Once again, biggest thanks to my godfamily for teaching my family this awesome party game! I wanted to post this on my blog because it’s perfect for a college student since all you need is some paper, writing utensils, and a bowl/other container.
How to Play Salad Bowl
Arrange yourselves in a circle. Every person has three small slips of paper. Pick a letter of the alphabet. Each person write a word, phrase, or short sentence on the piece of paper that begins with that letter. For example, when I played the letter was B and some selections were “Blarney stone,” “Blackbird sing in the dead of night,” and “Blimps blow up.” Place all pieces of paper in the bowl.
The person across the circle will be your partner. This game works best with an even number of people, but in event of an odd number, someone can double up and have two partners.
There are three rounds in this game.
Round 1. This is sort of like the game Taboo. You have one minute to get your partner to say exactly what is on the card you draw from the bowl. You may not use any of the words actually on the paper (articles like “the” are excluded from this rule). If I were trying to describe “Blarney stone,” I might say, “It’s a rock in Ireland which people kiss for luck and the gift of eloquence.” Once your partner has guessed correctly, keep the slip of paper and draw another. Continue until your time runs out.
Continue passing the bowl around the circle in one minute increments until there are no more pieces of paper left. Total how many slips each partnership has. Replace all pieces of paper into the salad bowl.
Round 2. You have one minute to act out the slips of paper you draw. Whereas last round you used only words, now you must use only actions like charades. The more abstract phrases will be harder to work out this round, but all players should begin to remember the phrases from playing the last round. Begin the salad bowl from where it last ended in Round 1. Continue in 1 minute increments until all pieces are drawn. Total up partners’ slips. Replace papers.
Round 3. You have just 30 seconds to guess with each partner. Instead of describing in words (Round 1) or charades (Round 2), you may speak only one word. For “Blarney stone,” one might say “kiss” or “rock.” Once chosen, the word may not be rescinded. Continue around the circle until all papers are drawn. Total up papers earned.
Whichever team has the highest number of cumulative points wins the game!