In addition to word board games, word card games make great holiday activities for holiday parties. These games allow friends and family to have fun debates and discussions, and bring out the creativity in everyone at the party. These games are appropriate for small or large parties, so Taboo and Apples to Apples parties can make for excellent get-togethers.
Play the Taboo Game at Christmas Parties
The Taboo game by Hasbro goes well with other holiday activities at rowdy Christmas parties or at other holiday parties. It is appropriate to buy Taboo for a corporate holiday party or for other large parties because any amount of players (as long as it is four players or more) is appropriate for the Taboo game.
In this game, a player tries to give his or her teammates clues to get them to guess the correct word on a card. While the player giving clues can speak sentences, he or she must avoid saying certain “Taboo” words that are closely related to the correct word. If the clue giver says a “Taboo” word, or if he or she passes a card, the team loses one point. When the clue giver’s teammates guess a word correctly, the clue giver moves on to another card. He or she gives clues until the timer runs out.
To play, players divide into two teams. The first team begins by choosing a player to give the clues first. The other players sit away from their teammate so that they cannot see the card. The other team sits around the first clue giver in order to hit the buzzer if he or she says a “Taboo” word.
After the first team’s first round, the second team tries to guess words. After all players on both teams have had a chance to give out clues, the game is over.
Have an Apples to Apples Party
The Apples to Apples party box by Mattel in the live casino games is a game that is perfect for holiday parties, including corporate holiday party events. The Apples to Apples party box allows up to ten players to play the game, making it a game that is perfect for medium-sized get-togethers. Out of all the word card games this game is one of the most simple, but it is fun because it allows players to get very passionate about the cards that they pick.
The rules of the game vary. In one variation, each player gets seven red Apples to Apples cards (with nouns written on them), which she or he may look at. The judge for that round flips over a green card (which has an adjective listed on it), which all players will try to match with one of their red cards. Every round, each player’s object (except for the judge) is to have the best match between a noun (red card) and the main adjective (green card).
The judge chooses the best red card, which can either be the most accurate or the most humorous out of the players’ selected cards. Each player can make the case for why his or her card should be chosen by the judge. After a judge chooses, another player becomes the judge for the next round. The player who has between four and eight Apples to Apples cards chosen by the judges (this amount varies based on the amount of players) wins the game.
One other variation allows some players to choose two of their red Apples to Apples cards for a single green card. Another variation removes the last red card placed from judgment. The variation described in the previous paragraph is probably the most fair, because each player gets to play one card and can then explain why his or card should be chosen.
These word card games are great holiday activities for large groups during Christmas parties or other holiday parties. Both games allow all players to participate and get lost in the excitement. Even a corporate holiday party can be fun if you buy Taboo or Apples to Apples.
Halloween Party Fun for Kids
Kids look forward every year to planning their costumes, and they remember the houses in the neighborhood that have the best candy- including the one with the full size candy bars!
Here are some tips for hosting a Halloween party for kids.
Halloween Party Fun: Trick or Treat
When will the party be? Coordinate with the trick or treating in your area- which should traditionally be October 31 but isn’t always. If it’s a Friday or Saturday night, why not have the neighborhood kids over after trick or treating? They’ll be too sugared up to sleep, so they may as well hang out at a children’s Halloween party with their pals- a great photo op with them all in their costumes!
Halloween Party Fun: Pinata
Yeah, they have enough candy after trick or treating. But they have the CUTEST kids Halloween party pinatas at party stores or on Oriental Trading , so pick out an adorable witch hat or ghost pinata and have fun filling it with tiny treasures. Let your kids help fill it for the party- Halloween stickers, tiny costumed rubber duckies, eyeball bouncy balls and other spooky goodies are tons of sugar-free fun for the kids.
Halloween Party Fun: Games & Crafts
Pin the nose on the pumpkin, pumpkin decorating, make-your-own-haunted-house sticker sets and lots of other kids Halloween games and crafts are available on various websites. If you set up a few activity stations for the kids, they can pick and choose from a few cool crafts or games. If you have an older child or two available, consider hiring them to lead the games & crafts at the party so the grown-ups can relax and sneak a Snickers or two from the treat bags.
Halloween Party Fun: Food
Most families will have eaten dinner, so you really only have to provide a few snacks for the kids and grown-ups, and besides- it’s hard to compete with all that candy! Caramel apples, roasted pumpkin seeds (add garlic salt for extra flavor!) and some veggies to help the parental guilt are all great food ideas. If you really feel like getting creative, there are a bunch of adorable Halloween recipes available at your grocery store checkout line or on the internet during October. Here are some great ideas for kids’ Halloween party food.
It’s the most fun holiday of the year. Take lots of pictures and enjoy your friends and family.