Great Party Game!

Steve and I kicked off our holiday celebrations this weekend with two parties.

Our bon voyage/Christmas gathering in Washington, DC, with old friends involved an absolutely fabulous party game that I hope to introduce at both of my family parties this year. The game, called Bucket of Nouns, is a fun game for a group of eight to twelve people. Read below for instructions on how to play the game.

Game: Bucket of Nouns

What you need to play: A bucket or bowl, timer, strips of paper, and pens. An even number of participants is preferred.

Premise: There are three rounds. Every person on each team participates in each round and tries to guess the nouns pulled out of the bucket during one-minute rounds. The team that scores the most points wins.

Instructions:

1. Have the group sit in a circle. Every other person in the circle is on Team 1. The rest of the people are on the Team 2. You do not want people on the same team sitting next to each other.

2. Everyone must write three nouns down on individual strips of paper and put them in the bucket.

3. Begin round 1. The first person on Team 1 pulls the strips of paper out of the bucket and describes or gestures the noun on the piece of paper without using that word. The other team members guess the noun. If the team guesses correctly, the person pulls out more words from the bucket until time runs out. Each round is one minute. If a team cannot guess the word and the person drawing the words from the bucket passes to the next word, a point is deducted from Team 1’s score. After each person, words are put back into the bucket to be reused. Once time runs out, Team 2 begins its first round. Round 1 concludes once all team members have taken turns.

4. Round 2 begins. In this round, each person can only use one word to describe the noun on the piece of paper. You will be more familiar with the words in the bucket during this round, as most of them would have appeared in round 1. If a person uses more than one word to describe the noun, the team loses one point. Just as in round 1, teams rotate between turns and all members of each team are required to participate.

5. Round 3 begins. In this round, each person can only gesture the word. If words are used to describe the noun, the team loses one point. Just as in rounds 1 and 2, teams rotate between turns and all members of each team are required to participate.

6. The team with the most points win!

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