Dress up Games for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is a day filled with love, fun and parties. Whether you’re single and want to dress to play games with friends, or you and your sweetie want an excuse for sexy role-playing, dressing up on the day to celebrate love adds excitement and fun to the holiday.

Cupid

Of course, the number-one dress up games for Valentine’s Day is dressing up as Cupid, the Roman god of love who represents the holiday today. The costume typically consists of a diaper or white shorts/underwear-type bottom, a sash that says something like “Happy Valentine’s Day” and a Cesar-like ivy crown. Cupid also has a bow and arrow to shoot at lovers, but costume arrows are typically plush heart-shaped tips.

A dress-up game with cupid can be fun for couples and single people alike. If you’re in a relationship, surprising your spouse as cupid can make for a sexy game of tag. Chase your lover playfully and “shoot” him/her with your heart-shaped arrow. The game gets the day off to a sexy, fun start.

Single? Play cupid with your couple friends. Show up at a Valentine’s Day party and shoot lovers with the arrow playfully. After all, Cupid is supposed to bring lovers together on Valentine’s Day.

Giant Heart

The symbol of love and another symbol of Valentine’s Day is a heart. A giant heart costume can be made with two large pieces of foam cut into heart shapes and sewn together with a hole in the middle.

A game with a giant foam heart that is perfect for Valentine’s Day at a party is any drinking game that involves not only drinking every time a word is said or with a game of quarters, but also includes hugging the giant heart, which is usually a single Valentine’s Day partygoer. Since the day is all about love, hugging fits perfectly.

Famous Couple

Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate the love you have with someone else, but it’s also a time to have fun! Dressing up for the holiday as a loving famous couple is the perfect outfit for the day of love. Lucy and Ricky from “I Love Lucy”, Fred and Wilma Flintstone, and Spiderman and Mary-Jane all make great Valentine’s Day costumes.

If playing dress-up isn’t a fun game on its own, a role-playing game is taking it further for sexy fun at home or at a party. Lucy and Ricky, for example, were around in the 1950s. It can be a sexy game at home to pretend to be Lucy and Ricky and either pretend to be from that era all day or reenact one of the “I Love Lucy” episodes (there’s always a happy ending, which you can turn into something sexy).

Actor Makeover Games

Dress-up games designed for girls are very common on the Internet, having sites with hundreds of games devoted to the subject. These games have themes, such as a decade, a trendy clothing item or a celebrity. Because of the many themes, dress up games featuring actors are common.

Movie Stars

Orlando Bloom Dress Up stars the man who starred alongside Johnny Depp in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films. His clothing includes sports jerseys, jean jackets and colorful sneakers.

The Twilight Team Edward Dress Up includes styles fans would expect to see on Edward and on Robert Pattinson himself: blazers, high-top sneakers, bow ties and, of course, multiple tousled hairstyle options.

Television Stars

Drake Bell Makeover stars the actor/musician who co-stars in the popular Kids Choice Award-winning Nickelodeon show “Drake and Josh.” In the game, players can modify his hair/facial hair and his clothing. His closet is filled with T-shirts, button-down shirts, blazers and jeans. The game’s accessories include glasses, bandannas and ties.

Glee Cast Dress Up stars the entire cast of the hit Fox show. Players are shown a lineup of all of the show’s stars. Players select an actor and can then modify various features such as clothes/hair and makeup. And for some, props related to the character, like footballs for Puck and Finn.

Teen Idols

Twilight Jacob Dress Up is the game for those on Team Jacob. The clothes in the game include the T-shirt and jeans styles fans would expect to see on Jacob, as well as many button-down shirts, necklaces, sneakers and boots. Players can also change Jacobs’ hair color and style and eye color.

The Shia LaBeouf dress-up game stars the actor who first starred in the Disney Channel show “Even Stevens” and has gone on the star in many movies, including the popular “Transformers” films. Clothing includes hooded sweatshirts, T-shirts and jeans.

Disney Stars

Zac Efron Dress Up features the star of Disney’s “High School Musical” movies. In the game, players start at the top: hair. Nine hairstyles are available, and the color can be modified as well. Light, or heavy, makeup can be added to his face, along with some facial hair and colored contact lenses. Next up, clothing. Players can choose from the outfits he wore in the “High School Musical” movies, on red carpets and in other films.

Dylan and Cole Sprouse are the twin brothers that star in the Disney channel show “The Suite Life of Zac and Cody.” Each brother has his own dress-up game. The styles in the games are similar: a lot of T-shirts, sneakers, baggy pants and jeans.

New Year’s Eve Games for Children

New Year’s Eve should be exciting for both adults and kids. Ring in the New Year by playing various games with children using the holiday as their theme. Play a different game each hour to help the kids count down to midnight, or hold an early “mock” New Year’s countdown just for the kids after the games are through.

Dress up Games

Fill a large box with boys’ and girls’ dress up games, such as feather boas, hats, glasses, belts, cowboy vests, pirate gear and footwear. Arrange the kids in a circle with a board-game spinner in the middle. Spin the spinner. The child it points to puts on one item of clothing and sits out for the rest of the spins until each child picks one item. Then, start over and keep playing until each child visits the box four or five times. Show the kids off in a parade with noisemakers.

Balloon Game

Buy various party noisemakers, hats, glasses and favors and one slightly more expensive child’s gift, like a basket of activities or board game. Record each item’s name on a separate strip of paper, and crumple the strips into small balls. Write “Happy New Year!” on the strip for the “bigger” prize. Stuff the paper balls into separate balloons, blow them up and tie them. Have each child pop one balloon on each hour until midnight. Give each child the prize written on his strip of paper.

Guessing Game

Fill a jar with candy, noisemakers, pencils, bubbles, plastic rings and party favors. Note how many items are in the jar. Add plenty of New Year’s confetti to obscure the items. Write down one number-guess per child of how many items are inside, disregarding the confetti pieces. Toward the end of the night, award the jar and its contents to the child with the closest guess.

Year-in-Review Games

Form trivia questions about television shows and songs popular with children throughout the past year. Make simple questions like “Name this pictured movie character.” Break the kids into two teams. Take turns asking questions to two kids at a time (one from each team). The first child to answer correctly earns his team a point. You can also play charades. Record the names of movies, songs and television shows popular with children in the past year on separate strips of paper. Break the kids into two teams. Take turns having children blindly select paper strips and act out their words to their teammates within an allotted time. The winning team guesses the most answers correctly.

Resolution Game

Pull each child aside and have her write down her New Year’s resolution on a strip of paper. Keep a separate list for reference. Resolutions can be anything children want to do in the coming year, like go skiing or learn multiplication tables. There may be duplicates. Fold the strips and place them into a bowl. Take turns having each child select a resolution and guess its owner. If incorrect, place the resolution back into the bowl. If correct, the child keeps the paper. Keep playing until the bowl is empty. The winner holds the most strips.

Great Christmas Games at the Dinner Table

Do you prepare Christmas dinner for everyone? If you are in charge of the gathering for Christmas dinner, you will want to organize a few fun games and activities besides the meal. After all, everyone will be sniffing around the kitchen looking for food if you don’t keep them entertained. Here are a few fun-loving ways to divert the crowd until the Christmas dinner is done.

Guess the Christmas Dinner

Here’s a simple game all your guests will love. Have everyone who did not work in the kitchen guess the Christmas dinner based on a smell test. By sniffing aromas in the air, players have to figure out the Christmas menu. Although it may be easy to guess whether you’re cooking roast beef or turkey, it’s harder to figure out what type of potatoes are being prepared. Are they baked potatoes or mashed with gravy? Do you smell squash or broccoli with cheese or both? The person who most closely guesses the foods being served for Christmas dinner is rewarded with a taste.

Get Board on Christmas

To avoid getting board, get board on Christmas – that is, get out your old board games. Find the most childlike board games you own and tote them out for Christmas fun. Have the grown men sit on the floor to play the games. Take a photo of the guys while they cluster around playing a round of Chutes and Ladders on the floor. An even better idea is to give the guys princess dress up games so you can laugh at the fathers and grandfathers wearing frills and tiaras. If you play princess games, make sure the camera is handy to capture those funny moments forever. You can even get the kids involved by having them play cards or Monopoly against the men.

Christmas Tablecloth Decorating

When the kids start to clamor around the table for asking food, divert their attention by having them decorate the tablecloth with Christmas designs. Leave your Aunt Harriet’s fine linens in the china closet and use a cheap, disposable tablecloth instead. You can even keep this doodling tablecloth every year to see the progression of the children’s artwork. Have the kids use permanent markers and date and sign their creations so you have the information in years to come.

Toss the Santa Hat

Take the party outside for awhile to play a exhilarating game of toss the Santa hat. Fill a Santa hat with candy and try to throw it around without the candy falling out. Another idea is a Santa hat relay. Everyone wears the Santa hat and hands it to the next player, who must put on the hat and do the same. If everyone enjoys throwing games, you can take it to the next level. Play football with a goal line made from old Christmas ribbon. Start a soccer game with a rolled up ball of discarded Christmas wrapping paper.

Winter Face Masks for Kids

Kids love to dress up and pretend to be other people, animals or even mythical creatures such as elves. If there is an upcoming winter party or event where kids will pretend to be someone or something else, create a winter face mask to go along with the rest of the costume. Creating a winter face mask can also be a fun way to pass time on a cold winter day.

Old Man Winter

Historically, many cultures base their beliefs on seasonal themes, such as winter solstice. Creating a traditional mask can be educational for children as you discuss the lives and beliefs of those cultures. To make an Old Man Winter mask, buy a clear plastic mask and paint it white. Spray on glue and add some glitter. Cut “icicle” shapes from white poster board and tape these to the edge of the mask.

Holiday Masks

Creating holiday masks can get everyone in the spirit. Whether you create an actual reindeer mask or add one with non-toxic face paint, a child will be thrilled to become a holiday creature. Craft stores and other large retailers are a good source for supplies. Discussing which character your child would like to dress as can be entertaining as ideas are generated and your child’s enthusiasm grows.

Winter Animals

Create a mask based on a winter animal or an animal that is associated with winter, such as a polar bear. Use craft foam to create a polar bear face, or you can use white and black face paint directly on your child’s face. Use cotton balls to add fuzzy ears and paint a black nose. Gather several children together to create winter masks and put on a play based on the lives of these animals and the environment in which they live.

Winter Cabin Getaway Game

The Winter Cabin Getaway Game is one of dress up games, this time with the theme of going away for a winter holiday with a few girl friends and needing to pick out a stylish outfit for the occasion. The girl is on the left hand side of the screen, and on the right there is a circular control panel that is used to select new items of clothing. You select different hats, hair, scarves, gloves, sweaters, pants and shoes. When you are happy with your creation, you can click on “Show” to display your outfit in an idyllic winter setting, with the warm log cabin in the background.

Winter Clothes Craft

A winter clothing craft project gives the preschoolers a chance to add some creativity to the theme. Create templates for different winter clothing items such as mittens, hats, coats and scarves. Provide each child with a body shape on a piece of paper and a template for each type of winter clothing item. Students trace the templates onto construction paper and cut them out. The kids then decorate their winter clothing cutouts to create a custom look. Help them glue the clothing to the body shape to dress their people.