Friday, December 28, 2012

New Years Eve Game for the Whole Family!

You might not be able to go to New York to watch the ball drop this New Year's Eve, but with this ball of treats... you'll be glad you stayed home!

A few years ago, we started a New Year's Eve game which the WHOLE family could enjoy.  It's a great way to reuse all of the wrapping paper from Christmas! We call it the New Years Ball Game. :)

Here is what you'll need for the game:

- Used wrapping paper, tissue paper and/or newspaper
- Packing tape (the more you use, the longer it will take to unwrap)

- Treats: candy, small toys, gift cards, gum, etc.  You can spend as little or as much as you want!  That's one of the things that makes this game so great!

-A single, typical 6-sided die.

I always start the ball with the best prize in the middle. :)

Start with wrapping paper around the prize and add a piece of tape.

Lay the prize on top, cover with paper and then tape.  The more tape you use the harder it will be to unwrap!

Keep adding more treats, paper and tape until the ball is the size you want.

How to play the game:

- Everyone sits in a circle.
- The youngest player gets the ball first.
- The person to the left has the die.
- That person starts rolling the die as the player with the ball starts to unwrap the ball.
- As soon as a 6 is rolled (or any single number you choose) both the player with the ball and the player with the die pass to the person to their right.  
- What ever a person unwraps, they get to keep.
- Keep going around in a circle until the entire ball has been unwrapped.

My boys have a BLAST playing this game!  It will be a New Years tradition for years to come! The first year we played I only had a prize in the middle and it wasn't as much fun.  The next year I added more treats throughout the ball and they really liked it because everyone was able to get a few treats.  We try and eat very healthy throughout the year, but on New Year's Eve we like to celebrate the upcoming year with some yummy junk food treats.  

I hope you and your family enjoy this game as much as we do. Have a fun and safe New Year's Eve!  xoxoxoxoxoxooxoxo

Here is a video of my family playing the game for New Years Eve 2012



  1. Hi Heather,
    We started this type of game a couple years ago. We wrapped one gift in a little box, then a bigger box, and so on.
    The box is placed on a table. You then need a Santa hat,snow gloves( the bigger the better),and a scarf. When you get the 6, you must put on the hat,gloves,scarf before unwrapping. Makes it more difficult to unwrap. We laugh when one person might just get the stuff on , when he has to take it all off again.
    I like your idea of using the wrapping paper from Christmas. It's sometimes hard to find the right size boxes.
    I love your website and all the ideas.. I just wanted to share the idea of the hat,gloves and scarf..
    Love you all! Sandy

  2. Sorry Heather.. It's me Sandy Wood.. Guess I picked the wrong profile when I posted LOL I'm not sure which one to use...

  3. That sounds like fun Sandy!!!
    I think we will have to try that next year! Thank you so much for all the kind words. xoxoxoxoxo

  4. Great idea! will have to try this

  5. Sandy Wood can you please explain your game again? I am unsure as to what or how to get to the 6 to layer up...sounds like a fun game I'd really like to play tomorrow night :)

  6. I was looking for an idea to use all that wrapping paper from Christmas and to have fun with it to, your idea sounds like so much fun, I still have time to use it for the New Year. Thank you so much for sharing.

  7. This is pure genius! I can't wait to try this out on the grand kids!

  8. Didn't anyone here play pass-the-parcel as a kid? This is virtually identical to the game I played 40+ years ago...and everyone I know in my generation (Gen X) and my brothers' generation (Gen Y) ALL played pass-the-parcel!

  9. PK, Pass the parcel usually is played with music, and when the music stops you get to unwrap. This game uses a dice to decide when you pass the bundle along and you get to keep unwrapping as long as nobody else rolls a 6. We often played a version of Sandy Shaws game at church socials, where you had to put on a hat, scarf gloves etc and then use a knife and fork to cut off a piece from a large bar of solid chocolate, that was lots of fun too :)

  10. This is a great game we kinda mixed it up instead of wrapping paper we used syran wrap and gloves the person had to roll a double to pass the ball of goodies great times. ..

  11. If it's for adults- why not $ or small alcohol bottles or Candy! :)

  12. We play a similar game but we take a box just big enough for the gift, usually a gift card. First, wrap with wrapping paper, then use masking tape and continue wrapping in different directions and cutting the tape so it will have several starting and stopping places. It starts with the first person putting on mittens, not gloves, the mittens make it more challenging. The person to their right will roll two dice trying to get doubles. The one with the package will try to unwrap it until the doubles are rolled, they then must stop and move to the next person. I have played this with adults and I have even played it with my second graders at our winter party! Everyone loves it!

  13. Brilliant blog! These New Year games are awesome to enjoy, but we had a small party this New Year at one of NYC wedding venues. All preparations were done by party planners. Everyone enjoyed party a lot!!

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  15. This is going to be so much fun for our party. Thank you for sharing.

  16. We did this last night. OMG> it was so fun. I prob did it diff than you did but the kids loved it. They already said they want to do it next year. Who knew how often a 6 showed up on a die??? I'll start stockpiling crap for this for next year. Thank you!!

  17. Awesome! I changed it up this year and put a bell in center. Everyone had to put in $2 to play and whoever got the bell got the cash! $51! Still included all the fun treats along the way. I also started with syran wrap and ended in using my leftover Xmas paper. We also rolled two dice and had to get doubles. Everyone loved it!

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