Okay, how many times have you been at a party where guests tend to group themselves into cliques, and only socialize with the people they know. By the end of the party they haven’t even interacted with half of the guests there at times. Here’s a way to avoid that. This is a party warming game called “What’s In Your Pants”, despite the adult sounding name of the game it’s one that can be played by anyone at the party. Of course when you announce to everyone as they arrive that you will be playing “What’s In Your Pants” once all the guests arrive it will get an interesting reaction. What’s In Your Pants is best played after all your guests have arrived so they can all enjoy the fun. Let them socialize (even if it is just in their cliques) until everyone arrives and then announce that the game will begin.
So, now you are probably wondering how to play “What’s In Your Pants”. Well the rules are rather simple. The game pieces for the game are items that your guests already have with them in their pockets. If you want you can also extend the game to include purses if you wish. As the host you will have created a list of items that you are looking for, and assigned point values to. You will start reading the items off one at a time, and tell your guests if they have that item in their pants (or purses if you include them), and bring it to you first, they will receive the points for that item. The trick is they must be the first person to bring the item up to you, and they will only have one minute to locate each item before you move on to the next. Once you have announced the next item, the previous one can not be presented.
Points should be awarded for how likely an item is to be in someone’s pants. You might announce something like a penny, and have that worth one point. But then announce a penny from this year, and have it worth three points, you could take the penny theme further and have one from “over twenty years ago” worth 20 points. Other common items you might announce include other denominations of coins and bills, business cards, hair clips, paper clips, pacifiers (if your group has a bunch of parents), a photo of someone else who is at the party, a business card of someone else at the party, etc.
The list you create is entirely up to you, just make sure you create it ahead of time and determine the amount of points each item is worth ahead of time. You can include items that might embarass guests as well but increase the point values for those items. These could be items such as condoms, or birth control pills. Keep a running total on a piece of paper of who has how many points. Remember only the first person to present an item gets the points. At the end of the list, total the points up and declare a winner. Have a small door prize for the winner such as a gift certificate, candle, or other item of your choosing.
At the end of the game people will probably be talking about some of the items the others had in their pockets or purses. They might also be making comments like “I just had that with me yesterday”, it’s a way to get your guests to socialize a little more and with people other than their normal circle of friends. Have fun with the game and your list.