Monday, December 30, 2013

Reindeer games.

As is our tradition, the "big" people in our family purchased an inexpensive gift
 for the dice game we play on Christmas Eve after the "little" people go to sleep.
 In the past I've been known to spend a tad more than the allotted amount of $20 or less,
 but this year I wrapped up a thrifted find that was actually under budget!

You've got to toss doubles, sevens, or elevens to choose your prize.  After each person
has a prize, we unwrap our gifts.  Then we set a timer for 5 minutes and pass the dice around
again.  If you toss doubles, sevens, or elevens, you may exchange your gift for another.
  It's always fun to see the prizes family members bring.

Here's the prize I wrapped up this year:

Do you remember the old screen I bought for $3 way back
in the spring of 2012 at the Tavern estate sale?  I'm sure you do.  :)
 I cleaned it up and ordered 2 sets of magnetic letters and numbers online for $3.99 each
 plus shipping, so the grand total of my gift was only around $15!

 I got the idea for my gift when I saw the magnet screen (below)
that Debi at Real Simple Style repurposed for her grandchildren's room.

(Photo source Real Simple Style)

(Real Simple Style)
So cute!  Check out more of Debi's farmhouse style here.

The winner didn't have room in their car for the prize, so we'll deliver it
 the next time we visit.  Until then, I'm having some fun with it myself!

Menu board.
The only thing missing is fine wine and candles.

Our daughter Julie bought us a bottle of the good stuff.
Read the name out loud.

As long as you're here, I'd like to wish you a..

Thanks for stopping by!

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  1. Vickie,
    sounds like you guys have a lot of fun, Christmas isn't just for kids! Love the letters and the screen board, very cool!
    Happy New Year to You!

  2. You come up with the best ideas, Vickie...are you sure you aren't going to keep it for yourself? I would!
    The game sounds fun. I might do a version of it for NY's Eve.
    Alcohol free Gloog? I need to get to Ikea and get some of that for my FIL.
    We didn't make gloog for the boozehound this year and he's Swedish and a stinker if he doesn't get it! LOL
    Happy New Year to you and stay warm. :)

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  4. it never occurred to me that a screen would hold magnets---duh! you come up with the greatest ideas, and then, put them together in such a cute way! have a happy new year, vickie:)

  5. what a wonderful prize, so clever!! Happy New Year!!

  6. What fun!!!!
    Happy New Year,
    Mary Alice

  7. What a fun idea, Vickie...inspires lots of project ideas! Happy New Year to you, too!

  8. Vickie
    This is a fun game and fun gift. What a great idea. Have a great New Year's.

  9. Such a cute post and fun twist on a yankee swap!!
    Happy New Year!

  10. Sounds like you come from a fun family! And I can see you've been having fun playing. It might be hard to part with, Vickie!

  11. Vicki sounds like you had a fun Christmas! The dice games sounds like a lot of fun! We have played similar games at Christmas parties...but that is a another new way to play maybe I'll have to do it that way next year!I I would have never thought about using a screen that way...what a great idea!
    Hope you have a Happy New Year!!

  12. What a cute gift! Love it!! Your traditions sound like so much fun!! Oh and the wine is perfect!
    Happy New Year!

  13. What a cute idea. I have some old screens I might try this on. Happy New Year!

  14. Hi Vickie, What a fun idea for the adults and I love the gift you put together. We have played a similar game, but not with the dice. I love those letter and number magnets.
    I just got back from RA's The Prairie and will share a post soon.
    Wishing you a wonderful new year!!

  15. Oh that is so cute! I love the screen and letters. I'm sure the person that won it will like it too.

  16. I would have never thought to put magnetic numbers on a screen. That is too cute!

    We had a similar gift exchange this year at my niece's house (diceless though) and I brought a toilet paper holder that stands on the floor. It was an alligator. Who does not want an alligator standing on their bathroom floor holding toilet paper between his hands/paws???

  17. Well, congrats on coming in under budget and for getting extra points on style!! This would be so cute in any of your homes!! Love the Glogg and the sweet glasses for serving. I hope the hostess got a little rest while leftovers were on the menu and that she is feeling much better. I'm ready to screen your fabulous new ideas for 2014!! Keep 'em coming! :)

  18. Love that idea. We had a similar gist exchange and it's so much fun. Hope you have a Happy New Year too.

  19. It sounds so fun. I not only enjoy your photos and have fun ...but always learn lots of vocabulary from your posts and love it too!
    I wish you a very Happy New Year (Feliz Año Nuevo) and of course I'll be here, enjoying always your wonderful posts.
    A big hug and Happy 2014!!!

  20. Looks like lots of fun!

    Happy New Year to you and yours!


  21. Looks like a great time Vickie. Happy and healthy New Year to you and your family!!!!


  22. I was surprised with all the "similar game but no dice" comments. Hmmmm. I am intrigued.

    Can't wait to play with it!!!! (P.S. STILL have your 2 glass serving platters! Whoops.) (And we were giggling when Mack was leaving the message. Hehe)

  23. What a clever idea to use magnetic screen.

    I have an old screen that I am going to test to see if it is magnetic.

    Have a wonderful 2014!

  24. That sounds like a great game, and whoever won your gift was very lucky, what a great idea.
    All the very best for 2014 Vickie x

  25. Vickie, we play a similar game now and then. Only we wrap candy bars and if they get double they have to put on gloves and a hat and try and unwrap them before the next person gets doubles. It's especially fun because they are wrapped numerous times. I like the idea of a gift. Think I will do that next year. I love the cute magnet board! Hope your New Year started off with a bang!

  26. What a fun idea. We do the traditional exchange with numbers but this sounds like so much fun.

  27. Hi Vickie. . . that game looks like so much fun. A new twist on the old white elephant game.

    I want to say a great BIG thank you for mentioning my blog in this post. I thin I even got some new lookers. . . thanks to you. . .

    I'm a new follower and look forward to seeing more from you. . . d


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