity is “Who am I? and it is played by each guest not knowing which mask they have on. To place the mask on the guest’s heads, simply have all the masks face down on a table and then tie them on without letting the guests seeing their own mask.
The idea of this simple game is for the quest to go around the room and ask 2 questions (and answer 2 questions) from each other guest. The questions should be ones that can only be answered with Yes or No and the object of the game is to figure out which mask you are wearing. Questions such as “Am I a person?” “Or Am I male? “will narrow down the possible answers. Eventually each guest should be able to figure out which mask they are wearing.
The masks should be made to suit the party guests and could include cartoon characters as well as characters from fairy tales.
Another interesting variation on this game is to “pair up”. This game is well suited to younger guests (8 and under). This game is similar to the first in that each guest does not know what mask they have on but they do know that in the room they have a “twin”. In this version there is no talking and the guests need to keep their eyes closed until everyone is ready and then the host begins the game. None of the guests are allowed to talk to each other and they need to find their twin as quickly as possible. This involves each guest looking around the room for an unmatched mask and that will be their match, as the pairs match up the game gets easier. It is also better played with a large party, (20 or more).
To make the above ‘pairs’ game more suitable for an older audience have the pairs not identical but matching a theme, for example the King and Queen of England. The problem for the guests will be to figure out who is ‘paired off’ and who is isolated. This game can be made quite difficult for example an astronaut and the moon would be a pair, as would Cinderella and a glass slipper.