Playing Cards Against Humanity with the Family

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Cards Against Humanity is self-described as a party game for horrible people. It’s a fun game for anyone over the age of fifteen or sixteen. However, some people think that it’s a fun game to play at family reunions. This post will give you directions on what cards to remove so that you’ll have less awkward explaining to do for Nana. There are still sex-related and nasty cards in the deck to play.

Crowds you can’t play Cards Against Humanity with:

  1. Family reunions with children under the age of fifteen- you’ll have way too much explaining to do and they are not likely to understand the concepts.
  2. If a majority of your family shutters at the word ‘sex’

If you have family with either of these two qualities, then you should purchase the PG version of this game: Apples to Apples.

Cards to take out for better play in a standard Cards Against Humanity deck:

  1. tasteful sideboob- do you really want to explain what sideboob is?
  2. a fleshlight- no, grandma that’s not a typo and I don’t want to explain it
  3. a bitch slap- I once heard thirteen year old use the definition of cat fight for this
  4. Smegma- sex education wasn’t this descriptive in my day and it certainly wasn’t in grandpa’s day
  5. tentacle porn- take it out before nana asks why is this a thing
  6. Queefing- see smegma
  7. the care bear stare- …
  8. seppuku- how many people actually know about this in this day and age?
  9. Nickelback- unless nana knows that you’re a big fan of them
  10. Nipple blades- see tentacle porn
  11. my humps- not everyone remembers pop culture from the 2000s
  12. Pixelated bukkake- you really want to explain this?
  13. A mime having a stroke- trigger warning may be needed depending on what has been going on with your family
  14. a bleached asshole- see tentacle porn
  15. An M. Night Shyamlan plot twist- who is M. Night Shyamlan? What does the ‘M’ stand for? What has he done? I don’t remember, grandaddy, let’s just keep playing the game
  16. Ethnic cleansing- genocide still happens today. This may not be the best card to have in the deck if one of your relatives that will be playing the game survived or was touched by this
  17. Hospice care- see a mime having a stroke
  18. A pangender octopus who roams the cosmos in search of love- unless you or a family member have come out as pangender and have explained it to the family, then they’re going to want to know what pangender is.
  19. an Oedipus complex- not everyone has had a higher education and has heard of this story/ theory of relationships. No, its not like a Napoleon complex, grandma.

Every family is different. You have to use your own judgement.

Moonrise Kingdom BBQ Party

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Wow! We’ve had over 500 viewers on the blog since it was started in May 2016! This is a special post to celebrate that. My favorite movie is Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom.” I will be giving you directions for party games and activities as well as foods to serve. Here’s a movie trailer for those of you who don’t know this film:

Here is the idea for this party. Decade: 1960s. Place: Camp Ivanhoe. Event: party mixer for the boys and the girls on the island. Everyone should do their best to dress appropriately. There should be enough videos on Youtube to tell your friends how to dress as though they’re from the 60s. Let’s get started.

Activities:

Check your phone at the Door

Imagine a phone free night! No worries. No awkward scrolling. We get the same freedom that we left behind in the 20th century. You can tell your guests that only one section of the house or yard will allow cell phones and that’ll be around where you store the cell phones (ideally in individual bags with the owner’s name written on the bag in a locked closet or pantry). The rest of the party should be phone free so that the guests can get on with their real lives rather than experiencing it through a phone screen.

How can they take photos to remember the night? Well, you can tell them to bring their own cameras. CVS still sells disposables. The other alternative is to have a polaroid camera or two floating around the party, but that in itself will pose its own risks.

Design a Patch

Offer a station when the guests first arrive to create their own badge or pin. You can have them do this using felt and glue, beads and safety pins, or just use paper. If you’re really serious, a pin maker will cost you over $115 on Amazon. The pin or patch should represent the guest in some one. Because this is the 1960’s and the time of free love, encourage the guests to trade and exchange these tokens of friendship as the party goes on. You don’t know who’ll end up with whose pin.

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Dance 

You should encourage dancing at the party. Many of the styles of dancing from the sixties may not be known. Encourage your guests to watch the following videos to be prepared to dance during the party:

 

What kind of a bird are you?

That is one of the most iconic lines from the movie. It can also be a fun party game. Print out small images of birds with their common names (don’t put down the scientific names because no one will know that Columbiforms Columbidae  means your average pigeon). Tape these onto the backs of the guests as they arrive. No one can tell them what bird they are, but they can give hints. For example, if someone gets pigeon taped to their back, a friend can tell them that they’re a rat with wings. They may then immediately understand that they’re a pigeon or they may be even more confused. Here’s a list of some birds for the cards:

  1. Dove
  2. Raven
  3. Sparrow
  4. Chicken
  5. Peacock
  6. Goose
  7. Canadian Goose
  8. Swan
  9. Owl
  10. Hawk
  11. Robin
  12. Bluejay
  13. Cardinal
  14. Bald Eagle
  15. Turkey
  16. Albatross
  17. Penguin
  18. Pigeon
  19. Crane
  20. Flamingo
  21. Mocking bird
  22. Canary
  23. Finch
  24. Parrot
  25. Wood Pecker

Archery

Yes, this is a weapon. It’s also a popular camp activity. It’ll be a fun side activity to do while the party is going on. Look for a magnetic set on Amazon so that you’ll minimize the damage done.

S’mores

Have a fire pit? Make s’mores. This activity will need supervision to make sure that the flaming s’mores someone just made don’t get combined with the archery set to become a completely different activity.

Photo Stand

Set up one of the moonrise kingdom campsites. Leave some props for the guests to put on like Sam’s glasses and coon skin hat, and Suzy’s binoculars. Leave a polaroid camera near the site so that guests can take their own photos.

Movie Screening

Screen the movie if you want to. Get a screen, a projector, and a copy of the movie. Sit everyone down on the ground or warn them to bring towels in advance. You can hand out bowls of popcorn before the movie starts.

Food:

  1. hot dogs
  2. hamburgers
  3. corn on the cob
  4. popcorn
  5. s’mores
  6. Old Fashioned punch- here’s a website I found with some old recipes
  7. Water
  8. apple crumble

Party Playlist:

  1. “Laisse Tomber les Filles” France Gall
  2. “Miss Grace” The Tymes
  3. “Kaw-liga” Hank Williams
  4. “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” The Beatles
  5. “Comment tu Dire Adieu” Francoise Hardy
  6. “The Twist” Chubby Checker
  7. “I’m a Believer” The Monkees
  8. “Noir C’est Noir” Johnny Hallyday
  9. “Build me Up Buttercup” The Foundations
  10. “Happy Together” The Turtles
  11. “Le Coeur au Bout des Doigts” Jaqueline Taieb
  12. “Sweet Caroline” Neil Diamond
  13. “Moi je Joue” Brigitte Bardot
  14. “Le Temps De l’Amour” Francoise Hardy
  15. “Pressure Drop” Toots & The Maytals
  16. “Dancing in the Streets” Martha & The Vandellas
  17. “These Boots were Made for Walkin'” Nancy Sinatra
  18. “Wraith Pinned to the Mist” Of Montreal
  19. “Hello, Goodbye” The Beatles
  20. “I love Beach Music” The Embers
  21. “My Girl” The Temptations
  22. “Under the Boardwalk” The Drifters
  23. “Good Vibrations” Beach Boys

Floating House Challenge

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If you’ve seen the movie Up, then you’ve seen the iconic scene when Carl escapes the city in his house using of thousands of balloons. You will have your guests try to guess how many balloons it will take to lift the birdhouse in this activity. You can make the birdhouse a prize for correctly guessing how many balloons it will take to lift the birdhouse if you like. This is a fun activity for any party. It’s a new take on the how many gum balls in the glass jar activity. It may cost about $60 and the party activity will take about 15 to 20 minutes to take place.

Materials Needed:

  1. Birdhouse
  2. baby pink paint
  3. baby blue paint
  4. canary yellow paint
  5. lime green paint
  6. light orange-pink paint
  7. slate colored paint
  8. pencil
  9. ruler
  10. hook
  11. a bowl of some sort to record guesses
  12. helium filled balloons with strings

Painting Instructions

Put old newspaper over the crafting area. Put some paint on a palette. You should have either bought acrylic paint or some other sort of paint that will be able to survive the harsh outdoors. Use pencil markings to draw lines on your birdhouse that will divide it into 5 sections. Divide the birdhouse in a straight line that divides it into left and right. Next, divide your right hand side into two sections. Next, measure about three to four fingers from the roof. Mark it and then use your ruler to draw a straight line across. Use the image below for inspiration:

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Paint the roof of the birdhouse first with the slate paint. Let it dry for some time and then paint the 4 quadrants. Wait for that to dry and then carefully paint the windows as you see fit. If you have the extra time and the inclination, then buy some white paint and paint on the trim.

The sides of the house are painted one of the four colors in the front of the house. Go crazy.

Once all of the paint has dried, then you should screw in a hook at the top of the birdhouse unless it already comes with one.

A normal party balloon may be able to about 4.8 grams or 0.17 ounces. One of the unfinished bird houses that I saw on Amazon weighs about 1.6 ounces. If we assume that adding the paint and hook adds enough weight to get it up to 2 ounces, then it should take a little over 12 standard party balloons to lift the bird house, but don’t share this information with your child or party guests. The fun is in guessing how many balloons it will take to lift the house.

When the party activity occurs, tie a balloon onto the hook one to two at a time as the crowd cheers on. Stop once the birdhouse has been clearly lifted off of the ground. Announce the winner at the end.

Halloween Trivia

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Want to gather some friends for a trivia night but don’t have time to come up with the trivia questions? We got you covered! The following trivia questions are multiple choice and you can pick and choose as you like based on the age group that you’re hosting trivia night for. Copy and paste your favorite ones into a separate document to read from during your hosted trivia night!

Materials Needed:

  • A trivia sheet to read to your guests

Sample Trivia Ideas:

Easy:

  1. Why was the color  orange associated with Halloween?
    • A) It’s a color of the fall harvest
    • B) Pumpkins are orange
    • C) The sunset tends to look orange on Halloween
    • D) Fire can sometimes look orange
  2. Why was the color black associated with Halloween?
    • A) Halloween takes place at night
    • B) It’s a color of darkness and death
    • C) It is the color of most scary spiders
    • D) Witches tend to wear the color black
  3. From which country did Halloween originate?
    • A) Spain
    • B) France
    • C) Ireland
    • D) Transylvania
  4. What is a pumpkin?
    • A) not edible
    • B) cake
    • C) vegetable
    • C) fruit
  5. What is the most popular candy to buy for trick-or-treaters?
    • A) Chocolate
    • B) Taffy
    • C) Jelly
    • D) Lollipops
  6. Why do people traditionally dress as scary creatures on Halloween?
    • A) to scare people into giving them candy
    • B) to blend in with the spirits walking the Earth
    • C) to gain favor with the spirits
    • D) to confuse witches
  7. Which of the following isn’t a traditional wiccan (witch) symbol?
    • A) black cats
    • B) spiders
    • C) toads
    • D) bats
  8. Which presidential ghost haunts the White House and is seen in times of trouble?
    • A) George Washington
    • B) Ronald Reagan
    • C) Barack Obama
    • D) Abraham Lincoln
  9. What were the first jack-o-lanturns made from?
    • A) turnips
    • B) apples
    • C) watermelons
    • D) pumpkins
  10. Which two book characters were the most popular Halloween costume for 2001?
    • A) Katniss and Peeta
    • B) Percy and Annabeth
    • C) Harry and Hermoine
    • D) Thing One and Thing Two

Medium:

  1. Where was Candy corn invented?
    • A) Pennsylvania It was invented by the Wunderle Candy Company of Philadelphia in the 1880’s  
    • B) Massachusetts
    • C) California
    • D) Iowa
  2. Who wrote the novel Frankenstein?
    • A) Count Dracula
    • B) Mary Shelley
    • C) Charles Dickens
    • D) Herman Melville
  3. What novel was “Rocky Horror Picture Show” based on?
    • A) Count Dracula
    • B) The Odyssey
    • C) Frankenstein
    • D) Rocky
  4. What was the name of the actor who played Dr. Frank-n-Furter in “Rocky Horror Picture Show?”
    • A) Jim Carrey
    • B) Steve Harvey
    • C) Tom Jones
    • D) Tim Curry
  5. Who directed the movie “the Nightmare Before Christmas?”
    • A) Richard Scary
    • B) Henry Selick
    • C) Tim Burton
    • D) Tom Jones
  6. What is the grim reaper called in some celtic villages?
    • A) Thanatos
    • B) Yama
    • C) Uncle
    • D) Santa Meutre
  7. Which of the following mean fear of Halloween?
    • A) Hadephobia
    • B) Gallophobia
    • C) Dextrophobia
    • D) Samhainophobia
  8. How old is Halloween thought to be?
    • A) 6,000 years old
    • B) 2,000 years old
    • C) 500 years old
    • D) 250 years old
  9. What prank item is illegal to use in Hollywood?
    • A) toilet paper
    • B) silly string
    • C) eggs
    • D) fake poo
  10. Which classic Halloween film was not a Disney Channel Original movie?
    • A) Hocus Pocus
    • B) Halloweentown
    • C) Nightmare Before Christmas
    • D) Mom’s got a Date with a Vampire
  11. What are the three witches’ names from “Hocus Pocus?”
    • A) Winifred, Mary, and Sarah
    •  B) Mildred, Bette, and Wilma
    • C) Hannah, Agnes, and Bertha
    • D) Regina, Lousia, and Georgia
  12. What was the top Halloween costume for 1993?
    • A) Sabrina the Teenage witch
    • B) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
    • C) Spongebob Squarepants
    • D) Simba from the Lion King
  13. What was the top Halloween costume for 1999?
    • A) Jesse from Toy Story
    • B) Tarzan
    • C) Neo from the Matrix
    • D) Austin Powers

Hard:

  1. According to superstition, if you stare into a mirror on at midnight on Halloween you’ll see what?
    • A) your future husband or wife
    • B) what you’ll look like when you die
    • C) Bloody Mary
    • D) the hard truth
  2. Which ancient Celtic festival does Halloween have its origins from?
    • A) Beltane
    • B) Samhain
    • C) Lughnasadh
    • D) Imbolc
  3. According to superstition, what ability does a person have if they were born on Halloween?
    • A) Ability to get the most candy
    • B) Ability to not get scared easily
    • C) Ability to see and talk to spirits
    • D) Ability to huant someone even before they’re dead
  4. How many people were hanged during the Salem witch trials?
    • A) one
    • B) thirteen
    • C) nineteen
    • D) twenty-six
  5. What does the word with translate to in old English?
    • A) old lady
    • B) person at one with nature
    • C) devil-worshipper
    • D) Wise Woman
  6. How much did the largest pumpkin on record weigh?
    • A) 836 lb
    • B) 777 lb
    • C) 665 lb
    • D) 313 lb
  7. According to legend, how can one see a witch at midnight on Halloween?
    • A) you light a candle in the fireplace
    • B) you wear your clothes inside out and walk backwards
    • C) you dress like a witch
    • D) you read Shakespeare’s Scottish play (MacBeth) aloud
  8. A mask of what famous actor was used in the original movie “Halloween?”
    • A) Will Smith
    • B) Ronald Reagan
    • C) William Shatner
    • D) Leonard Nemoy
  9. What was the original title of the film “Halloween?”
    • A) The Knife Killer
    • B) Hallow’s Eve
    • C) Mudergeist
    • D) The Babysitter Murders
  10. What was the most popular Halloween costume for 2007?
    • A) Hannah Montana
    • B) Spiderman
    • C) Barack Obama
    • D) Harry Potter
  11. What was the most popular Halloween costume for 2009?
    • A) Bella Swan
    • B) Edward Cullen
    • C) Tiana from Princess and the Frog
    • D) Spongebob Squarepants

Strange Story

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This is a fun, free game for any party. Tweens would enjoy this game the most (teenagers and adults may also be interested in the game). All you need is to be able to think on your feet and to have some creativity.

Instructions:

First, choose a narrator who will direct the flow of the story. The birthday child or child hosting the party may want to be the narrator the first time. Have all of the children gather around him or her in a circle. The narrator should be at the center.

The narrator will point to one person in the group who will begin telling the story. That person will speak until the narrator points to someone else. If no one can think of how to begin the story (which I doubt), then you should start with this opening, “Kate grabbed the knob to the door of the open house…”

The person that was pointed to picks up where the last story-teller left off (which could be mid-sentence or in the middle of producing a sound to create a word). If this new player stumbles into the story or repeats what another person had said (ex: you can’t have the spooky ghost repeat the same warning twice), then that person is out. They should scoot out of the circle and the circle should be made tighter.

Repeat this over and over again until there are just 2 people left in the circle (although it won’t be much of a circle at this point). Those 2 should wrap up your fascinating, yet strange story.

DIY Pumpkin Halloween Candles

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Looking for a fun craft for tween girls at a Halloween party? Look no farther than this craft! You should have some extra help to keep an eye on the tweens if you have more than six girls coming to the party. The instructions down below make 6 Halloween jar candles. This craft should cost about $49.

Materials Needed:

  1. 6 clean jars
  2. black acrylic paint
  3. optional: yellow and mustard acrylic paint
  4. enough paint brushes for everyone.
  5. 2 pounds of paraffin wax
  6. 6 pencils, chopsticks, or other like items
  7. a glass bowl
  8. scented essential oils
  9. candle wick
  10. optional: smocks
  11. Pumpkin or orange colored candle dye (Found this here for about $7)
  12. sharpie

Instructions:

Just because you can trust the kids, I mean responsible tweens, with candles doesn’t mean that you can trust them to not make a mess. Lay out garbage bags or newspaper on the table or surface that you’ll be making the candles on.

Now you have two options. You can either poor the candles for them and just have them paint or you can make sure that each child is actively involved in this craft. Because these are tweens, I would suggest letting each child be actively involved in the craft.

Route 1: Doing it in advance

If you’re going to do it all in advance and just let the kids paint the jars, then these are the instructions for you. First, tie pieces of the wick string around the pencils or whatever you’re using. Wrap it around a few times.Make sure that the wick is the height of the jar. If not, wrap it around the pencil again. Lay your pencil or like object across the top of the jar so that the string hangs down in the center. Yes, it should be centered.

Before you consider putting in essential oils into the candles, you should ask the parents if there are any specific scents that the child is sensitive or allergic to. For instance, my mom is highly sensitive to eucalyptus and she can’t be in the same room as the scent. You don’t want that to happen with this craft. You should consider getting essential oil scents that are tied to the season or orange color of the candles such as tangerine, orange, nutmeg, grapefruit, cinnamon, apple, or pumpkin spice. Now that you have it and its the day or morning before the party, add several drops of essential oil into each glass jar.

Next, you should put your attention on the 2 pounds of paraffin wax on the other side of the table. You may have noticed that these are white or opaque and we want to have orange candles. This is Halloween! You’ll need a half a block or so (depending on the candle dye that you bought) to mix in with your candle. I won’t describe that here because the dye should come with instructions.

Carefully poor the melted wax into the jars. When the wax is solid, you should trim the wicks. Place the jars around the table on the day of the party.

You might want to consider having the kids wear smocks because acrylic paint isn’t washable (believe me, I’ve been relentlessly trying to get it off my favorite coat for over a year now). I would recommend pouring the black paint into small, paper bowls and putting some paint brushes in the paint already.

The girls should draw a jack-o-lanturn face. I suggested buying yellow and mustard paint in case you know that your child and/or child’s friends are more artistic and would like do paint a lit jack-o-lanturn that has dimension. Put a piece of paper with each girl’s name on it on every candle so that you know which jar belongs to which person.

Route 2: Letting the Kids do it

First, give every girl a jar and have them write their names on the bottom of the jars. Bring out small, paper bowls filled with black, acrylic paint and give every girl a paint brush. If you know that your child and your child’s friends are a little more artistically gifted, you should bring out the yellow and mustard paint so that they can make their candles look like lit jack-o-lanturns.

You should have measured out the wick and cut them in advance. Wrap the wick around a pencil or another similarly shaped object so that the wick is the perfect measurement. It should touch the bottom of the jar when the pencil is laid across the top of the jar. Make sure that your wick is centered!

You should buy a couple different essential oil scents so that the kids can decide which one to use. If you decide that you’re only going to buy one, then you should ask the parents of your child’s friends if they’re allergic or have a strong reaction to any scent. Have the kids add several drops of essential oils to her jar.

Next, you should put your attention on the 2 pounds of paraffin wax on the other side of the table. You may have noticed that these are white or opaque and we want to have orange candles. This is Halloween! You’ll need a half a block or so (depending on the candle dye that you bought) to mix in with your candle. I won’t describe that here because the dye should come with instructions.

Carefully poor the melted wax into the jars. This would be a bad task to let the kids do by themselves. You need to help them with this. When the wax is solid, have the kids trim the wick.

Voila! Perfect Halloween Jack-o-lanturn candles!

Worst Beer Party

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The United States has been flooded with craft beer and cider. Some of it is pretty good, but I wonder if people were drunk when they came up with some of the other flavors. This is a great party idea to get together old college friends. I actually got this idea from someone on the train into New York City while he was talking to his friends about his annual worst beer party. He said the winner last year was oyster beer. Yuck!

Materials Needed:

  1. invitations with instructions to bring the most disgusting beer one can find
  2. a Facebook thread dedicated to beers
  3. dixie cups or glass
  4. One ranking system page for all of the beers at the party

Instructions:

Create either physical invitations or a Facebook invitations for the event that specify that each guest or family of guests should bring a pack of the most disgusting beer sounding beer they can find. It would be a good idea to have each guest register that they bought a certain beer for the party in the comments section of the Facebook Page or designated thread so that you don’t get more than two cases of the same disgusting beer.

Once everyone arrives, let everyone socialize for a few minutes before offering tastings of the worst beer. Pass around small cups with each beer. I say small because you probably won’t want to have another sip.Give everyone a sheet with the name of all of the beers. This is best done in a table with one column for the name of the beer, a column for the notes, a column for the beer’s ranking out of ten with one being the worst and ten being the best, and a column to rank the beers over all.

At the climax of the party, collect all of the ranking papers and tally them up. Announce the winner and the top five worst. It would be funny to also include the surprisingly good beer.

As people get older, they have kids. It’s natural, but unfortunate for a party like this. Kids want to do what the adults are doing after all. For those under the legal drinking age have an apple juice/cider tasting contest. You would be amazed in the variety of the quality. When you decide to announce the winners of this event depends on if you want the kids to hear the results because families with kids may have to leave sooner than the pople without kids.