|

Holiday Bash on a Budget

If you're going to have a small gathering of people who don't know each other too well, games and activities can provide entertainment and act as icebreakers. And it's always best to have something organized for the kids to do, so that the adults can more easily enjoy one another's company.

  • Charades has been a part of Christmas tradition since 12th Night celebrations were popularized in the 18th Century. Charades is an easy game to play on the spur of the moment, since no materials are really necessary. You can make the game as simple or as complicated as you like. Pick entire stories to be pantomimed, if your gathering consists of budding thespians, or stick to popular movie titles for an easier challenge.
  • Board games are a fun family activity, if you've got a small group together. If it's a larger party, break the crowd up into smaller circles or teams to play several different board games. You might consider having one game for the kids, and another for the adults. On the other hand, it can be fun for grown-ups to team up with children for play!
  • Many board games have simpler, noncommercial predecessors. If you like Balderdash, you'll enjoy Word Bluff. Using a dictionary, pick tricky words for everyone to define as best they can.
  • A New Year's party suggests some particular activities. Keep everyone awake as you wait for that ball to drop.
  • If most people want to socialize, but the kids are getting bored, give them some printables, so they can have fun on their own.
  • DVDs can provide a passive activity for kids to enjoy, once they've used up a bit of their energy. Throw a Christmas classic in the DVD player or VCR for them.


|


stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Twitter icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks

highlights

3 Fun Thanksgiving Games for Kids
Looking for some great Thanksgiving games to play with your kids? Print our free Pin the Feathers on the Turkey game, Pin the Hat on the Pilgrim game, and Thanksgiving Parade Bingo game for loads of laughs this Turkey Day!

Kindergarten Readiness App Wins Gold
Our Kindergarten Readiness app won the Gold Award of Excellence in the educational category at the 2014 Communicator Awards. This valuable checklist comes with games and activities to help your child practice the essential skills she needs for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

8 Surprising Sources of Caffeine in Kids' Foods
Even low doses of caffeine can have an effect on your child's health. Since the FDA doesn't require caffeine content on food labels, learn about hidden sources of caffeine in kids' diets.

Find Today's Newest & Best Children's Books!
Looking for newly released books for your child? Try our new Book Finder tool to search for new books by age, type, and theme, and create reading lists for kids!