Games and Prizes
We'll cover the most popular
games that can be "customized" to any party theme. Keep
games simple so if you get distracted, people can keep them rolling.
Trivia Games are good ice-breakers.
The Clothes Pin Game is a good warm up to get
any party started. Scavenger Hunts can
be a party in themselves! Prizes are
required for some games, as well as best/worst costume awards, etc.
We're not talking about the traditional way to play a trivia game here!
If you own a trivia
game, take out the playing cards and place them around the room in
spots where people will be sitting.
Guests can then chose
cards and ask people questions.
The host may want to
walk around the room and randomly ask people questions to get them
Keep in mind not
all your guests may know each other, so this is a good way to get
people to interact.
This game doesn't
necessarily require a prize.
Clothes Pin Game
is a great game to start when guests arrive.
Choose 3 words.
Upon arrival, each guest
will be told the words and given a clothes pin.
No one is allowed to use
those 3 words until the time the host chooses the game to be over
(this is a good game to keep going until the bitter end).
If a person uses one of
the 3 forbidden words, the first one to catch them gets their clothes
The guest with the most
pins wins - so this game requires a prize.
scavenger hunt can be a party game or be the party itself!
Choose the location - it
can be held in
At the end of the hunt,
people arrive to the destination point for prizes and food.
Prizes will be needed,
but they don't have to be expensive.
Gag gifts are great too.
If you think you may
continue to throw theme parties or costume parties, etc. on a regular
Find gifts that can be
passed on from the previous winner to the next.
Look for gifts for
"booby prizes", the worst costume prize, etc. (these are
most likely the type that the previous year's winner will like to pass
Keep in mind big winners
should win big and get to keep their prize - after all they did do the
You can often pick up
trophies at yard sales that can easily be recycled into prizes - that
the winners will "love to lose".
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