Game ideas for the Jack and Jill? - this is not an etiquette question

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acwilde Posts : 13 Registered: 7/25/09
Game ideas for the Jack and Jill? - this is not an etiquette question
Posted: Sep 2, 2009 8:00 AM

My fiance and I are having a Jack and Jill the October before our wedding (next October). it will be a fundraiser, and it will also be a Halloween costume party.
it will be in a large hall, and we will be inviting about 200 guests.

i have been searching on line for games and activities ideas for the party, and have come to the end of my options.
was wondering if anyone had any ideas about some things we could do.
any positive input is wholey welcome. :)

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Jade1107 Posts : 205 Registered: 9/1/07
Re: Game ideas for the Jack and Jill? - this is not an etiquette question
Posted: Sep 2, 2009 1:27 PM Go to message in response to: acwilde

Hi Acwilde!

Since I'm from Canada AND I was just involved in planning a Stag and Doe, I thought I could help.

The biggest hits for our Stag were the cheap drinks (3 for 10$) and the raffles (we had each attendant bring one or two gifts).

As for games, we had a few. One game was to time people hammering a nail into a piece of wood. There were prizes for fastest male and female.

We had a black jack table set up but of course you'll need someone who knows how to deal blackjack!

We had a 50/50 game where you pay 1 or 2$ to write your name on a card (you can't see the card) and whomever flipped the joker at the end of the night, won half the pot.

Other games that we didn't end up doing:

Fish insurance - each person has the option of paying for fish insurance when they arrive. They're giving a stamp or cut out fish and if they're chosen, then must present their fish insurance or they have to eat a live gold fish... uck. They can also pay to get out of eating the fish (usually 10$ or something).

Bride/Groom game - bride and groom stand back to back, each holding one groom's shoe and one bride's shoe. One of the attendants runs the game, asking the bride and groom various q's about their life (ie. who takes longest to get ready?) and then they raise either the groom's shoe or bride's shoe. It's actually a hilarious game.

Money jar/pie in face - two money jars are set out and whomever has the most amount of money in the jar at the end of the night gets a pie in the face.

Jail Break - one of the attendants is given "Sheriff" duties. A makeshift "jail" is set up and people must pay to break out the person in jail. The Sheriff can choose people at random. I'm not sure of all the details on this one but supposedly it can be pretty funny.

Loonie/Toonie Toss - buy a couple of texas micky's and have people toss their loonies or toonies at the bottle. Whomever tosses closest, wins the bottle.

You can have other casino games if you have people to run them. We also sold jello shooters and they were pretty popular.

I'm afraid that's all I can think of for now. Good luck!

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Southwick Posts : 14 Registered: 6/9/08
Re: Game ideas for the Jack and Jill? - this is not an etiquette question
Posted: Sep 3, 2009 10:14 PM Go to message in response to: acwilde

My Maid of Honor came across some really great game ideas for my Jack & Jill. Here are some of the ones we were thinking about doing at ours but we never got a chance...

Have your guests form teams and come up with ideas for what you can do after you are married, example, have one team give advise on what you can do for a night out when you are on a limited budget and another team give you advice on how to divide the chores once you are married, etc (other common concerns that people have once they get married).

Another idea is to have guests write down dares for you and your groom for the night. Throughout the night your band / or DJ can announce dares for you to perform. The fun part is that you can pass the dare onto someone in your wedding party.

There were a few more other games that she came up with but unfortunately I didn't save the e-mail. Unfortunately we didn't have enough time to put together game at our Jack & Jill so we just had free beer, food, and karaoke. We also did a few different raffles. We had some big ticket items that we raffled off at higher ticket prices (ie. Red Sox tickes and $150 Gift Certificate to a day spa), a raffle with regular prizes and a 50/50 raffle.

I hope this helps!! I'm sure no matter what you decide it will be so much fun!!

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acwilde Posts : 13 Registered: 7/25/09
Re: Game ideas for the Jack and Jill? - this is not an etiquette question
Posted: Sep 4, 2009 9:23 AM Go to message in response to: Southwick

Hello Jade and Southwick
thank you soo much for your input.
we had thought of a few of those things, but a lot of them are new and seem very interesting and very fun!
i will keep this thread in mind when planning the big party!!

p.s. jade, where was the stag and doe you attended? was it hard to obtain a liquor licence?
cheers

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Boogieman3472 Posts : 1 Registered: 9/10/09
Re: Game ideas for the Jack and Jill? - this is not an etiquette question
Posted: Sep 10, 2009 12:07 PM Go to message in response to: acwilde

Depending on what Province or State you live in (I am in Ontario) you can pick it up at any liquor outlet here for approx $60.
Edited by: Boogieman3472 on Sep 10, 2009 12:10 PM
btw Southwick and Jade... great ideas for games/fundraisers. I have DeeJayed many and the most popular by far (for fun and raising $$$) is the Texas mickey coin toss. It's hard to do in the US (throwing dollar bills is tough lol).. but here it's very popular. An option to that game would be an earlier (9:30ish) LOONIE ($1.) toss for a smaller bottle.... to get the crowd warmed up.... then later around 11PM-11:30 would be the TOONIE ($2) toss for the giant bottle... the crowd at this point is a little more lubricated and in a gambling/party mood.... One of my J&J's made about $1,000 on 2 different tosses.
The main idea for these games/draws to succeed is NOT to overdo them.... it's less work for the organizers and simpler to run during the night. A silent auction/raffle, a couple games (Crown & Anchor, Blackjack), card flip, coin toss should suffice. I did a J&J a month ago and the poor girl running it alone had about 10-12 functions happening resulting in a few people doing each.... instead of more involvement in fewer games. The nail hammering went over well however.... not a great fundraiser but fun to watch.... as the putting contest. Good luck at your J&J and Wedding!!!!
DJ Boogie ;-)
ps.. your DeeJay will help you raise funds that evening using his mic. In my opinion a good DJ is vital for your functions to be successful.

Edited by: Boogieman3472 on Sep 10, 2009 12:12 PM

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Jade1107 Posts : 205 Registered: 9/1/07
Re: Game ideas for the Jack and Jill? - this is not an etiquette question
Posted: Sep 10, 2009 1:16 PM Go to message in response to: Boogieman3472

Hey - I actually wasn't responsible for the liquor licence, however - I was told that we needed a minimum number of "smart serve" certified people based on the total number of guests. I think this was our greatest challenge. All smart serve certified people had to have their smart serve cards with them. We almost had to have a couple of people go online and get their smart serve but luckily everyone found their cards.

I second the DJ part - you definately need a DJ who promotes all of the games and the draws.

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Jade1107 Posts : 205 Registered: 9/1/07
Re: Game ideas for the Jack and Jill? - this is not an etiquette question
Posted: Sep 10, 2009 1:17 PM Go to message in response to: Jade1107

Oh, the Stag and Doe was in SW Ontario... near Toronto.

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Potts2 Posts : 1 Registered: 2/14/13
Re: Game ideas for the Jack and Jill? - this is not an etiquette question
Posted: Feb 14, 2013 9:41 AM Go to message in response to: acwilde

I'm a maid of honor and looking for some ideas also. Sofar I'm planning to selling tickets to the Jack and Jill and having some prizes from those tickets, plus I'm going to have what I call "the dollar dance" which is the guests pay a dollar to either dance with thesoon to be bride or groom. I'm also having fifty fifty tickets, and putting a punch bowl at the soon to be bride and grooms table and getting guests to put in a quarter to see them kiss.

Edited by: Potts2 on Feb 14, 2013 9:43 AM

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