Witch Newspaper Fashion Show

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This twist on the classic newspaper fashion show game/challenge will delight Halloween party-goers of all ages. This activity can hypothetically be done for about $15 provided that you already have enough scissors and a newspaper subscription. It can entertain party-goers for about an hour.

What You’ll Need:

  • One pair of scissors per team
  • One roll of masking tape per team
  • Two weeks worth of thick newspapers (about a week of only NY Times Sunday paper size)
  • A hat or bin
  • A blank piece of paper
  • (Optional) construction paper and/or glue and/or glitter and/or markers

Instructions:

Write/print the following list onto a piece of paper and cut out each prompt. Mix up the prompts and stick them in a hat or a bucket.

Prompts:

The good witch

The wicked witch of the west

The wicked witch of the east

The candy witch

Hogwarts witch

Teenage witch

Princess witch

The rich witch

The pumpkin witch

The Southern belle witch

The movie star witch

Before the party starts, make sure that you have enough scissors and tape for each group. Divide up the newspapers equally for each group. Split the party up into equal groups. Have a member from each group pick a witch prompt from the hat/bucket. Give them about 15 minutes to brainstorm and about 30- 45 minutes to create. At the end, have the witch models walk down a designated runway to Halloween music and have the group explain the design.

Optional: give prizes such as ‘wicked,’ ‘most creative,’ ‘cutest,’ ‘funniest,’ ‘judge’s pick,’ and ‘most likely to cast a spell on our hearts.’

Capture the Flag 4th of July

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The British are coming! The British are coming! Oneth by land, twoth by the pool? Capture the Flag is the perfect game to play at any Fourth of July party. Just add a little bit of independence war spirit, and you’ll have a great party game to entertain the kids and the young at heart.

Materials Needed:

  1. a list of who goes on what team
  2. 2 hula hoops to keep the “flags” in
  3. 2 symbols or flags. Since the American flag isn’t supposed to touch the ground, we suggest replacing the flags with a patriotic pillow and a union jack pillow or with rocks that are painted to look like the flags.

Instructions:

Place the hula hoops on either side of an evenly spaced yard/space. Choose jail spaces. The jails can best be represented with some sort of a net (such as a lacrosse net and/or a soccer net.) Use what you already have. Set the boundaries in the beginning (such as no one can go into the house if they are playing this game). Separate the yard into two even spaces that can act as the safe land for either side.

Separate the group of players into two: the British and the Americans. Make sure that teams are even.

Have everyone start at the farthest end of the barriers. Flag watchers cannot go inside the hula hoops to watch the flags. Anyone can tag a member of the opposite team once that person has left her team’s own territory. Once tagged, that person must go to jail. A jailed team member can only get freed once he/she has been tagged by a member of his/her own team. Then, everyone must go back to their own territory before trying to capture the other team’s flag. Discourage roughhousing. In order to win a round, someone must successfully bring the other team’s flag to his/her team’s territory. Play in as many rounds as you want (but three should be the limit).

Dolphin Race – Pool Game

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Happy National dolphin day! In honor of this day, I’m going to tell you about a great pool game to play at pool parties.

The goal of the game is to move a ball from one end of the pool to another using only your nose (because that’s how dolphins push balls). This game may take about 10 minutes to play and may cost about $6-$13 to play if you need to buy balls.

What you’ll need:

  1. One ball that floats in water per team (if you plan on using balls that you already have in your home, then you should make sure that they float).
  2. A pool deep enough for the kids to play the game in.

Instructions:

Break the swimming party guests into groups of four or more players. Make sure that you have one ball per team. Make sure that you have the same number of kids on each team. You can either have this game work as a race or part of a relay.

Like dolphins, team members can only use theirs noses to push the ball from one end of the pool to the other, and then back using their nose (although generally using the face to push the ball works too). Only one teammate goes at a time. If anyone is caught using his or her hands to move the ball, that person will have to return to the starting point.

The first team to finish wins!

 

Timeline Game

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This is the perfect game for a graduation party for an older child (middle school graduation and above). All you need is some printed family photos (or copies of your family photos without any writing on the backs of the photos), a string and some cloths pins. Assuming that you already have markers and the family photos, this activity should only cost about $5-$7 (cloths pins are about $4 per pack and you can find string or ribbon for $1-$2 in the cheap aisles of craft stores or in the front section of Target). This is a side activity that party guests can try to figure out. Reveal the answer at least half way through your party to let guests know if they got the answers correct.

Materials Needed:

  1. At least ten photos of important events in your child’s life
  2. A string taped to a wall
  3. Enough clothes pins to match how many photos you have
  4. Markers to number the clothes pins
  5. Tape
  6. Construction paper, scissors, and glue to make a fancy backing for your photos (optional)

Instructions

Once you’ve chosen your photos and have made sure that there is no writing that would indicate an obvious time in which the photo was taken, write down the correct order in which the photos were taken for your own record. (You may want to have duplicates of the photos that you will use made, so that you’ll still have your photos even if clumsy Aunt Myrtle spills the fruit punch all over the photos). Just make sure not to put any photos in the mix that you and the family would find adorable, but your child would not (such as those images of him/her playing during bath time). Use markers or pens to number the clothes pins from one to however many photos that you have chosen.

On the day of the party, find a small table, such as a TV tray, to put the photos on. Tape up the string behind the table once you’ve found a spot that you like. Add the clothes pins onto the string. To make it visually intriguing, evenly space the clothes pins apart from each other. You can do this by using a marked ruler or by using your hand. Once that has been set up, shuffle the photos and place them on the table with a print out of the following instructions after you personalize it:

How well do you know (insert child’s name here)? The photos on this table are from (insert child’s name here)’s life. Can you put them in the correct order? Don’t ask (child’s name) for help. That would be cheating. We will find out if you got it right later on this afternoon/evening.

Once everyone has eaten and had time to relax, go through the wall with your guests to see if they were able to guess the correct order of life events.

Popcorn Bar

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Today is national popcorn day! In honor of celebrating this delicious snack, let’s talk about creating a popcorn bar for a party. As always, the cost of setting this up will vary based on how many snacks and toppings you choose to have. Remember to ask your guests if they have any allergies in advance of buying the toppings for the party. Prep for this will be about 15 minutes.

What you’ll need:

  1. Either a microwave or a popcorn popper
  2. Either bags of popcorn to put in the microwave or corn kernels to pop. You’ll want about twelve cups of popcorn to feed 4-6 people, but use your own judgement.
  3. One large bowl to put popcorn in and a large serving spoon
  4. Enough bowls for everyone to eat out of (use either your own bowls or disposable paper bowls that you can find either at the grocery store or at a party store)
  5. Toppings (here are some ideas for food you can mix in:
    • Fruity
      • gummy candies (including gummy worms, gummy bears, and almost everything Haribo makes)
      • skittles
      • mike and ikes
      • Fruit snacks (such as Welch’s fruit snacks or Horizon Organic)
      • Hi-chews (unraveled and cut to make them bite-sized)
      • twizzlers (preferably the smaller, pre-cut nibs)
      • swedish fish
      • candy citrus slices
    • Chocolate
      • snow caps
      • Hershey squares
      • milkduds
      • junior mints
      • mini kitkats
      • mini Reese’s peanutbutter cups
      • Reese’s Pieces
      • M&M’s
    • Taffy (all taffy should be cut up in advance in order to make it easier to snack on)
      • airheads
      • salt water taffy
      • laffy taffy
      • starburst
  6. Popcorn seasoning:
    1. melted butter
    2. Kernel Season’s popcorn seasoning

Instructions:

Pop the popcorn before the party starts. You’ll want to have the popcorn cool before your party guests arrive. This should be the first food that your guests put into their bowls and should be the first bowl on the table that the guests can reach.

Put each topping in a bowl with a serving spoon. Lay them out along the table. Let people line up to get the popcorn and then choose their toppings. Make sure that a kid doesn’t just dump the whole bowl of their favorite candy into their own bowl.

Lastly, have the kids pick their spots, relax, and enjoy the movie that you’re going to show.

The Timeline Game for Couples

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As a recent college graduate, I’ve been applying to jobs and going on interviews. On one of my recent interviews I was interviewed by someone who liked my website idea, but wanted to know if I had any suggestions for weddings because her own wedding is coming up soon.

This is an idea for a wedding, an anniversary party, or a vow renewal reception. The guests can play this through the reception and you can announce later in the party if the guests got their guesses correct.

The cost of this project will vary by how many photos you want to use.

Materials Needed:

  1. Enough significant life event photos of you and your partner so that each of your party guests can have one guess.
  2. 2 long strings
  3. One clothes pin for every photo
  4. sharpies that match the colors of the wedding
  5. scissors
  6. construction paper
  7. glue
  8. master list of the correct order of the photos
  9. master guest list that includes which side of the family the guest represents
  10. tape

Instructions:

Dig out those old family photos. Make sure that you have an equal number of photos of you and your spouse. Some great photos for this game would include baby photos, graduation photos, first day of school photos, a trip to Disney, or a photo from the couple’s first date. There should be as many photos chosen as there are guests coming to the wedding. Once you’ve settled on the photos that you’ll use, write a master list of their order (make one spouse’s order evens and the other odds until the timelines converge) and where you took the photos from (so that you can put them back properly). Make copies of your selected photos. When you receive the photos for the activity, use construction paper to make a decorative border (at least an inch big) so that the photo is framed by the paper. You can do this for all photos, but this step is optional.

Once this is done and you’re satisfied with your work, you can think about about who will be given what photo. Each photo will be placed at your guest’s spot at the meal portion of the reception and the following instructions should be printed out and put in the centerpiece:

(Insert couple’s names) would like to challenge you to put our timelines in order. Each of you will receive one photo of us that will have to be put in order on the timeline (insert location of the string timeline). Talk to other family members to figure out where each piece should go. We will reveal if you got it right or not later in the evening.

Using a copy of the guest list, the master list of photos, and a pencil, write down who will receive what photo. Don’t stress out over this. It is only a game. Once you’ve made your final decision, use a shiny ink pen or marker to write that guest’s name on the back of the photo.

Next, decorate the clothes pins as desired. All clothes pins must have a number. To make it easier for whoever is setting up the timeline the day of the wedding put all of the clothes pins for one spouse (all of the evens or odds) in one bag, all of the clothes pins for the other spouse in another bag, and all of the clothes pins for when the time lines converge into another bag.

On the day of the party, have your wedding planner distribute the photos over the dinner tables and set up the time line. Let the families and friends enjoy figuring out what photo goes where. Announce the results of the challenge later on in the reception.

Crazy Hat 4th of July Party

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If you’re thinking of hosting your own Independence Day party this year, consider having a crazy hat contest. The one rule should be that the guy lighting the fireworks in the driveway shouldn’t wear his hat on duty or is excused from the game. Tell the relatives and friends to come with crazy hats for the competition.

You can also have the children make their own hats as a craft. You would need to buy as many blank hats as there are children between the ages of 2-13. The teenagers probably won’t want to do the craft. You would need fabric markers and some other designing materials such as glue, glitter, and feathers. You can also substitute an actual hat for a paper plate. You would just need to use a single hole puncher to create the holes to thread the ribbon through before the party. You can then give the kids regular markers, glue, pom pom’s, pipe cleaners, feathers, etc. to make their hats.

You should also consider breaking up the contest into different leagues. For example, you can have a kid league and an adult league. Anyone over the age of 14 should be in the adult league.

Materials Needed:

  1. prizes for the hat contest

Sample Prizes:

  1. Most Patriotic Hat Award
  2. Second Most  Hat Award
  3. Best Hat Award
  4. Runner Up Hat Award
  5. Most Original Hat Award
  6. Uncle Sam Approved Hat Award
  7. Coolest Hat Award
  8. Flashiest Hat Award
  9. Coolest Headband-based Hat Award
  10. Cutest Hat Award
  11. Most Likely to be Seen From Space Hat Award
  12. Most Likely to be in a Parade After this Party Hat Award
  13. Most Likely to Forget their Hat Award
  14. Most Likely to Lose their Hat Award

Pool Rodeo

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Are you thinking of having a cowboy pool party or a poolside family reunion? Then, this pool float is a necessity. It costs over $60 (yikes!) and by the description sounds like a pain in the butt to inflate. It does look really fun and challenging for all ages. At first, I was skeptical about how hard it could be to stay on the bull, but then I saw a bunch of Youtube videos of people testing out the toy and having trouble staying on, such as this celebrity video:

Materials Needed:

  • 1 inflatable bull pool float
  • 1 pool
  • At least 1 responsible adult
  • optional: a stopwatch to keep times
  • optional: hiring a lifeguard for the party might not be a bad idea either

Instructions:

 

Get all of your materials in place the evening before or the morning of the party. Do not wait until the last minute to try to inflate this thing!

Have the first person get on the bull. They will need help to get on it. Start the timer (if you want to make this a timed competition to see who the rodeo star is), and then have the other members of the party grab onto one of the handles and shake the raft until the person falls off.

Then, write that person’s time down and switch to the next person. Repeat until everyone has ridden the bull.

*A little note on the price, someone on Amazon claimed to have bought this toy off the internet for $48, so this might be one of those items that you have to stalk in order to find at a good price.

 

Pool Float Races

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Cool pool floats are everywhere! They’re at Urban Outfitters, Target, Kohl’s, and are all over instagram. You finally caved and bought one (or are maybe thinking of buying one). Now what? Well, why not have a whacky relay race? This game will be fun for all ages whether at a 4th of July party or for your child’s 7th birthday party.

Ideas Based on Popular Pool Floats (with links through Amazon.com):

  1. Mermaid races (2 mermaid pool floats)
  2. The 4th of July (1 American flag pool float and one either red or Union Jack pool float)
  3. Battle of the Swans (1 black swan pool float and 1 white swan pool float)
  4. Unicorn races (2 unicorn pool floats)
  5. Candy races (1 piece of candy float and another piece of candy float)

Materials Needed:

  • 2 pool floats
  • 1 pool
  • At least 1 responsible adult

Instructions:

Split the party up into 2 groups. Each group will be assigned to a pool float. The kids will race to get their pool float from one side of the pool to the other. When one member finishes a lap, the next member of the team can jump on the pool float (which may be more or less difficult), and try to make it over to the other side of the pool and back before the other kid does. Keep going until one group has had all of its team members do a lap. The team that gets all of its players to return faster than the other team will win.

Wrapping Paper Fashion Show

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We’ve all tried to save the wrapping paper from Christmas at some point. It’s too pretty to simply throw away, but we don’t always wrap up next year’s presents in the same paper, do we?

A better use of the paper is to simply entertain the kids once they become bored of their presents. You just need to save the wrapping paper from opened presents on Christmas day for this activity. The wrapping paper fashion show should entertain the kids for 45 minutes to a full hour. However, this game is so fun that even the grown up’s will want to play.

Materials Needed:

  1. left over wrapping paper and bows
  2. scotch tape and/or masking tape
  3. enough scissors for everyone

Instructions:

Store all of the leftover Christmas wrapping paper and bows together so that you can easily pull them out when it’s time to play the game.

First of all, the family should decide who is judging. One person can judge or you can have a judge panel. If you have enough people, break the participants up into equal sized groups. Perhaps you can even have a family vs. family contest. The Christmas fashionistas must then decide who the model should be. If the boys in the household seem reluctant to play because the game has the word “fashion” in it, then you should remind them that fashion is just clothes you wear. Having a santa clause and reindeer dotted ninja turtle costume is just as much of a fashion statement as wearing a fancy, sledding penguin dress.

Each team should be given tape, a piece of paper of sketch on, and a pair of scissors. Try to evenly divide up the wrapping paper and bows between the teams. If you can’t, them just make it a free for all. Don’t allow any other materials than what’s been given. Each team has a limited amount of time to come up with an idea and make it. Give them 30-45 minutes.

Once the players have broken up into teams, they should choose one person to be the model. This game is not puppy friendly and the family cat would not like to be the kids’ model. Once time is up, have every one meet in the judging room where they can show off and explain their creations. The judges can have numerous categories of which to judge from. For example the can award the titles of cutest, coolest, Project Runway worthy, what I want for Christmas next year, most creative, etc.

Just don’t forget to take pictures!