Below are some holiday party games
that can fit any holiday.
Blowing the Egg
is fun for
Easter but can be fitting for other holidays
too. Two pieces of cotton or tape are stretched across the
carpet. An ordinary
hen's egg -- which has had the entire contents removed without cracking
shell -- is laid exactly midway between the tape lines. A girl player
a little paper fan out of half a sheet of notepaper and kneels down on
of the tapes and a boy kneels down on the other. The girl then has to
try to fan
the egg shell across the tape on the boy's side and he has to try to
shell back across the tape on the girl's side. The one who first drives
across his partner's line three times wins the contest.
must be used by the girl but the paper fan or her
hand, and the boy must simply blow with his mouth.
group into teams. Each team sends one person up
to the Game Master who gives them the name of a Xmas carol.
The person returns to
group and, in the manner of Pictionary, tries to get the group to guess
of the carol by DRAWING ONLY. As soon as the group knows the song, they
sing it as loud as they can. After singing, they send a new person for
song. Play continues until one group completes all five songs.
Pass The Bow
(or apple or whatever fits the occasion)
about 6-15 players per team. Have the teams line up side by
side, either sitting or standing
next to each other (they could hold hands if they wanted to). At one
the line, place the six Christmas bows (or apples). With their left
each player grab the right wrist of the person to their right. On the
teams pass all the bows down and back again. If a bow falls, players
retrieve while still holding on. The chain must not be broken! 6
objects for each team. The winner is the team that
passes 6 bows
down and back first.
Belongs to What
The day before your Christmas party,
secretly go around to
each person's desk in the firm and snatched one somewhat 'personal'
item off of
their desk. At the party, lay everything out on a table, each assigned
with a number. Everyone has to figure out which item came from who's
was a hoot to see who actually stays at their desk and works and who
of their days wandering around everyone else's
Guessing with the Wood
party, -- a girl for instance -- is blindfolded, and sits upon a
chair. She is then given two large wooden spoons, such as in common use
kitchen for stirring puddings, cakes, and so on. One after another, the
boys and girls come up to the blindfolded sitter and the task is very
difficult than it looks and is great fun as the spoons go over the face
in an attempt of the blindfolded person to discover the identity of the
course, any outburst of laughter when the spoons are going
over our faces would disclose our identity, so we must keep perfect
When anyone's identity is guessed, he has to be blindfolded and must
spoons. We must be careful when using the spoons to touch another
them quite lightly, so as not to hurt him and any player who wears
should remove them.
Pass the Orange
teams of about 8 to stand in a line, one behind the other (arranged
boy, girl, boy,...). Give each team an orange which the first
person should tuck under his chin. This should be passed to
the person behind. When the orange gets to the last person,
they come to the front of the line and start again. The
winning team is the first one which gets their starting person to the
Creepers and Slammers
groups too! Sitting at a table, having people on either side
of you and across from you. Divide your group into
two teams. One team at a time takes a turn passing a quarter
under the table carefully so that the people across from you on the
other team can't see where the quarter is. Then at any time
the other team that doesn't have the quarter tells you to
stop! They either yell "CREEPERS", All the people
on the team that has the quarter must bring both hands up on the table
and slowly try to open their hands with their palms down trying not to
allow the quarter to drop loudly. The opposite team tries to guess
where the quarter is. If the opposite team calls
"SLAMMERS" then everyone on your team brings their
hands up quickly slamming them down with palms down and open.
The other team tries to guess who has the quarter. Just take
turns until you are tired of playing. It is a lot of fun and
everyone can join in. The winner is the team with least number of
guesses to find the quarter.
Pass It ON
together in two lines facing the same direction. The person in the
front of each line rolls a die. When one of them gets a six, both of
them pass a small object (a jack, a ball, a bracelet) to the person
behind them who passes it on until it reaches the end. When it gets to
the last person, that person must get up and race to the front of the
line with the object and sit down. The person who sits down first, gets
to sit in the front of the line. The person who was second to sit down,
goes back to his or her spot. Whichever line rotates from back to front
Dragon Tail Tag
chains of about four people. Either have team members hold on to each
others waists or link elbows. The end person has a flag or tail
(bandana) hanging behind them or in their back pocket. Teams must stay
linked to participate. The object of the game is to steal
other teams tails while avoiding other teams who are trying to steal
your tail. The last team to have a tail wins.
favorite. With one fewer chairs than people, a short snippet
of music is played while the people move around the room.
When the music stops everyone tries to sit on a vacant chair.
(Only ONE person per chair) The person who doesn't find a
chair is out. One chair is taken away and the game continues
until only one person (The Winner) is left.
Balloon Stomping Game
participant blows up a balloon and ties it with a bit of string or wool
to his/her ankle. On the given command, the guests (only using their
feet) try to be the last person to have their balloon busted i.e., you
stamp on your opponents. Again great fun, caution is eered on anyone
getting carried away with the stamping. As survivors get fewer, reduce
the playing area.
Birthday Present Game
group stands in a circle. The gloves, hat, and wrapped box are placed
in the center. someone begins by rolling the dice. If they roll a 6,
they hurry into the middle and put on the gloves and hat. They then
start to unwrap the package. They must move fast because the next
person to roll a 6 takes the hat off of the person in the center. The
person in the center stops immediately and takes off the gloves, gives
them to that person, and he/she goes back to the circle. The game
continues like this until the package is completely unwrapped and the
last person receives their prize. It's really noisy and incredibly fun!
I Have Never
receives several counters (toothpicks, pennies,
etc.) Then take turns around the circle.
Each person tells of something they have never done (example: I have
never broken a bone or I have never traveled out of the
country). Anyone who has done this must give the speaker one
of their toothpicks or pennies. After going around the circle
several times, the person with the most tokens wins.
What's your Name Sweetie
is seated on the floor in a circle. Packaged candy bars or candy are
placed in the middle of the circle. Everyone starts by saying their own
names. The leader then makes sure that everyone knows what candy is in
the middle. someone begins by rolling the dice. If they roll a 6, they
can take one of the candies in the middle. The die continues to go
quickly around the circle while people keep picking up candy. When all
of the candies are taken, people then can get other people's candy.
order to get their candy, they must state the person's first name and
the name of the candy they hold. The person who rolls a 6 and matches
the name of the candy and the person takes the other's candy. If they
forget either name, they miss their turn and the dice goes to the next
person and they continue to roll. (One person can get more than one
candy and people can hide the candy behind their back). This is a great
way of getting to know people's name and how to get your favorite
. In all of our games, there will be winners, in some there will be
losers. Here are some suggestions for losers forfeits:
Stand on a chair and take the pose of any creature or object the group
WALK THE PLANK
Walk a straight line while looking the wrong way through a pair of
By acting tired yourself, make at least one member of the group yawn.
THAT'S NOT FUNNY
Make one member of the group laugh or smile.
WHO AM I?
Wearing a blindfold, identify the members of the group by touching
The Bacon Factor
a list of any 10 movie stars. Link
that person to Kevin Bacon through movies in the least amount of steps
Hoffman was in Hook with Julia Roberts
Roberts was in Flat-Liners with...Kevin Bacon!!
factor is 1. Don't count the direct connection.
should be able to do this with just about any actor or
actress from any time. The challenge is knowing all of the right movies
was in them.
through several magazines and cut out advertisement symbols (i.e.
the 7up dot, but not the word 7up). Paste each on the white side of a
3x5 card and have everyone go around the room with an answer sheet and
try to identify as many of the symbols as possible.
Who am I?
such as cartoon characters, movie stars, vegetables, etc. Pin the name
of one of these items on the back of each guest as they arrive. Tell
them that they need to find out who they are by asking other people for
rules are ask yes or no questions only, answer yes or no questions,
no removing your own name tag to find out. If you ask, anyone will help
you find out your identity.
you need people seated or grouped up this may be a good way to do it.
Have place cards at the seat of each item. Or have a few different
categories of item to guess. Then when it comes time to group up have
the cartoon characters go here, vegetables there, etc.
the following on a table prior to the guests arrival:
the guests arrive, give them the following list. Match the
statements on the list with the items on the table.
of pork ("k")
bunch of dates (Calendar)
swimming match (match in the bottle)
borrowed, never lent (toothbrush)
at a ball game (pitcher)
for the night (candle)
ending of a Biblical Character (Salt)
of a river (Fork)
of the causes of the American Revolution (Tacks)
spring flower (buttercup)
end of ambition ("N")
to be licked (Stamp)
paradise on earth (dice)
of Burns (Iron)
have two purposes. First, to get things officially started with a bang.
Second, some divide up a large group into smaller groups. Group games
go much smoother and people are more willing to participate if they are
split up from people they know and put into a random group. Grouping
games are perfect to start for a fun party.
This is a good game to play as a mixer. It is a fun, fast moving game.
It starts out with everyone in one big group. The leader initially
calls out a number, usually a number between two and fifteen. The
number shouldn't be more than half of the number of total participants.
When the number is called out everyone must try to collect in a group
that contains that number of people. The group members should be
latching arms or have their arms wrapped around each other so that the
leader can see who is in the group. If someone cannot enter a group
because the number of required members has been reached, he is out of
the game. As different numbers are successively called out the number
of participants gets smaller and smaller. Eventually, there are less
than ten people. The last group, or winning group, should have anywhere
from two to five people.
writes the name of a celebrity, famous person or character on a piece
of paper which they stick to the forehead of the player on their left
(use tape or office Post-It notes). Make sure they
donï¿½t see the name.
Everyone else can see your forehead. The objective is to figure out who
Going around the table, each payer takes a turn to ask the party
questions about who they are - answers can be YES or NO only. If you
get a YES you may continue asking, if you get a NO play moves on to the
Last person to guess their name is the loser. Simple, but