A few days ago I happened to run across the link to some Saint Themed Guessing Jars at Catholic Inspired. I loved the idea and and was inspired to create a variation for our annual All Hallows' Eve / All Saints' Party which we will be hosting again this week!
I prefer to keep the games simple for the party we host at our home, focusing on mostly group games like our All Saints Scavenger Hunt, All Saints Bingo, and the All Saints Puzzle Races - leaving plenty of time for standing around the bonfire, roasting marshmallows, lots of great food and visiting with friends and family. This game will be a perfect addition and something that everyone will be able to participate in, both the children and adults!
When I was out grocery shopping this past weekend I picked up a few of the original suggestions, adapting and adding some of my own ideas as well. I then created saint themed labels for each jar.
I decided to use my Wide Mouth Mason Jars with White Storage Lids. (I plan to dump the contents of each jar into a treat bag or ziplock for each of the winners.)
St. Thérèse of Lisieux :: I didn't have much luck finding candy roses, but I couldn't leave St. Therese out of the game, so I used my rose candy molds and red and pink candy melts to make my own! ;)
Our Lady of Mount Carmel :: I opted for individually wrapped Rolo's. Not only are they filled with caramel, but they are wrapped in gold and look like little crowns, don't you think? Regular caramels would work great too.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton :: I thought the Cinnamon Schoolbook Cookies from Trader Joe's would be perfect for this dear saint who laid the foundation for what became the American parochial school system.
Holy Souls :: One bag of Jetpuffed Ghostmallows will represent the "Holy Souls" in purgatory, for whom we must always remember to pray.
The Holy Trinity :: Miniature "3 Musketeers" candy bars represent our one and the same God in three Divine Persons - the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
St. Francis of Assisi :: I also picked up the box of Animal Crackers at Trader Joe's, though any brand would work just as well for St. Francis of Assisi, Patron of Animals.
St. Isidore :: Any sort of fruit or vegetable shaped candies would work for St. Isidore, the patron of farmers. I choose candy pumpkins. If we do this again next year I might go with candy corn!
St. Anthony :: Colored Goldfish will represent the legend of St. Anthony and the multitudes of fish that rose out of the water to listen to him preach.
St. Andrew :: Rainbow Fish were our pick for St. Andrew, the patron of fisherman.
I also created labels for Mary's Starry Mantle (Anything star shaped would work - Yogurt Stars from TJ's, Star Shaped Pretzels, or handmade Star Candies) and St. Nicholas (Costco has a large bag of Chocolate Coins that a friend is picking up - the extras can be saved for St. Nicholas Day which is coming up in just over a month!).
To keep each person's guesses secret I also created little sheets of paper for each contestant to write their name and guess, before folding it in half and dropping it into an empty jar with a matching label.
Our children are so excited and can hardly wait to start guessing!