Know any good party games?


Lulu cropped Thanks so much for all your lovely comments and advice this week re: the static! I think the warmer temperatures have helped almost as much as your tips, and I felt far less like I was wrapped in cling film when working this last week.

Lulu's back in town

Actually my hair has improved vastly and that's down to some awesome haircare products that are coming up alongside Thursday's TSV from Lulu. 

Last time I saw her she was snaking her way across the stage in five inch heels and lycra, yet since then she's become a grandmother and put together a fab collection of spoilies for us at QVC! Very much looking forward to seeing her and hoping that we may be able to show you all a little of the film I took of her on tour with Anastacia and Chaka Khan… she was awesome :)

An empty bottle of wine with a new design of label Sore feet

Talking of five inch heels, if you were watching the Susan Graver show with me on Sunday you'll have seen a chair suddenly appear! I'll be honest and tell you my feet were killing me! It's all well and good wearing these gorgeous pin heels, but the fact that I'd been dancing myself dizzy in them just the night before at a 40th birthday party, played havoc with my corns!! 

Perhaps the rubber insole for static that I'm planning to invent could be utilised to wrap around the toes too, in a kind of cushioning way. Not sure if that would help those of you with cold feet though. I had a comment from Tina who's sufffering at present and needing to wear two pairs of socks! I'm always tempted by those sheepskin inner soles but can't imagine them fitting in my selection of court shoes, and feel they may draw unwanted attention if used while wearing slingbacks…

 New designs

Ali's niece and nephew Talking of designing and inventing things…. my brother's son James, who has just finished six months at Uni in Sweden studying design, popped in to visit yesterday and brought me this bottle of wine (photo above left). Yes, I wasn't too sure initially but as the lack of liquid proves it was actually a very good bottle of wine, and a very original label I thought :)

This is a photo (left) of James with his sister Claire. She was here just after Christmas and visited her brother when he was in Sweden.

It must be a family thing, because ironically I received a postcard from my brother (Peter, James' dad) and his face was on one of the stamps (photo below)! Of course it may be that he has ousted Kevin Rudd and is now the Prime Minister of Australia!!

He is a very clever man, and I know as much about Australian politics as Gordon Ramsey does of speaking the Queen's English, so anything's possible!

Sherlock Holmes, scrabble and party games

We crammed as much into our day yesterday as possible and Sam and I took James to see the new Sherlock Holmes movie with Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law. By crikey but it's good!

The mock up of London in the Victorian era is incredible, and although it's quite violent in parts (directed by Guy Ritchie…) it's a very imaginative and very well made movie. Jack was a bit pipped off that he'd been at college while we were there, so I'm going to see it again with him… nothing to do with Robert Downey Jr of course! 

New stamp design Well, must head off to buy ingredients as James is making us supper tonight as I provided him with Roast Turkey last night. Might get a movie in or play scrabble – Colin and I are getting really good at it, with even a smattering of two letter words! 

Talking of games, none of you guessed which game was being played in my photo! Rather unladylike, but you have to carry a penny between your cheeks and walk the length of the room before dropping it into a bowl! I was told by someone at work that this is often played by naked rugby players!! I am now hoping to see a naked rugby match :)

Let me know of any weird and wonderful party games that I could play at my up-and-coming soiree, and do join me and Lulu on Wednesday at midnight. Have a great week.

Love Ali x


  1. Judy January 21, 2010 at 12:36 am -  Reply

    Seeing the photo with a coin reminded me of a similar balloon passing between the knees game.No hand contact is allowed.
    There is another one played with a key on a piece of string.You need two teams of alternating genders.The key has to be passed in the teeth. It goes down the ladies tops and up the mens trousers – or maybe the other way around !! Needless to say the men key the women and vice versa. This sounds a bit rude but after a few drinks it is hilarious.
    If you want something less rique there is always butter fingers.
    Competitors line up at one end of the room, all wearing oven gloves, ideally the sort that are joined together. They run to the other end, and try to pick up a milk bottle top, which they then carry back to the start line, where a row of cardboard boxes fitted with ballot-box style slots have been arranged. After posting the bottle top (no easy feat in oven gloves!), they go back for another one. The winner is the player with the most bottle tops successfully posted in three minutes. As a prize, he gets to keep the oven gloves.

  2. Rhona Fenton January 21, 2010 at 2:39 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, I agree with judy I thought that was the game you were playing also the good old Balloon between the knees, mind you like the sound of the other games judy is on about the one with the key more so:)I remember at a party me and another girl had to Drink a glass of wine each through a straw hands behind your back, yeah you guessed I won:)just don’t try and walk far after! and like the others were saying on your other page Alison I thought you and colin had got engaged also till I came across the set of two rings before you said your not, I got all excited thinking you were getting married, ask suzi she alway’s tells me I have a sharp eye when it comes to jewellery:) going to hospital next week to talk about things tell you all when you email, have a lovely weekend lot’s of love Rhona xx

  3. David Morris January 22, 2010 at 10:18 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    Glad you had a great christmas & a happy new year to you & your family. A party game we have played is to get various items of old clothing & put these in a black plastic sack. Then a bit like pass the parcel have all the guests sit round and pass something from one to the other to some music being played from another room and when the music stops randomly, the person with the parcel or book has to without looking pick an item out of the sack and put it on. The winner is the person with the most items on. On a different note about one of your xmas gifts, the Aston Martin drive at silverstone is a great present, but you may want to check your geography a little if you want to veer off the track onto the M25??. (Like a trip on the A43 onto either the M40 or M1 before you could get to the M25). The question you need to ask yourself is, “Do you feel lucky?” Lol!! Can’t wait to hear about it though.
    Take care
    love David xx

  4. alison keenan January 22, 2010 at 4:37 pm -  Reply

    Judy thank you!!! Loving the sound of the key on a piece of string! Hilarious :) (if not a bit rude!) Also the oven gloves is one I think we should try in our kitchen hours at work just to see if it’s feasible…! I did remember after writing my blog that I played a game called ‘tear one off’ – well that’s what Jo and I called it, and that was hands behind the back and bending over to pick up a cereal box. Each time you pick it up and strip of it is torn off so the box gets smaller. The smaller it is the further you have to bend!! Very funny indeed. Will start to make a list for the party and then make sure I take lots of photos :) Hope all’s well with you and yours and thanks very much for writing. Always lovely to hear from you. Love ali xx

  5. alison keenan January 22, 2010 at 4:45 pm -  Reply

    Rhona, to be truthful I’ve never played the balloon game and feel I have very much missed out. Pass the orange is quite good fun…. amazing where it can roll to! The glass of wine sounds like a Saturday evening in our house, but we need a straw long enough to fit in the bottle! :) And Suzi’s right about you having a sharp eye when it comes to jewellery though, and it is a lovely set of rings I agree. As you’ve probably gathered from my lack of e mailing that I’ve lost your address so will ask my editor for it! I’ll try to write before you get to hospital. Do hope all’s well. Love Ali xx

  6. alison keenan January 22, 2010 at 4:51 pm -  Reply

    David I am loving the sound of your game! Spontaneous dressing up sounds hilarious – and I’ve got some very funny things I could put in the bag. Excellent, thank you! As far as my geography is concerned, it is a well known fact that I have trouble even remembering where I parked my car once I have done the weekly shop, so it is not a strength of mine! However, I think a trip down the A43, and then M40 to M25 sounds excellent, and I’m sure it’ll have a sat nav in it! Feeling lucky? Me? Always :) Thanks for writing and I hope you have a great weekend, Love Ali xx

  7. Jackie January 22, 2010 at 7:41 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    For a while I’ve been looking for a watch with a nice big face and have noticed you have a nice silver one, is it from QVC?
    I love watching your shows, you present them very well!
    Jackie x

  8. Kristina Moore January 24, 2010 at 3:34 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali, let me know when you have invented the insoles especially if they include insulation in them too. My feet are a lot warmer now – mainly because of the rise in temperature. Although wearing two pairs of socks at once worked a treat!
    The party games sound hilarious. Oh to be a fly on the wall.
    Have fun!
    Tina (of the warmer feet)
    PS naked rugby matches – I always get teased about watching rugby and that is the clothed variety.

  9. Maria Johnson January 25, 2010 at 3:05 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Saw your jewellery show today and must agree with you that your hair is looking fantastic. I actually thought that you looked very much like LuLu today. The current length and style of your hair is most flattering.
    You sure seem to lead a very entertaining and fun packed life. Enjoy your blogs enormously. Looking forward to hearing more about your hectic fun packed exploits!!!
    Love Maria xx

  10. alison keenan January 25, 2010 at 11:10 am -  Reply

    Hi Jackie, Lovely to hear from you and yes, you guessed correctly, my watch is from QVC and is my favourite. It’s a Diamonique watch and is item no. 688613. I’m not the only one to favour it as you’ll probably catch Kathy Tayler and Pipa wearing the same one too! It’s kept perfect time and the strap is adjustable. So glad you like the shows, and thank you very much for taking the time to write to me. Love Ali x

  11. alison keenan January 25, 2010 at 4:13 pm -  Reply

    Tina, so glad your feet have warmed up now! Probably is the change in the weather – long may it last. Can’t understand why you’re teased for watching rugby. I’m sure you at least understand the game! I don’t have a clue and it always look a little brutal to me :) Have a good week, and thanks for writing. Love Ali xx

  12. alison keenan January 25, 2010 at 4:15 pm -  Reply

    Maria, how kind you are :) I take that very much as a compliment. Between you and me, I used to carry a picture of Lulu around with me every time I visited my previous hair salon several years back, as the shorter style was a copy of Lulu’s!! It’s been another mad week, so I’ll be writing again tomorrow. Many thanks for taking time out to reply. Love Ali x

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