Beloved blogger Kate Riley knows a thing or two about making family and friends welcome during the holidays. Author of Centsational Girl (centsationalgirl.com), Riley dives into home decor, DIY projects, and holidays with equal parts enthusiasm, tasteful style, and budget-friendliness. To welcome guests at Christmastime, Riley shares her family's party favorite: Guess Me Icebreaker.
Guess Me Christmas Icebreaker Rules
Before the party begins, assemble what you'll need: labels (either plain to decorate, or Christmas-theme versions) and colored markers. Write the names of people from movies, history, or a themed category of your choosing on the labels. Place the labels, name side down, on a pretty Christmas tray. Think of characters the guests might have something in common with -- if the guest is a great storyteller, give him Mark Twain; if a guest is stylish, give her Holly Golightly. When guests arrive, the host or hostess places the preassigned label on the back of each guest's shirt, dress, or jacket. Guests then circulate, asking different people at the party questions in order to identify who his/her person is. Once the guest gets it right, he or she places the label on the front of his/her shirt, dress, or jacket. "It's a lot of fun and gets the party guests laughing and talking to each other right away!" says Riley.
How many people do you need?
Guess Me Christmas Icebreaker works best with about six people; beyond that, there's really no limit to how many can play. To make it easier to plan, try to get a general idea of the number of people attending. If you're not sure, have a few extra labels on hand to accommodate additional guests.
How does someone win?
Guests play until they figure out their labels, so there are no winners, no time limits, and no teams -- just fun, get-to-know-you interaction with friends and family members. If you like, have small gifts or prizes available for first person that guesses his/her character.
Try these fun variations of Guess Me Christmas Icebreaker:
- Make a special set of labels for kids with characters and people they are likely to know.
- Use guests' names on the labels instead of famous people. Guess Me Icebreaker is an inventive way for guests who don't know each other to easily interact.
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