Housewarming party game ideas

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Housewarming party game ideas
Guests may mingle at housewarming parties, but they also may enjoy games. (people at the party image by NiDerLander from Fotolia.com)

Hosting a housewarming party provides the opportunity to invite guests over to see a place of residence. In fear of taking attention away from the residence or interfering with guests socialising, some housewarming party hosts may hesitate to include games among the party activities. However, some guests may enjoy engaging in games that relate to the new dwelling and/or the neighbourhood.

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Tour Quiz

The party host can test the guests' attention to detail by giving them a tour of the residence, room by room, and asking them questions upon concluding the tour. Before the party, the host compiles questions about each room in regards to decor and items found in the room. Once the tour commences, the host gives notepads and writing utensils to each guest and guides them to each room. After introducing the room and its function, the host gives guests one minute to jot down any information about the room they think may have importance. Upon concluding the tour, the host quizzes guests—either individually or in teams—about each room and its contents. The player or team with the most correct answers wins the game.

Town Trivia

Housewarming party guests can compete to see who knows the most about the city or town in which the host resides. Whether the host moved to a new city or town, or moved within the same town, the host informs guests ahead of time to brush up on their knowledge of the town. The host collects facts and figures about the town and compiles trivia questions, which may include information such as the number of schools in the town, the mayor's name, the town curfew, whether the town has a logo or symbol, businesses of yesteryear or notable events that occurred in the town.

Trivia could appear in questionnaire form as true/false and multiple-choice questions that guests fill out and submit to the host, or via verbal questioning, with individual players or two teams. The player or team that has the most correct answers wins the game. In turn, guests may compile the facts and information, and quiz the host on how much she knows about the town.

Treasure Hunt

The host may have guests search for items in a treasure hunt. After hiding small household items in different rooms around the residence, the host gives the guests clues pertaining to a particular object. Each guest should have his own item to locate. The guest who finds his object first wins the game.

As a variation, guests may turn the tables on the host and set up a treasure hunt for her. For instance, if a married couple hosts the party, perhaps the husband could keep his wife occupied as the hunt coordinator "sneaks" into the residence and hides the gifts. At the party, the hunt coordinator gives the host clues and lets her search for the presents. To see how much the host knows about her new residence, guests may ask her questions about the breaker box location, the number of outlets, the brand of the refrigerator, the number of kitchen cabinets and so on.

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