How to throw a going away party

I’ve thrown my share of parties.

Some things I have learned from throwing good (and also bad) parties is that they require a few basic things:

  • good music in the background
  • something for people to do
  • people that you like, or that like you, or that you want to like, or that you want to like you
  • prizes and give-aways

Anytime I’ve thrown a snoozer of a party it’s been because I didn’t have anything for people to do but “hang out” and “talk”.

Ugh. Talking at parties is the worst.

Things I’ve learned that I will share with you:

  • people are competitive
  • prizes (no matter how lame) are great
  • Cards Against Humanity is NOT for everyone (sorry Grandma, and Lowri)

I have sort of a trademark party thing. I love to plan parties built around a thematic, custom-made Jeopardy game.  Some of the various ones I’ve done are:

  • Geriatric Geopardy (for Grandma’s 85th birthday)
  • Bedroom Jeopardy (for a lingerie shower)
  • Davidson Family Jeopardy (for mom and dad’s joint birthday)
  • All for the Breast Jeopardy (for a breast health awareness event)
  • Junior Jeopardy (for a baby shower)
  • Volunteerism Jeopardy (for a volunteer appreciation event)

For interest’s sake I’ve listed a sampling of questions from the above Jeopardy games for you to try out.

Geriatric Geopardy: Excerpted from the Accounting from the Ages category 

1. What year did the Dukes of Hazard go off the air?

2. What is the german word for 85?

3. What is the roman numeral for 85?

4. How do you spell 85 in morse code?

5. What is the most number of children born to one woman?

[Answers: 1. 1985, 2. fünfundachtzig, 3. LXXXV, 4. dash, dash, dash, dot, dot space (or seven silent dots), five dots, 5. 69).

Bedroom Jeopardy: Excerpted from the What Would Jesus Do? (Sex in the Bible) category. 

1. “Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is
better than ______”

a. thy hate
b. riches
c. chocolate
d. wine

2. “He shall lie all night betwixt my _______

a. legs
b. walls
c. breasts
d. arms

3. She takes her lover into her _________ bedroom and asks not to
be disturbed “till he please.”

a. mother’s
b. candlelit
c. rented

4. “My beloved put in his hand________, and my bowels were moved
for him.”

a. by the hole of the door
b. in the cleft of my rock
c. on my burning bush
d. on the peak of my mountains

5. “We have a little sister, and she hath no breasts … But my breasts [are] like ______

a. young fawns
b. towers
c. mangos
d. sailing vessels

[Answers: 1. d, 2. c, 3. a, 4. a, 5. b]

Davidson Family Jeopardy  

1. From what movie is this line quoted:Bow to the Queen of Slime, the Queen of Filth, the Queen of Putrescence. Boo. Boo. Rubbish. Filth. Slime. Muck. Boo. Boo. Boo.”?


2. What is the largest number of lobster to have been consumed by Roy at a single sitting?
3. What movie series became a Davidson classic and a New Year’s tradition?



4. If you get caught salting another player’s claim, where do you go?



a. Jail. Do not pass GO, do not collect $200
b. The Sawmill
c. The Woodpile
d. The Drunk Tank



5. Finish this line:



There are strange things done in the midnight sun…



(1. The Princess Bride, 2. 12 lobsters, 3. The Lord of the Rings, 4. The Woodpile, 5. …By the men who moil for gold; The Arctic trails have their secret tales, That would make your blood run cold; The Northern Lights have seen queer sights, But the queerest they ever did see, Was that night on the marge of Lake Lebarge, I cremated Sam McGee).



All For The Breast Jeopardy (for Breast Health Awareness Campaign) 



1. What movie is this line from: “There’s a shortage of perfects breasts in this world. It would be a pity to damage yours.”? 

a.Breakfast at Tiffany’s
d.The Princess Bride


2. Who said: “Whereat, with blade, with bloody blameful blade, He bravely broached his boiling bloody breast.”?


a.Mahatma Gandhi,
b.William Shakespeare
c.Abraham Lincoln
d.Dr. Seuss


3. What Book says: “Your breasts are like two fawns, like twin fawns of a gazelle that browse among the lilies.”?


a.The Pilot’s Lover
b.The Bible
c.The Cat in the Hat
d.National Geographic Magazine


4. Who said” “Breast implants gross me out. I don’t think they’re attractive at all.”


a.Natalie Portman
b.Pamela Anderson
c.Queen Elizabeth
d.Jessica Simpson


5. Who said: “Come to my woman’s breasts, And take my milk for gall, you murdering ministers!”


a.Mahatma Gandhi,
b.William Shakespeare
c.Abraham Lincoln
d.Dr. Seuss


(1. d, 2. b, 3. b, 4. a, 5. c)



Baby Shower Jeopardy – Taken from the category: Post Partem Perplexities 



1. How old was the oldest woman who gave birth to a baby in the last 100 years? 




2. What is the most number of children born to one woman? 




3. How much did the heaviest baby weigh on delivery? 


a.18 lb 3 oz
b.29 lb 1 oz
c.24 lb 6 oz
d.23 lb 12 oz



4. All babies are born without:



a. hearing ability
b. hair
c. teeth
d. kneecaps



5. A newborn’s head accounts for about how much of its total weight:


a. 1/4
b. 1/10
c. 1/2
d. 1/16 


(1. b, 2. d, 3. d, 4. d, 5. a)



Volunteerism Jeopardy – Extracts from the category “Who Said What?”

1. Who said: “A different world cannot be built by indifferent people.”

a.Peter Marshall
b.Mahatma Gandhi
c.Barrack Obama
d.Leonardo Dicaprio

2. True or False:

More women volunteer than men.

3. How much is one hour of volunteer time worth?


4. Who said: “It is easier to find people who will volunteer to die, than to find those who are willing to endure pain with patience.”

a.Barrack Obama
b.Julius Caesar
c.Napoleon Bonaparte
d.Paul Kagame

5. How many hours per year do all Canadians volunteer?

a. 500 000 (five hundred thousand)
b. 20  000 000 (twenty million)
c. 2 000 000 000 (two billion)
d. 50 000 000 000 000 (fifty trillion)

[1. a 2. True 3. b 4. b 5. c]

We were blessed with having a party planning committee, comprised of Jess, Mehreen and Kaylee plan us an AMAZING going away party! We were blown away by how awesome it was, and how many people came out! Here are some of the highlights:

  • Digital recording studio where people could leave their thoughts and goodbye messages to us, and we could watch them later [Sidebar: we have watched about 1/3 of these. They tend to be very hard for us to watch, because we’re seeing our close friends and family struggle to process our departure, which causes us to struggle to process our departure, but without the benefit of friends and family around to cope. Does that make sense? The videos we’ve watched to date have blessed our socks off and we love watching them and will love the ones we’ve yet to watch]. 


  • Amazing food. Mmm, samosas, white chocolate brownies and other amazing delectables. Including a superb guaco of my own making 🙂



  • People. There were so many wonderful people there from so many different areas of our lives: Dan’s band, his city job, his hockey team, my CIWA friends, my family, our neighbours and so many other wonderful faces warmed our hearts and our home that day. 


  • The Game. Thank you Jessica for making an Australia themed Jeopardy you knew I would love for us! It was amaaaaaahzing! Perhaps you’d post a few of your favourite questions for us in the comments? 


  • Shopping. What good party doesn’t include a little something extra? Ours happened to be planned between day one and day two of our going away garage sale. So, our friends had the opportunity to browse through our stuff and make it into their stuff! It was a fun way for people to get some cool stuff, buy a piece of us to remember and also support our financial future! Thanks everyone!

All in all, it was a baller party! The guys partied their nards off and the girls partied their oves off!

There was joking, jesting and story telling long in the night.
And the players of the wonderful Jeopardy game!!

2 thoughts on “How to throw a going away party”

  1. it was fun planning your ‘not a surprise’ going away party! i’m on board for your ‘not a surprise’ welcome back party too- say 2020??

    1. Mom? Is that you? How did you sign in under Mehreen’s account?

      (haha, just kidding 🙂

      Who knows what the future will bring? In 2020 will be around when we’re eligible for Aussie citizenship.

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