Games help create a lighthearted and fun Christmas dinner party, giving your guests a chance to get to know each other better and share a few laughs. Adapt your game so it can be played at the dinner table while everyone remains seated. It is worth putting effort into the preparation of party games to turn your holiday dinner party into a memorable event. Some games require prizes for the winner, while others are simply icebreakers.
Two Truths and a Lie
Adapt the classic game of Two Truths and a Lie to fit a Christmas party theme. Once everyone is seated, explain that every player has to make three personal statements, two of which are true and one is a lie. The first player makes his statements and then the group votes by a show of hands to determine which statement is false. Use Christmas-themed prompts for a holiday twist. Guests can name their three funniest Christmas memories or the three best Christmas presents they ever received. This game does not require prizes, as no one wins. Instead, everyone should enjoy sharing a few laughs and hearing some funny stories.
Personal Trivia Gift Swap
Include an instruction on the party invitation asking gifts to bring a small wrapped present with a value limit set at a nominal fee. Suggest that guests bring holiday-themed gifts like Christmas tree ornaments or selections of holiday cookies. As your guests arrive, write a number on each present in permanent marker. Give each guest a number that corresponds to their present and ask them to write a piece of personal trivia or a funny anecdote on a slip of paper. Collect all the slips in a hat or a bowl. When it's time to play the game -- after dinner or before -- draw a slip from the bowl and read it aloud. The person who correctly identifies the author of the statement wins the gift. Once somebody wins a prize, they are excused from the game. The game ends when everybody has a present to take home at the end of the night.
Christmas Song Pictionary
Write the titles of a variety of well-known holiday songs on slips of paper. Include a few famous lyrics or the complete words to the chorus. Put all of the slips in a hat or a bowl. After you've cleared away all the dishes, set a dry erase board or a large pad of paper on the table so all guests can see the drawings. When it's time to play the game, divide into teams and determine the order of play. Explain that the slips feature lyrics and song titles. Offer one point if they can name the song, two points if they can name the song and say some of the lyrics, and three points if they can name the song and sing it. The team with the most points at the end wins.
Who Am I?
Come up with a wide variety of Christmas-related characters from popular culture such as Santa Claus, Jack Frost, George Bailey and the Grinch. Write each name on an adhesive name tag and place a tag on each guest’s back as they arrive at the party. Each guest can ask "yes" or "no" questions periodically throughout the dinner party to try and determine who he is supposed to be. Start the game before the meal and continue it at the dinner table. When a guest correctly identifies her character, she can then remove the sticker from her back. The objective is to not be the last person at the party still wearing a sticker.
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