Those fond memories of birthday parties and playing pin the tail on the donkey may be all that comes to mind when you hear party games but it can be so much more than that. If you are organizing a get to together and are worried about it not being fun and joyful, party games might save your day. It’ll bring laughter, joy, and maybe even competitive spirit to your parties making it a hoot. Party games are not just for kids’ parties, the right games can spruce up your next event. This is our list of the top 8 interesting and fun party games you can play at home.
Fun Family Party Games
A simple game, all you need is some post-its and a pen. Randomly write the names of famous celebrities on a bunch of post-it and put them in a bowl. Everybody grabs a random post-it without reading what is on it and sticks it on their head. Everyone sits in a circle taking turns asking yes or no questions to the group to find out what is written on the post-it on their head. The first to guess so is the winner. Alternatively, you can make everyone colloquially interact with each other as though the person you are interacting with is the name on their head and people can make guesses as to who they are based on how people interact with them. This fun game is sure to fill the living room with laughs and is a fun party game for the whole family.
This tried and tested party favorite is a classic for a reason. It can be as simple or as complicated as you want. The basic idea is that you ask everyone to write down movies, songs, celebrities, books, etc on small chits of paper. Then everyone splits into 2 groups and one person picks a chit and has to help their group guess what was on the chit using just their body. You can add time limits, a scoring system, and even silent penalties to make it more interesting and fun.
Make everyone sit in a circle and one person thinks of a phrase or sentence and whispers it to the person on their right. The person on their right whispers what they heard. Be prepared to laugh to hear how distorted it gets by the end. You can play music in the background to make it harder and make the end sentence even funnier. This is a party game for any occasion and for all ages.
This is a great game to start a party, everybody puts their names into one bowl and a wild phrase or sentence in another. Then they take turns taking a chit from each bowl being careful not to reveal what they got. After which everybody has to try telling the wild phrase they got to the person they got without getting caught. For example, if I got Rahul and the phrase “I love how spiders’ taste”, I’ll have to tell Rahul about my affinity to spiders without him catching on to what’s happening. As this promotes conversations it really gets the party going.
Everyone sits around a table and puts their heads down. At the count of three, you sit up and look at someone if you make eye contact you are out and if the person you are looking at is looking at someone else then you are safe. Repeat until there is only one person left standing. It is the best house game to play with a large family.
Everyone writes the funniest and most outrageous phrases and sentences on pieces of paper and drops them in a hat. After that you take turns going up and reading what is written on a piece of paper, the goal is for everyone to keep a straight face. If anyone smiles or laughs, they are out of the game.
The classic party games! You set up a bunch of chairs in a circle making sure the number of chairs is one less than the total number of people. Everyone walks around the chairs as the game master plays music and as soon as the music stops everyone must find a chair to sit on and the person left standing gets kicked out. The rounds go on until the musical chair champion is crowned. The last few rounds with very few people tend to be the best. Full of tension, chair throwing, pushing and most importantly fun for everyone.
Two Truths & A Lie
If the group consists of people who don’t know each other very well this one might be the one for you. Each person takes turns telling two truths and one lie about themselves and everyone else tries to guess which one is the lie. It is a great way to get to know each other better. Even if the first few rounds are boring it quickly picks up the pace and leads to many laughs and a great time.
No matter what age or what party a game or two can help make it more joyful and lighten the mood. It breaks the ice and gets everyone talking and mingling, breaking the rigid social structures and awkwardness. Incorporate your favourite ideas into your next party and enjoy some light-hearted competition.
So, there you have it, the top 8 best fun family party games for all ages. I hope you have got some great party games ideas to start planning your next family celebration.