If there's one thing you want to ensure at your party, it's that people want to have fun. Nobody wants to attend a boring shindig, and you don't want to host one. The solution? Throw in some fun and exciting party games to liven up the atmosphere.
Beyond the party food, music, and drinks, start planning your next house party or get-together with these games that will keep your guests reeling with laughter and excitement.
1. Never Have I Ever
This classic drinking game will reveal some hilarious secrets and embarrassing moments. Take turns going around the circle sharing something you've never done before, and anyone who has done it must take a drink. As the game progresses and people get tipsy, things are bound to get even more interesting.
2. Two Truths and a Lie
Put your friends' ability to read people to the test with this game. Each player shares three statements about themselves, two of which are true and one that is a lie. The rest of the group has to guess which information is false. Throw in some creative and believable lies to challenge your friends' detective skills.
Get ready to act out some funny scenes and guess them correctly with a game of charades. Write down various phrases, movies, or songs on small pieces of paper and have players take turns drawing them and acting them out for the rest of the group to guess. This game is perfect for larger groups as it can go on for as long as you want.
4. Truth or Dare
Bring out daring and bold moments with a game of truth or dare. Take turns asking each other to choose between answering a personal or embarrassing question truthfully or performing a silly or daring task. You can make the game exciting by upping the stakes with shots for dares or truth questions.
What's a party without some singing and dancing? Break out the karaoke machine or search for some karaoke versions of popular songs on YouTube and let loose with your friends. Bonus points if you can get everyone to perform a group number.
6. Would You Rather?
This classic game will have you contemplating some tough (and often funny) choices. Take turns asking each other hypothetical questions such as “Would you rather find true love today or win the lottery next year?” and see where the conversation takes you. Or, for a twist, make it a group activity by writing down various “would you rather” scenarios on small pieces of paper and have players draw them to answer.
7. 20 Questions
Put your friends' knowledge to the test with a game of 20 questions. One person thinks of a person, place, or thing and the rest of the group has 20 yes or no questions to guess what it is. This game can get competitive as people try to beat each other to the answer, making for a fun and engaging time.
8. In a Perfect World
This game is all about imagining a perfect world. Take turns going around the circle and completing the phrase “in a perfect world…” with different scenarios, such as “in a perfect world, candy was good for your health” or “in a perfect world, everyone had unlimited vacation days.” This game allows for some creative thinking and funny banter between friends.
9. Beer Pong
Most party games include beer pong. Get the competitive juices flowing with a game of beer pong. Set up cups on either end of a ping pong table and take turns throwing or bouncing ping pong balls into them. For each successful shot, the other team must drink the beer in that cup. This game is sure to bring out some friendly competition among friends.
10. Black Jack
Bring out your inner card shark with a game of Black Jack. Take turns trying to get as close to 21 without going over while also beating the dealer's hand. You can place bets to make the game more competitive. But remember that things are bound to get intense if there's money on the line, so ensure the rules are clear before starting the game.
Put your poker face to the test with a game of classic poker. This game requires strategy and skill as players try to get the best hand and bluff their way to victory. It's perfect for smaller groups but can also work with larger groups if you break off into separate tables.
12. Heads Up!
Test your quick thinking skills with the app-based game Heads Up! One person holds their phone to their forehead with the screen facing the rest of the group. The group gives clues for that person to guess the word on the screen. This can get quite hilarious as players try to provide creative and descriptive clues in a limited time. It's sure to have the whole group laughing.
13. Ring of Fire
Also known as “Kings,” this party game involves a deck of cards, with each card having a different action. As each player draws cards, they must perform the corresponding action, such as drinking or making a rule.
Some examples of the actions include “waterfall,” where players must drink in succession, or “thumb master,” where the person who drew the card can put their thumb on the table at any time, and whoever has their thumb on the table last must drink. This game will get wild and crazy as it goes on.
Put your drawing skills to the test with a game of Pictionary. To play the game, divide into teams and take turns choosing a word or phrase written on a small piece of paper. One member from each team must draw the word or phrase while the rest of the team tries to guess what it is. This game is even more exciting by adding a timer and keeping score to see which team prevails as the ultimate artist.
15. Have You Ever?
Get to know your friends better with the “Have You Ever?” game. Go around the group and take turns asking each other questions starting with “have you ever…” such as “have you ever skinny dipped” or “have you ever cheated on a test.” This is one of the easiest party games that involves exciting and intimate conversations, making it perfect for a more intimate party setting.
16. Kiss Marry Kill
Spice things up with “Kiss Marry Kill.” One person starts by saying three names of famous people, real or fictional, and the rest of the group must decide who they would kiss, marry, and kill out of the three options. This game can lead to some interesting and heated debates among friends.
17. Conversation Cards
If you're looking for a more lowkey game, check out Conversation Cards. This game includes cards with fun and unique questions to spark interesting conversations among friends. It's perfect for getting the conversation flowing at a party or even a casual hangout with friends.
18. React and Act
In React and Act, players randomly draw a sheet of paper with an event on it, then they have to react to that occurrence using expressions, gestures, and words. After some time, other players try to guess what caused the reaction.
Examples of events could be “your team wins the championship game” or “you find out your significant other cheated on you.” This party game will get your creative juices flowing as you have a good laugh with friends.
19. Cards Against Humanity
This card game consists of black cards with fill-in-the-blank statements and white cards with words or phrases to fill in those blanks. The most outrageous combination wins each round, making it a hilarious party game for adults.
20. Spin the Bottle
Bring back the nostalgia with a classic party game, Spin the Bottle. Sit in a circle and take turns spinning an empty bottle. Whoever the bottle points to must perform an action such as answering a personal question, getting intimate with the spinner, or any other dare you and your friends choose.
This game can get playful and flirty and is perfect for adult parties and people who are comfortable with each other.
21. Name That Tune
Test out your music knowledge with the party game “Name That Tune.” One person plays a short clip of a popular song or hums it, and the rest of the group must guess what it is. Keep track of points to see who reigns as the ultimate music fan among your friends. This party game is perfect for any music lovers in the group.
It's Time to Play!
After reading through these party game options, having a boring party would be an anomaly. Are you hosting a party or hanging out with friends? Spice things up with one (or more) of these party games. The result will be a night filled with laughter and good times.
Remember to read the room and ensure all party games are consensual and comfortable for everyone before starting. Have fun!
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