If all goes according to plan, everyone will be tucking into their Big Lunch and chatting with their neighbours and new friends. There’s always time for a good game though, and there’ll be those round the table who have finished first.
Kingsmill’s Munchy Memory Game
This game is a great way to get people of all ages enjoying some brain-boggling fun!
What you’ll need
How to play
You’ll need to use a number of food items for this game. Anything from your fridge or kitchen cupboards will do – although the smaller the better. Place some of the items onto a tray and let the participants have a good look. After 30 seconds cover the tray with a tea towel and get the players to write down as many objects as they can remember. The person with the most objects on their list will be the winner.
Make up a list of great food combinations – enough for all your Big Lunchers, such as rhubarb and custard, strawberries and cream, or rice and peas.
Each half of the combination is attached to a Big Luncher’s back without them seeing it. Everyone then tries to find out what they are by asking other people questions. You could limit the number of questions people ask or use a time limit to encourage more mingling. Questions should only be answered with yes or no. For example: ‘Am I a vegetable?’ or ‘Am I sweet?’
When someone has worked out what they are, they have to find their perfect partner and the first pair to find each other wins.
Create a list of questions and give the list to all the Big Lunchers. Everyone has to try and find someone who fits the bill for each question. You only need a couple to get the conversation started. Here are a few ideas:
• Who has lived in the street the longest?
• Who’s the oldest resident? Who’s the youngest?
• Who was born the furthest away?
The winner is whoever has answers for the most questions by the end of lunch.
'.................. met ..................... at .................... for lunch. They had ..................... as a starter, then .................. for their main, with ................ on the side. They drank far too much ......................... and then had ...................... for pudding. After such a delicious meal they ......................................'.
Or if your feeling creative and fancy having fun with some coloured pencils, download these special Big Lunch Consequences templates (PDF), courtesy of the Sensory Trust.
You’ll need a smooth table for this one and you’ll need to mark some scoring zones (use washable felt tip). The highest scoring zones should be nearest the far edge: no points if your coin falls off.
Arrange a series of obstacles around the table (eg sauce bottles, mounds of used napkins, salt and pepper) and design a course through them.
Players must get around the course in the fewest ‘shoves’ as possible, avoiding penalties:
• Hitting an obstacle = a one-shove penalty
• Coming off the table = a two-shove penalty
If you’re really going for it, have a few rounds each and add some obstacles each round. After a few rounds when everyone’s used to the course, you could have a time trial – eg a 5-second penalty for hitting obstacles and 10 seconds for coming off.
Oh, and you’ll need names for your horses.
Ever dreamt of designing your own Gleneagles? If you have a table cloth you don’t mind drawing on, or a paper one, you can create a course around your Big Lunch table. Drawing round the bottom of a wine glass makes a good size ‘hole’ to aim for.
Tee off from the edge, shove ha’penny style, and shove up the fairway until the coin is completely inside the hole. Avoid the traps along the way – steer clear of the sticky juice lake, take a drop out of the breadcrumbs. This is great played on a dirty table, so long as there are clear fairways. Don’t be too quick to clear up after lunch.