OK, disclaimer: I love presents. Absolutely love them. I love thinking about them, I love giving them, and I love getting them. I don’t celebrate holidays, though, so I have to make up my own excuses for gifts. This tea party became one of those excuses.
At a tea party I had previously attended, we did a gift exchange, and it was a lot of fun. I decided to do that again. Included with my invitations was a note that said, “Please bring a small gift (under $10) to exchange. Wrap it between 2 and 7 times.”
Why between 2 and 7 times, you ask? Simply this: the game is that everyone starts with one of the wrapped gifts. Unwrap it once and pass it on. Each time it’s passed, the gift is unwrapped one layer. If you are the person who unwraps the last layer, you get that gift. Since no one knows how many times each gift is wrapped, it’s a surprise as to which one you get. Fun, right?
I discovered that apparently all of my friends except one considers 3 to be a magical number or something. This includes me. Almost all of the gifts were revealed at the same time. That was okay. No one seemed to mind. The gift I gave was a set of homemade “spa” treatments: lotion, bath salts, sugar scrub, and, of course, bath tea. I received a very cute tea set charm bracelet.
I also planned a couple of other activities that didn’t end up happening. A friend of mine is writing a book, and she requested reading a chapter from it, just like we really were Regency ladies. Unfortunately a family emergency called her out of town last minute, and she didn’t make it to the party at all.
A second game was a word game sort of like Scattergories. It’s old-fashioned, and I seem to have forgotten the name of it, but it’s one my sister and I played a lot as kids. Each person has a piece of paper with a 6×6 grid marked out on it. I created mine in Microsoft Word easily enough. When it comes time to play the game, the group comes up with five categories to mark down the left hand column. These should be categories like “U.S. cities,” “countries,” or “drinks.” Then a five-letter word with no repeating letters, like “HORSE,” is written across the top row. You have 3 minutes to fill in as many of the remaining squares as possible with words. For example, if you have the category U.S. city, and you are in the “S” column, you might write Seattle. When time is up, count up your score, with one point for each unique answer you have. Our group just talked, so we never got around to the game. That was perfectly fine, since this tea party was a great excuse to catch up with friends.
What’s your favorite party activity?
And don’t miss the rest of the series:
Part 1: Tea Party Invite (with printable!)
Part 2: Tea Party: What I Wore
Part 4: Tea Party Food