Baby showers date back to a related custom, the bridal shower, which was a common custom in England in the Victorian era.
Fun fact: we pronounce the word “shower” as we do rain shower, and over time common lore has come to explain that the expectant mom is showered with gifts.
Make it rain diapers and bottle warmers! In fact, however, in Victorian times, the idea was to “show” the new baby to friends and family. It was held after the baby’s arrival, and guests, after getting a good look at the little bundle of joy would present the new parents with gifts.
Today, baby showers are very common in the United States and Canada. Anyone who has ever attended a baby shower knows that baby-centric games are a fun part of the festivities.
This super-pack of games includes nine games just for baby showers, plus another seven games that are great for any get-together. If you’re planning a baby shower, pick up this party pack to make sure you show your guests a great time.
High school English class.
Who doesn’t have fond memories of sitting in a stuffy classroom on a cold winter’s afternoon listening to the teacher drone on about the symbolism in War and Peace or how the monster in Frankenstein was a sympathetic character.
Meanwhile, the only sympathy you had was for yourself, and your current plight, stuck in school when you’d rather be home, cozy and warm, with your favorite video game and a couch full of close friends and pizza rolls. Those were the days.
Here’s a game that will appeal to the reluctant reader, who was dragged through Hemingway and Tolstoy, and the avid student of literature, who knows his Homer from his Steinbeck. Enjoy this quick trip through the highlights of literature.
In 1950 the average working American made $4,000 a year, which probably was plenty, since gas was twenty cents a gallon and you could buy a brand new house for $9,550.
The fifties seem like a simpler time, when people knew their neighbours, kids wandered around town without cell phones or nannies in tow, and all we had to fear was the constant, unrelenting threat of the Cold War.
By 1955 about three quarters of American homes had a television, and families gathered together to watch shows like Gunsmoke and Lassie. Television news was a thirty-minute program once a day, around dinner time, and only the most important news made the air. It was the Golden Age of America; the economy was booming, families were growing, and it seemed like the air from sea to shining sea smelled of fresh-cut grass and TV dinners.
If you consider yourself a connoisseur of the Golden Age, check out this fun trivia game, and see if you can “remember when…”
Have you ever driven north to south, along the east coast on Interstate 95? Then you know that 179 miles of that journey takes you through Virginia.
Any trip to or even through Virginia is a trip through history and contrasts. Virginia’s nickname is the “Old Dominion,” which herald backs to the colonial era when it was the first British colony in America.
Virginia’s also the “Mother of Presidents,” eight of them, to be precise, including George Washington, Woodrow Wilson, and six in between, and the place where the Civil War finally ended. The world’s largest office building, the Pentagon, is here, but the state’s largest city is beach town, Virginia Beach, where the mood is considerably less formal.
Test your knowledge of Virginia with this fun trivia game.
Harriet Beecher Stowe once said, “Some jokes are less agreeable than others.” Harriet obviously was pickier about her jokes than we are.
Back in 2011 a group of researchers studied what makes a joke… a joke. According to Matt Hurley, Daniel Dennett, and Reginald Adams (The book: Inside Jokes: Using Humor to Reverse Engineer the Mind), laughing at a joke is part of our evolution as human beings.
Sometimes, we don’t really understand what’s going on and we make mistakes in comprehending the world around us. Jokes reward us for figuring out those mistakes. Once we understand our mistakes, we can laugh at them.
A joke invites you to come to the wrong conclusion, then chuckle when you realize what happened. So, despite Harriet’s opinion about less agreeable jokes, even bad jokes are good jokes if they make you laugh.
What better way to celebrate a birthday than with a bit of evolutionary theory. Enjoy these bad jokes – you’ll surely find them agreeable.
1985 was a year of “firsts.”
The first mobile phone call was made that year. The comic strip Calvin and Hobbes appeared for the first time. Marty McFly and Doc Brown met for the first time in the original Back to the Future, and Nintendo’s original NES system first showed up in American stores.
Of course, 1985 wasn’t all fun and games and time travel. There were some things we’d all rather forget. It was the peak of big 80’s hair and big 80’s shoulder pads. Coca Cola launched their doomed New Coke, and British scientists first noticed a big hole in the ozone layer of the atmosphere.
Despite all that, there are still plenty of reasons to celebrate 1985.
If you’re planning a birthday bash for your favourite 80’s-baby, check out this game pack. It’s, like, totally awesome! Party on.
Slumber party…sleepover…lock-in… no matter what you call them, these overnight parties are a rite of passage for girls.
Plan ahead help your daughter have a wonderful experience.
This pack of party games is a great way to make the night unforgettably fun. It includes games and activities that will appeal to every kid, from mad libs to makeovers, and from trivia to confession games, it is nothing but non-stop fun, and a great way to tire out the young revelers so mom and dad can maybe, just maybe, get some sleep themselves.
Back in the early twentieth century, trick-or-treating for candy wasn’t the main Halloween activity.
The night was a chance for young rapscallions to prank their friends and neighbours. Nice kids went to Halloween parties, played games, and ate things like apples and cake. When going door-to-door took off in the 1940s, costumed kids could look forward to a few coins, an apple or two, or maybe some cookies for their trouble.
Finally, in the 1950s, candy companies caught on to the opportunity they were missing and started marketing treats packaged just for Halloween.
By the 1970s most Halloween trick-or-treaters agreed – the only acceptable Halloween treat was packaged candy.
Today, Americans spend about $2 billion a year on that candy, and the average trick-or-treater packs 250 pieces of candy and 9000 calories into her plastic jack-o-lantern bucket!
Test your knowledge of all this sugar with this treat – a ghoulish candy bar game.
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This is a nice game for your Bar Mitzvah, so everyone gets to know each other!
Participants are sitting in chairs, arranged in a circle. One person volunteers to be n the middle and says "The warm wind blows for someone who..." This person completes the sentence with a statement that is true for him or her. Only participants in the citcle who can answer "YES", move through the center of the circle and sit in a new chair. People who cannot answer "YES" to the question remain seated. The last person standing asks a new question.
My name is Chris; I am here with Deborah and we would like to talk to you about our printable party games.