SHE LOVES IT, SHE LOVES IT NOT
A bouquet of flowers can do more than brighten a room: used in this activity, they can spark some intriguing conversations. One player holds a daisy (or another flower with lots of petals) and plucks off one petal as she names something that her mother or daughter loves. The next player shares something her mother or daughter loves -- not. The flower continues around the table, with mothers talking about their mothers and daughters, and daughters talking about their moms, until the flower runs out of petals.
TWO TRUTHS, ONE LIE
This get-to-know-you game is a fantastic way to learn more about your loved ones. Guests take turns sharing three things about themselves, two of which are true, and one of which is a lie. (For example: "I rode an elephant when I was four; I once met Regis Philbin; and I can touch my toe to my forehead.") Everyone else in the group votes on which one they think is the lie, then the player reveals the truth.
To win this game, you need to be able to talk without showing your teeth. That means no laughing -- or even smiling -- while other players are trying to crack you up. To get started, one person curls her lips tightly over her teeth, turns to the person to her right, and says, "Excuse me, is Mrs. Mumbles home?" The person must reply, in the same tooth-hiding manner, with, "I don't know, let me ask my neighbor ..." She then turns to the person to her right and asks, "Excuse me, is Mrs. Mumbles home?" The question and the answer are passed around the table, as everyone tries hard not to giggle. If you show your pearly whites, you're out of the game.