Using games at your home show parties is nothing new. But I thought I’d share a few in my vault. Very few of these are mine originally. And unfortunately, I have no idea who they came from to give credit to. But I wanted to pass along what I had in case you were looking for some ideas to spice it up:)
How Well Do You Know Your Hostess Game
Give a piece of paper numbered 1 – 10 (or give them a blank sheet and let them number it). Ask them to write the answers to the following questions with the goal of writing what the hostess writes! Guests want to match the hostess’s answers!
At the end of the game, the guest who had the most answers matching the answers of the hostess wins. (Be sure to have additional gifts in case of a tie!)
What is your hostess’s …
- favorite color?
- favorite car?
- favorite hobby?
- favorite animal?
- number of siblings?
- favorite flavor of ice cream
- favorite actor or actress
- hometown (born)?
- favorite holiday
- brand of cell phone?
After everyone has answered the questions, re-ask the questions and have the hostess give her answers. Have the guests circle the question number if their answer matches that of the hostess. At the end, whoever has the most circles wins. Be sure to have extra prizes in case of a tie!
You tell the hostess to message all her guests the night before and day of the party. And ask them to bring a cup, any cup from their cabinet. Then you do a point system to see who the winner is according to these points.
plastic (3 points)
glass (3 points)
coffee cup (5 points)
see through (2 points)
If it has a “chip/crack” in it (3 points)
personalized (10 points)
logo on it (as in team/brand 15 points)
Has a LID (5 points)
TERVIS (5 points)
borrowed from hostess (-5 points)
If you bought it on vacation (3 points)
brought a friend (15 points each)
friend brought her own cup (10 points each)
bought cup on the way to party (5 points)
If you already know you’re going to book a party tonight (15 points)
If you’ve had it for more than 5 years (4 points)
The Snow Woman Game
Each player gets a black piece of paper and chalk. (Paper and Pencil/ Pen will work also)!
As I call out an instruction, draw that and then hold up your pen in the air when you are done.
The trick is…you must keep your eyes closed the entire time, until I tell you to open them.
On the left hand side of the paper, draw a Christmas tree.
On the Christmas tree, draw three glass ball Christmas ornaments.
On the top of your tree, draw a star.
Under your tree, draw a present.
On the right hand side of your paper, draw a snow woman.
Draw hands and arms on your snow woman.
In the hand of the snow woman, put a dollar bill and write $99 on it.
Now draw two more snow women on the right hand side of the paper.
Last, write your name on the bottom of your paper and give your paper to the person on the left
Now we will “grade” each other’s art!
If the picture you are holding has ornaments on the Christmas tree, give them 1 point.
If the present is under the tree, give them 1 point.
If the star is on the tree, give them 1 point.
If the snow woman has hands and arms attached to her body, give them 1 point.
If the dollar bill has $99 written in it, give them 1 point.
If the two snow women are standing next to each other and not on top of each other or on top of
the other snow woman, give them 1 point.
Now write the number of points at the top of the paper and I will tell you what this picture
The three ornaments on the Christmas tree represent the father, son, and holy spirit. Thirty one is
a faith based company, built on the principles of Proverbs 31. This book in the bible tells of a
virtuous woman, cares for her family, who works both in and outside the home, to provide for
her family, and she is to be rewarded for her hard work and good deeds. We are all Proverbs 31
women in one way or another, and we deserve to be Celebrated, Encouraged, and Rewarded.
Thus Thirty-One’s mission is to Celebrate, Encourage, Reward women for being the unique,
special women God made them to be!
The star on the top of the Christmas tree, and the present underneath represent the gift of being
the “star” of your own party, when you are a Thirty-one hostess, you receive many rewards,
including the “gift” of shopping and girl time with friends and family in the comfort of your
home and free and discounted products!
The snow woman on the right represents a Thirty One consultant. This snow woman joined my
team for only $99, and got the entire kit on pictured on the back of the catalog. The money she is
holding represents the extra income you can earn with a Thirty One business. (Talk about your
why or the incentives you have received)
The three snow women together represents the 3 friends who will hold parties with you when
you decided to join my team and become a consultant, and also the new friends you will make
when you join the sisterhood of Thirty One!
Now, since Thirty One mission is to Celebrate, Encourage and Reward. Let’s reward the winner.
Everyone hold up their paper so we can see who has the most points!
Congratulations! (now give them a small gift!)
The Booty game: Guests sit in a circle. Each time they answer YES to a question, they get to move to the seat beside them even if there is still someone sitting there! They will have to sit on their lap… Winner= first to get all the way back where she started.
- Have you been to a 31 party before?
- . Are you carrying a 31 product with you tonight?
3. Do you have Green eyes?
4. Are you wearing shoes that lace up and tie?
5. Do you wish you were 31 again?
6. Have you ever thought of doing what I do?
7. If you have a son?
8. Do you own 31 pairs of shoes?
9. Have you lost your keys recently?
10. If you are liking the products your seeing so far?
11. Are shopping for a gift?
12. If you are wearing Yellow?
13. Did you just come for the food?
14. Did you come for the monthly special with 31?
15. Did you know that 31 has _____ New patterns in this spring Catalog?
16. Is this your first time at _______ House?
17. Do you own more than 10, 31 products?
18. If you are having FUN?
19. If you have kissed your other half today?
20. Do you wish you had more time to spend with your family/Friends?
21. Did you know that you could start your own business for $99?
22. If you’re wearing heels?
23. Have you ever received 31 as a gift or given 31 as a gift?
24. Have you ever been a 31 host before?
25. Wish someone would get back to their original seat so this game would be over?
26. Did you know that the red wave print helps raise money for Ronald McD House?
27. Would you like to make your PJ’s your uniform?
28. If you have a zipper?
29. If you are wearing a ring?
30. If you made the bed you slept in?
31. Are you shopping for yourself?
Will you book a 31 party tonight… you would be surprised what people will do to get that prize! Use this question when you see them getting close to their original seat… it may be the reason you get a party booked.
The Island Game
(Each player gets a blank piece of paper and a pen)
Each player must close their eyes… no cheating!
After each step hold your pen up so I can see you’re done
In the center of your paper draw an island
On the left hand side of your island, draw a palm tree
Now draw three coconuts on your palm tree
On the right hand side of your island draw a stick figure of yourself
In the left hand of your stick figure draw a purse with the number 31 inside it.
Now write the word FREE under your purse
In the right hand of your stick figure draw a dollar bill and write the number 99 on it.
On the top right side of your paper draw three of your best friends
Write your name on the bottom of your paper
Open your eyes and pass your paper to the left.
If your palm tree is on your island – 1 point
If your coconuts are on your palm tree – 1 point
If you are on your island – 1 point
If you gave yourself hair – 1 point
If you gave yourself a face – 1 point
If your purse is in your hand – 1 point
If your money is in your hand – 1 point
If the word free is not touching your purse – 1 point
If the number 99 is actually on your dollar bill – 1 point
If your three best friends have hair – 1 point for each
Give yourself 1 point for each of your friends that is not touching another friend
Who has the most points?
Thirty-One offers you a lot of amazing things
- To start with, the three coconuts on your palm tree represent the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit as 31 is a Faith-based company. The 31 in our name is from Proverbs 31 which celebrates women as wives, homemakers, Mothers, neighbors, teachers and friends.
- The purse in your hand represents the amazing products that 31 offers
- The word free under your purse along with your three best friends represents all the fun you’ll have and the free product you will earn when you invite a few friends over and host your very own 31 party
- The cash in your hand and the island you’re standing on represents the money you can make and the all expense paid trips you can earn when you decide to become a consultant. All it takes is $99 to start and three of your friends to host your first few shows.
- At 31 our mission is to celebrate, encourage and reward and it is my pleasure to reward the winner of this game: __________.
EASY ADDING GAME
This little game is easy to do, You just add figures like 2 plus 2.
Multiply, subtract, or divide, more and more,
There is a prize for the highest score.
I wonder who came here from afar,
Give yourself 5 if you came by car.
Were you on time? Not a minute late?
Punctuality pays, so give yourself 8.
A necklace gives you 5, and earrings 3,
Glasses are 9 more when they are on you,
10 points more if your eyes are blue.
Score yourself 5 if you show any pink,
But take away 10 if you left dishes in the sink.
Count all your buttons, each gives you 1,
Except if they’re white, and then you get none.
Each bow is 1 point, but safety pins are taboo,
So for each one you’re wearing, take away 2.
Open toe shoes are quite fine,
So, give yourself 10 if you are wearing that kind.
Now here’s a chance to score you better,
Add 6 points if you’re wearing a sweater.
1 Point for each year that you have been wed,
But take away 5 if your hair is red.
Now daughters are sweet, and on that we agree,
So for each one you have you may now add 3.
But when adding up points, boys are worth more,
So, for each one of your sons, go ahead and add 4.
If you kissed your husband or boyfriend, add 12,
But into your personal life I must delve’
If you kissed them both you must subtract 20,
Because you’re in trouble and trouble aplenty.
Now that’s all there is, so total your score,
(Except if you’re a special friend, there’s more.)
Its a 50 point bonus for V.I.P.
If you’ll be a Hostess for
(name of your company) and me!
Have each guest write the names of two friends, two relatives, two co-workers, two neighbors and two club members. Give a prize to the first person finished. After they are through, tell them their guest list is already made out for their home (or book) party.
LET’S MAKE A DEAL
You will need: 4 envelopes and a basket with your inexpensive door prizes. Inside each envelope, put a small piece of paper folded several times so they can’t see it. On one, write $1.00; another $2.00; another $3.00; and another $5.00. Tell everyone what is inside and that they are gift certificate for tonight! Have the first person to your left pick one of the envelopes. But tell her she CAN’T LOOK!!!!
Now, play one of the “Right-Left” game and the envelope travels right and left. At the end, tell the person with the envelope “DON’T LOOK” ~ Because I want to “Make A Deal” with you. Say: “Since you didn’t pick the envelope, maybe your luck is better than hers…so you can trade for another envelope if you want to” (Hold the other envelopes out). Usually everyone is hollering “trade” or “don’t trade”).
Next, say, “DON’T LOOK!” ~ “I’ll make another deal with you…(Pull out your gift basket) “I will trade you the envelope for an item in my basket….that envelope could be worth $5 or maybe just $1” (Everyone is again yelling “trade” or “don’t trade”). She then makes her choice.
Then say, “DON’T LOOK!!!” ~”I have another deal to make with you….I will give you your envelope back and DOUBLE what’s inside or give you TWO prizes from my basket IF you will book a show tonight and help (Hostess) out.”
If she doesn’t book she gets either what’s in the envelope or her gift but MOST of the time they will book.
This is a fun game to relax everybody. Give each person a piece of paper. Tell them to lay in on the catalog and turn lengthwise on their laps. Tell them to close their eyes and keep them closed for the entire game.
We’re going on a Hawaiian vacation, so draw an island in the middle of your paper.
—to the left of your island, draw a ship
—you are surrounded by water, so put some fish in the sea
—this is Hawaii, so put a palm tree on the island
—its a nice day, so put some birds in the air
—that ship didn’t get there all by itself, so put a sailor on the ship
—he might get hungry, so draw some coconuts on the palm tree
—sailors like to see where they are going, so put some port holes on the ship
—sailors like entertainment, so draw a hula dancer on the island
—it’s a sunny day, so put a sun in the sky
Now you can open your eyes! We are going to see how well you did.
Score points if:
Your island is in the middle 10 points
Your ship is to the left of the island, but not touching 10 points
For each fish you have 5 points
For the base of the palm tree being on the island 5 points
For each bird you drew 5 points
If the sailor is on the ship, not swimming 15 points
If any coconut is on the tree 5 points
If the porthole is on the ship 10 points
If the hula dancer is on the island 15 points
Now the sun:
If to the left 20 points
If to the right 15 points
If in the middle 10 points
Highest points wins!
EASTER IN THE PARK
Imagine your paper is a park in the spring time, and follow my directions.
1. Draw a pond in the middle of your park.
2. Draw a sailboat on your pond.
3. The sun is shining high in the sky.
4. There is a big tree on the right side of the park.
5. There is an Easter basket under the tree.
6. There are eggs in the basket.
7. There are birds flying over the water.
8. One of the eggs hatched. Draw a baby chick by the basket
9. There are kids playing ball in the park.
10. Write the date that Easter falls on this year.
11. There is an Easter basket under the tree.
Give yourself points based on the following:
1. 5 points if your sailboat has more than 1 sail.
2. 10 points if your sun has rays.
3. 5 points if you drew a ball for the kids to play with.
4. 1 points for every egg that is touching the basket.
5. 5 points if your chick is on the ground and not in the tree.
6. 5 points if you knew that Easter was on _____ this year.
7. 1 point for every bird in the sky.
8. 10 points if your kids have faces and aren’t just circles.
HALLOWEEN DRAWING GAME
1. Draw a pumpkin in the center of your page
2. Put some bats above the pumpkin
3. Draw a moon in the upper left corner
4. Oops! Please put eyes and a nose on your pumpkin
5. Put a spider web in the lower right hand corner
6. Did I ask you to put a stem on top of your pumpkin?
Please do that now!
7. Draw some bones below your pumpkin
8. Draw a ghost on your paper (ghosts are invisible remember?)
9. Please draw a witches broom on the left of the pumpkin
10. Oh yes please put a spider in that web.
Points scored as follows:
3 points if your pumpkin is in the middle of the page
1 point for every bat
2 points if the moon is in the left corner
2 points for the nose and each eye that is on the pumpkin
2 points if the web is in the lower right corner
4 points for the stem on top of the pumpkin
1 point for each bone
3 points if you can find the ghost
2 points if the broom is to the left of the pumpkin
10 points if the spider is in the web
Choose 10 letters. For example:
Tell the guests you’re going to call letters out. The first person to find something in their purse that starts with that letter, gets a ticket! Then you draw for a prize at the end. Warning, they get crazy fun and competitive with this one!
Dice Booking Game
- One pair of dice
- 11 cards with envelopes numbered 2-12
- 2- GRAND PRIZE
- 3,4,5,12- WIN A PRIZE
- 6,7,8,9,10,11- BOOK A SHOW
Here’s how to play:
Ask, “Who here likes to gamble? Great because I’ve got a gambling game for you! The game is optional to play, but you will win something for playing every time. The way the game works is you roll the dice and you get the coordinating envelope for the number you roll.” (For example, if they roll a 3 and a 2 they get envelope #5.) “Inside each envelope is a prize. In one envelope it says GRAND PRIZE which is ________ (hold it up for them to see…if you don’t have the item, show them a picture of it in the catalog.) Some of the envelopes say WIN A PRIZE. If you get this envelope, you will get a goodie bag to take home tonight. The rest of the envelopes have the best prize it them…they say BOOK A SHOW! Now, the catch is whatever envelope you get, you have to follow through. So, if you get grand prize, you have to take home the grand prize. If you get Book a show, you have to book a show. And just so you know, having a candle party is so easy. All you do is give me a guest list and I send out the invitations for you. Also, if you provide phone numbers, I will even give your friends a reminder call for you! And then you reap all the rewards by getting loads of FREE products! So, do I have any takers?”
Let them roll the dice and take their envelopes, but tell them not to open the envelopes yet. After everyone that wants to has rolled, tell them, “Okay, I have a deal to make with you. (Hold up trumpet jar) You can, regardless of what your envelope says, without even looking, go ahead and book a show. If you do so, you will get a free jar candle like this one at your show AND you will still get the prize that is in your envelope. Again, you will be helping _____ out, and earning lots of free stuff for yourself.” Let them decide what to do. Coax them along by reminding them they have a chance of getting book a show in their envelope and this way they get the jar for booking. After everyone has decided whether or not to make the deal for the jar, let them open their envelopes. Give prizes to those that earned them and book the shows of the people that made the deal or got it in their envelope. Make sure you book the show THAT NIGHT EVEN IF IT IS TENTATIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!
The Penny Game
When each person arrives at the gathering give them a penny and tell them to hold on to it for a game later in the evening. When you’re finished with the demo and everyone is about to order tell them about the penny. They have a few options. They can keep the penny as your gift to them. Or they can redeem their penny and save .01 on their order. Or they can give you the penny to “buy” a prize. Tell them ahead of time what the slips say so they can decide if they want to take a chance. If they decide to “buy” a prize, they must draw a slip from your mystery bag! Inside the bag have slips of paper with: 10% off your order, $2.00 off your order, free shipping, no tax, choose a gift. They get to reach in the bag and draw a slip. If they are really lucky, they get to book a party ! They must choose a date that night so have your calendar handy. I’ve booked lots of demo’s from this. Everyone likes to try their luck and it’s a “pressure on them” way to get bookings!! Be sure to mark your slips as to not give away to many expensive items, shipping, etc.
Mystery Prize Balloon Game
Before the party blow up balloons and place a folded up slip of paper inside with a discount or a free item….whatever you’d like as an incentive.
As guests arrive, give them a balloon. As you hand it to them, say, “This is yours for the evening, hang on to it and don’t trade it away. You may be holding a special balloon.” When you open the show, casually remind them to hang on to their balloons, you will get to them later on. You will see them shaking the balloon and see the curiosity in her eyes. Towards the end of the evening tell the guests that if they decide to book a show with you tonight they get to keep the incentive/gift inside, otherwise they must return the balloon to you. Let them know if 3 of them pop their balloon, then the hostess gets to pop hers as well. Wording is key here. There is not a person in that room who is not dying to know what her prize is…. Your hostess will also want to pop hers to see what her mystery prize is, so she will work to get other to pop theirs. Have them bring their balloon to you with their order and pop the balloon with you.
I like to put stickers on three catalogues at the party. They are mixed in when I pass them out at the party. At the end of the party I ask who has them and ask them to read aloud what they say. (they say things like ‘super’, ‘fantastic’, ‘hooray for you’)
then I say it back to the women with the sticker – It’s super, it’s fantastic, hooray for you!!! You three ladies get to book the next parties! Because you have the sticker, you’ll get an extra gift at your party. If you’re not going to use your sticker, give it to someone who will so they can get the prize. And hey, you get to spend a few more hours with me!!
Deck of Cards
When the guests arrive, hand each of them a card from a deck of playing cards. During your booking talk (right before you leave the room to heat up the soup), you say “If you book a Tasting, you can have any item in the catalog that is under $25, for the amount on your card. The Jack is free, ace is 1, Queen is 11 and King is 12. I’m going to pass my open dates sheet around the room on my clipboard so that you can choose a date that works best for you. Write the face value of your card beside your name on the open dates sheet.”
That should get you off to a great start!! I have had these saved for years, so I thought I’d pass some along!
Melissa Fietsam, Ind. Senior Executive Director at Thirty-One Gifts
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