Family fun, holiday togetherness… and treachery? It’s all fair game in a round of White Elephant! Today, we’re taking a closer look at this festive holiday game and a few ways to host your very own exchange. Let’s dig in.
Set the scene
If you’ve never played White Elephant before, the rules are easy! Everyone in the group brings a non-specific, wrapped present, usually within a predetermined price point. (To shake things up, some players will choose to wrap their gift in an unorthodox way—for example, placing a candle in a large box that suggests something bigger.) Each member of the group draws a number to determine the order in which gifts will be opened. If you’re the first up, pick a present from the pile and open it—but don’t get too attached! On their respective turns, other players can choose to steal previously opened presents or pick an unwrapped one. Don’t worry, you’ll still get a chance to pick a new present or steal one of your own. When everyone has a gift, the game is finished!
You can set your White Elephant exchange at home, or let us take care of the hosting for you! Peach Valley is a great place to enjoy this game of friendly thievery over brunch and bubbly drinks. You can also bring our flavors to the beach or a favorite park to enjoy your exchange to the fullest. Just pick a spot where everyone can feel comfortable as they sit and wait for their chance to nab the perfect gift.
Add festive flourishes
Make your exchange even more exciting by asking your participants to sport their favorite tacky holiday sweaters, and play your favorite holiday tunes to create a festive atmosphere!
Craft the perfect gifting menu
The constant back and forth in a game of White Elephant means that everyone is constantly on the edge of their seat, and that can work up quite an appetite! As host, you can help ensure everyone is well-fed for the fun by opting for Peach Valley catering picks—muffins, Orchard Fresh Apple Fritters, and our Valley Hot Breakfast (perfect for brunch-time parties) are all sure to sweeten the day, even if a guest’s gift is stolen.
Opt for crowd-pleasing gifts
As for the gift you bring, opt for something the whole crowd is sure to like! Fun gadgets, travel board games, baking kits, mugs and holiday knick-knacks are just a few simple ideas everyone will enjoy. And if you decide to gift the ultimate crowd-pleasing treat—a Peach Valley gift card—you will be rewarded with a bonus gift of your own! This holiday season, you will receive a $10 bonus card for every $50 you purchase in gift cards. We call that a White Elephant win-win.
Above all, White Elephant is not a game to be taken too seriously. Have fun dressing up your gift in over-the-top wrapping, and don’t sweat it if a gift is stolen from you—the real gift in this game is that of fun, laughter and lots of memories with the people you love most.
Bonus: More holiday party happenings!
Now is a great time of year to turn everyday tasks into fun gatherings with friends! Pick up Peach Valley to go and enjoy a meal with friends as you wrap gifts together or embark upon an online shopping last-minute marathon—whatever your plans may look like, Peach Valley Café is here to help provide a flavorful experience with catering and pick-up options that fuel the fun ahead.