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Fun, Simple Party Games

Feb 29, 2008
Games can make a party a lot more exciting and fun and following is a list of unusual but fun games for a party:

Game of the Five Senses:
All the guests are seated around a large table, and the master or mistress of ceremonies informs them that their five senses are to be tested and prizes given to those who can prove theirs to be the keenest.

First comes the test of sight or observation. All are blindfolded, and a number of articles are thrown haphazard upon the table, gloves, handkerchiefs; anything and everything will serve the purpose. The bandages are then to be lifted for only a moment, after which the order is given to pull them over the eyes again.

The table is swept clean of all the things, the bandages are removed, and each guest is provided with pencil and paper and must write a list of the articles noticed during the momentary glimpse permitted. The one whose list is the longest receives a prize for the best sight or quickest power of observation.

Next comes the test of smell. The bandages are resumed, and in turn, vinegar, cologne, lavender water, bay rum, smelling salts, oranges and apples are presented to the noses of the company, who may write down the names without looking on, making the list more legible when the bandages are removed.

In testing the taste, allspice, raw oatmeal, horseradish, chocolate almost anything may be offered that is not too unpalatable. It is well to have many familiar things, and only a puzzling one now and then, since pleasure, and not perplexity, is the chief object of the game.

For the hearing, different notes on the piano may be struck and the music-loving ones will readily name them correctly. The finger dipped in water and passed around the rim of a glass makes familiar music. The ringing of a silver and of a brass bell, the tinkle of ice in a glass of ordinary water and the dull click it makes in a glass of sparkling mineral water, the sound of metal on metal, of glass on glass, and wood against wood these and numberless others are easily provided if musical instruments are not within reach.

The sense of feeling may be tested by passing quickly from hand to hand a variety of things that cause a little surprise and so put one off guard. A glove filled with wet sand gives one an uncanny feeling if grasped unexpectedly; a harmless bit of cotton wool following after this is almost as unpleasant, and a bristling brush for cleaning lamp chimneys is a most puzzling object when held but for an instant before being claimed by one's neighbor.

Even a raw potato and a handful of gelatine are puzzling objects to name, when deprived of those invaluable auxiliaries, our eyes, for all the tests are made while the company is blindfolded. The prizes need be but the merest trifles,

A Penny For Your Thoughts:
Have you ever studied a coin to see how many symbols it represents? By following the directions given below you will find that you will be the means of giving a pleasant time to one or any number of friends, as "A Penny for Your Thoughts" is a game in which both young and old may participate.

Get enough tally cards for each guest, on the top of which write, "A Penny for Your Thoughts". Attach a ribbon to each card with a small pencil at the end, and have holes put through enough pennies to string one on each tally, in order that everybody may have one to study out by himself.

The questions given below are to be written on the cards, leaving enough space for the answers. Of course, an allotted time is given in which the answers may be written, and when time is called the one having the greatest number correct is the recipient of the prize.

Questions and answers will be given below 7 , but the one giving the party, of course, withholds the answers until the close of the game.
1 Can you find a messenger? One cent (sent).
2 Mode of ancient punishment? Stripes.
3 Means of inflicting it? Lashes.
4 A piece of armor? Shield.
5 A devoted young man? Beau.
6 A South American fruit? Date.
7 A place of worship? Temple.
8 Portion of a hill? Brow.
9 Spring flowers? Tulips.
10 Three weapons? Arrows.
11 The first American settler? Indian.
12 Emblem of victory? Laurel wreath.
13 An animal? Hair (hare).
14 Two sides of a vote? Eyes and nose
15 An emblem of royalty? Crown.
16 One way of expressing matrimony? United State.
17 Youth and old age? Youth 1898 Old age.
18 Part of a river 1 Mouth.
19 Something found in a school? Pupil.
20 Part of o stove? Lid (eyelid).
21 Plenty of assurance? Cheek.
22 The cry of victory? Won (one).

A Cobweb Party:
Imagine the rooms, halls, and stairs or a house all tangled in a web of strong twine, the guests struggling, twisting, tripping, and weaving themselves together in their endeavors to unravel the meshes, while all are laughing at the sight, - that is a "Cobweb party".

It is startling to find familiar rooms in such a haze of gray twine. The staircases appear to be pitfalls; the dressing-rooms, traps. Every one warns every one else. When all have worked their way to the hostess, they are told to draw lots from trays of numbered cards; one tray for women, another for the men. Each is given at the same time a little stick, on which to wind the string which fate has sent. The men's strings, perhaps, start at the hall table; the women's, at the rug by the door.

There are cards at the beginnings of the strings, with numbers corresponding to those which have been drawn. After one has found the right twine, one is to wind it up, following whitherso'ever it leads. The library doorway may be an almost impassable web, yet, incredibly soon the balls are all wound. Many strings lead to prizes; dainty trifles of some sort. Others have spiders at their ends, made of larch cones and wire.
About the Author
Malcolm Blake has done much research into games of all types for both children and adults - both educational and recreational. Lately he has researched into cheap PSP games which are extremely popular.
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