Fun stuff to get all your guests involved and having fun
Dances, Games and more.
Participation activities get everyone caught up in the fun!
ANNIVERSARY/MARRIAGE COUNTDOWN DANCE – All married couples and newlyweds are invited onto the dance floor. The newlyweds are requested to remain on the dance floor throughout the entire dance. Every thirty seconds or so, the D.J. will ask everyone that has been married a year or less to leave the dance floor. Then 5 years, 10 years, etc. This continues to 40 years. Then the D.J. will count “41, 42, 43…” until only the longest-married couple and the newlyweds remain. The D.J. will prompt the crowd to applaud them and ask the older couple to share their secret for a successful marriage over the microphone.
BACK-TO-BACK – People are asked to dance as singles on the dance floor. When the music stops, everyone is to find a partner and interlock their arms back-to-back. The last two people to form a pair are out. The music will be started and stopped until there is one remaining pair on the dance floor. They are the winners.
CENTERPIECE GIVAWAY – During the meal, the D.J. will ask someone at each table to hold up a dollar bill. When the music plays, the dollar bill is to be passed around the table clockwise (to the right). When the music is stopped, the person holding the dollar is to become the In-Charge for the rest of the guests at the table during the remainder of the reception. They are to make sure that anybody who needs a drink or anything else, will get serviced. That peson keeps the dollar for their efforts in this regard. Now the folks who initially held up the dollar bills have just bought themselves the table centerpiece! (Very fun game to get the crowd motivated.)
CHA-CHA SLIDE – Popular participation dance.
CHICKEN DANCE – D.J. asks the guests to form a circle on the dance floor. D.J. starts the Chicken Dance song. The guests then go into the chicken dance routine which includes a dosey-doe. Very popular group participation dance.
1. Anyone who’s not chicken, stand in a circle facing each other.
2. When the music starts, hold your hands out in front of you and open and close them like a chicken beak four times.
3. Put your thumbs in your armpits and flap your wings four times.
4. Place your arms and hands like the tail feathers of a chicken and wiggle down to the floor four times.
5. Clap four times.
6. Repeat steps 1-5 four times.
7. After the fourth time take the hands of the people on either side of you and everyone move in a circle.
8. When you get dizzy, switch directions.
9. Repeat until the end of the music or until you fall on the floor.
CONGA LINE – D.J. asks for everyone on the dance floor to form a line behind the Bride & Groom with their hands on the waist of the person in front of them. The line goes all around the room and picks up guests and ends up with everyone on the dance floor.
DOLLAR / MONEY DANCE – This is traditionally done at a wedding reception. For a dollar or more, any guest can briefly dance with the bride and groom. In order to begin, the D.J. will ask the Maid/Matron of Honor and the Best Man to assist by standing next to the bride and groom, respectively. The women are asked to line up behind the groom, and the men behind the bride. The D.J. will play popular ballads so that all participants will have the opportunity to dance. Participants are not to dance longer than 30-60 seconds.
ELECTRIC SLIDE – Popular participation dance.
FREEZE CONTEST – A volunteer “judge” is chosen. The people are instructed to stand in the middle of the dance floor and dance in couples or singles while the music is playing. When the music stops, they must immediately freeze or the judge will tap them on the shoulder and they will be “out.” Prizes will be given to the Third, Second and First Place winners.
GARTER TOSS TRICK GAME – After the bouquet toss and the garter toss, the girl who caught the bouquet is asked to sit in a chair on the dance floor. The D.J. will play some fun music and the guy has to put the garter on the leg of the lady who caught the bouquet. If the crowd is a little risque, the D.J. may play the “baseball” segment of “Paradise by the Dashboard Lights”, and have the woman put the garter on the man after he has put it on her.
GUYS SINGING TO GIRLS – The D.J. will ask that all the girls line up on the left side of the dance floor and all the guys to line up on the right. The D.J. will announce that this is a yelling contest. First, all the guys are to yell to the girls, as loud as they can “Celebrate good times, come on!” The D.J. will then ask the girls to yell the line as loud as they can. The D.J. will then ask the bride and groom to decide which group was the loudest. The girls are usually the winners. So now, the guys are asked to get down on their knees and sing the song, “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” to the girls, along with the music.
HOKEY POKEY – Guests form a circle on the dance floor. D.J. starts the Hokey Pokey song and guests join in on this participation dance.
HULA HOOP CONTEST – The group is divided into teams of 5 to 10 people. One team is invited to start the contest by forming a line. Each member of the team gets a hula hoop. When the music starts, they must spin the hoop continuously between their shoulders and knees only. When the hoop falls to the ground that contestant is out. When there is only one person left, that team is finished. This gets repeated with each of the teams. When each team is finished it’s time for the big “Hoop Off”. Here the winners form a circle and finish the contest to the final winner. Sometimes when there are real pros at the hula hoop, the D.J. will have them spin the hoop on one foot!
LIMBO ROCK – Two volunteers are to hold a six-foot pole at each end. The D.J. will ask the people to line up in front of the pole. When the music starts everyone must dance under the pole by arching their backs with their heads being the last thing to go under. Contestants who bend forward or arch their necks will be “out.” There should be enough space between the participants so that they do not bump into each other. Every minute or so the pole is to be lowered a few inches. Those who bend improperly, touch the pole or fall are eliminated.
LINE DANCE – The D.J. asks participants to form two lines, one facing the other. All the guys stand in one line and all the gals stand in the other. The couple at the far end of the line are instructed to dance between the lines, bumping their hips along the way, when the music starts.
LOVE SONGS TO THE BRIDE – This is generally done while the bride and groom are doing table visitations. The D.J. will announce that the bride and groom have requested that rather than tinging glasses in order to get them to kiss, they wish to have a love song sung to the bride. The D.J. will then pass a wireless microphone around to persons who wish to sing a love song, a capella, to the bride. After the song is sung the bride is to kiss her groom.
MACARENA – Popular participation dance.
MULTIPLICATION DANCE – For this dance everyone stands in a circle. The D.J. will choose a man and a woman to dance in the middle of the circle. When the D.J. announces ?break”, the people in the middle of the circle is to pick someone of the opposite sex to join them. Only the people in the middle of the circle dance. This continues until everyone is dancing. This is a great way to get the whole crowd to dance.
MUSICAL CHAIRS – In advance, the D.J. will ask the host/hostess of the party to choose 18 people he or she would like to be part of the Musical Chairs game. When the time comes, the D.J. will have 18 chairs lined up on the dance floor, back to back (two rows of 9 each). The D.J. will then call out the names on the list and have these people come to the dance floor and take a seat. The audience is then asked to applaud the specially selected people and will then announce that this is Musical Chairs. The D.J. will then ask that a volunteer come to the dance floor to be the referee. When the D.J. starts playing music everyone in the chairs is to get up and start dancing around the chairs going clockwise with their hands on their heads. During this time, the referee is to remove a chair. When the music stops, everyone is to find a chair and sit down. The person who doesn’t have a seat is “out.” (If two people sit in the same chair, it is the referee who makes the decision one who sat first.) This continues until there is only one person left.
MUSICAL MONEY – This game can be played for the table centerpieces at a formal shower, or at a wedding reception, which is what we did. Have your DJ or a shower guest play some music while you tell ONE person at each table to take out a dollar bill. As the music begins, pass the dollar around the table, make the direction of the dollar bill change a few times, and then much like musical chairs, when the music stops, the action stops. Have the person holding the dollar bill stand up, and all those standing must submit to a game of “Simon Says” (this is your chance to make your friends do some really crazy things!). After the people have been put through the ringer, say “Simon Says go back to your table. Simon says give the dollar back to the person who took it out of their wallet, because THEY are the person who wins the centerpiece!!!!” Everyone will get a good laugh at the fact that these people did these silly things and STILL did not get the centerpiece… makes for great photos as well!
ORANGE PASS WITH CHIN – Everyone on the dance floor is to form a circle. The D.J. will place an orange under one person’s chin and start some fun music. The person with the orange is to now pass it to the person to the right’s chin. Hands are not permitted. This continues around the circle. Anyone who drops the orange or uses the hands is to place it under the next person’s chin and is “out”. The winner is the one who was able to keep the orange under the chin during passes without dropping it.
SNOWBALL DANCE – The D.J. will select a man and a woman to start the dance – this may be guests of honor, such as the bride and groom, matron/maid of honor and best man, etc. The D.J. will play a song for about 30 seconds and then call out “Snowball.” The couple then selects another couple and brings them on the dance floor. This process is repeated until the dance floor is filled.
THE TWIST – Tried and true, this tune is fun for young and old. It brings them out on the floor. Most guests are very well acquainted with this piece and know how to move to the beat.
YMCA – At the beginning, the D.J. will play the YMCA by the Village People. The group gathers together on the dance floor. This is a time tested group participation dance!
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