This Saran Wrap Christmas Party Game Is A Ball Of Fun

Who knew peeling away plastic wrap for prizes could be so addictively fun?!

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The Christmas parties are stacking up! If you’re playing host this season, forget the white elephant gift exchange. This simple, inexpensive Saran Wrap game suggested by AwesomeJelly will be a hit with guests. The best part? You get to watch all of your friends battle in anticipation through dozens of layers of plastic wrap.

What Is The Game?

The Saran Wrap game is a super fun challenge involving a massive (and we do mean massive) ball of plastic wrap filled with prizes. Save the very best goodie for the middle of the ball.

Instagram user @colleenhoover laid out the basics in this helpful video:

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A lot of you were asking about the game we played on my insta stories, so here’s a video and instructions. 1) Get small gifts for the game, such as candy, gift cards, lottery tickets, cash and small gag gifts. 2) Wrap a grand prize in a layer of Saran Wrap. Then continue wrapping that layer with more various lengths of Saran Wrap layers. Add gifts in between some of the layers. 3) The game: Choose someone to start unwrapping. The person to their right rolls a pair of dice until they roll doubles. Once doubles are rolled, that person steals the ball and begins unwrapping while the person to their right tries to roll doubles. No tearing through the Saran Wrap. It has to be unrolled layer by layer, but whatever prize you unroll during your turn, you keep. I’ve seen this played with gloves or oven mitts, but honestly it took us longer to unroll the ball than it did to make it, and that was without gloves. Super fun holiday game, especially when your sister doesn’t win anything! #SaranWrapGame

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How fun is that?

What You’ll Need For The Game

First, you’ll need a roll of plastic wrap. If you want a bigger ball, you can always use more. The more gifts you want to add, the more rolls of plastic you will need (the average roll is about 200 feet long).

Then, pack in your prizes. Goodies can range from candy to cash. We suggest loading the outermost part of the ball with packs of gum or fun-sized candy bars. As you get closer to the middle, add things like ChapStick or small hand sanitizers.

Place the most valuable prize in the middle — maybe a gift card or new ornament. Lastly, you’ll need a pair of dice.

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The Rules

The person with the ball starts unwrapping while the next player rolls the dice until they roll doubles. As soon as that person rolls doubles, they pass the dice but get the ball.

The person holding the ball unwraps as much Saran Wrap as possible, keeping all of the goodies they find along the way. The last person holding the ball keeps the final prize. Beware, the final few layers get intense!

It looks like at least one family has customized the game to make it even harder. Check out the cute video by @ashleyhensley below where one family works to unwrap the ball — with oven mitts on!

Make The Game Harder

Awesome Jelly says you can make the game a bit tougher by blindfolding the person who is unwrapping. Or, as mentioned, you can also make everyone wear gloves or mittens so it’s harder to grab the plastic wrap. If you really want to trick your guests, try using Press and Seal wrap.

Kids and adults alike will have a blast and no one will look at Saran Wrap the same again.

To see exactly how to create the ball, check out this video:

Play At Work Or At Home

Not only is this a fun game for a new (or continuing!) family tradition, it makes for a great holiday party activity at work as well. There’s nothing like a fun challenge tackled as a group to bring laughter and joy to a workspace!

Want more fun party ideas? Awesome Jelly has tons of them!

You and your family will get some good laughs from the Jingle Bell Shake Christmas Party Game.

And you might also love Bottom’s Up! Christmas Party Game! Shake Those Hips! or the Right/Left Story Christmas Party Game.

What are your favorite holiday games or traditions?