There's not long to go to the Party! Are you excited?
We've been talking about Window Games all this time, but we decided rather than just talk, we should show you too! Read on for some fantastic ideas:
Impossible Noughts & Crosses
So, Noughts & Crosses is pretty simple - we thought we'd start off with a nice easy one. Draw the famous three-by-three 9-square grid, and engage in a battle of wits to get three in a row, one turn at a time. Easy right?
What about Impossible Noughts & Crosses though!? Instead of the three-by-three grid, go for a larger grid. We've tried all sorts of permeatations here (probably more than we should be doing in an office environment!) and we think an eight-by-eight game, with the aim of getting four-in-a-row, is just the right balance. Try playing on either side of the glass and watch the tension ratchet up!
That's right, we can see a theme here too... We've all played hangman, but what about this small competitive twist for My Home Party? With a larger group, there always needs to be something more to play for. So, let everyone have a go at finding a word that the rest of you can't crack, but the ultimate winner to be crowned is the one with the longest word / phrase that cannot be guessed before the stickman steps off the gallows.
It's probably the only time that a sneaky look at a dictionary is acceptable at a party...
Another way to play it is the following: the rules stay exactly the same, but the word master has to do his word - and letters - backwards! Any mistakes and he's out of the running for the crown of ultimate winner!
Relax - this won't have you drawing all over each others' faces (or, at least, it shouldn't do!) The idea is simple, but only works when you have space on either side of the screen. We do recommend shower screens or car windows; we don't recommend external windows on high-rise flats, for what we hope are fairly obvious reasons...
Pair up, and stand either side of the window or screen. Player One has three minutes to draw the best outline of his partner Player Two, who has to stay perfectly still as Player One draws his likeness on the window. When time's up, step one place to the left and switch roles.
This works even better if there's an independent judge (he can be in charge of timekeeping to keep him occupied) who doesn't see who's standing where, and then tries to guess who's drawn who!
My Home Pictionary
Pictionary is usually the go-to game after Christmas dinner, in that time after the Queen's speech, but before all the good TV starts. Here's a My Home Party variation on this classic, to be played on the windows!
Split into two teams, and let Team A give one player from Team B a word - a phrase, book, film, or another category entirely - in which to draw in under one minute. The remaining players from Team B then have to guess the word. If they do, they win the point; if they don't, then Team A does. Carry on, with each team taking turns, and the winner is the first to get to ten.