The holiday season is upon us, which means there are numerous reasons to eat, drink, be merry and generally just party, party, party. If you’re planning a holiday get-together there’s more that goes into its success than just good food and a few drinks. Chances are, you’re going to invite a variety of people who really don’t know each other, so you’ll need to find ways to make them feel comfortable and engage them. Milling around awkwardly while listening to Jingle Bells should be left to blurry junior high memories, otherwise you’ve wasted all that money you spent on brand-name chips and dip.
If you want to break the ice and get your guests involved in the party experience, you have to have a game plan. Literally. Even the simplest of “getting to know you” games can really be a hit if you’ve timed it right. The challenge is knowing when, how and what games to suggest to your guests.