Ideas for silly family Christmas party games, please!

(40 Posts)
JudithOfThePiece Thu 14-Nov-13 13:44:13

I am in charge of organising a Christmas party which will be attended by people of all ages, including some families. We like to have a lot of silly games, usually organised in randomly chosen teams. In the past, we've had games like miming the twelve days of Christmas, moving chocolate buttons from one bowl to another with straws and wink murder. There needs to be some element of competition, it needs to be fun and it ideally needs to be suitable for kids and adults to work together, although there aren't usually any kids under 12.

My mind is a total blank for what games we can do this year, so can anyone out there give me some inspiration, please?!

Doinmummy Tue 24-Dec-13 16:05:30

My niece writes each of us a line from a song and places it under our place mat. We secretly look at our line and have to incorporate it into the conversation without anyone realising.

Another one that caused much hilarity is put a tennis ball into the foot of a pair of old tights ( one for each person) tie the leg with no ball around your waist. Then put another tennis ball on the floor and you have to score a goal by swinging the tennis ball between your legs against the ball on the floor.

ellesabe Tue 24-Dec-13 15:58:33

The 'after eight' game.

Competitors take in turns to put an after eight chocolate on their forehead and get it into their mouth as quick as possible without using their hands.

Quickest persons wins the rest of the chocs.

Makes for some hilarious videos!

airtwist Tue 24-Dec-13 10:57:30

As Christmas is a time of giving, here is a fun game.

Choose two random objects. They can be anything...for example s hair brush and a wooden spoon. Sit everyone in a circle.

Give the first object to a person on one side of the circle and the second object to the person on the opposite side.

The people holding the objects turn to the person on their left and say, " I give you this hairbrush". The person replies "This what?" and the first person responds "This hairbrush". The object then is handed over. The person receiving it, then does exactly the same thing.

Both objects pass round the circle in the same way. When they meet...at some point, confusion reigns!

Introduce more objects depending on the number of people involved and make the descriptions more complicated "I give you this very expensive made in china hairbrush".

Good for a laugh.

fluffythinking Fri 06-Dec-13 12:14:45

You don't actually wash anyones hair iDon't want to confuse the issue

fluffythinking Fri 06-Dec-13 11:57:36

We like Katieweasel's game but ours differs slightly. We buy really silly token pressies & wrap them up strangely in newspaper. Example; one of those plastic things that goes on your dd or ds's head just above their eyes & you shampoo their hair not getting water in their eyes! I used this game as an ice breaker at a party & a bald guy got that token gift, it worked a treat getting everyone relaxed. Kids are always asking to play it. We call it 'Watsits'

We always have a quiz, I have been running it for over a decade now with my cousin and it's morphed from basic questions on paper to now where half the questions are on DVD as they involve photos/music/video - we have been getting my littler cousin to help us act out stuff for the last few years. But that gets very involved and is very time consuming to prepare!

Simple rounds we've had before have been things like holding an ice cube between your hands and the one who lasts longest wins for their team or rubbing a balloon on the wall and the one who lasts longest with it attached to their jumper/shirt wins.

I invented a game one year called Pass. It's very simple, you stand/sit all in a circle and start with one object (literally can be anything as long as it can be picked). You pass it round and when it gets back to the first person you add another object (or someone else gives it to you, which is more necessary later). They go round again and you add another...the idea is to try not to drop anything as you pass the load to the person next to you. If you do, you're out. You keep going until only the winner is left with an armful of things. It's best if you use really incompatible items, like a remote control with an orange and a football and a book and a feather....just make sure it's nothing you don't mind getting dropped!

Also one round our family loves of the quiz is the craft round - they get a random assortment of things (some pens, pencils, paper etc but also stuff like sweet wrappers, boxes, bits of old string, whatever) and they have ten minutes to make something. We've done it before on a general Christmas theme, but last year they had to make members of the family, which worked really well and was pretty hilarious. You could do it with making famous people. They get judged and more points get given to the recognisable ones! We also sometimes involve another element of competition so the teams all start with eg ten things and then while the craft round goes on, you ask them questions. People call out answers and the first right answer gets to take another piece for their team, so they can hurry back with it and add it to their pile of usable items...this does get a bit hectic and you need one person to read questions and listen for answers and one to supervise all the craft items being given out, but it's really fun.

dogindisguise Thu 05-Dec-13 20:15:48

I should have read page 2 before posting! Just repeating the flour thing!

dogindisguise Thu 05-Dec-13 20:15:01

We used to do a flour game. You fill a bowl with flour and then empty it onto a tray to form a mound of flour (like a sandcastle), then place a sweet or similar on the top. Take it in turns to slice a bit off with a knife without collapsing the whole thing and the sweet falling off. We also used to do something like cutting up a bar of chocolate wearing thick gloves. I think one person would cut while the others threw a dice until someone got a six and took over the cutting - game ends when you've eaten all the choc.

Word games - someone has to do something (eg walk up the stairs, pretend to walk the dog) angrily, tiredly, bossily, etc and then guess what the adverb is.
Proverbs. You think if a saying such as "you can't make an omelette without breaking eggs." Each person is assigned a word apart from one person who has to guess what the saying is. They ask the others a question about anything and each person has to include their word in their answer.

Hope the above makes sense! It's been a while since I played any of these.

Mynewmoniker Fri 15-Nov-13 22:30:31

Pin the red nose on Rudolph? Self explanitory.

Fill a 2 pint bowl with flour. Upturn it onto a tray (already placed on a floor) like a sandcastle. Place a sweet on the top. Players kneel in a circle around this tray and take turns to slice away the sides of the 'pie' with a knife without letting the sweet fall. The one that makes the sweet fall then has to pick the sweet out of the flour with their hands behind their back and only using their mouth.

If you want a really good laugh... as they bend to carefully pick up the sweet push their head into the flour!!!! Shouting antiqued!! grin

floatyflo Fri 15-Nov-13 22:26:14

Some fantastic games here!

My contribution is Fluffy Bunnies.

Lots of marshmallows, two players take it in turns to put a marshmallow in their mouth and say fluffy bunnies (clearly!) each time. No chewing and no swallowing.

Loser is the first person to give up, spit out, can't say fluffy bunnies, fit no more mallows in, spew up.

Have a couple of bowls/buckets ready!

fuzzpig Fri 15-Nov-13 22:14:29

Norman I reckon I'd kick ass at that initial line carols quiz! I do love me carols grin

fuzzpig Fri 15-Nov-13 22:13:41

Quizzes are fab.

My DSD was babysitting for us earlier this year because DH and I had a funeral to go to, and when we got home - needless to say I was pretty wobbly - she'd made us a quiz on the computer, using PowerPoint and all the little widgets to make pictures appear, video clips etc. It was so much fun and although I've no idea if it was deliberate or not, it really really cheered me up after a horrible day.

Since then, she and DH have spent hours creating a Christmas quiz which they'll run for me, DCs, other DSD, DSS and his GF when they all visit for Xmas. DH is doing the questions and DSD is dazzling DH technophobe with all the PowerPoint fanciness, she's done a digital advent quiz calendar and all sorts. They're even getting a prize for the winning team. I can't wait grin

JudithOfThePiece Fri 15-Nov-13 20:10:50

Brilliant. Honestly, MN makes google totally superfluous. Thank you so much!

We sometimes do a quiz too. One year I did one with Christmas themed questions, and another one which was all Christmas carols written down as just the initials of the title/first line, and you had to guess what they were (e.g. OIRDC - Once In Royal David's City).

Steffanoid Fri 15-Nov-13 08:41:47

I did a quiz last year with very silly prizes and questions about Christmas traditions like 3 different names for santa, the prizes were all like pound shop tat, hair extensions that my uncle wore along with a glittery mask at one point

We also like "Categories" and "The forehead game".

Categories - you decide on several categories, e.g. countries of the world/colours/things you might find on a restaurant menu/birds etc. Then pick three letters of the alphabet. Everybody has to write down something from each category beginning with the chosen letters (so if the letters were A, G and T you might write down Azerbaijan, Guatemala and Turkey for countries, Aqua, Green and Turquoise for colours etc). Set a time limit, and when the time is up you score the answers. 2 points if you get an answer that no-one else has chosen, 1 point if you get the same answer as someone else, no points if you didn't get an answer.

The forehead game - choose the name of someone famous (it could be someone real or a fictional character, or a real person who isn't famous but is known to the people you are playing the game with, such as a family member or friend). Write the name on a piece of paper and stick it to the forehead of the person to your left. Everyone has to take turns asking questions to try and guess who they are. Questions can only be ones you can answer yes or no to (such as "Am I male?" "Am I a sports personality?" "Am I a character in a book?" etc). Winner is the first person to guess who they are.

Draw A Monster! Brilliant because everyone can play.

It's basically Consequences but with drawing. Everyone draws a monster head at the top of a piece of paper, folds it over and passes it on. Next person draws the body (with arms / tendrils / noodly appendages as appropriate) and passes on again. Then the legs. Then the feet. Then unfold and admire.

Even my dad plays this one. Mainly because he can draw horrid anatomically correct bug body parts and make his grandkids squeal.

Bakingtins Thu 14-Nov-13 20:35:14

The Sofa Game. You need two teams, male vs female is simplest. The aim of the game is to get three of your team sitting on the same sofa. Everyone writes their own name of a slip of paper, then shuffle them and each person takes one. You then 'become' whatever name you are currently holding.
The sofa in question starts off with one person from each team and a space, everyone else needs somewhere to sit round the room.
The person to the left of the space says a name, and whoever has that bit of paper moves into the space, and swaps with the caller. This frees up another space somewhere in the room, and whoever is to the left of that space calls a name, and so on....
Because everyone swaps names all the time it is very difficult to keep track of who is who especially after a few bevvies and much hilarity results.

Katieweasel Thu 14-Nov-13 18:56:47

Wrap a few token presents in varying size boxes. All the family sits round in a circle. You need 2 packs of cards. One pack is shared out amongst the family. One family member, usually nanny, reads the card out from the other pack. The person with the matching card picks a present from the middle. You then go through the whole pack, happily stealing and grabbing presents off other family members. The kids tend to go for the largest boxes. Total mayhem. We love it!

TurnOffTheTv Thu 14-Nov-13 18:42:37

Put a tennis ball in some tights, place tights on head, so tennis ballo hangs down. Line up empty pop bottles, try and knock them down with tennis ball. Get an empty tissue box, put three ping pong balls in, tape the tissue box to someone's bum. Get them to bounce around till the Ping pings balls are released. Marvellous :-)

FloJo151 Thu 14-Nov-13 18:39:35

trying to get an after8 from your forehead to your mouth without using any hands!! always good fun, particularly if its a little warm as the chocolate starts to melt!!!!!

Wineandchoccy Thu 14-Nov-13 18:35:16

We play 'Squeak piggies squeal' blindfold one person spin them round, while people move seats, then get the blindfolded person to find someone's knee to sit on that person has to squeak and squeal and the blindfolded person has to guess who they are. 3 guesses and they have to try again.

worm77daisy Thu 14-Nov-13 18:31:56

Shake ya Booty:

Thread a belt or a scarf through the bottom of an empty tissue box, fill box with ping pong balls and tie round waist, play music and the first player to empty their box wins.

fuzzpig Thu 14-Nov-13 18:21:04

That's a great name for it Norman grin

Hopasholic Thu 14-Nov-13 17:41:25

Love your bingo story Stardust

I'm just going to be playing 'Dont kill the Mil'

It involves none of us killing my mil. That is all. grin

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