If you have played Bunco with more than one group, chances are each group had its own rules. Most groups play with the main Bunco rules and prizes. Bunco being when three of a kind is rolled in the Round of a specified number, i.e. triple threes rolled when rolling for threes. The typical Bunco prize categories are Most Buncos, Most Wins, Most Losses, Most Three of a Kinds (aka Baby Buncos) and 50/50. We also award prizes to first and last Bunco, three losers (second chance drawing), whoever rolled the most 123 (we keep a tally throughout the game) and Snake Eyes.
What is Snake Eyes you ask? Well, Snake Eyes is what our group does to shake things up a bit. If you roll triple ones when not rolling for ones it is a Snake Eyes. What happens next? Well, you and your partner lose all of your points in the round you are currently playing. You then yell, ‘Snake Eyes!!’ and the person with the fuzzy die throws it to you. Whoever has the fuzzy die at the end of the game wins a prize. In my current group I provide the prize but in my previous group the person who won Snake Eyes brought the prize for next months game. I have played with a group who used a fuzzy die for ‘Traveling’. When someone rolled triple threes when not rolling for threes they were given the fuzzy die and whoever had it at the end won a prize.
Another difference from group to group is who moves to what table after each round. According to The World Bunco Association, The winning team from Table 2 goes to the “Head” table and the winning team from Table 3 goes to Table 2. The losing team from Table 2 goes to Table 3 and the losing team from Table 3 stays at the table, but one player moves over one chair so they will have a different partner. This is too confusing for me! For the last three years my group has just had the losers move to make things easier. Well, lately people have been complaining (and rightfully so) that the winners should be moving closer to the head table. So, last night I made up some cute Pink Ribbon themed table signs to let people know where to move for our Bunco this month. It was so fun, I may make some each month to go with our themes! Hopefully I will have some happy Bunco Gals this month!
What are your groups rules? How do you move from table to table? Do you have a topic you’d like me to cover in a future blog spot? Let me know on our Facebook page. I look forward to hearing from you!
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
It is the perfect time of year to throw a Pink Ribbon Bunco party. A party such as this can be held as a fundraiser or as your monthly Bunco group’s theme. Your Bunco group could decide to forgo it’s winnings this month and donate.
I have been to both types of Pink Ribbon Bunco. Bunco for Breast Cancer is an annual event held in my city. It is held on the patio of a Mexican restaurant and there are hundreds of players. It is so much fun and great prizes are given away. I won an amazing Pampered Chef basket one year and another year set of neckties for my husband.
My Bunco group has also had a Pink Ribbon Bunco theme in the past and we are planning another one later this month. Everyone gets into the spirit and wears pink! I will be decorating my chandelier with these adorable pink ribbon lanterns. Our Bunco sheets will be printed on pink paper (of course!) and each player will have a cute Pink Ribbon pen on a rope. The head table will be playing with novelty pink ribbon dice . I can’t wait until the ladies see these! Also, a friend of mine who sells awesome organizational products will be at our Bunco game. There will be prizes such as pink key fobs and lanyards wrapped in mini Pink Ribbon bags. One lucky player will go home with a prize from a giveaway!
No Pink Ribbon Bunco party would be complete without some pink drinks like pink lemonade or a pink lady cocktail. Bowls of pink treats would be fun to snack on. Think pink candy coated chocolate pieces, pink malted milk balls, licorice, etc. Pink paper plates, napkins , cups and tablecloths are a must too. Pink Lemonade cupcakes would be a festive addition to the dessert table. I made these cupcakes for a baby girl shower and they were both pretty and delicious.
My group uses two Bunco necklaces during our games. The necklaces change depending on the theme. For October Bunco we will be using these fun Pink Ribbon Bunco necklaces. They are sturdy and will be fine being tossed across the room. They can be used again at next year’s Pink Ribbon Bunco game! If you get the first Bunco you get to wear a necklace throughout the game and you get your money back. The other necklace we pass around each time someone gets a Bunco and the person with the last Bunco wins a prize.
Are you going to have a Pink Ribbon Bunco this month? Have you had one in the past? Let me know about it on our Facebook page.
Brown paper packages tied up in string these are a few of my favorite things! We all know that beloved song which is an inspiration for my My Favorite Things Bunco theme. I am planning a My Favorite Things Party for my 40th birthday. I am finding out how hard it is to know exactly what my favorite things are. There are so many times when I compromise because I am sharing food with someone or because I am a mom and I put others needs before my own. Well, this party is for ME and I am having fun planning it! Of course we are going to be eating my favorite appetizers, main dishes and deserts. We usually have Bunco potlucks but I will be providing the food since it is based around things that I like. Also, my mom will be visiting and she will be making some of my favorites for the party (baked ziti and cabbage rolls, yum!).
A My Favorite Things Party is more than just having the guest of honor’s favorite foods, colors, etc. When you invite your friend’s to your Bunco party, you will ask them to each bring a wrapped item that is one of their favorite things. You can set a price limit ($5, $10, $15) which works best for your guests. Before you play Bunco, write each guests name on a slip of paper, fold it over and put into a bowl. These pens would be perfect to use for your Bunco game! After you are done playing Bunco, or whatever time works for you, gather your fellow Bunco players and start the gift exchange. The way it works is that each person will choose a name from the bowl. Whichever name the person chooses is the gift she gets to take home. It is so fun to see what everyone’s favorite things are! You can have each guests bring more than one gift if you like. You would just add each person’s name according to the amount of gifts that were brought. If each person brought three gifts, their names would be put into the drawing three times and everyone would leave with three items, fun!
At my party, I will be sending everyone home with one of my favorite things. M&M Cookie Mix in a Jar. One of my favorite childhood sweets was the sugar butter cookie with M&M’s. You know, the giant one’s sold at the mall. I used to go to the mall a lot as a tween! Here is an awesome recipe to make your own cookie mix in a jar from the blog Organized Christmas. My favorite colors are green, pink and orange, so I incorporated them into the jar packaging.
Have you ever been to a my Favorite Thing Party Bunco? If so, tell me about it in the comments. If not, what would you bring if you were invited to a My Favorite Things Bunco Party?
I love party planning and playing Bunco. My group has themed Bunco parties which are so much fun to plan. However, I am not naturally a crafty person. I need things that are simple to execute and not time consuming. The picture that I have posted here shows a few easy touches that will take your Bunco decor to another level.
First, notice the cute chalkboard sign that says, Strawberry Lemonade. Nice touch, right? Well, it is super easy and inexpensive to make. I use mine all the time for things other than Bunco: Girl Scout functions, church hospitality, etc. At a craft store pick out some wooden shapes that you like. There are many shapes and sizes, pick the ones that work for you. They range in price from about 79 cents to $2.00 or so. Next you will need a can of chalkboard paint. You can get it at the craft store but it is much cheaper at the hardware store. You will also be using masking tape. Place tape around the outside of the wooden shape. The next step is best done outside on newspaper: spray with chalkboard paint and let dry according to directions on can. Easy! I place them on small easels that I purchased at a discount store. Now you have cute chalkboards that can be used to label your Bunco food items!
Next, notice the table runner. I made that myself! All you need is about a yard and a half of fabric, fusible web (stitch witchery), scissors and an iron. Decide how wide you want your runner to be and then add an inch on each side to allow for the seam. Once your fabric is cut, it’s time to iron. You will need a hot iron which is on the steam setting. Fold an inch of fabric along the long edge of the runner and press with iron to make a crease. The fusible web will go inside this crease. Fusible web is a fiber which melts when heated (so you don’t have to sew!). It usually comes in a roll and can be purchased at craft stores. Press according to the instructions on the package and be sure to do it on both sides of the runner. It will look like the runners you buy in the store only much cheaper! You will love telling everyone that you made it yourself!
As you may have noticed the picture is of a drink table. It was a Bunco Baby Shower so we had non-alcoholic beverages that night. The strawberry lemonade was a hit, especially when served in Mason jars with cute pink straws (It was a Girl!). I added flags with each person’s name to the pink-striped straws so that everyone knew which drink belonged to them. It’s simple touches like these that take Bunco decor up a notch. This drink idea would be super cute for a Pink Ribbon (Breast Cancer) Bunco theme. Check out these great products that would be perfect for a Pink Ribbon Bunco Party. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and my group will be having a Pink themed Bunco. I can’t wait!
How have you been crafty with decor at your Bunco parties? Let me know!