Keep Your Partner

A good one for Valentine parties (or any other time for that matter!)

You will need:
Chair or stool for every couple playing, plus extra chair

This game ‘needs’ an odd number of players, so if you are organising it be prepared to ‘take part’ or volunteer not to in order to achieve this.

Players partner up (either with their real partners if you wish or a partner – it doesn’t matter). Form a circle of chairs facing inwards, one chair for each pair of players, plus a chair for the odd player. One member of each pair sits down on the chair while the other member stands behind their partner and chair close enough to be able to touch their shoulders. Organise as you wish. If you want, you can have it so that all the girls are sitting down, while all the boys stand behind their partners and then swap around later or just mix ). The player without a partner stands behind an empty chair.

The object of the game is for the player without a partner to attract to their chair somebody else’s partner who is sitting down by winking at them. All those sitting down have to pay attention to the lone player. If they are winked at they have to try and get up quickly and go to the empty chair. They can be stopped only if their partner can touch them on the shoulder before they have moved out of reach. Players standing behind the chairs can not move within the circle of chairs.

A player left with an empty seat now has to attract their partner back or another partner into their seat…  Set a time limit and the person who has no partner at the end of the time is the loser.

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