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Easy Party Games, Issue #003 --National Holidays Coming Up Soon
July 27, 2011
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National Holidays are Coming:
Party Planners - Get The Party Games You Need for The Forthcoming National Holidays and National Day Celebrations.

Easy Party Games, issue #003 - National Holidays

In this issue....

You will will have all the party games that you need for the following National Holidays and International events that are coming up in the next couple of months.

Labor Day Celebration Monday 5th September

National Dog Day Friday 26th August

Mexican Independence Day Friday 16th September

International Day of Peace Wednesday 21st September

So take your pick, which special event are you going to be celebrating?

Just choose one, and make it the best party ever!



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National Holidays - Party Games Ideas

Here are some great party games ideas for when you're celebrating one of your countries national holidays.

In most countries, national holidays are a time of rest from work, and a time to catch up with family and friends.

However, sitting around, just talking at family gatherings, can get a little boring….So why not include some active party games that everyone will enjoy?

I have selected 4 forthcoming national holidays and events, and suggested some party games ideas that would suit. There is a focus on outdoor activity games that many people can join in, because national holidays tends to be a time for get togethers at the park, the beach or in the back garden.

With these games, you can create teams and award prizes to the winning team: this is a sure fire way to get your competitive friends and family members involved. All games are fun family games that everyone can enjoy.

So whatever holiday you're planning a party for, take a look at these easy to play party games ideas listed below.


Labor Day


What is labor Day?

Many countries celebrate Labor Day, which evolved from the efforts of the labor union movement to celebrate the economic and social achievements of workers. In America and Canada this year Labor Day falls on Monday 5th September, (it's always the first Monday in September!) It marks the end of summer, and traditionally after Labor Day, people would not wear white!

These outdoor party games are perfect, since it won't be long before it will be too cold to hold parties, and play any games outside.

In Australia, we have Labor Day too, however the date varies from state to state. In NSW , SA and ACT it will be 3rd October. In the UK, it is known as May Day.

The Game of Ultimate - (Disc Throwing)

AKA Ultimate Frisbee, this is a great favorite game that is easy to play in the park or at the beach, indoor or outdoors. Although there are many forms of Ultimate, I will give you simple instructions that can be played by novices.

The objective of this game is to successfully throw the disc to a team member who is at the opposite end of the playing area, in the "End Zone" and for them to catch it. Each successful catch in the End Zone is a point scored. Opposing player must try to intercept the thrown disc, and then throw it to one of their team mates at the opposite "End Zone".

Typically there are 7 players in each team, but you may want to vary that for your party.

The official playing area is a rectangle 37m wide and 110m long, which has 2 End Zone', both 23m long and a centre play zone which is 64m. (You can vary this to suit the space available for your party). A 175gram Ultimate is always used.

The rules of the game are simple:

  • Use paper, rock, scissors or flip a coin, to decide which team plays first. Play cannot start until both teams have indicated that they are ready to play, by one player in each team raising their hand.
  • Each team lines up at the back line of their End Zone.

  • Players cannot run with the disc, only pivoting on one foot is allowed once they have the disc. If they do, then play is given to the other team.
  • The player can only hold the disc for10 seconds and it cannot be passed to another player, it must be thrown. If they do, then play is given to the other team.
  • If the disc is thrown out of the playing area, it is "out of bounds". Play is then given to the other team. They can begin play at the point were the disc went out of bounds, or at a point known as "The Brick Mark," which is a point 41m from the back line and lies within the centre play area.
  • This is a non contact game, so touching or tackling is not allowed, and if done, then play is given to the the team.
  • After each point is scored, the direction of play changes, so that the teams swap End Zones.
  • Once a team reaches a score of 17 points, they are the winners. If a team reaches 15 points and the other team is at least 2 points behind then they win.
  • All you need to play this fun active game is a disc. You can get these highly recommended, Ultimate Bundle - 6 Discraft Ultra Star Ultimate Discs which are the correct 175 gram weight, and the official disc of the Ultimate Players Association.

    Use them to have several games playing at once. Or to keep the whole play simple for younger children, just simply passing the Ultimate disc with no rules, is also great fun.

    Disc Golf

    Here's another disc throwing game, Disc Golf. A course of goal baskets is set up, the players must follow the course in sequence and throw the disc into the goal basket in the least amount of throws, just like a game of golf!

    Players can compete against their own best score, or they can play in teams, depending on you party guest numbers.

    You could make up your own goal baskets using buckets, but I really like this easy to use, adjustable height basket InStep Disc Golf Goal It's durable and long lasting for outdoor use, comes with 3 discs and is compact and portable design so you can bring it along to your event or favorite park!

    Croquet

    Croquet has been a family favorite for hundreds of years and was extremely popular in England in the 1800's although it is believed to have originated in parts of Western Europe much earlier. The game is best played on grass in a park or back garden, with a low cut lawn.

    There are many variations to the game of Croquet, but here is a simple way to play the game for a family and friends gathering on Labor Day.

    Simply set up the course of hoops/stakes in the lawn, each player then takes it in turns to navigate the course, by hitting the croquet ball with the mallet in the fewest number of hits as possible.

    Alternatively, if you want to have teams. Each team takes it in turns to hit their ball, and in doing so can knock the other teams balls out of the way. The first team to get all their balls to the end of the course is the winner.

    All you need is a Croquet Set This one is a recreational 4 Player Croquet Set and is ideal for backyard family fun. It includes all weather molded balls, mallets with a lacquered chestnut finish and protective cap, 14" stakes, wickets and a carry bag.

    This is an easy game that little kids can play too.

    Horseshoe Throwing

    The game begins with a horseshoe being tossed to decide who will go first. Each player has 2 horseshoes and a steak in the ground each. The winner of the toss throws both of their horseshoes, one at a time, at a steak in the ground which is a set distance away.

    The second player throws both of their horseshoes to their own steak in the ground, the same distance as the first players steak.

    After scoring, the next round is done in reverse order, or by throwing back at the original stake. Play continues until one player has at least 15 points at the end of a round.

    Typically games are generally played up to 40 points, or a shoe limit of 40 or 50 shoes.

    The age is usually for 2 to 4 players, however teams can be made up for larger party groups.

    The St. Pierre American Professional Horseshoe Set includes 4 solid steel horseshoes with a baked-on, non-slip finish that is electrostatically appliedFinish is more resistant to chipping, corrosion and weathering than other coatingsAlso includes two 24-in solid steel stakes, rulebook and an easy-to-carry case. This product is proudly made in the USA

    Uno Card Game

    After all the running around playing active party games, why not include a less active but most enjoyable, fun Uno Card Game America's number one card game, UNO offers hours of fun. It's easy to learn, always unpredictable, and never dull. It can be played with 2 to 10 players, individually, or in teams. And it can even be educational, teaching younger kids number recognition.


    National Dog Day


    National Dog Day was founded in 2004 by pet lifestyle expert and author Colleen Paige. It is a day to acknowledge and honour all dogs, family dogs as well as those that work. Working dogs work selflessly, providing eyes for the blind, and sniffing out people in disaster areas, and drugs at customs points around the world. Many dogs put their lives on the line daily, and this is a day to give our thanks and make a day of fun play and games for them.

    This year, National Dog Day falls on Friday 26th August. Why not gather your dog friendly family and friends together, have them bring their special canine friend along for a doggy day of fun and play.

    A really fun idea is to create a dogs agility course, and test out the skills of all your family and friends dogs. Score points and award prizes.

    Here are some great product ideas that you could use to set up your course:

    Champion Sports Outdoor Agility Pole Set

    Practice maneuvering around people and other objects with the Champion Sports Outdoor Agility Pole Set This set includes 4 poles that are placed upright for speed and agility drills. Each pole is 66in high and features ground stakes and spring loaded bases to keep them standing upright during intense training. The Champion Sports Agility Poles are great for soccer or football training, and they teach players to anticipate rapid movement on the field. A carrying bag is included for safe and easy transport.

    Jump Set

    Whether practicing Agility or burning off energy, this Travel Jump Set is perfect! Portable enough for taking to the park, picnics or the beach. You could even set them up indoors on rainy days for some extra practice. With this 4 pack of jumps, you can set up a square to practice pivot exercises, or place them in a row to practice distance exercises.

    You will get 4 jumps with 36in long bars that disconnect in the center to make them very portable as well as a carry bag. The top jump bar displaces for safety and is also adjustable with a pair of jump cups that snap-on and slide to any height. The bottom bar is fixed for stability on any surface and this also makes the jump easy to move. Designed with stabilizing legs so that they will not tip over.

    Kyjen Dog-Agility Starter Kit

    This Kyjen Dog-Agility Starter Kit provides interactive fun and exercise for the family dog , it includes a 32-inch-wide high jump adjusts to 34 inches high; 34 inch square pause box, 6 weave poles spaced 20 inches apart; tunnel measures 24 by 24 by 48 inches.

    Instructions, stopwatch, award ribbons, and start/finish line, game rules and more are also included. Designed for outdoor use; requires grassy area for setup and play.

    Agility in the Bag

    The Agility in the Bag has free-standing bases that allow for indoor or outdoor use. The obstacles adjust for different size dogs. It is lightweight and easy to take apart for travel. It has a sturdy carrying bag included. and it is of exceptional quality and value!

    Dog Agility Equipment Construction Instructions: YOU! Can Build Practical Training Obstacles [Paperback]

    For those of you that would prefer to build your own dog agility course , then check out this booklet, Dog Agility Equipment Construction Instructions: YOU! Can Build Practical Training Obstacles. It's a step-by-step guide to building agility obstacles for your dog.

    This easy to understand booklet includes: color coded line diagrams and full color photos of the equipment as works in progress and completed, a list of all materials, which are easily available at hardware stores or home improvement warehouse stores (no expensive specialty pieces that you would have to order on-line) and a list of the common household tools needed. This booklet will easily pay for itself in saved trips to the store, miss cut pieces, and saved time and effort.


    Mexican Independence Day


    On September 16th, 1810, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a priest in the small town of Dolores, Guanajuato, encouraged the people of Mexico to rise up against the Spanish Crown, and fight for their independence. However, it wasn't until 1821 that they achieved it, but it is this event, which is known as the Grito de Dolores that is celebrated every year in town squares across Mexico.

    You too can celebrate this special day in Mexico, by having your own Mexican "Fiesta" Party.

    Here are some ideas to get you started….

    Corntoss Bean Bag Game

    Since corn is eaten in Mexico, why not play a game of Corntoss or Cornhole as it's also known.This is a lawn game where by players toss small Cornhole bags/bean bags at a rectangular box which has a hole in it at the far end.

    It can be played anywhere, and doesn't necessarily need a lawn for it to be played. It's a really easy game to play. Players take it in turns to throw their 4 bags with the aim of getting them into the hole. 3 points are awarded for a hole hit, and 1 point if the bag lands on the box. 0 points if it lands on the lawn. The winner is the first player to get to 21 points.

    This game also suits playing in teams, and there are 2 boxes included in the set that I recommend. You will need to agree on a line some distance from the box, from which the players stand to throw the bags.

    You will need this All Weather Corntoss Bean Bag Game - White which includes 2 all weather and official size plastic white targets.

    This one comes complete with carry handles and built-in locking bag storage8 of the #1 selling all weather bean bags are included in 2 colors. This is the perfect game for your Mexican Fiesta.

    Sport Stacking / Cup Stacking)

    Time to challenge your guests with a game of Cup Stacking, also known as Sport Stacking or speed stacking. Sport Stacking is an amazing sport of fitness, agility, concentration and quickness. Thousands of teachers, administrators, and parents along with millions of kids have experienced the benefits of Sport Stacking.

    The game involves, individuals or teams to stack the specially designed plastic cups in a pre-determined sequence to build pyramids of 3, 6 or 10 cups in as little time as possible. You can use these Speed Stacks Cups Cool Blue (Sport Stacking / Cup Stacking) that are specially designed high-tech Sport Stacking cups endorsed by the World Sport Stacking Association (WSSA) for competition.

    Each set comes with its own nifty nylon and mesh bag along with our cool Stacker Training DVD, loaded with instructions, World Championship highlights, Sport Stacking techniques and competitions to help you truly "Stack Fast!".

    Speed Stacks are the only cups permitted for use in WSSA sanctioned events and each Speed Stacks cup carries the official WSSA approval mark.

    Zartz Darts Game

    Heat up your Fiesta party by challenging your friends and family to a game of Zarts. These Zartz Urban Throwing Darts Bundle (4 Pack are a blast indoors or outside! This bundle comes with 4 Zartz, 4 Cases, and 2 hand targets.

    Play close range target throws, long range bombs or play catch with the hand targets! Targets will stick on any smooth wall or surface.

    Lighted Glo Boules - Bocce Ball

    This game was first played in Ancient Rome, but I bet they didn't have the LED Light Glo version!! Play this ancient game at dusk and into the night, why?…because you can!

    When it goes dark, most games can't be played outdoors, so if your having a summer Mexican Fiesta, play on into the night with these Playaboule Lighted Glo Boules - Bocce Ball / Petanque Set

    The balls are made of a high quality, durable resin material, with the Playaboule logo molded in. Because the balls are translucent the LED light can shine through making the balls glow in the dark. Simply rotate the screw-cap to turn the light on/off to activate your lighted bocce set.

    They're designed the balls as a solid sphere then drilled and threaded a hole in the side for the LED plug. Being solid, these balls are almost unbreakable.!!! You can crash the balls together without fear of damaging the balls or the LED components. Great recreational set and perfect for evening play!

    Musical Pass The Pickle

    This is a hot game, well the pickle is hot so to speak, and you don't want to get caught holding it. if your Fiesta has younger kids then they will love this, but then so will the adults.

    Two or more players can play Musical Pass The Pickle""" like a "hot potato" hoping you do not want to be caught holding it when the music stops. Pre-programmed music starts with the press of a buton and plays for different time intervals. The 8" H. vinyl pickle uses 2 "AA" batteries (not incl.)

    Pinata Pinatas are perfect for a Mexican Fiesta party, for a wide selection you can Shop Over 85 Pinatas to choose the perfect one for you.


    International Day of Peace


    The International Day of Peace provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on a shared date. It was established by a United Nations resolution in 1981, to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly. The first Peace Day was celebrated on 21st September 1982.

    This is a great opportunity to gather with family and friends to strengthen relationships, make new friends and rekindle broken relationships. A day of reflection and fun, so include some party games to help get everyone playing happily together.

    A Friendly Game of Soccer

    Everyone in the world plays soccer, it is the worlds most played sport, so bring your family and friends together for a friendly game that can be played in the spark, on the beach and even in your own back yard if it's big enough!

    Blongo Ball Game

    Liven up your family reunion on International Day of Peace, with this full Blongo Ball Complete Game Set It is appropriate for use both outdoors and indoors, BlongoBall combines elements from bocce, horseshoes, croquet, and other lawn sports, but adds a unique twist: rather than throwing a ball or a shoe, you throw a BlongoBall, which is technically two small spheres connected by a thin stretch of rope.

    The goal is to wrap your BlongoBall around one of the horizontal bars of the BlonGoal, which stands 25 feet away (or less if kids are playing).

    Players score one, two, or three points with a successful throw, depending on which bar the BlongoBall grabs. And the game ends when one person or team reaches 21 points exactly. You can even add a bit of defensive strategy to the game by trying to knock your opponent's BlongoBalls off the bars.

    The BlongoBall set comes with two BlonGoals and two sets of BlongoBalls. Players can also purchase such accessories as extra BlongoBalls, a carrying bag, and a portable score tower.

    Bingo Game

    How about a game of Bingo? Everyone knows how to play, and with this quality Deluxe 7 Inch Diameter Metal Frame Cage Wooden Bingo Game Set what could be easier?

    The set comes complete with everything you need to play. 300 Checkers, 25 Bingo Cards, Balls, Cage and Wooden Ball Holder. This is a game that will get everyone involved.. You can have teams playing together if you have a large number of guests. Award small prizes for the winners.

    Play Badminton and Volleyball

    Give your guest a choice of games to play depending on their agility with this Franklin Sports Advanced Badminton/Volleyball Set It is a must have for every backyard and perfect for an active International Peace Day event.

    This set includes everything you need for a family volleyball game or a 2 on 2 badminton game. The pole set adjusts to 3 different playing heights. Also includes deluxe hard-sided messenger style carry bag.

    Make sure you have all your party needs taken care of with Shindigz.com...Great Party Supplies at Low Prices

    They have a wide choice of decorations, props and tableware for each of the holiday celebration that I have discussed in today's newsletter.

    For more party games ideas head back to my home page easy-party-games.com which has heaps of easy games to play for all ages an all occasions.

    Last months newsletter gave you 6 easy steps to plan the perfect July 4th party. You can use them again to help you plan for next party, whether that be one of the following:

    Labor Day Celebration Monday 5th September

    National Dog Day Friday 26th August

    Mexican Independence Day Friday 16th September

    International Day of Peace Wednesday 21st September

    And if you're planning to have lots of kids at your celebration, then you might want to check out another past newsletter - The Best Party Games For Kids, which focused on some fun games ideas for large groups to play outdoors.





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    I look forward to sharing some more best party games ideas in my next e-zine, so keep a look out in your mail box.

    All the best



    Katherine

    Party Games For All Occasions

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