Christmas is a time to give, reflect, and make family members look silly.

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Image: 7 Not-So-Serious Christmas Party Games

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Here are seven fun games to loosen up the very sternest of uncles, cousins and in-laws on Christmas day.


Who Am I?


Number of players: Minimum of two

Props: Pens and scraps of paper

Time: Approximately 30 minutes


Each player has to think of a famous person, write their name on on a piece of paper, lick the back and whack it (gently) on your neighbour’s forehead. Guests then take it in turns to ask ‘yes’ or ‘no’ questions to work out which celebrity they’re sporting on their face. A run of questions continues until the answer is ‘no’. The winner is simply whoever correctly guesses their celebrity first, but it’s fun to continue until you’re down to one despairing family member who’s totally trumped by their celeb.


Face Melt


Number of players: Any

PropsSainsbury’s After Dinner Mint Thins

Time: One minute per person


If you’ve ever wondered what to do with those leftover after dinner mints (which you probably haven’t), here’s an unconventional way to get more in your belly. The challenge is to manoeuvre an after dinner mint from your forehead into your mouth, using your facial muscles only. No hands are allowed, and the chocolate must remain in contact with the face at all times. Players are given 60 seconds to complete the challenge. Watch as your friends and family create an unsightly chocolatey trail down their strangely contorted faces – you’ll see facial expressions you’ve never seen before (and may wish to never see again).


Liar Liar


Number of players: Minimum of three

Props: Pens and scraps of paper

Time: Approximately half an hour


Thought you knew your family? Think again. You’ll unearth all kinds of unknowns with this game. Ask your guests to write down one true (but not widely known) fact about themselves on a piece of paper, together with two false statements. Players take it in turns to read out all three statements about themselves and guests vote on which one they believe to be true. Be prepared to see aunty Rosemary in a whole new light.


The Drunken Artist


Number of players: Minimum of four

Props: Pens, scraps of paper and a hat

Time: Approximately half an hour


Divide into teams of two or more and get guests to write down the names of objects on scraps of paper and put into a hat. Team members take it in turns to select from the hat and draw the object using their weakest hand, for their teammates to identify working through as many as they can in one minute. Watch the hilarity ensue as guests fail to navigate the simplest of shapes with their wobbly hands. Teams get a point per correct guess. Alcohol optional.


Sugar Tower


Number of players: Any

Props: A ruler and some sugar cubes

Time: One minute per person


Test the strength and agility of your jaw (yes, your jaw) with this strangely addictive game. The task is simple: place a ruler in your mouth and using one hand only, build up a tower of sugar cubes at the opposite end of the ruler. You may use that hand to align the cubes if necessary. Players have one minute to stack as many cubes as possible. Up the stakes by permitting guests to make contestants laugh, but tickling is most definitely not allowed.


Spoon Photography


Number of players: Minimum of 3

Props: A spoon

Time: 10 minutes


More of a magic trick, this one will boggle guests’ minds and it’s really simple to do. During the game, you will tell your guests that you have a magical spoon camera. It looks like any old spoon but it is in fact a camera that stores images that can be seen by a trained reader (you). You will instruct your guests to take a picture of another guest with the spoon while you’re out of the room and earshot. When you return, you will look at the spoon and identify the subject. How? Earlier on the evening, you pick an accomplice who is instructed to mirror the body language of the person who the photo was taken of. Easy-peasy yet almost impossible to crack!


First Lines


Number of players: Minimum of 3

Props: A selection of books, some paper and pens

Time: Approximately half an hour


One person needs to be adjudicator, they will select a well known book then players are to write down what they believe will be the first line of the book. The closest to the original – as judged by the adjudicator – wins.