The First Boy-Girl Party

By: rhusain
Mixed party is always success in bringing a shy young swain and their giggling girl friends in a party mood. If you have a shy young boy or girl, throw the first boy-girl party and see the change with your eyes.

The first mixed party! This is a red letter day on any calendar and it must be something special to remember. Dropping clothespins in a bottle and pinning a tail on a donkey is small fry stuff and just does not make a party for teenagers.

So why not invite these shy young swains and their giggling girl friends over for a Fun Frolic and plan the games so that for this night Fun is King.

Here is a good mixer to start the fun and get the young guests in a party mood.

When the girls have removed their wraps in one room, the boys in another, give each one a paper sack, No. 20, in which you have cut notches for eyes, nose and mouth, and crayoned a large number just below the chin. A few pencil marks in the right places make these masks smiling, grotesque, or what have you. Slip these sacks on over the head. When the fellows and gals return to the living room, provide each with a card and pencil, offering a reward to the one who first identifies each paper head. Sounds easy but you would be surprised how long it takes to make such a list and how thoroughly it melts icy shyness. As a reward let the first gal and the first boy to complete the nearest correct list be the first couple to try "Double Handcuffs."

Be ready with two strings forty inches long. Tie each end of one of the strings around the boys wrists. The second string is passed between the boy's string and his body and the ends of it tied to each of the girls wrists, thus linking the two together. The object is for the couple to free themselves without breaking or untying the strings. It's loads of fun to watch the couple struggle to get free, stepping through the loop, putting it over their heads, and the like.

Satisfy the crowds urge to try it by handcuffing each lad and lass together. Sooner or later some bright youngster will discover the trick, and the gang will be much disconcerted with its simplicity. The handcuffed boy picks up his string, puts it under the string on the inside of the girl's wrist, over her hand, down the back of her hand and under the string. Presto, the couple is free, although the strings are unbroken and still fastened to the wrists.

When the excitement from this game has died down, announce "How Green you are." One person leaves the room. While he is gone the gang decides what he is to do when he is called back. It might be decided that he is to smell a flower on the table, or take off his shoes, or turn out a light. As soon as he responds to the call "ready," the crowd sings "How Green you are" to the tune of "Auld Lang Syne" while he is trying to discover what is expected of him. When he gets nearer the object involved the crowd sings louder, when he gets farther away the singing grows softer. This stunt is loads of fun. It is amazing how complicated the stunts can be and still be accomplished.
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