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It’s a common custom to hold New Year’s Parties and distribute party hats and noisemakers to the guests. In this game, the objective is to NOT be the last person wearing the party hat!

Party Hats for all participants

Game Play

  1. Announce the simple objective of this game – NOT to be the last person remaining with your hat on. The only rule is that no one can take their hat off until the has has removed his or her hat. Then continue with the rest of your celebration activities!
  2. As time goes by, people will take their attention off you, and even forget about the game. At that point, casually remove your hat and watch as people catch on.
  3. Gradually the hats will come off, amidst snickers, smirks and giggles.
  4. Eventually, one unsuspecting person will be last to notice, while everyone else gets a good laugh!
  5. Serve up an appropriate forfeit (see the forfeits below), then put the hats back on and give the loser the chance to start the next game.


Funny, but fairly innocuous forfeits

  • Tell your best joke in the style of the cookie monster from Sesame Street
  • Make at least 3 people laugh.
  • Tell a joke no one in the room has heard.
  • Describe how to make a pie without talking.
  • Give a l-minute talk about elephants.
  • Make your funniest face
  • Wear a blindfold until the next forfeit
  • Wear handcuffs until the next forfeit
  • Wear a straight jacket until the next forfeit


Slightly embarrassing forfeits

  • Tell someone in the room how much you love them for one minute
  • Pinch your nose and sing the first line of a song “Aud Lang Syne”?
  • Do your favourite dance
  • Hop around the room like a penguin
  • Wear a tin foil skull cap until the next person gets a forfeit
  • William Tell – place a wad of paper on your head… everyone else throws paper wads at it trying to be the first to knock it off.
  • Get mummified (with toilet paper)
  • Dance a jig.
  • Yawn until you make someone else yawn.
  • Read out your last SMS
  • Do an impression of a squeaky toy
  • Do an impression of the dog that just found a squeeky toy
  • Sing and perform the actions to the “I’m a little teapot song”
  • Make a marriage proposal to someone in the group


A bit wilder forfeits

  • Spell out a word using your bum. Group must correctly guess the word
  • Scream as loud as you can
  • Howl like a werewolf
  • Bark like a dog
  • Do your best chicken impersonation while you make a noise like a chicken
  • Crawl across the room on your knees.


Joint Forfeits (Some of the forfeits above can also be done in groups)
Air Band – Each person is assigned some imaginary instrument and required to impersonate a performer in a band, imitating not only the action of the players but the sound of the instrument as well.

Be cautious with forfeits. The idea is to have a little embarassment, but not too much. Know your youth and what they can handle. You might allow more sensitive youths to choose someone else from the group to do the forfeit with them. You can also do forfeits as a group at the end of an activity. When in doubt about how a person will respond, don’t do it! Also take care that forfeits don’t degenerate into acts or comments with sexual overtones.

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