Musical Chairs with a Twist

Summary: Musical Chairs with a Twist is played similar to regular musical chairs, except NOBODY is excluded.

Ages: From 14 to adult

Recommended Number of Players:
Between 5 and 10

One less chair than number of players
Something to play music, like an Ipod or CD player

Set Up:
Place all chairs in a circle with the seats facing toward the outside of the circle.

How to Play:
Assign one person to operate the music for the game. Have them start the music and all players begin to dance around the chairs in a clockwise pattern. At the musical director's discretion, stop the music. Everyone must find a chair to sit on. BUT, one person will be missing a seat. That person must find a lap to sit on.

The first person in the seat, the one on the bottom, gets a point. All others in laps get no points. Remove one chair and repeat. Now there are two left without seats. You can see how this can get funny really quickly.

Have a camera ready to take a picture of the last round!

The player with the most points wins.

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But for those reading this for the first time, here is the best advice I can pass on from my many years of experience planning and executing large and small events. Read on…

“Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.” These are great words from A.A. Milne, the creator of Winnie-the-Pooh. I couldn’t agree more. And a solid foundation of organizing and planning is needed for most events. But I am here to tell you even with the BEST organization, no event is going to proceed EXACTLY as planned. You may even have a Plan B, C or D as a back-up. That’s fabulous! But trust me on this one; something will happen that you had no way of anticipating. So what now? Here is the trick. Pay close attention to this because it is the single most important piece of wisdom I can share with my readers.

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Learn to mentally let go of your perfect plans
the minute the party, event, game
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That’s it. I could write an entire page on how to “be in the moment” and “have fun at your own party.” But neither of those will happen if you don’t have the mindset that it’s alright to have things turn out differently than you imagined. The good news is that usually what you planned in your head that didn’t come through was never even missed by most.

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