Tuesday, October 29, 2013

All Saints' Party Games :: Saint Themed Guessing Jars


A few days ago I happened to run across the link to some Saint Themed Guessing Jars at Catholic Inspired.  I loved the idea and and was inspired to create a variation for our annual All Hallows' Eve / All Saints' Party which we will be hosting again this week!

I prefer to keep the games simple for the party we host at our home, focusing on mostly group games like our All Saints Scavenger Hunt, All Saints Bingo, and the All Saints Puzzle Races - leaving plenty of time for standing around the bonfire, roasting marshmallows, lots of great food and visiting with friends and family.  This game will be a perfect addition and something that everyone will be able to participate in, both the children and adults!  



When I was out grocery shopping this past weekend I picked up a few of the original suggestions, adapting and adding some of my own ideas as well.  I then created saint themed labels for each jar.



I decided to use my Wide Mouth Mason Jars with White Storage Lids. (I plan to dump the contents of each jar into a treat bag or ziplock for each of the winners.)

   

St. Thérèse of Lisieux :: I didn't have much luck finding candy roses, but I couldn't leave St. Therese out of the game, so I used my rose candy molds and red and pink candy melts to make my own! ;) 

 

Our Lady of Mount Caramel ::  I opted for individually wrapped Rolo's.  Not only are they filled with caramel, but they are wrapped in gold and look like little crowns, don't you think?  Regular caramels would work great too.



St. Elizabeth Ann Seton :: I thought the Cinnamon Schoolbook Cookies from Trader Joe's would be perfect for this dear saint who laid the foundation for what became the American parochial school system.

  

Holy Souls :: One bag of Jetpuffed Ghostmallows will represent the "Holy Souls" in purgatory, for whom we must always remember to pray.

 

The Holy Trinity :: Miniature "3 Musketeers" candy bars represent our one and the same God in three Divine Persons - the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.



St. Francis of Assisi :: I also picked up the box of Animal Crackers at Trader Joe's, though any brand would work just as well for St. Francis of Assisi, Patron of Animals.



St. Isidore :: Any sort of fruit or vegetable shaped candies would work for St. Isidore, the patron of farmers.  I choose candy pumpkins.  If we do this again next year I might go with candy corn!

 

St. Anthony :: Colored Goldfish will represent the legend of St. Anthony and the multitudes of fish that rose out of the water to listen to him preach.

 

St. Andrew :: Rainbow Fish were our pick for St. Andrew, the patron of fisherman.  



I also created labels for Mary's Starry Mantle (Anything star shaped would work - Yogurt Stars from TJ's, Star Shaped Pretzels, or handmade Star Candies) and St. Nicholas (Costco has a large bag of Chocolate Coins that a friend is picking up - the extras can be saved for St. Nicholas Day which is coming up in just over a month!).



To keep each person's guesses secret I also created little sheets of paper for each contestant to write their name and guess, before folding it in half and dropping it into an empty jar with a matching label.


  Our children are so excited and can hardly wait to start guessing!  






31 comments:

  1. LOVE!!!! You are awesome!!!

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  2. These are amazing!!! Great job Jessica!!!

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  3. These are amazing!!! Great job Jessica!!!

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  4. Hi Jessica! Hi posted some of my drawings of saints to paint: Saint Gianna Beretta, Chiara Luce, Jsemaría Escrivá e Agostinho. If you or anyone want: http://www.blogpassos.com.br/2013/10/santos-em-desenhos-santos-contemporaneos.html.
    Best regards!

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  5. Genius! Fabulous ideas! Have a great time! - Genevieve

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  6. Oh my goodness, I LOVE this idea!! I wonder if I have time to throw a few together before our All Saints party on Friday??? And oh, TJ's, how I wish one was closer to me than over an hour away... those animal crackers are my favorite!!

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    1. I was snacking on a few of the extra animal crackers last night! Yum!! They are good!

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  7. SUPER cute and awesome idea!!! Love this!

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  8. Awesome idea! I'd have to be creative to figure out some dye-free alternatives but so much fun!! Does the winner of each jar get to keep it?

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    1. Thanks Mary! As I was assembling the jars, and counting all those treats, I too was trying to think of some healthy alternatives! :) And, yes, the winner of each jar does get to keep the contents. Since I would like to keep my jars/lids I have treat bags and/or ziplocks that I will transfer them to after the game has ended.

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  9. I always love your party ideas. You should do this professionally. You know, in all your free time. ;-)

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  10. What a fun and tasty idea for All Hallows Eve!!!

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  11. I LOVE IT! What a great idea. Thanks for keeping me inspired!

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  12. Simply amazing! Thank you for sharing.....you're so kind !!

    I pinned to a few boards for the futrue!

    xoxoxo

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  13. Creative and amazing. Creative idea for an All Saints' party game, and amazing that you did that! Bernadette :)

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  14. Thank you all for the kind comments! :)

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  15. You amaze me! Thanks for all you do!

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  16. What a great idea. One thing though: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Very close to "caramel". So sweet of you to host these parties for your friends. I do hope they know how lucky they are!!!

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    1. Oh no! I completely missed the typo, even with all the photos I was taking! lol Okay, I just finished uploading the revised document. Thanks for pointing it out so I could correct it! :)

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  17. Great ideas! This is my second year of making All Saint's Day cupcakes for my sons class using various candy (or candy creations) to represent different Saints. I especially love the Holy Souls, 3 Musketeers and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel! Your idea is much easier in the jars since I have to place the candy on just before serving. Last year I made crowns for Kolbe out of Laffy Taffy. They kind of "melted" (ewww) on the leftover cupcakes. (I made crowns with melted chocolate this year). I use chocolate coins for St. Matthew. Seeing all the fish in your jars, I realize how "popular" fish are for representing Saints. I am using mine for St. Peter (goldfish grahams with waffle pretzel) and St. Raphael (gummy fish). Of course St. Patrick with gummy worms for snakes.

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  18. Thanks so much for this, Jessica! I'm on a last minute quest for a game for our party tomorrow and so grateful to find your post!

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  19. I love this idea! How about chocolate eyes for St. Lucy. P.S.- I love your site. You have helped so many people.

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  20. Love this - you have such a knack of creating and making it all so lovely! I just thought of Twix for "firewood" for St. Bernadette or healthy option pretzel sticks - which has been posted on several websites, so not my "original" idea!
    I was wondering what program do you use to create your documents - is that MS Word? (The guessing jar labels and bingo)
    Thanks for sharing - so generous of you!

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    1. I love your additional ideas, and yes, I used MS Word for nearly all of my documents. :)

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  21. The link to the Guessing Jar Labels provides pictures without the saint name label (no words). Is there an updated version? I'm planning a Saint-themed baby shower.
    Thanks Jessica!

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    1. Hi Shaina! I'm not sure why it's not loading properly at Scribd at the moment. Did you try downloading the actual file? I just downloaded a copy and the text was all there in the pdf document.

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    2. Oh thank you! Yes, the downloaded version was fine.
      So grateful for all you do!

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