This year James and I are hosting both our families on Christmas Day. Though my parents and James’ get along famously (thank goodness) It’s going to be the first time we’ve united over the Christmas dinner table and like any other host we want to make sure our guests have an enjoyable and relaxing time.

One of Lottie’s tips in our recent How to Host post was to raid the cupboard for a good after-dinner board game. Well my cupboard is decidedly bare. I’ve got a pack of cards and some dominos but after that there are absolutely no board games in the Coleman household. ‘Organised fun’ isn’t my bag so I don’t plan to stipulate an 8pm start time for a round of charades but it would be nice to have a back-up should the TV schedule fail us in evening.

One of the funniest nights I had last year was on holiday in Corfu playing the ‘party game for horrible people,’ Cards Against Humanity. However with a ten year old in the house I don’t think discussing genitalia or STDs with a huge does of political incorrectness would be entirely appropriate. Come to think of it I don’t think I really want to have that kind of conversation with my mother-in-law either. Lolly did suggest Apples to Apples as a more child-friendly alternative.
As a little one I adored Monopoly. To the point where I’d drive my sister to despair asking her to embark on a marathon game of estate agents. I played it again recently and can’t remember what all the fuss was about. I seem to remember the iron was always my choice of token which is somewhat ironic considering ironing is one of my least favourite pastimes.

This Pie-Face thing everyone was raving about last year where the player ends up splattered in whipped cream – could this be my secret weapon to being the hostess with the mostess? I’ve got my finger poised to batter the Prime account so I need to hear you suggestions! How do I keep ten adults and a ten year old entertained?