A party is always more fun when your guests can interact with each other in an entertaining way. Here are a few ideas to create a great party to start off the New Year.
Year in Review: Guess The Month
This game works best with four or more players. If you have a lot of people interested in playing, you may want to make teams of your guests. You will need to create a list of events (20 or 25) from the past year. Look through magazines or news articles at the library or on the internet. Your questions should be tailored to suit your guests (i.e. older adults will mostly have paid more attention to hard news than teenagers and young adults). Make up questions in a format such as “During what month did Heath Ledger die?”
There are two ways to play this game. You can type up the list of events and hand out the list to guests and let them work through the answers quietly on their own. The other option is to read the questions out loud and let your guests write the answers down on a sheet of paper. You should read off the answers out loud. The guest or guests that answer the most correctly should win a small prize.
Make Your Own Company
For this game you will want to divide your guests into small groups. Each group should be given an acronym. An acronym is a set of letters that stand for something, such as IRS stands for Internal Revenue Service. Before the party starts you should put together a list of 3 or 4 letter acronyms that don’t have any common significance (i.e. ANEC is an acronym that doesn’t mean anything to anyone in the general public).
Give your guests some time to make up the name of the company and, once they have named their company, they should detail what it is their company does. After a set amount of time, the groups should describe their company to the rest of the party guests. If you want to take a vote, or choose as is your right as hostess, give the best company a small prize.
Guess My Resolution
Everyone gets a small piece of paper on which they will write their New Year’s resolutions. Depending on the size of your group, have them write 3 to 5 separate resolutions. These pieces of paper are collected, put in a bowl or hat, and the resolutions are read aloud by you or by different guests chosen at random. Don’t forget to have your guests write their names on the papers and keep them for checking the answers later. Your guests will then need to match the resolution to the person that wrote it. If you have your guests write their answers on a piece of paper, you can count up the resolutions that were correctly guessed and the winner can be given a small prize. For more fun, have the wrong answers read out loud.