For my Cinco de Mayo party last year, I picked up some $1 plastic margarita cups in bright, festive colors to use for the virgin margaritas and strawberry daiquiris we served that night. The cups did triple duty as they were also party favors for the guests and vehicles for my charming personalities game.
I downloaded some fiesta-ish clipart, cut them out and laminated them (to make them margarita-proof) and put them on a wire ring to loop around the stem of the cup. Each of the guests were asked to pick out a cup with the drink marker charm of his or her choice, and then over dinner I read the following personality descriptions based on the picture they chose:
burrito: You are completely wrapped up in yourself, and you’re full of beans.
sombrero: Your looming presence casts a shadow wherever you go. People tend to dance around you.
sun: You’re always eager to shed some light on any given subject. Be careful, or your more sensitive colleagues will get burned.
cactus: You project a “Stay back!” attitude, but those who make it through your prickly defenses find you sweetly refreshing.
salsa: When the chips are down, you like to spice things up. Careful not to overdo it—not everyone can stomach your enthusiasm.
salsa w/chips: You are always ready to compliment your friends, but heaping on too many insincere remarks may bring them to the breaking point.
chile peppers: Your sweet, peppy nature is difficult for some to digest, but your true friends can’t get enough of you.
tortilla chips: You play the supporting role to many spicier personalities, but too much pressure often leaves you feeling crummy.
tomatoes: Is it toMAYto or toMAHto? You are deceptively mysterious, but those who dig deeper may be disappointed to find nothing more than a fland, thin-skinned fruit.
taco: You are open to taking on new challenges, but tend to crack under the pressure.
I must give credit to my younger sister for providing the descriptions. She also threw in this one for good measure:
pinata: Everyone is happy to see you, but happier still when your guts are strewn out across the floor. People only like you when they’re getting something out of it.
All of my guests got a good laugh out of it, and were really good sports considering a lot of these are a tad on the negative side. The funniest part came at the end of the readings when one of the guys in our group said, “Yeah, those all pretty much fit.” What?!
So next time you’re having a gathering of friends or family, try making your own charming personality drink markers. You don’t have to be using stemmed glasses—just print them out on sticker sheets or even regular paper and then stick them on a big plastic tumbler with a protective layer of clear tape. If you’re having a theme party, pick objects along that theme or just pick a set of things from your group’s shared interests or maybe some inside jokes. And if you’re having trouble coming up with the descriptions, just throw it out there to all your blogosphere friends—we’d be happy to lend a hand.
Talk to me: Which one of these charming personalities best describe you? Or can you come up with your own descriptions to go with these fiesta items?