Parlor Games

Step into the parlor to see the silver-leaf covered domed ceiling, period furnishings including a stunning deep red couch with hand-carved woodwork and gold fringe, built around 1880; and a Victorian pump organ.

Parlor games such as You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile and Similes (this one is actually played in the Christmas classic, The Christmas Carol) were quite popular games to play especially in the long winter months.

You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile
One person is selected to be “it.” That person is the only one in the group who is allowed to smile. He or she can do anything they want to try and get someone to smile. If the person smiles, he or she becomes it. The person who never smiles is declared the winner.

A simile is a figure of speech that compares to unlike things using like or as. One of the most famous come from Robert Burns, who wrote “My love is like a red, red rose.” To play this game, you need a list of similes and a group of people. One person, we’ll call him/her the “teacher,” goes around the room and picks people. The “teacher” picks one person and begins a simile “Love is like a……” the player must finish the simile by stating….”rose.” If the player finishes the simile incorrectly, the “teacher” thanks them but gives them the correct ending and moves on. The “teacher” should be fairly well versed in well-known similes so as to be able to accept variations or answers that are close (or even very creative!)


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