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Theme & Birthday Party Ideas

You're Pulling My Leg! Party

Great for icebreakers!

When guests arrive...
have someone tape a piece of card onto their backs and give everyone a pen or pencil. Ask the guests to write their first impressions of that person on the card on their back. Tell them to write witty and nice comments. When everyone has written comments on everyone's card, have each guest read out the card on back for the person beside them. Now that first impressions are out of the way, it's time to get to know each other.

If it is a group larger than 15...
have the group sit down while three friends come up front. Ask each of those friends a question from one of the You’re Pulling My Leg! cards and have them roll the die to know how to answer. After they are done answering, have people in the crowd hold up their right hand if they think the story is true and their left hand if they think the story is false. Have everyone keep track of their own scores and give a prize to the person who has gotten the most right answers after everyone has answered a question.

If you have a group less than 15 people...
have guests sit in a circle and play You’re Pulling My Leg! as a big group. Put the game box in the center of the room and have guests throw in tokens or take them out depending on whether or not they bet correctly.  You'll soon learn all kinds of interesting facts about your friends!


Kids:

If you are hosting a party with kids, try this agenda:

  • 15-20 minutes - greet arrivals, free play and unstructured activities (art table, dart game, etc.)
  • 20-30 minutes - Play one of the first icebreakers listed above.
  • 15-20 minutes - refreshments
  • 30-45 minutes - Play "You're Pulling My Leg! Junior" in groups of 10.
  • 15-20 minutes - free play and unstructured activities
Birthday Party ideas:
  • Have guests write down something they like or appreciate about the birthday guest. Write down as many compliments as the person has aged in years (turning 20 gets 20 nice things said about you!) Have guests take turns reading them out loud and hand them into the birthday guest.
  • Have guests write in a journal nice thoughts about the birthday guest.


JabberJot Party


Ideas for Fun...
Have guests arrive dressed as one of their favorite authors or as a literary figure. Or have guests bring a paragraph to read from their favorite book. Sit in a circle and take turns reading favorite passages from books.

If the group is 10 people or less...
play JabberJot as one large group. Now you get the chance to be authors!

If the group is larger than 10 people...
you will need to play with two JabberJot games. When each group is finished playing, gather as one large group and take turns reading your best stories to the entire group.

Make sure to post your best JabberJot stories online at www.morningstargames.net.


Kids:

If you are hosting a party with kids, try this agenda:
  • 15-20 minutes - greet arrivals, free play and unstructured activities (art table, dart game, etc.)
  • 20-30 minutes - Play one of the first icebreakers listed above.
  • 15-20 minutes - refreshments
  • 30-45 minutes - Play "JabberJot" in groups of 10.
  • 15-20 minutes - free play and unstructured activities
Birthday party ideas:
  • suggest that the guests give a copy of their favorite books as a gift
  • give a blank journal to the birthday guest and have guests write stories about that person in the journal
  • Secretly tell the guests to write a story about the birthday guest instead of the cards for one of the rounds.
  • After the birthday guest is surprised by the stories, bring out the cake!


Pet Detectives Party

Pet Detectives Party or Birthday Party

Have guests bring a picture(s) of their favorite pet from the present or the past to your party. Post the pictures of the pets somewhere where everyone can see and label each pet #1, #2, etc. Have guests write down the name of their pets on a separate small piece of paper and post the names in random order next to the pictures. Next, have the guests try to figure out which pet names match which pictures. When everyone has had time to write out pet names, tell the answers. Give the winner a prize!

Or...

Have guests write down something about their pet that they enjoy. Mix up these pieces of paper and randomly hand them out to the group of people. Have everyone find the person who wrote about his or her pet.

Or...

When guests arrive, write down a pet on a piece of paper and place it on their backs such as "fish, dog, cat, iguana, snake, etc." Then, have the guests treat each other as that animal until that person figures out what they are.

Next, have everyone gather around to play Pet Detectives. You'll have a blast! Feature animal-themed food at your party such as goldfish crackers and animal crackers to add to the fun. See Food Ideas for additional suggestions.


Kids:

If you are hosting a party with kids, try this agenda:
  • 15-20 minutes - greet arrivals, free play and unstructured activities (art table, dart game, etc.)
  • 20-30 minutes - Play one of the first icebreakers listed above.
  • 15-20 minutes - refreshments
  • 30-45 minutes - Play "Pet Detectives" in groups of 10.
  • 15-20 minutes - free play and unstructured activities
Birthday party suggestions:
  • Give copies of Pet Detectives away to your guests as parting gifts
  • Suggest to guests that they bring a stuffed animal as a gift for the birthday guest
  • Get a dog or cat bowl and have guests sign the bowl with their birthday wishes. Fill the bowl with candy and give to the birthday guest.
  • If you're going to give a pet to the birthday guest, take a picture of that pet and add it to the custom card that says "lost." Ask the birthday guest if he or she has seen that pet. After he or she says "no" point out where they could look. Once they look in that spot, they will be surprised to see the pet from the card!
  • Have guests dress as their favorite animal
  • You can pick out animal themed plates, napkins, cups and other accessories to highlight your theme.
  • Take your guests to a local animal rescue shelter to volunteer to walk the dogs. Be sure to call in advance to set this up.



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