13 Nov White Elephant, Murder Mystery Game and other games
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Looking for a fun game for your small group to play? Chuck and Pat Hawkins gathered their group to play a Murder Mystery game and had a fabulous time (Let me know if you’d like to borrow it-it does take 4 hours or mor). Games are a great way to help people relax and get to know one another. Someone who may be reserved about sharing during discussion time may find game night a time to open up.
Doing something different with your group will develop relationships and create opportunities to build community :)
White Elephant Gift Exchange
This is a great way to exchange gifts without any cost!
Everyone brings a wrapped (used gift bag or paper is a must!!) gift. They must find their gift in their homes (no purchasing required!). The gift must be something that they no longer use/need but something they think someone else may want. This is a great opportunity to “regift” something you have never used, but the item does not have to be new–just usable :)
All the gifts are put in the middle of the room. Depending on the number of people have a dish (or two if over 8 people) with 2 dice in it.
The host starts the dice rolling. If a person gets doubles, the rolling stops. The person picks a gift from the middle of the room and opens it. When the next and subsequent people get doubles, the rolling stops. They have the option of getting a new gift or “stealing” the gift from someone who has already opened one. This continues until everyone has a gift.
Once all the gifts are opened you go around the circle 3 more times (more if you want to keep things going) trading gifts for the one you really want. It’s fun to see what gift everyone goes after!