We don't want to get into the whole debate about whether lawyers are people worth being kind to or not - we suppose that depends on your experience! But one thing is for sure - they help keep the laws and rules in place.
Which brings us nicely onto the subject of party games rules. It’s surprising just how many people assume they know the rules to the most traditional party games, but often the danger is that you end up getting all of the children organised, and then find that things aren't quite working out as you planned. Of course children are often the experts. You have to remember that whilst you may only organise and witness one or two parties each year, many children end up going to a party every couple of weeks, and so they have a much broader and fresher experience of party games rules than you.
So if you’re not entirely sure about some of the rules of party games we suggest that you either spend time looking online for ideas (you can find plenty throughout this blog - just search for 'party games') or you could even ask your children for ideas. If you like you can even practice some of the games in advance to make sure that they are going to work.
We were once going to do a party game where all of the children are divided into teams, with one child in each team putting on some oversized adult clothes. The remaining team members were then armed with dozens of balloons which they had to shove into this baggy clothing, with the winning team being the one who got most balloons stuffed inside. Great fun in theory, but when we practised it we realised that the cheap balloons we'd bought kept popping and bursting too easily.
So when it came to the actual party we got some latex modelling balloons which were nearly impossible to burst, and could be stuffed down sleeves and legs much more easily. Practice made for a perfect game the children still laugh about now. As well as brushing up on party games and their rules (do you remember how to play Duck Duck Goose?) it’s also worth thinking about what you’re going to do with the children who are 'out'. Some games can go on for quite a bit, especially if you have a real expert at musical statues, and so it’s important to make sure that those children who are 'out' early on aren't bored and still get to have fun.