Everybody knows a good party requires good games. In fact, we have this instilled in us at a very early age. Elementary school parties would have pin the tail on the donkey and three-legged races. High school parties might include spin the bottle and truth or dare. But when we're all grown up and trying to throw a successful party, what then? Surely pin the tail on the donkey and spin the bottle won't be crowd pleasers at a more mature gathering. What you need is a catalog of great party games for adults. Well, you're in luck, because we are about to share eight party games for adults with you right now.
Why Play Games at Adult Parties?
Because they’re fun! Party games for adults are even more fun than the ones you remember from childhood. It doesn’t matter what kind of party you’re having—these games can be a great way to break the ice if you’re mixing friends and family who don’t know each other. It’s also just a good time, even if everyone in the room knows each other really well. These games will work well for:
You know the laughter that hurts and just won’t stop? Some of these party games for adults will incite that kind of laughter from you and your guests. This is more than just your average game night. You can turn any get together into a party.
8 Party Games for Adults
There are a million games out there to play. We put together a list of the most fun party games for adults that aren’t too hard to put together or explain. When a game gets too convoluted, you lose half the crowd. Let’s get to the fun!
1. Real Life Charades Relay
Before everyone comes over, write 15-20 life scenarios on strips of paper. Examples of these scenarios could be dropping off dry cleaning, ordering a martini or arriving at the in-laws for Christmas. You can make them as difficult or easy as you want.
Break the group into two teams—A and B. Everyone in team A leaves the room, except for one person. Team B is the audience. Show the life scenario to the A team member. Bring in a second member from team A. The first person gets 10 seconds to act it out for their teammate. After 10 seconds, another A team member comes in. The second person acts it out for the third member.
This continues until the last member comes in. The last person gets to see 10 seconds of the clue and make a guess. If it’s wrong, team B gets a shot at the scenario. You can play this as regular charades, but the relay aspect gives the classic game a great twist.
2. Melt the Ice
Break the group into teams of two. Bring out some ice cubes. The goal is to be the team that melts their ice cube first. The hitch is nobody can use their mouths, any tool or utensil, or step on it. When you say "go" one person picks up an ice cube and tries to melt it. You yell "switch" every 5 seconds. They have to pass the ice cube back and forth trying to melt it first.
You can do this with an entire tray of ice cubes to see which team gives up first. The winning team doesn’t have to get their own drinks all night.
3. Ping Pong Songs
This is a hilarious way to loosen up the mood and get everyone working together. They can even show off their singing skills—or lack thereof. This is a chain game—one person starts, and it goes on down the line. As a group, decide the song genre you want to work with: 80s, country, classic rock, current pop, etc.
Once you decide who goes first, they start out singing the chorus of a song—or any recognizable line. The next person has to sing a line of a song that uses one word from the song the first person just sang. For instance:
as long as you use one word from the last person's song, it keeps going. As it stumps each person, they're out until the last person is standing. They get the lyrical crown for the night.
4. The Press Conference
Pick one person—the birthday boy or girl if it’s a birthday—to leave the room. While he’s gone, the rest of the partygoers decide who he will be when he returns. It can be somebody famous, a relative of somebody in the room, or something crazy like a cross-country truck driver who loves rainbows.
When the person comes back into the room, he acts as though he’s entering a press conference. The other guests ask strategic questions to get him to guess who he is. Don’t give it away. For example, if you choose for him to be Obama, you could ask:
Give the person guessing ten questions to figure it out.
5. Find the Safety Pin
This is one of those weirdly frustrating and satisfying party games for adults. Buy a package of small safety pins beforehand. Empty a bag of long-grained rice into a mixing bowl to the halfway mark. Add the closed safety pins and mix it up. Blindfold one of your guests and put 30 seconds on the clock. Now the blindfolded guest has to find as many safety pins as they can.
When time is up, count the safety pins that were found. Put them back in the bowl and blindfold the next person. Each person tries to beat the highest number found. You can hand out sewing kits as prizes.
6. The Pinning Drinking Game
You knew we had to throw a couple of drinking games in. You can play this game while other games are being played or while anything else is going on. Get a lightweight clothespin—plastic or mini wooden pins work well.
One person—the pinner—gets the clothespin and can pin it anywhere on someone else at any time. The whole point is for the person to not know someone has placed the pin on them. Once the pinner places the pin on someone and has walked away, he should count to ten loud enough for everyone to hear. If the person finds the pin, the pinner has to drink and try again.
If the person who was pinned doesn’t find it, they have to drink and then become the pinner. If your party is big enough, you can have two people as pinners making their way through the crowd. It’s always exciting to hear someone count and know the game is on!
You’ll need some Mardi Gras necklaces or leis for this one. Otherwise, it can just be a drinking game. Either way, the point of this game is to get party guests to say the word “no”. If they do, they have to give you their necklace—or take a drink. People who have lost their necklace can try to get one back from someone else.
Guests have to make sure to never say the word “no” directly. The fun is in trying to take people off guard and asking questions to get them to say it. This gets easier if you make it a drinking game. The person with the most necklaces after a certain amount of time wins all the necklaces.
This is a game that can be played throughout the whole night. Give people a few stickers. Anybody who doesn't do the opposite of what’s asked of them loses that round and gets a sticker put on them. For instance, if someone approaches someone else and asks them to have a seat, that person should stay standing.
At the end of the night, the person with the least number of stickers wins. People can get sneaky and creative with this one—saying things like, “Say hello to my friend Sam”, will force the other person to say goodbye to Sam.
Party games for adults are fun and can keep a dying party going or perk up a dull one. You don’t have to be the host of the party to suggest these kinds of games. It can be a relief for any frazzled host when a party guest introduces a game to keep people occupied. You will definitely get a recurring invite if you help entertain a host’s guests while they’re running around doing other things.
Our list of party games for adults keeps it clean and fun for you and your guests. It’s hard to find party games for adults you can tailor to your group of friends and stop or start as the mood of the party dictates. None of these games cost you much and all are sure to leave your guests raving about the good time they had and eager to receive your next invite.