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!
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Keep Calm and Play Bunco,
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!
Keep Calm and Play Bunco,