By Wendy Legendre
parlour games are fun, relaxing, group-involving games played
indoors in a cozy sitting room.
They are competitive, yet scoring is rarely important. A hearty pat on the back for a game well played is usually
the best reward. One of
the most popular parlour games of all time is charades.
To play Christmas charades compose a list of Christmas
carols, Christmas movies or Christmas items and let the drama begin. (Note: To avoid
being stumped for material at your gathering it is important to
prepare these lists ahead of time.)
you've finished acting up, gather the family in the livingroom (parlour)
and enjoy some more Christmas parlour games.
That's right, take a break from the tv and share lots of good
old-fashioned family fun. Try
one or more of the following parlour games and create family
memories that will last a lifetime.
Parlour Game #1 - Yes and No
each player five pennies. Have
the players pair off and engage in conversation with each other. Players must trick their conversation partners into saying
either 'Yes' or 'No'. The
first of the pair to say 'Yes' or 'No' is given a penny by his
opponent. The players
then split up and move to different partners. The first player to get rid of all five of his pennies wins.
Parlour Game #2 - Pan Tapping
player is sent out of the room. The remaining players then choose a task they would like this
player to perform when he returns (eg. pick up and open a particular
book, remove another player's shoes, sit on a particular chair).
When the outside player returns he is guided towards the task
he must perform by one of the players who has been given a pan and a
spoon. This player taps
faster and louder as the outsider gets closer to the object he needs
to use for the task and taps slower and softer as the outsider moves
away from it. This
continues till the outsider has found the object and performed the
task required. It then
becomes the pan-tapper's turn to leave the room while a new task is
Parlour Game #3 - Thimble Hunt
is sent out of the room except the person whose turn it is to
hide the 'thimble' (or other small object). That person must
hide the thimble in a place where it can be seen without moving
anything. When the
players are called back into the room, they are instructed to hunt
for the thimble without moving anything or touching anything. The player who finds the 'thimble' will be the next one to
Parlour Game #4 - Picture Frame Game
player takes turns holding an empty picture frame in front of his
face, through which he can look at the other players. He must keep his face completely immobile for a period of
sixty seconds (except for the odd blink) while the other players
make as many silly, distorted sounds and faces as possible to get
him to laugh, smile, or move his face.
Kudos to the player who can actually last for sixty seconds.
Parlour Game #5 - Pass the Stocking
all players sit in a relatively tight circle.
Pick a player to sit in the center of the circle.
Have this person close his eyes while a stocking is passed
from player to player behind their backs. At a time of his choosing, the center person opens his eyes
and the passing stops immediately. The center person must then guess who has the stocking. If he guesses right he trades places with that player. If he guesses wrong he closes his eyes and the passing begins
Parlour Game #6 - Odd or Even
player is given 10 pennies. A
player puts any amount of those coins in one hand, chooses an
opponent, holds out his clenched fist to that opponent and
asks 'Odd or Even?' If
the opponent guesses correctly he hands over one of his coins to his
challenger. If he
guesses incorrectly he is handed a coin by the opponent who just
challenged him. These
two players then reverse roles, going through the same challenge. Next, the two players split up and seek new opponents.
The first player to get rid of all his coins wins.
author has hosted hundreds of kids', youth, ladies', and community
programs and events, showers, birthday parties, slumber parties, and
camps over the last 25 years. She
also directs local theater productions and teaches drama at a small
private school. If you
are planning a party, shower, scavenger hunt or any other gathering
or event visit http://www.diva-girl-parties-and-stuff.com/christmas-party-games.html
for party games and ideas.