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Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Staring contest

Inspired by this party, Alex and I recently hosted our own Staring Contest. The rules were simple: People had to gaze at each other without smiling or laughing. The night ended up being hilariously flirty, since, if you think about it, the only time you stare into someone's eyes without smiling is when you're about to make out.

The evening was really fun. Thanks to everyone who came. xo

(See more photos on flickr, if you'd like...)

100 comments:

Decortherapia said...

Looks like a lot of fun!!Cheers from Buenos Aires!

Dionne said...

Hehehehe, how fun. This would be interesting to do at a Speed Dating place, hahaha.

Michelle said...

This is so amazingly cute! I'm definitely adding this to the next house party I have. I can't wait!

Same New Story said...

so fun! i am TERRIBLE at staring contests.

Jill said...

That's hilarious! Did you do a whole 'staring-tournament'?

Her name was Lola said...

These are fabulous! What a fun idea (I might have to snag it & host my own staring festivities!).

Cheers.

b. said...

supper cute idea! xo.

Cupcakes and Cashmere said...

what a fabulously fun idea! you need to publish a book with all of your amazing ideas for parties.

Pretty Little World said...

This is a completely fantastic idea for a party!!

Sal said...

What fun! I do hope I get to attend one of your soirees someday ...

clairette said...

Great idea!

Joanna Goddard said...

yes, it was a tournament. our friend victoria won. her secret was to bite her tongue! isnt' that genius?

madi said...

Haha! What an amazing idea for a party! I'm curious to see what else you come up with ;)

xo

m.

Joanna Goddard said...

ps. the inspiration was from his LA artist: http://joannagoddard.blogspot.com/2009/06/staring-contest.html

Jane Flanagan said...

How awesome!

erin said...

so fun! but oh, i would lose toute de suite. i can't help smiling!

13bees said...

this was too much fun and just thinking back to it makes me laugh. i am hysterical in that pic!!

The Lil Bee said...

You are too cute!

LouDuk said...

What an awesome idea!

cgw @ accidentally, kle said...

lol hilarious! what a fun idea!

michelle said...

everyone looks so happy!

Sassy Molassy said...

Looks like fun! And a great theme if someone wanted a creative spin on the singles party. Makes it seem less scary to come to a party that will just be focused on a contest rather than "ok, who am i going to meet tonight?"

monica burnett said...

this is a silly thing to say but, you have such attractive friends!

Cafe Fashionista said...

I was never any good at this game; but it would be the perfect icebreaker! :)

Daisy said...

Brilliant idea! I don't think I'd be able to last very long without bursting out laughing! x

Amy said...

Sounds like a great evening. What a fun idea!

Jules said...

This is hysterical!! I cant wait to "bite my tongue" and show everyone how good I am :) haha what a fun idea

Victoria said...

You find the greatest ideas. Love it!

TheBeautyFile said...

I love this. I want to do this for my next birthday party. The winner gets the first slice of cake!!

Leigh said...

This looks like the best party game ever. I want to test it out!

EvaForeva said...

Hehe, how fun!

Joanna Goddard said...

ha, thank you, monica! :)

Deb said...

what a wonderful and cute idea!

Casey: said...

Such a cool idea!

I'll have to try it sometime.

Desiree Mahr said...

yup, staring contests are always fun. sounds like you all really enjoyed yourselves!

Little Lovables said...

this looks like so much fun!

Laura said...

This looks like tons of fun! I love the cutie pie pictures and I continue to be ridiculously jealous of you and your awesome friends (Alison Kelly!).

Sarah said...

those pictures are great! someone was rocking some hot red shoes!

Allison said...

Oh, this party looks like so much fun! I wouldn't have predicted the flirtiness, but it totally makes sense.

Amanda Nicole said...

Love love these photos. What a wonderful party idea :)

Lindsey said...

How great! You know, when you take something so perfectly simple, get a couple of adults to do it seriously, host a party around it, and say "gO!" it is just as much fun as it was as a kid. Good call.

rachel said...

this looks fun. ha....i went on an around the block speed date once....we rode bikes,walked, went to the grocery store and beach, and switched dates a lot.

Melissa Blake said...

How fun! How long did the winner go? I'm not sure I could do it, especially if the person across from me was someone who naturally made me laugh! :)

kate said...

this sounds like so much fun!!

Melissa de la Fuente said...

So cute! You guys throw the best parties! So adorable!
xo
Melis

Izzy said...

What a fun idea! Better than board games :-)

Kyrie said...

Now I know what game to play when friends come over xD

Lagniappe said...

Haha Yes! I have been saving this idea for my 25th birthday coming up. My parents are flying over to see me and my fiance (they've only met once) and I figure nothing would be funnier than him and my dad facing off in the final round. Good to know it goes over well at a party :)

Jen said...

oh my...now I know I would do poorly at this. How can you not laugh...

caroline said...

i would have lost so fast with the face alex is pulling! such a cute idea...
xo

Carol said...

I love that! I would have done awful!

miss sophie said...

love this. very flirty indeed! you've inspired me to come up with quirky ideas for my next apartment party...:D

Jillian said...

I love it! I'm SO going to do that!

the southern hostess said...

So fun! Love this idea.

Aspirartista said...

These pictures are delightful. I'm thinking about a staring contest for my 18th birthday party.
I'm also thinking about having a "mocktail" theme.

Do you have other fun party games like this one?

FrancoB. said...

oh jo, can't wait for the wedding!
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Alexandra said...

This is a "genius" party idea. Especially because i'm mormon and constantly finding creative ways to have fun and host parties in college without booze or sex haha!
xo

jarsika said...

HA! This is fabulous. Just fabulous. I'm all for awkward social situations!

xo

Blue

Micaela said...

i so wish i could go to one of your parties :)
your apartment always looks so cozy and inviting and filled with fabulous people, fabulous fun.

love this idea!! though i totally would suck. lol

great pic of your alex.

xo

notebookdoodles said...

ahahhaha :) i used to do that all the time!! so fun.

Micaela said...

ps. i loved that bit about why it was flirty-

TOO CUTE

The Carson's said...

That is genius! I am going to plan one right now!

A Day That is Dessert said...

Wonderfully fun idea and photos!

Vie said...

A classic and sweeeet gameee.. :D
Looks lot of fun! :)

Little Nutbrown Hare said...

I am useless at it. I think it must be because of my upbringing to not look people in the eye. It's considered rude in certain Asian cultures.

simplesong said...

how fun. you guys are awesome.

Mrs Charlie said...

You are so funny! Brill. :)

Fresh Fish Creative said...

After seeing that party, we tried it at work. It was such a fantastic break in the day and we all laughed until our sides hurt. I only lasted 3 seconds, but what fun.

paula said...

me and my hubby would so fit in with you people, ha!

jen jafarzadeh said...

how hilarious! you sure know how to throw a fun + flirty party.

delightfullysweet said...

What a great idea. Looks like everyone had a blast!!

Dream Sequins said...

Love these photos! My husband and I used to do staring contests all the time and just keep each other amused. I've got a stone cold poker face. :D

tamemu said...

What fun!

Jen R. said...

That is so funny! I was cracking up at the pictures!

Simply Colette said...

That's awesome! What fun :)

iva yaneva said...

oh that sounds like so much fun! great idea :)

Fringe said...

motherhood instills mad staring skills, but not the flirty kind. Although i could transfer the stare to a flirty stare. i think i can win any stare-down thrown my way. just sayin'. not intended to be a challenge...

Joslyn said...

oooh so freakin cool...looks like you guys had fun.

i suck at starting. ;-)

Caroline said...

Even better: open-mouth-breathing staring contests.

Soon, Then said...

That sounds fun and hilarious! I'll have to try it sometime.

Leigh said...

awesome pics! awesome party!

leni said...

i love it!

Noel said...

This is brilliant! Must try this sometime...hope the others are willing!

jamieofalltrades said...

I would have howled!

melly said...

You have such good sports for friends!

Victoire said...

what a great idea!

Ancarol said...

Soooo fun !! Really want to try it : )

this must be the place blog said...

you can just feel the intensity of this party!!! Looks like a great time.

...love Maegan said...

this is brilliant!

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that's a fantastic theme for a party. consider it done.

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