How to Entertain Multiple Generations at Thanksgiving and Christmas

How to Entertain Multiple Generations at Thanksgiving and Christmas

During the upcoming holidays, you will be invited to many parties with guests that stretch through multiple generations.  Sometimes, it is difficult to get everyone engaged in conversation and fun. Playing games together is a time-proven strategy way to entertain people of all ages. You’ve gotta get the right games though!  Hasbro has taken popular social games that people play online and taking it to the board game level for party fun.

Entertaining During the Holidays

This year, I am hosting Thanksgiving for the first time for both my side of the family and my husband’s. I will prepare the traditional recipes that our families enjoy including turkey, stuffing, and cranberry relish. However, I will also be setting the table with fabulous board games!

How to Entertain Multiple Generations at Thanksgiving and Christmas
How to Entertain Multiple Generations at Thanksgiving and Christmas

ZYNGA Words with Friends

Words with Friends is another popular Zynga online game for multiple players. Players take turns building crossword puzzle style words kind of like Scrabble. There is even a chat feature built in so you can talk to opponents.

With the ZYNGA Words with Friends, you don’t need the chat feature because you get to play the wildly popular game in person with friends and family. Although I’m sure my family will still be chatting on their phones to someone about the game! LOL

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ZYNGA Words with Friends brings the online fun to the real-life world. Now, you can play with friends and family, challenging them in person is so much more fun!  For this game, you use tiles to build words on the game board to earn points.  ZYNGA Words with Friends is for ages 13 and up, so the teens and adults at your next holiday gathering can enjoy playing this game together. This is a game that I know my mom and my husband will enjoy playing, who would have thought they would have similar interests?!

CityVille Monopoly

CityVille is another Zynga game that is very similar to both Sim City and FarVille. With CityVille, you are to build a city by farming, building buildings, and collecting rent, becoming a virtual city owner.

The CityVille Monopoly game  brings the online Zynga CityVille game to a board game for ages 8 and up to enjoy.  In CityVille Monopoly, you can buy the properties that you love from the online version and build them however you want.

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In this game, you are the mayor and need to build your city in order to keep the citizens happy.  The first to build their neighborhood with 4 skyscrapers wins.

FarmVille Hungry Hungry Herd

FarmVille is a farming simulation social game on line that people have been addicted to since 2009.  It is for those that always wanted to live and operate a farm without all the mess. 🙂  Seriously, it is a fun game that was once the most popular game on Facebook.  Now, FarmVille farmers and everyone ages 4 and up can play a Hungry Hungry Hippos type of FarmVille game with Hungry Hungry Herd.

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For ages 4 and up, kids and adults can play together, battling for the colorful marbles with Hungry Hungry Herd.  This is a very light and easy game that can be played between the cousins or a mix of adults and kids so everyone can have fun during the holiday celebrations.  Read my full review here.

ZYNGA Draw Something Game

My husband likes the online Draw Something game. This mobile app allows people from all over the world to essentially play Pictionary together.  Just like the online version, Draw Something allows players take turn drawing a picture  in which the guessers guy the word.

The ZYNGA Draw Something Game has brought the very popular online game to life for ages 8 and up. 2-4 players can enjoy the fast-paced, unpredictable drawing experience as the online game. Just like the online game, the first person to score 15 coins, wins!

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I like this game because you don’t have to be up in front of a crowd to do this and there is not a lot of set up and complicated rules. Kids and grown ups can just enjoy drawing, guessing, and having fun together! I’m sure this will be a favorite at our Thanksgiving gathering this year.  It also will be fun for family game night with just my family of 4.

Entertain Your Thanksgiving and Christmas Guests

When my 7 year old son asked what holiday was next a couple weeks ago, I told him Thanksgiving. He said, “Oh, all that is about is eating a big meal”. When I told him it is also about getting together with all of our family, he was a little more excited. Of course, we teach all about being thankful especially around Thanksgiving, but shouldn’t even this holiday be looked forward to by kids?  I think that adding a fun element of games and laughter will do just that. Instead of dressing up and being expected to eat a lot of food, my kids will be excited to start playing games with their cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents. How cool would that be?

A couple years ago, we hosted Christmas at our home with my side of the family. When my 12 year old nephew received a game from us, he asked to play it. The adults weren’t too thrilled to play a game but the kids were all in! Somehow, I managed to get everyone in to play the game together. We all had the best time! Everyone was laughing and having a great time! Otherwise, we would just be going back to the kitchen for another helping of dessert, telling and retelling the same old stories, and that’s about it.

I hope that I have inspired you to entertain your Thanksgiving and Christmas guests  this year with these fun board games by Hasbro.

These ZYNGA inspired games would also make excellent hostess gifts this Thanksgiving and Christmas season and Christmas gifts for people that like to play online games.

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