Ideas for a Puzzle Party

by Donni Jones, Demand Media

    Try a theme you've never used before for your next party, an idea a bit more creative than the monotonous movie night or humdrum holiday party. Draw inspiration from everyday items, such as puzzles. Create a puzzle theme and use it to plan decorations, activities, prizes and food.

    Preparations

    Request in the invitations that everyone come have a confoundingly good time at your puzzle party. Hang streamers, balloons, large cardboard jigsaw puzzle pieces and question marks from the ceiling and on the walls. Make a banner that says "Baffled Bash" or "Welcome, Puzzled People!" Dress up the food table as you did the walls. Fill a mismatched pair of vases with puzzle pieces and question marks cut from cardboard and painted fun colors.

    Pursuits

    Play a game of Trivial Pursuit. Have guests place their names in a basket and a dollar in the "puzzle profit" jar. Draw a name to see who wins the cash. Give everyone five minutes to see who can put together a kids' 50-piece jigsaw puzzle. Watch a movie such as "Dazed and Confused," "Land of the Lost," "The Missing" or "Raiders of the Lost Ark." Have a karaoke competition with songs such as "Dazed and Confused" by Led Zeppelin, "Land of Confusion" by Genesis, "Where Is My Mind" by The Pixies and "Going Under" by Evanescence.

    Prizes

    Give puzzle-themed awards and party favors. Shop in dollar stores for inexpensive jigsaw puzzles, sudoku games and crossword puzzle and word puzzle books. Find soap, candles, notepads or magnets that are shaped like question marks. Or, get creative and make your own keepsakes to give away, such as refrigerator puzzle magnets and beer bottle caps that are painted bold colors (black, electric blue, orange and hot pink) with a magnet inside and a white question mark painted on the front.

    Provisions

    Tie in party food by including a relevant word in the name of each dish. Examples include puzzled pork sliders, enigma eggrolls, brainteaser burgers, trivia trifle and dilemma dip with chips. Also use this technique with your drinks: mystery milkshakes for kids, conundrum cosmopolitans and mystified margaritas for adults. Order a bakery cake that looks like a big question mark, or make cupcakes and pipe words such as "confused," "riddle," "bewilder" and "perplex" on each one.

    About the Author

    Donni Jones has been an editor and writer since 1996. She has edited articles for and contributed content to numerous publications, magazines and online businesses such as FootSmart.com and KateAspen.com. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of West Florida.

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