3 Don't Tip the Waiter Games

by paperfacets

A game that has been in production for a few years. The original was introduced in the 70's by colorform. This version is good for winter entertainment and relaxing.

This is the new version of the 70's balancing game, Don't Tip the Waiter.

This writer has followed the form of the game pictured below. The main piece has a big smiling waiter with a tray resting on his hand raised above his head.

As with many games and toys this new product came and then disappeared. I was reviewing and the game as early as October 2010, but within a year and a half the manufacturer run must have been sold out because it did not appear on the Fundex website any longer.

For a few years it was marketed by Slinky-Poof, (did they buy out Fundex)? Now Ideal has their name on the box. It sells on Amazon. I am happy to inform the price is less than $13.00 with the Amazon free shipping with $35 order.

For a couple of years it was not available on online, but the plastic game is back for 2014 and beyond.

Table game for kids
Table game for kids

The first version of this game was selling for $10-$15 dollars when it was marketed by Fundex in 2010, the original maker of the plastic version. One reviewer of the game was disappointed the food plates were not of plastic. Maybe cardboard was a lighter material and would give the stacking ability a longer time range for piling the disks up on the tray, but that is what you will be getting with the game.

There are many balancing games on the market for kids to play. This one caught my imagination so I am following its progress on the market.

It is a remake of a Colorforms version from the 1970s and has a little bit of history.

Ideal Don't Tip The Waiter Game

Ideal Don't Tip the Waiter is a nerve-racking food-stacking game that requires a little strategy, patience and a very steady hand. The bistro is bustling with activity. Your wai...

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New Video by Ideal Shows Assembly and Waiter in Action

This Is the Original Fundex Video

Picture of the Waiter Partly Disassembled
Picture of the Waiter Partly Disassem...

Classic Colorforms Version of Don't Tip the Waiter

If you have the old version and need some missing parts search eBay for auctions. The first version of this game was by Colorforms, produced in 1979.

For 2012 there is more of the classic colorforms Don't Tip the Waiter appearing on eBay. The 2013 year there must have been some closet searching. Lots of colorform versions showing.


Entertaining Review of the Old Version

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Did you have the Colorforms Don't Tip the Waiter when a kid?

Last is This Very Cute Wood Version

Beginning in 2015 I found this even newer version. It is all beech wood and looks so charming. This is for those of you that like the idea of natural products. Even the little dishes are made of wood. I was instantly hit with the cuteness. There is a video showing how to Tip the Waiter.

Kikkerland Don't Tip The Waiter Stacking Game

This clever stacking game plays as good as it looks. Don't Tip The Waiter is made entirely of wood and is great for ages 6 plus.

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balancing game
balancing game
Updated: 03/10/2017, paperfacets
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DerdriuMarriner on 05/23/2017

paperfacets, Even though I generally tend to prefer original not retro versions, I find the wood option so attractive.

katiem2 on 03/18/2017

How cool, never heard of don't tip the waiter but it sounds like a great addition to family game night or just anytime you need a little break for the mind. Love it!

sheilamarie on 03/01/2017

I like the wooden one. Cute game.

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