Category Archives: party: Circus

Silly Clown Dress-Up Game And Vintage Suitcase Reuse

Make your own silly suitcase dress up game- Clownin Around. You should look for an old suitcase to hold the clothing for this game. You also need to find stuff to fill the suitcase. : oversized pants, skirts, hats, shoes, necklaces, shirts, dresses, scarves. Gather unwanted clothing from around the house, ask friends for castoffs, and/ or go to the thrift store or hunt yard sales. Seek out funny cloths like Hawaiian shirts, and “clown” shoes (oversized possibly mismatched).

This clown dress up game is really fun to play at a clown or circus themed party (or any party really).

To play the game: Two contestants at a time compete to put on as much cloths from the suitcase as possible. They must stop when the allotted amount of time has passed. We use the sand timers from other games for this purpose. The one we use most often is a three minute timer. One at a time, the now clowned-up contestant pulls off the cloths and accessories one by one while the others count them. Then the next “clown” takes off his or her extra cloths while others count. Someone will need to keep track of the numbers. Then two new contestants give it a try until everyone has had a turn. The winner is the person who was able to put on the most cloths and accessories in the allotted time. The Clown-tastic winner is…

This game isn’t really so much about winning because the fun is in the playing (and the watching). Have a camera ready!!

These pictures were taken at my daughter’s circus themed party. More about the picture frame here: http://www.funinthemaking.net/2010/05/17/use-an-old-fame-to-frame-a-picture-before-it-is-even-taken/

Rules:

Make up your own rules and agree to them before starting.

For example: A contestant must have his or her legs in one or both pant leg hole. Shirts must be “worn” by covering your torso or otherwise have both arms in one or both armholes. Scarves must be tied on (anywhere). Hats must be able to stay on when the game stops (head, elbow, whatever).

Or -Have no rules and see what happens!

Catch A Fish Out Of Water: A Party Game

I saw kids playing this lampshade fishing game at a summer cookout. They were having a great time. Of course I had to make one; plus put my own spin on it. You should too.

Set up:

Get an old fishing pole. Use a string or some fishing line to attach your lampshade. Use stuff from your garage or find objects second-hand. You will want the string/ line to hold the lampshade so the shade hangs down at the right level. Test it out to make sure. You will also need goggles that have been altered so you can’t see through them, a blindfold or nothing (if player keeps his or her eyes closed). When we play this again at our next party, I’m going to add funny (crazy) eye pictures to cover the goggle eyes. That will make it even funnier to watch. I’m thinking red and black Swirly eyes.

To Play:

Each player has a turn and will be timed. The person who can get the lampshade on their head the fastest is the winner. What makes this hard to do is the fact that the player can’t see the lampshade. Also, the player can only use one hand. (The other hand must stay down: you can’t touch the lampshade with your free hand!)  It isn’t as easy as it sounds. The shade swings around and usually bumps against the player’s head a bunch of times.

This is a great party game because it is rather amusing for watchers and challenging for players. Make sure you have a camera nearby.

This is one of the games played at my daughter’s circus (Cirque du Soleil) birthday party. Try this at a family picnic, kid’s party, cookout or whenever. It’s even fun for the grownups.