December 12, 2012

White Elephant Fun!


*JUST ADDED 12/15/12: You {our FAB readers} LOVED our Shave and Play Barbie idea. We’ve added a FREE PRINTABLE label for you to make your own! Just cut out and place on the box for a more realistic look :-) Get that label by clicking here: Shave and Play Barbie*


It’s the most, WON-DER-FUL time… of the year: White Elephant time! If you haven’t ever been to or hosted a “White Elephant” party with your spouse, you are missing out! Here are some quick tips and FREE printable invites to help you throw your own AWESOME White Elephant party!

1. So why is it called ‘White Elephant’ anyway?

In Thailand and other Asian countries, the white elephant was considered a holy being. But, the upkeep of this animal was outrageous to say the least. They needed special food, holy housing, and all sorts of special treatment. So much in fact, that usually only a king could afford a white elephant. The death of a white elephant spelled DISASTER  so these animals were pretty pampered pets. The origin of our white elephant gift began when ancient kings became EXTREMELY DISPLEASED with their assistant. They would make a gift of the white elephant to the assistant. At first, this appeared to be a great honor. But soon, the assistant would become crippled by the financial burden of the white elephant. Hence, when we give silly, ELABORATE gifts of little value, we call them WHITE ELEPHANT GIFTS. :-)

2. How do I host a White Elephant party?

First, you need a killer invitation! Luckily, we have one you can print by clicking RIGHT HERE! All you need to do is click the link, print, add your party details, and send about 2 weeks before your party!

{Before the party, prepare small numbered slips of paper in a basket, one for each guest}

1. Have guests sit in a circle with White Elephant Gifts in a pile in the middle.

2. Each person draw a number from the basket

3. The person who drew the number 1 begins by unwrapping one of the gifts and showing it to the group. Remember: displaying and “selling” your gift is half the fun!

4. Person #2 can now either open a new gift or steal the open gift from person #1. Then #3 follows and so on and so on.

5. Play continues until everyone has a gift.

Optional — You may want to give the #1 person a chance to steal a different gift at the very end of the game since they otherwise do not get the chance to do any stealing

*NOTE: If your gift gets stolen, you have the option of either A) opening a new gift or B) stealing an open gift from someone else. Once a gift has been opened it can be stolen by anyone whose turn it is, with two exceptions:

  • A gift that has JUST been stolen from you is now OFF LIMITS (for you).¬† No stealing gifts back that have just been taken from you.
  • Once a gift has been stolen 3 times it is out of play and stays with the 3rd and last “stealer”

3. What kind of gifts are good White Elephant gifts?

Something under $10

Something so ugly that it’s cute

A nostalgic toy

Something ridiculous or useless

 ANYTHING from this store would be great: Archie McPhee

These are all HILARIOUS, inexpensive choices from Amazon:

Hand Soap (Hand Shaped Soap)

Pickle Lip Balm Dill Flavored Scented Novelty Gag Prank Present

Bacon Scented Car Air Freshener

Bluw Inc. Racing Grannies

12 Assorted Foam Animal Masks for Birthday Party Favors Dress-up Costume

Wind-up Chattering Teeth Novelty April Fools Classic Gag Toy


Butt Face Soap {Ugh!]

And if you like to DIY, here is a super HILARIOUS idea from our diva, Tara:

“Last year, I created a “Shave & Play” Barbie. It was hilarious & was stolen the most times during our game! I just bought 2 barbie dolls from the dollar store, cut the hair off one & glued it on the other barbie. It was coming out from under her armpits, a little chest hair, on her legs, and I might have even put some on her face. I then put a pink cheap razor in the box with her & created a label to put on the box that looks super real. It sounds gross…. but is SO funny!”

Ok, are you ready to see this barbie?

The answer is yes, yes you do. She’s TOTALLY worth it!


Create a “Shave & Play” barbie for less than 5 bucks… she’s sure to be the hit of your party!

If you LOVE group dates, check out Stephanie’s OFFICE PARTY DATE and Kristen’s PROGRESSIVE DINNER DATE .

Last but not least, have a GREAT party!! We want to hear all about it. Come visit our Facebook page and tell us what you’re doing!

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Recent Comments

15 Responses to “White Elephant Fun!”

  1. Julie Julie says:

    I cannot stop laughing at your Barbie doll…that hair!! Ugh! You could have a matching Ken doll too with some awesome chest hair too. Mmmmmanly!

  2. Kp says:

    the invite is adorable – who is y’alls graphic designer?

    (also that barbie is ridiculous in the best possible way.)

    • Tara Tara says:

      Hey KP! A lot of the divas design their own printables {Robin did the white elephant invite} and we also have some amazing designers we partner up with. You can find their info on our sidebar – Leah Aldous & Merrymint Designs.}

  3. Becca Becca says:

    “Shave & Play” Barbie is hilarious!!!! I’m totally going to use that. Ba ha ha!

  4. Kelly M says:

    Lol…we ended up getting Barbie that night and then we recycled her at another white elephant party a few days later. She was the hit of both parties! We still laugh about the hairy Barbie!

    • Tara Tara says:

      Kelly – I WISH we would have snapped a better picture! We brought a blonde version back this year. LOL Wish you could have made it to the party! We missed ya!

  5. Robin,

    I agree that the white elephant gift exchange is full of fun! Great gift ideas with the Barbie doll…

    We raised 5-kids and used this type of gift exchange to enjoy lively conversation and share gifts on a budget.
    Over the years the gifts became secondary to the socializing and now we play online, because we are separated by many miles. My husband and I even started sharing the many variations of the white elephant game that our family used over the years.

    Happy Holidays!

  6. Deserea May says:

    That Barbie is hilarious and had me and my husband literally laughing out loud, you girls do an amazing job at capturing the fun in life..keep up the great work.

  7. Tara Tara says:

    Great job on the post, Robin! We’ll definitely have to add to this list for next year! :)

  8. Michelle Michelle says:

    lol, Ok that Barbie is just sick!!!!!! lol I would have a field day removing all that hair!!! lol Love your cute printable!!!! xox

  9. I love white elephant parties! My family always tries to change the rules mid game – this is such a great post for anyone wanting to host their own! That Barbie is hilarious!

  10. Jen says:

    I can’t open the printable for the shave & play Barbie. Did it get corrupted perhaps and does anyone else have it that they could post?? Thanks! =) It’s hilarious!

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