Six of us friends, all of whom are grandmothers, met in the hostess’s home in Hokes Bluff. We all pitched in for the evening meal – chili, a big bowl of tossed salad, chips, dips, and way too many desserts.
I was in charge of the games. For those who are party planners – such as parents wanting to entertain children or such as friends who want an evening of fun – feel free to repeat any of the following games I found that kept us well entertained until it was time to see in the New Year.
The first game was one I had played at a staff holiday party for us teachers at Trinity Christian Academy earlier in December. Each of us placed a paper plate on our head and drew a Christmas scene at the direction of the host. I adapted that game and asked my friends to draw a New Year’s scene with a baby, the words “Happy New Year,” and fireworks – all without the participants seeing what they were doing. The results were hilarious, and the winner was determined by whose drawings were most recognizable.
The second game was one I that allowed friends to get to know each other better. The guests wrote down one fact about their lives that no one else knew. Then, I read the facts while the guests wrote down who they thought had written the fact. We learned that someone’s parents married only three months after meeting, someone else had always longed to play the piano, one of us once kissed “The Fonz,” and one among us grew up near a neighbor who was a “lady of the evening.” Even longtime friends learned new facts about each other.
Third, we played the old standby – charades. However, I tailored it for the holiday. We acted out phrases that summed up general New Year’s resolutions. The guests easily guessed “lose weight,” and “read more,” but they struggled to guess “improve vocabulary and “volunteer more.” This game can be tailored to guessing songs related to Valentine’s Day, acting out items related to St. Patrick’s Day, or naming famous Americans for The Fourth of July.
Fourth, we each took a pink and a white slip of paper. We asked a question about someone in the room by writing the question on the pink slip, and we answered the question on the white slip. I mixed them up and allowed each guest to read an unmatched question and answer. The results were funny.
Last, we drew pictures of scenes from movie titles. I displayed the scenes in front of the group, and we all guessed which movie each “artist” had selected.
So, after all of our convivial activities, which included taking pictures of us with each other’s cell phones, we turned on the television and watched the crystal ball drop in New York City’s Times Square. That meant it was only 11 p.m. Central Time, which gave us another hour to talk and laugh. We welcomed the New Year by toasting our hopes for prosperity and happiness during the upcoming year. Glasses full of sparkling grape juice clinked together, and sounds of firecrackers popped outside of the window. That, my dear readers, is how to make a New Year’s Eve party last for six hours and remain fun from beginning to end.
I wish I could place all of the fun that we had in a bottle and share it with my readers who have read and/or responded so kindly to my column during 2013. I wish all of you a Happy New Year and look forward to sharing more of Sherry-go-round during 2014.
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