Get the Conversation Going with ChatterBox – Women’s EditionPosted by MeckMom on Nov 8, 2009 in Best of MeckMom, Popular Posts: Entertaining | 8 comments
Last year, when I was planning a big girls weekend with a bunch of friends, I started looking online for fun conversation games. Some of the attendees were close friends and some were brand new to the group so I wanted to find a game that would help everyone get acquainted. I spent $50 on two conversation games from Amazon and thought that they would do the trick. Unfortunately, once the games arrived and I started flipping through the cards, I realized that they weren’t what I had in mind at all. To begin with, there were several questions about intimacy, extra-marital affairs, and other risque topics. Additionally some questions were too philosophical or abstract, some were cheesy, and several were down-right depressing. I mean c’mon, a question like “Describe the last time you wept bitterly” is not exactly a fun way to kick off a girls night.
Not one to give up easily, I decided to create my own game. I took inspiration from the cards I liked and then racked my brain to come up with more questions. In the end I had 100 clean, laughter-inducing, conversation-provoking questions that were perfect for my girls’ weekend.
On the night of the party I passed around the questions and had each friend draw three – one to answer themselves, one to ask to anyone in the group, and one to put back. We started the game around 8 pm and we were still playing it at 3:30 am. The ladies loved it! We laughed about prom dress descriptions, commiserated about house-cleaning woes, and shared stories about our lives that would never have come up in regular conversation. It was exactly what I was hoping for.
A few months later, I created several more sets to use at a Relief Society (a LDS womens’ group) dinner. I placed a set at each table and had the women play while they ate. The effect was fantastic. Women of all ages and backgrounds were able to laugh and relax together.
After the dinner, several of the women asked me where they could buy their own copy of the game. That’s when I decided to make it official and add ChatterBox (titled after the nickname of my oldest daughter – who has been a fountain of questions from the time she could speak) to the MeckMom Etsy store.
As of today, you can purchase both the boxed set (handmade by me) or a printable set (to be handmade by you) in my Etsy shop. The sets come with my original 100 questions but if you’d like to customize your set by adding a few questions of your own, just let me know and I’ll add them in for you.
I know I’m a bit biased, but I really do love this game. If you’ve got a mom, sister, or good friend on your Christmas list this year, I highly recommend giving this game a try. It would make a perfect gift! Or better yet, buy one for yourself and share the fun at your next baby shower, girls night, or women’s meeting. I’ve even used them at visiting teaching appointments and presidency meetings. You just can’t go wrong when you get women talking.
I’m planning to create more sets in the future – a group date set for teens is in the works and a family reunion set will be coming soon. I may even create a supplement pack (25 more questions) for the Women’s Edition since it’s been so popular. I’ll keep you posted on my progress.
Remember, if you want to win your own boxed set of ChatterBox you still have a few days to enter the “Best of MeckMom – Chatterbox Giveaway”. Just comment on your favorite MeckMom idea on last week’s Talk To Me Tuesday post to enter. The deadline is Tuesday night (Nov 10th) at midnight CST. Thanks everyone, for your support. I hope you enjoy ChatterBox as much as I have. Just thought I’d pass it on.