Monthly Archive: November 2012
Sausage Rolls are a staple at any kids party celebration. My Grandma made the best. She handed the recipe down to my Aunty Lois and my Uncle Doug tweaked the recipe and still to this day, keeps his tweaking a secret. But the good news is…..I have Grandma’s Sausage Roll Recipe! At the risk of a Booth Family uprising…I am going to share the best ever Sausage Roll Recipe with you. Enjoy.
Sausage Roll Recipe
- 1.5kg sausage mince
- 7-10 sheets puff pastry
- 5-6 slices bread
- mixed herbs
- black pepper
- tomato sauce
- chicken stock powder (or 1 cube)
1. Soak bread in water then squeeze out the water until doughy.
2. Mix in herbs, pepper, tomato sauce, chicken stock.
3. Fold in sausage mince.
4. Cut each sheet of pastry into two or three strips.
5. Brush pastry with milk or beaten egg.
6. Spoon sausage mix on to each strip and fold pastry into long roll.
7. Cut each roll into the desired size but don’t cut through to bottom.
8. Cut diagonal slits on top of each sausage roll.
9. Brush with milk or egg and place on baking tray.
10. Bake in hot oven for approx 15 mins or until brown then turn oven down to 160 deg. to cook for further 30 mins.
11. Cool off a little then cut pastry right through each sausage roll.
Makes about 60-65. Can be frozen.
Christmas party games are a must for any Christmas Holiday celebration. Here are a few of my favourite games and activities for any Christmas gathering.
Christmas Memory Tree
The cheeky elves have stolen items that were hanging on the magical Christmas tree. This is played like a memory tray game. Have children look at the tree and items hanging on it, place a cover over the tree and remove one item, children must correctly guess what the missing item is.
Magical Reindeer Food
Oats (reindeer love oats!)
Glitter moonlight dust (silver glitter)
Giggle dust (Red/Green or Gold dust)
The special poem you could print out onto small card and attach to either an organza bag or simply a zip-lock bag could read:
Expecting a visit from Santa?
Here is a recipe I have found
It is a special reindeer food
to sprinkle on the ground
The oatmeal is for energy
The sparkles are for flight.
So sprinkle the reindeer food
on Christmas night!
All of Santa’s reindeer
will love this healthy snack
and next year Santa and his reindeer
surely will be back!!!
You could make the ingredients in the children’s hands explaining each of the ingredients and the magical properties of each. Each child gets a pinch, then stir once to the left, twice to the right (using your magical pinkie of course), then all skip outside to sprinkle in the garden and make a magical wish. Alternatively, why not create a Christmas treasure hunt with the clues. Each clue could contain one magical ingredient at a time. Then mix, stir and sprinkle.
Pin the Nose on the Rudolph
An oldie but a goodie. Blindfold one child at a time and have them pin the red nose on Rudolph.
Reindeer Candy Canes
These are simple for any age to make. Set up a craft station which displays:
Red pipe cleaners cut to a 2 inch length
red and green fabric balls
craft glue bottles
Reindeer Hokey Pokey
Little kids will love singing along with the actions. Get kids in a circle and sing loud and strong!
You put your antlers in,
You put your antlers out.
You put your antlers in,
And you shake them all about.
You do the reindeer pokey,
And you turn yourself around.
That’s what it’s all about!
You put your right hoof (hand) in
You put your left hoof (hand) in
You put your hind legs in
You put your tail in
Reindeer Antler Game
Make 2-4 teams. Hand each team one pair of pantyhose and 1 balloon to each player. Each team should have about 8 balloons.
On the word ”go”, the teams race to make reindeer antlers, by blowing up the balloons and stuffing them into the pantyhose. Then one team member wears the antlers and sings the first verse of Jingle Bells.
The first one to do so wins for the team.
Here are a few relay ideas for teams. Mix the adults and children together to make the teams even.
- Santa Flag Race: Paint tins (4 per team) red and have plastic toy candy cane decorations to use as the flags. Play in the same way as a school carnival flag race is run.
- Ride the reindeer: You will need one toy reindeer horse on a stick (find them at Kmart, Target, novelty stores), jar of Vaseline, red fluffy balls and one reindeer antler headband for each team. Have teams line up and one at a time they must place a red nose (red fluffy ball dipped in Vaseline) on their nose, don the reindeer antlers and then ride the reindeer around a marker located 20 metres away and back. They then tag the next team member. The team who completes the course first wins.
- Santa Sack Race this simply is a sack race using red sacks
- Santa Pop Place a chair for each team approx 20 metres in front of the start line. Each team member must one at a time, put on a Santa beard, Santa hat and blow up a balloon. They run with the balloon to the chair and must pop the balloon by sitting on it. They run back and tag the next team member. First team who completes the relay first wins.
- Christmas Dress up relay Make two piles of Christmas clothing (hats, boots, red shirt, beard etc… and divide the group into teams. First players race to the dress up clothes from their team’s pile. When finished, the player must take off the clothes run back and tag next player. The team that dresses and undressed first wins
This is a great game to use at the beginning of the party to ensure all kids are listening and following instructions. Play the game like Simon says. Santa will give orders but only those instructions which are proceeded with “Santa Says”, should be followed by the players. Any player who follows instructions without “Santa Says” are out.
Pass the Present Play like pass the parcel. Simple and kids love it.
Wrap the Present Challenge
Each team is given their own present wrapping supplies of equal numbers of wrapping paper, sticky tape, ribbon, five different sized boxes, scissors, pen and 5 cards.
On the word ‘go” teams must race against the clock to see which team completes the wrapping presents challenge the fastest. The first team to wrap all of their boxes completely with wrapping paper and ribbon are the winners.
Christmas Draw on your head:
Everyone places a large book on their head with a piece of blank paper on it. They each have a pen. The host then gives a series of instructions. Without looking, the players draw onto their page, which is over their head. Here are the instructions:
1. Draw a line for a floor
2. Draw a Christmas Tree.
3. Draw a star on top of your tree.
4. Draw a fireplace with a mantel next to the tree.
5. Draw a stocking hanging from the mantel of your fireplace.”
6. Draw a present below the tree.
Have everyone remove their pictures from their heads. It can be pretty funny to see what you have drawn.
The host now offers points for random hits.
1. 2 points if the tree touches the floor.
2. 2 points if your stocking is touching your mantel
3. 1 point if your star touches your tree.
4. 1 point if your star is above your tree
5. 1 point for every Christmas ornament ball that is ON your tree, etc.
6. 1 point if your fireplace doesn’t touch the tree (it’s a fire hazard!)
7. 1 point if you actually drew something decorative on your stocking.
8. 2 point if your present if under your tree.
The winner is then the person with the most points.
Christmas Face Painting Kids love to get their face painted.
Water Games For a warm Christmas party, why not try cooling down with these water games
Christmas Candy Kebabs I blogged earlier this week about the amazing Sweets Indeed Candy Kebabs. Why not trying to make these at your party as a craft/take home activity. A helpful hint is to place a hard candy on the bottom of the kebab stick so your lollies do not slide down and also to spray with cooking oil the stick so lollies slide on easily.
What’s in the Christmas Stocking
Divide players into teams of 3-5 people per team. Give each team a Christmas stocking full of items that has been tied shut with a ribbon. Set a timer and give each team 3 minutes to feel the stocking and write down all the objects that they can identify by feeling them through the stocking. The team with the most correct items wins.
Your guests will love this idea! Tie onto a small Christmas tree various Lottery Scratch n’ Win tickets for guests to choose and scratch. This is a family tradition for us. One year, one lucky relative won $200.
Have Fun and Happy Holidays!!
Minute to Win it Games are a fantastic addition to your Christmas Party.
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Ensure everyone is split into pairs to compete, as most games require teamwork. Have a points scoring system (this could simply be a whiteboard or if you want to really get into the Christmas spirit – award mini candy canes which are placed into team jars). Also remember that wind is an unwelcome guest when playing Minute to Win it games so choose an indoor venue as this works best.
Deer Nose Dive
This game is similar to the Nose Dive.
Vaseline (Petroleum jelly)
Red ribbon cut to length approx 40cm. Red craft pom pom (medium size) stuck on end of ribbon.
Each contestant, once timer has started, must dip his/her nose into the Vaseline.
Contestant may only apply Vaseline to nose by dipping nose in Vaseline.
Contestant must swing the ribbon/red nose and successfully land “stick” the red nose on his/her nose.
Contestant must land the red pom pom onto the nose without coming into contact with any other body part or object.
If a player touches the red pom pom with the hands they will be disqualified.
Contestants may not touch their face with their hands or any other body part.
To complete the game, contestant must successfully land five red nose pom pom onto their nose as described above, within the 60-second time limit.
Face the Gingerbread Man
This is played in the same manner as Face the Cookie - just simply use a Gingerbread Man cookie.
Obstacles: Christmas Tree, bucket of baubles, Candles/Matches
Players must place a Christmas Wreath on their head and successfully walk around various Christmas obstacles (this could be Christmas Tree, pick up Christmas baubles from the floor, light a Christmas Candle…use your imagination). This must be completed within the 60 second time limit. Should the Wreath fall on the floor, the Contestant is unsuccessful. Contestants will be disqualified should they touch the wreath with their hands.
String length at least 2mtrs wide hung securely from 2 poles
Table with five large red baubles with bauble wire securely attached to the top of the baubles (located 2mtrs away from string line)
Two Contestants must successfully “pick up” the Christmas bauble by kissing from opposite sides of the ball and transferring it to the string line 2mtrs away.
Should the ball drop, contestants will be unsuccessful at the Holiday Kiss Challenge.
Contestants who successfully hang the five balls on the string win.
A time allocation of 60 seconds will apply.
Contestants must not use any part of their body to support the ball other than with their lips.
Players must use Candy Canes as fishing hooks and hook four candy canes on top of each other. Think Barrel of Monkeys.
30cm plastic pole (think the thickness of say a straw) with a hook on the end
15 cm candy cane which is hung from the bottom of the candy cane (ie; upside down) and securely attached to the end of the pole by fishing line.
4 small candy canes
This game is played in the same manner as Junk in the Trunk. A player must shake all ping pong balls out of a tissue box that is strapped to the back of their waist. Make the box look decidedly “christmassy” and substitute ping pong balls with plastic Christmas baubles and decorate the box with red Christmas paper.
Christmas Jingle Contestants have to arrange eight drinking glasses filled at different levels of water inside the glass in an order that plays the notes of the song “Jingle Bells” when tapping on the glass with a spoon.
This game is played in the same manner as Bite Me
5 Christmas Gift bags of various sizes
Prior to game start, contestant must be in designated start zone with hands at sides.
Once game begins, contestant may use only their mouth to grab, transport and manoeuvre the bags.
Contestant must first place the 25cm, then 20cm, then 15cm, then 10cm, then 5cm bags onto the five podiums.
The contestant may only touch the ground with his or her feet.
If a contestant touches the ground with some body part other than the feet while attempting to grab a bag, he or she must reset by standing up before making another attempt at the bag.
If a player has a bag in the mouth while making an illegal touch, he or she must immediately put it back on the floor with the open end up before making another attempt.
Player may not use the podiums or any other item for balance.
If a bag falls off a podium, it must be reset in the manner described above to complete the challenge.
To complete the game, the contestant must have all five bags concurrently on the five podiums within the 60-second time limit.
Other games to be shown on the Christmas Win to Win It Holiday special include: Christmas in the Balance (maybe this is Stack Attack or Candelier ), Snowball Flight, Deck the Balls, Lolly Pop and more.
Christmas Ball Conveyor
5mtr length green ribbon
Bowl full of tree ornaments (baubles plastic with hangers attached firmly)
Two players spinning in place, transfer tree ornaments using a ribbon looped around their waist. They must transfer via the “conveyor belt” two baubles and place on the tree.
Large Bag of marshmallows
One bucket for each player.
Have one person hold the wreath to their side and place the bucket behind the wreath. Players will have one minute to throw marshmallows through the wreath into the bucket. The player with the most marshmallows in the bucket after one minute is the winner!
1 wreath (large)
Teammates transfer a wreath using only their bodies from shoulders up from 1 point to another location (Holiday special used a lamp post – I’d use a table)
Whipped Cream Tannenbaum
paper plate per player
3 cans of whipped cream per player.
Each player has one minute to spray the whipped cream on the paper plate in the shape of a Christmas tree. The player with the tallest Christmas tree after one minute wins.
Gift box lid (medium size)
Tree bauble (plastic)
Target area outline
A player must move a tree ornament across the floor and into a target area by fanning the ornament using only the lid of a gift box
Do you hear what I hear?
7 gift boxes of various sizes containing bells varying from 5 bells per box to 35 bells
Table for boxes to be placed upon
Players must place boxes with different quantities of jingle bells inside in the correct order.
Napkin Ring Ornament Madness
5 to 10 large napkin rings in a basket/tray
an unsharpened pencil or chopstick for each player.
Set the basket on a table or the floor, a few feet away from a Christmas tree. (A small artificial tree works well.) Players must use the unsharpened pencil or chopstick to pick up a napkin ring, carry it to the tree, and slide the napkin ring “ornament” onto the tree. The player who gets the most napkin rings on the tree in one minute wins!
12 Christmas Cards placed upright (landscape design)
Blow standing Christmas cards across a table and get one to hang over the edge.Raise your Glass
15 plastic martini glasses
1 bucket full of small Christmas baubles
Player must stack three levels of glasses with tree ornaments plus one empty glass on top (four storey tower).
White paper for each player or team.
Place a dividing line in the middle of the room. Players or teams will need to wad up the white paper and have a snowball fight. The player or team who has the least number of “snowballs” on their side after one minute is the winner.
Looking for a sweet and easy party? Then a Candy Party is the go. James had a “Candy party games” party for his 8th birthday and the kids loved playing games using candy. Follow this Candy Party Plan for inspiration.
To keep the kids focused, we split them into two teams and teams were rewarded candy for winning the candy games. The candy was stored in a huge container by the team “Treasurer”. At the conclusion of the party, the candy was counted to determine the winning team. The team candy was then divided equally between team members and placed in their take home loot bags.
Candy Jar Guessing Game
When guests arrived they had to guess how many gumballs were in the jar. We announced the winner at the conclusion of the party. The winner of course was thrilled when he could take this home. Who wouldn’t be?
Guests are split evenly into 4 teams. They are provided with 2 bags of marshmallows and 3 packets of toothpicks. The teams must construct a “Marshmallow Construction” within a 5 min time period. The entries are then judged.
Baby bottle burp game
This is a great game to watch and there will be lots of laughs with this game. Two team members from each team are provided with a tea towel (baby bib) and a baby bottle filled with soda. As shown above, one team member must “feed” the baby the bottle. The bottle must be consumed fully (I suggest no more than half filled), then the baby must be burped. The first team to burp wins.
Jelly bubble burst game
You will require 2 medium sized bowls filled with jelly, 2 pieces of Hubba Bubba gum and paper towels. A team member from each team is chosen to face the Jelly challenge. As shown above, players must use only their mouths to retrieve the bubblegum from the jelly bowl which is placed strategically at the bottom! Once they have retrieved the bubblegum, players must successfully blow a bubble for the crowd. First to successfully complete this, wins!
Whipped Cream Pie Challenge
You will require lots of paper plates, approx 2 cans of whipped cream and a large bag of Smarties. Place a whipped cream pie in front of two players. Hidden within the cream pies are three Smarties. The challenge is for the players to find using only their mouth, the three Smarties and eat them. The first player to consume the Smarties wins. As shown above, players must prove they have eaten the Smarties. Kids love this challenge, so I had all guests complete this challenge.
Players stand in two teams, standing in a line one behind each other. Provide each player a toothpick and the person at the front of each line, a lifesaver. Players must put the toothpick in their mouth and pass the lifesaver from one person to the next. Players must not use their hands! The first team to pass it down to the end of the line wins. We used sherbet sticks and starburst gummi rings for this challenge. If the lifesaver falls on the floor, then the team must start the process from the beginning of the line again.
Sour war head challenge
We managed to find Sour War Head Juice (Brain Juice) from our local lolly shop, so we decided to see if their taste buds were up for the challenge. Four players from each team were lined up and hosts squeezed every last drop of the sour juice in their mouths, a different flavour each time. The last player standing wins!
Firstly players must make a circle. In the middle of the circle is placed a plate, knife and fork, chocolate and dress ups. One player starts with the dice, and after having a turn passes the dice on. Each player takes a turn at throwing a dice. If a player rolls a six, they run into the centre of the circle place the dress up clothes on. This player can then proceed to cut with their are rolling the dice. Once someone else has rolled a six, the player in the middle must take off their dress-up clothes and hand over the knife and fork. They are only allowed to eat one piece of chocolate at a time – they must finish that piece before they have another. Have the players remove the chocolate from the fork and place into their mouth with their hands so germs are not passed on!
Whipped Cream Pies Pass the Parcel Style
Have children stand in one line. Two plates of whipped cream are passed from each player along the line whilst players are dancing to the music. When the music stops, the player must rub the plate of whipped cream “round the world style” (start at the front and rub the plate around the head back to front), on their face. They are then out. Plates are replenished and repeated until the last player is standing. Obviously the last player get the “World treatment”.
Candied Poached Eggs on a spoon relay
Split each team into two groups and have the groups line single file and face each other a fair distance away. Explain the relay race format (egg and spoon race). If the egg is dropped, the player must return to the start line.
Shoelace Licorice Race
Two players from each team are given a piece of shoelace licorice. On a signal, one person puts the loose end of the licorice in their mouth and eats their way to the end of the licorice whilst the other person is holding the other end. The first two to reach it go on to the finals of the shoelace race!
Jelly Bean Race
2-4 buckets or plastic tubs with ice and water. 2 bags of Jelly beans (Bags per team bucket). Players have 15 seconds to fish the jelly beans out of the ice water with their toes. Have dry towels close by to dry each player’s feet.
Smartie Sucker Relay
Have the two teams line up in straight lines and each player is given a straw. This is a relay race with one player at a time running up to a container with smarties in it. Players then place the straw on a smartie and suck. The smartie sticks to the straw and players then drop it into their hand, eat it and run back and tag the next person.
Surprisingly, the boys loved this! I laminated 20 A4 pages of Candy Bingo sheets. We played this twice with the winners receiving reward points and a candy bar.
Looking for Candy Party Cake inspiration? Check this Bubblegum Cake out.