*Update – If you like this game, you will also like my fun Christmas Carol Game HERE, as well as my top favorite Christmas-themed Minute-to-Win-It Game Ideas HERE.*

Last year I posted about a fun Gift Exchange Game for you to play with your friends and families during the Christmas season.

You can check it out HERE.  It’s amazing.


I found an even more hilarious game.

All you need are sturdy paper plates (I got mine at Costco) and pens for each player.

The host tells the players to put their paper plate on their head.

Then the host will give a series of instructions for the players to draw on their paper plates (that are on their heads) without looking.

Here are the instructions:

1. Draw a line for a floor.
2. Draw a Christmas Tree.  Add decorations if you feel so inclined.
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.

After the six steps have been given, let everyone look at their plates.

<<Insert lots of laughing and revelry as people share their ridiculous drawings.>>

Then have players count up how many points they received by following this rubric:

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 (or something cute, like a tiny kitten peeking out).
8. 2 points if your present is under your tree.

The player with the most points should receive a really awesome prize (such as Christmas Window Clings).

I had a neat opportunity to speak for a large group of super fun women at a local church’s ornament exchange last weekend.

I kicked my Happy Home segment off with this game.

Here are a few pictures of how it went…

What a fun thing to do at your next Christmas event!  Or even just sitting around the table with your family after dinner one night.

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Merry Christmas Paper Plate Game-ing! :-)


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  2. Thanks to you (and Pinterest!) we played this at our women’s ministry Christmas Party Saturday night. It was a blast! We had so much fun and I loved hearing all the laughter around the room!

  3. We did something similar at my sisters baby shower. see how could draw the cutest baby and let mother to be choose which she liked best as winner. so much fun

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  6. Thank you for this game idea! We played it this afternoon at my son’s Christmas party. The kids LOVED it! I did everything as directed except when it came to figuring out points, I had the kids exchange their masterpiece with a neighbor. I figured that way the points would be more realistic as kids tend to be more generous with their own work. :) That ended up being almost as fun as the game!

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  9. Sounds fun! I am in charge of the activities for our adult Sunday school Christmas luncheon, and this is something we can let all their kids play too. We’ll have a prize for the adult winner and a prize for the kid winner.

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  11. I’m so glad I found your blog! I teach English in Japan and my English club will be having a Christmas party in a few weeks. I’ve been struggling to find games that will not only be fun, but also use their English skills. Both this and the gift exchange game will be perfect!! Thanks!

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  20. What an awesome idea. I would like to share this with my first grade team. We can play this during our Holiday Luncheon. Thanks for sharing.

  21. This is so fun! I sell pure romance and I do one similar at parties sometimes and the ladies always love it. it is funny to see the end images! I never thought about doing it for the parties at school though…super great idea. My baby is in kindergarten this year so I am not sure they can do it, but I pinned it for the future! I cant wait to see her class do it! Brilliant!! Shared on social media! :)
    ps. Tomorrow at 10pm I host a link up on my blog. I would love to you come over and link up :)

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  25. I used this for my Christmas party. It was great. And the roar that it created when the ladies looked at their drawings was well worth it all. Thanks for the idea. Going to tweak it this weekend for a coed party.

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    • We are doing this tomorrow at work for New Years and came up with these ideas.
      Draw a line for the floor.
      Draw a clock on the wall showing midnight.
      Draw a table.
      Put some snacks and drinks on the table.
      Draw 2 people at the party kissing.
      Decorate for the party.
      Our points are similar to the original posting. Points for: the clock on the wall and not touching the floor, the table on the floor, the snacks and drinks on the table, 2 people kissing, decorations at the party.
      I can’t wait to hear all of the giggles tomorrow!! Good luck and hope this helps!

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  29. Awesome!!! It’s a stupendous idea…. I’m going to share this idea with my school team to play on All hands meet for staff and their families… I’m excited and delighted…i can’t wait to see the audiences laughing and giggling… Hurray!!!!

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