Playing with Poison: Croquet in Style

Playing with Poison: Croquet in Style


Playing With Poison: Croquet in Style

For me, croquet defines summer. I played almost every summer of my childhood almost every day. My friends and I would have competitions and keep track of who won the most games every summer. I was a croquet master. However, I haven’t had the chance to play for about 5 years.

I played again this past weekend with some friends and my love came back. I taught friends and that’s when I realized there are so many ways to play croquet. If you look online, there are a ton of different rules so I wanted to lay out the way that I learned and the way that I’ve always played. Croquet rules with poison. The extreme way. This is a general description. I didn’t want to go too much into detail, but the basic layout of how I play.

The setup

I’ve seen two different setups. I play with this setup:

Head through the two at the beginning and follow the path both forward and back.

The rules

  • Go through the entire course as the diagram shows above.
  • For each hoop you go through, you get an extra hit.
  • If you hit another players ball, you get to choose between an extra hit or sending them away.
    • If you choose to send them, put your ball up to theirs. Step on your ball and hit the ball hard. The force that goes through your ball hits their ball and sends them away.
  • You must go through the hoops in the right direction for it to count.
  • If you land halfway through the hoop, it doesn’t count unless you are more than halfway.


But when you finish the course, it’s not over. Poison is the extreme way of playing croquet. I’ve seen a lot of rules of poison, so here is how I play:

  • Once you finish the course, you hit your ball across the course with the goal of making it past the middle hoop.
    • If you make it far enough, you become poison.
    • If you don’t, you have to start the course over.
  • Once you are poison, every other ball you hit is now eliminated from the game. This is a game of ‘last ball standing.’
  • Any ball that hits you on their turn is still out of the game.
  • However if you go through any hoops, you knock yourself out.

Last one standing wins.

Playing in style

It was the 4th of July, so of course as a fashion blog I’d like to show off my outfit.

The headband was given to me by my good friend Dorothy. Check out her blog! It’s amazing!

Croquet in Style

Croquet in Style

Croquet in Style

Croquet in Style

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  1. Author

    Thank you!! I love it! And me too. It’s been a bit since I’ve written a new one. Lol

  2. You look so cute with the scarf! And I’ll have to write another blog post soon haha!

  3. I’m with Kim! A few cocktails and some sunshine and I’m in!

  4. ok, now I am ready to try this with a few drinks first! 😉 Great post!

  5. Love Croquet, I wish I was able to play it more! It’s definitely one lawn game that can be played in true style.

    Birdie Shoots

  6. I haven’t played croquet before, but my husband likes it! I will have to try 😊

  7. I’ve never played croquet and didn’t even know the rules until reading this post but it seems like a lot of fun!

  8. That looks really fun but quite difficult! I’ve only played croquet once, on the lawn of a hotel at a wedding and I had had several champagnes at that point…. So maybe it not that difficult and it was just me and my inebriation haha 😉

  9. I’ve never played croquet before, but it seems fun. Your top looks gorgeous! I may get one in a similar style sometime. 🙂

  10. Ahhh croquet! Brings back memories of my childhood. My parents have a croquet set! We’d play it in the backyard all of the time :). I’m sure they still have the set because they never throw anything away. (That’s an inherited trait, apparently, lol.)

  11. Girl you carry that style so well. I know it’s sporty but hey, who said you can’t play in style, and you did it soooo perfectly. Thanks

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