Games suitable for RHS events where the ladies are seated (eg at a restaurant), and will need to have pens and paper.
Red Hat Dice Game
You will need one dice, as well as a pen and paper for each lady. Each lady will roll the dice and draw the body part that corresponds with that number. A fun way to play is so that they can draw any part in any order! If a part has already been drawn, they can’t do anything that turn and must wait for their next turn.
Replace Your Darling Husband
Hand everyone a piece of paper and ask them to write down an appliance they wish they could replace and 5 reasons why they want to replace that item. (Such as refrigerator, car, television, vacuum, etc.) When they’ve finished that, tell them to replace the name of the appliance with the name of their husband and read the whole thing aloud.
If The Hat Fits
Everyone has to list all the expressions/phrases they can think of that contain the word “HAT”. Prize awarded to the person who can think of the most. Some examples:
HAT in hand, Toss your HAT into the ring, A tip of the HAT, HATS off to you, Watch me pull a rabbit out of my HAT, Mad as a HATTER, Wear many HATS, Ugly as a HAT full of a-holes, I’ll eat my HAT, Keep it under your HAT, Does the Pope wear a funny HAT?, At the drop of a HAT, HAT in hand, Here’s your HAT, what’s your hurry?, Pass the HAT, Cat in the Hat, Home is where you hang your HAT, HAT trick, Talking through your HAT, His head’s too big for his HAT
Have about 10 small jars (baby food jars or other similar size) with different kitchen items in each (no duplicates). Things like sugar, poppy seeds, cocoa, cinnamon, salt, instant coffee, etc. Number each jar. Give each person playing a sheet of paper numbered to write their guesses of what each one is. You cannot open the jar to smell, feel or taste. After tallying correct names, a prize is awarded to the person who correctly guessed the most.
Name That Baby
Each lady brings a photo of themselves as a baby. Each photo then gets numbered and placed somewhere where everyone can see them. Keep a list of the numbers and corresponding names hidden away. Everyone then guesses who the photos are. Give a prize to the one who can identify the most pictures.
Everyone is given a piece of paper and either a small pack of pencils/crayons each, or have a container of them on the table for everyone to use. The ladies are all told to look at each other, to remember what they look like – what clothing they are wearing and what accessories etc. (so that they aren’t caught looking at their person later). Each lady then picks a name at random from the hat – this is who they will draw on their piece of paper.
After everyone has finished their drawings, the drawings are held up for everyone to see, one by one. The ladies have to call out if they think the drawing is of them. If a lady guesses correctly that the picture is of them, they get a prize. If they are also able to guess who drew the picture, that person also gets a prize. A prize can be awarded to the person who gets the most correct guesses.
Name that cake
Everyone has a piece of paper, and writes their answer to which cake these cryptic clues could be referring to.
- Found on the ocean floor (Sponge)
- It’s a small boy’s game (Marble)
- A heavenly body (Angel Food)
- What you might call a little imp (Devil’s food)
- Make the bottom the top (Upside Down)
- A mouse would like this (Cheese)
- Think diamonds (Carrot)
- A breakfast drink cake (Coffee)
- A kitchen measure (Pound)
- This is not tall (Shortcake)
- This one is made of fabric (Chiffon)
- This is an annual event (Birthday)
- Little girls are made of this (Sugar/spice)
- Monkey would like this one (Banana)
- A calendar supplies this one (Date)
- Cinderella (Pumpkin)
- Greedy (Pork)
- Palm tree (Date)
- Little Bo Peep (Lamb)
- Flowing river (Currant)
- Sour face (Lemon/Lime)
- Monkey’s (Banana)
- Uncle scrooge (Duck)
- Little Jack Horner (Plum)
- Up river (Salmon)
- Material (Chiffon)
- Adam & Eve (Apple)
- Children’s (Mud)
- Irish (Potato)
- Hawaiian (Pineapple/Coconut)
- Tom sawyer’s (Huckleberry)
- Complexion (Peach)
- Red nose (Deer)
- Pie in the sky (Pigeon)
- Coward (Custard)
- Shortcake’s (Strawberry)
- Dried grape (Sultana)
- Underwater (Seafood)
Guess the contents
Fill up a number of small cloth bags with a 4 different small items in each. The bags are sealed so nobody can peek inside. Pass bags around and everyone has to write down what they guess the contents to be. You can either use multiple bags with the same contents (so the ladies don’t have to wait as long for their turn), or have multiple bags with different contents and write a number on each bag (so the ladies write what they think is in each bag)
Have a number of letters from a scrabble set (or make up large cardboard squares with different letters that the ladies can easily read). Each participant then has to write down as many words as they form, out of the letters within a certain time. Winner is the one with the most words. A short version can be “winner with most words starting with….”
Give each player a sheet of paper and a pen or pencil. Each player in turn, calls out a letter of the alphabet at random, and all players write down the letters as they are called out. A list of about 15 letters should be formed in this way. The players then have five minutes in which to compose a telegram, the words of which must begin with the listed letters in the order they were given.
For Example: If the letters were H, A, I, I, B, B, A, U, T, L, D, H, S, A, O, C – one player might write: Have Arrived In Boston But Am Unable To Locate Deckchairs Hence Send All Over ……..Cynthia
Whereas another player might write: Hurry And Immediately Bring Back All Unused Tea Leaves ..stop.. Daddy Hates Sipping Ale Or Cola
When the 5 minutes are up each player reads his telegram, and the winner is the player whose telegram is judged to be the most sensible, the cleverest, the wittiest, the silliest, etc
Pass the paper / continue the story
Someone (perhaps the Queen) starts writing a story, by writing one word or one line of the story on a piece of paper. The paper is folded so that people cannot read the previous lines that have been written, so nobody will know what the story is about until it is read out. The paper is then passed to the next person, who adds their word/line and so on until everyone has had a turn. It can continue around again or the story be read out then when the last question has been answered, the story is read out.
The lines they write could be:
- An adjective describing a person’s appearance or character
- The name of a woman
- The word “met” and an adjective describing another person’s appearance and character
- The name of a man
- The word “at” and the place the woman met the man
- The circumstance under which they met
- The word “in” and when the met
- The words, ”He said to her…”, together with whatever he said
- The words “And she replied…”, together with whatever she said
- What he did then
- What she did then
- The words, “And the consequence was….” With detail of the consequence
- The words, “And the moral of the story is…..”
Have a collection of questions, such as tv shows, music and fashion from the 60s. Read out the questions and have each lady write her answers. When the questions are finished, the ladies swap their papers and the scores are tallied up (swapping the papers for scoring ensures no cheating!)
The ladies pass this paper to the person on their LEFT. On the second piece of paper, they answer the question they just received. Then they pass that answer back to the person they received it from. Have the lady on your RIGHT read her question. The lady sitting to her RIGHT reads her answer. She then reads her question and the person sitting to her RIGHT reads her answer. This continues around the room until everyone has read both a question and an answer.