your local thrift store and pick up an old chess set. Set
up a game where all of the chess pieces are hidden throughout
the party area. This activity can either be timed for a quick
game or set up to last throughout the party, allowing guests
to stumble across them as the party progresses. Why not just
use one of your own sets? Well, in a perfect world all of
the chess pieces come back. However, its likely that
a piece or two might get misplaced or lost. Using a cheap
set you picked up at the thrift store wont matter as
much. You can either award the winner as the one who found
the most pieces, award points for different pieces found (i.e.
the queens are worth more points than the pawns, etc.) or
award raffle tickets for a drawing at the end of the parting
(allowing even those who might have only found one to still
have a chance for the prize at the end.)
DISAPPEARING CHESSIRE CAT. Begin with one person being it
and leaving the room. Among the other guests, one of them
must be the Chessire Cat (without the person whos it
knowing.) The guest playing the cat will then leave the room
and the person whos it returns. They have exactly five
seconds to figure out who at the party is missing. Once they
make their guess and its determined whether they are
right or wrong, the guest who disappeared is now
it. This game is ideal when there are a lot of people playing.
a card stacking contest. Give each person (or team for larger
guest lists) a deck of cards and explain that first place
will go to the person/team who can build the HIGHEST structure
using ONLY their deck of cards!
an Alice in Wonderland themed scavenger hunt. Either create
your own list, or download an amazing list off the Internet!
you are considering playing croquet, which is an excellent
choice for party game because it was actually played in the
story, consider taping playing cards to the tops of the ring
hoops that the balls are hit through. In the story, the cards
created the hoops and its a great way to change regular
croquet into Wonderland Croquet!
Wonderland Chess (basically an abbreviated version for quicker
games.) The pieces move in the standard chess way, however
you only use half of the pieces and no Queen. Use exactly
half of the pawns and one of each of the other standard pieces.
Use the single King, but again, remove the Queen for play.
Place the pieces on the board on the right side of each player
(such that all pieces will be in opposing CORNERS each
player will view their own pieces in front of them on their
own right.) The goal is to capture the King or to be the first
capture all of their opponents pieces (other than the King.)
Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum relay! Visit your local thrift
store and get your hands on the LARGEST pair of pants that
you can find (two pair if you plan on teams going head to
head.) For pants that are large enough, two children can fit
into a single pair of pants for running from one length to
the other (each child can fit into a single pant leg.) Running
may be difficult, but thats part of the fun!) If you
cant find a pair of pants large enough, plan for a regular
relay race where the participants must put the oversized pants
first and run with the on, giving them to their next teammate
before they the next runs.
youve chosen an ongoing theme of looking for the white
rabbit throughout the party, consider the activity of collecting
or searching for carrots to help catch him! This can done
simply by hiding carrots in a room and allowing the guests
to find them or by allowing the guests to earn carrots throughout
the party via different games and activities.
Crazy Wonderland Croquet. Use the standard playing rules for
croquet EXCEPT have everyone ROTATE balls every other round
(or every round for more skilled players.) In this way, the
goal is to make your way to the winning ball at the time it
wins. In this way, it allows a chance for every player to
even the less skilled ones. The colors can be rotated
in a standard, predecided order or you can have everyone draw
colors from a hat every other round to see which ball they
are going to play with!