Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Holiday Gathering- Creating a Family Game Night!

Have you ever been to a holiday gathering and everyone sat around trying to think of something to say to break the silence? Something that would lighten the mood and get the conversation started had everyone racking their brains. Well, I have an idea for you that is so much more fun!! It might be hard to get everyone involved as it is not the "norm" any more. But once they start they will be glad they did and next year everyone will look forward to the holiday gathering at your house with a smile, not a dread!

It's a family game night!!

And it can span generations!! This past weekend we played "Spoons"!!
Anyone can play this game as soon as they are old enough to match three of a kind. It is a fun-filled, fast-paced game that will have the whole family sitting on the edge of their seats! And it can be a large or small group of any age range, so Grandpa and Little Joey can both play!!

We have also done Twister! It's a classic but children love it and the adults don't mind watching!

Bible Charades - My children are carrying their Ark of the Covenant into the Tabernacle(pink blanket on chair)

Or what about Charades? Pick a theme like Bible, Christmas, or Movies! Or play anything goes!!

Whatever game you choose it can make memories instead of mouns from the guests at your next holiday gathering. You can also throw in a yummy dessert to make it even better!!

Dirt Cake

Throw your cookies into the processor or hand your children rolling pins and the cookies in a zip top bag and crush them until they are tiny!!

Find a cute helper to mix your pudding and milk together.

Blend the cream cheese and butter until smooth.

Then fold in the pudding and cool whip.

The finished Dirt Cake

Then layer in a container, a see through one is fun, and chill until ready to serve!!

Then enjoy this with your guests after everyone is tired and smiling after a night full of fun!

What are some of your family fun night traditions? Do you have a special game that you play at gatherings? Share your ideas and let's start making memories!!

Written by Happily Domestic contributor - Amanda Sikes

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Civil War...and More! said...

Thanks for sharing! Yes, we LOVE to have family game nights! Spoons and twister are regular games, and we all like the card game of Nertz (spelling?) Even our 5-year-old can play, and it is excellent for training her visual skills, as well as counting, without her even noticing! Pit, Ticket to Ride (various versions), and Around The World in 80 Days are games we can all participate in from oldest to youngest. Bible trivia games (Go Sacramental, The Journeys of Paul) are also great for ages of about 9 and up.

A couple of years ago we discovered a HILARIOUS version of Pictionary, played with two partners drawing a picture at the same time with the aid of a two-handed plastic "arm" which holds the pen in the middle. The only instructions partners are allowed to give are directional. It is so much fun for everyone to play! (Hand to Hand is the name.)

Recently, friends introduced the children to the game APPLES to APPLES. I know it has been around for a while, but it was our first exposure. MANY people can play...laughter galore!

Favorite game-night snacks include baked donuts, Cowboy Cookies (a Rebecca Rather recipe from Pastry Queen Christmas cookbook), regular chocolate chip cookies, or just dried fruit and nuts.

Oh...I forgot to mention one of the "funnest" games to play with a large family! FARMER IN THE DELL! When our littlest one was about three, I realized that the other 8 children had not had the "privilege" of playing this childhood favorite, because I just had not thought of it. When we introduced it to the youngest one, and we all, of course, played our parts, it became a hit! How much fun it was for us to make the circle which shrank as we chose more and more members to go to the center. Who would have thought that even big 18-year-old boys would get a kick out of it!

Have fun!

HappilyDomestic said...

Thanks for all the great game tips! I for sure want to host a big game night at my house this winter. So fun!

Proverbial Homemaker said...

we've been wanting to do a family game night but need to put a bit more thought into what games would work with kids as little as 2. Twister... they'll love that! Candyland too. I like the idea of a special dessert or snack as well. Thanks for sharing!

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