An Ugly ornament exchange is a fun game to play at your next Christmas party. From invitations to rules for playing the game; here is everything you’ll need to play.
If you’re looking for a fun girls’ night IN this winter season, you definitely need to host an ugly ornament exchange! Any reason to get together for a kid-free night with food and friends is fantastic, but a gift exchange like this is guaranteed to add even more laughter and creativity to your gathering.
Ornament Exchange Invitation
First, make and send out the invitations to your ugly ornament exchange party. Feel free to use the one we made:
Ornament Exchange Game Idea
To exchange the gifts, have your guests write a hidden talent or little-known secret on a piece of paper. Collect all the secrets in a bowl and get ready for some fun!
The host will go first and read 1 secret from the bowl. Let everyone try to guess who’s secret it is and when the right person “comes clean”, they get to pick the first gift and read the next secret. If gifts are wrapped, they open it in front of everyone- get ready for even more laughter!
Once the next secret is read and that person “comes clean”, they can either steal the first ornament, or pick another one from the pile. Continue in this fashion until everyone’s secret has been read and everyone has a gift.
You can also decide how many times an ornament can be “stolen”- we usually let it go to 3 different people before it is “frozen” and stays with the 3rd person who claims it, but that is entirely up to you!
There are a bazillion ugly ornaments out there, just browse the Christmas decor aisles in most stores and you’ll find something! Here are a couple ugly ornament “jewels” I found on Amazon:
Desserts To Make For Your Ornament Exchange Party
You can’t host a party without making some fun and festive holiday desserts. Here are a few of our favorites.
- Melted Snowman Cookies
- Christmas Tic Tacs
- Snowman Rice Krispie Treats
- Santa Hat Cupcakes
- Christmas Shortbread Cookies
More Party Games To Play
Playing games at a party are always so much fun. If you have time, here are a few other game ideas to try.
Have a happy holiday!!!
This post originally published on Somewhat Simple in January 2012