One of the features of party games over board games is that the number
of players is flexible and can usually go up to quite large numbers
often the more the merrier.
In todays world it is common, particularly at childrens birthday
parties, to forgo the traditional party games and go out somewhere to
be entertained. This coincides with the rise of the TV baby-sitter, children
are no longer used to being participants, they are just spectators.
The spectator child can make a party with games rather traumatic for the
adults children no longer know what to do automatically, they have
poor social interaction and they expect to win without any effort. Hence
the spoilt child who thinks party games are "boring"
on the contrary the problem is, they are too interesting.
This makes the playing of party games very important socially. And for
those concerned with winning and losing thats life, better
they learn early.
Light hearted stuff
The good news is that given the right selection of games to play any child
and adult can be have fun, and such genuine fun theyll
be talking about it for days.
So how to choose your games?
Look at your target audience, how old are they? Where will the event
be? Indoors? Outside? In the pool? Then look at the lists on the various
pages referenced on the left menu and the select the ones you want.
For a three-hour childrens party you can expect to have an hour
eating (do the eating after the games!) perhaps half an hour to cope with
arrivals and gift giving. So you need an hour and a half of games. Most
games can be expected to last from 15-20 minutes, for the younger kids,
so youll need a maximum of 6 games prepared. Be flexible.
Older children (from 13 to 90) can take games of longer duration and
with more complex rules.
One way to get people in the party mood is to have themes it could be
Pirates, Vampires, Spongebob Squarepants or Aliens, anything really. Then
look at the games and see how they can be adapted for the theme. For example
"Pin the Tail on the Donkey" can easily become "Pin the
Xxxetrbolic on the Grimblin" if your theme is aliens.
What a Collection of Hen
night accessories there is here!!