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Great Party Games for Adults (or teens)
Take a Hint
- Slips of paper (probably about 1/4 sheet of paper for each) or notecards, each with a word/phrase of your choice written in large letters so the teams can see. This is where you can incorporate your party theme – if you’re having a Halloween party, use words like pumpkin, Monster Mash, etc. Sample list here.
- Split your group into two teams with at least four people. Only one team will play at a time while the other team watches.
- Choose one person from the first team to be the guesser. Give the other members of the team the first notecard to look at.
- When you say go, the team members with the notecard will try to get the guesser to guess the word on the card by saying one word, per person, at a time. For example if the word was pumpkin, teammate #1 might say orange, teammate #2 might say Halloween, teammate #3 might say squash. Teammates continue to give one word hints in the same order (1, 2, 3) to the guesser until the guesser makes a guess. The guesser has ONE guess to get the right word. If they guess the wrong word, the team moves onto the next word.
- One team continues trying to guess words for two minutes, or however long you designate each round. Teams get one point for each word they guessed correctly.
- Once the two minutes is up, switch over to the other team and give them two minutes to guess.
- Repeat until each person on each team has been the guesser (if small teams) or for the number of rounds you designate at the beginning of the game.
Name that Tune
- A CD or music playlist with songs, and a list of each song’s name and artist (or know them by heart) If you’re having a theme party, pick out songs that go along with your theme. You can check out my black and white party for an example of song list. Or here’s a great Christmas song list you can use as well!
- Split your group into two teams. Teams will be playing head to head in this game.
- Play your first song. When you play a song, teams will try to be the first one to shout out the name and artist of the song. The first team to guess the song and artist will earn points for their team. One team could get points for the song and the other team get points for the artist, it is just whichever team shouts it out first. You can also give additional points if the song is from a movie, Broadway musical, etc. but it’s completely up to you.
- Play each song on your playlist and let teams battle to name the tune first.
Smash the Buzzer (or grab the spoon)
Put together lists of items that fall into a particular category. Add three items to that list that do NOT fall into the category. So for example if your category was Oscar Winning Movies your list might include Crash, Titanic, Forrest Gump as movies that won the Best Picture Oscar and Atonement, Good Will Hunting, and Avatar as movies that did not win. Mix up the order of the list so the items that do not fit are randomly included in the list (not all at the beginning or all at the end). Create as many categories as rounds you want to play, I recommend having 15-20. Here are some categories and lists that I put together to get you started.
- Split your group into two teams and put a buzzer (or a spoon) in between the two teams. Teams will be playing head to head.
- Explain to the teams that you will be giving them a category and a list of items. Tell them that some of the items will fit into that category and others won’t. As soon as they hear an item that does NOT fit in the category, they should run to the middle and either hit the buzzer, if you have one, or grab the spoon. If they are wrong, they are out and have to go sit in a designated area for players who are out. If they are correct, they choose someone from the opposite team to be out.
- Once you’ve explained the rules, start reading your lists one at a time. If someone guesses wrong, continue on with the same list you were using until someone gets one right. If you get to the end of your list and no one has guessed the incorrect answer, just move on to the next category.
- Continue playing until all team members from one team are out. The winning team is the team with a player left standing (like dodgeball).
- Notecards or quarter sheets of paper with movie titles. I’ve put together a list of movies to get your started. If you’d prefer to play with something other than movies, be creative and come up with your own list of items.
- Buzzer or small object
- Split your group into two teams and put the buzzer or small object on a table at the front of the room where you’ll be standing.
- Explain to players that they will be trying to get their team to guess a movie title using a limited number of words. The catch is that they will be going head to head with the other team to bid on who gets to play each movie title. Each player will see the movie title and determine how many words they need to use to get their team to guess the movie. They will battle against one another to determine who can get their team to guess the movie in the least amount of words.
- Ask one player from each team to come up to the front and stand on either side of the table.
- Show both players the first movie title card at the same time. The first player to hit the buzzer will give their bid first. So for example if the movie was Forrest Gump a player might grab the buzzer and say four (Hanks, box of chocolates). If the other team thinks they can do it in less, they can say any number less than four. Players will go back and forth bidding until one team concedes to the other team and lets the other player take the bid.
- The player who wins the bid will then try to get their team to guess the movie in the number of words they bid. So if the final bid for Forrest Gump was two, they might say Hanks, Bubba. A team only has one chance to guess the right movie.
- Repeat with two new players from opposing teams until everyone has had a chance or until your movie list runs out.
How Do You Doo?
- Notecards or 1/4 sheets of paper with song names that most people will know – sample list here OR here’s a Christmas specific song list!
- Split your group into two teams. Only one team will be playing at a time while the other watches.
- Choose one person from the first team to be the first singer.
- When you say go, the player will look at the first song and try to get their team to guess the song by singing it using only the word “Doo.” Teams can guess as many times as they want to try and get the right song. Whoever guesses the correct song becomes the new singer.Teams continue rotating through and guessing as many songs as they can for five minutes (or whatever time limit you decide).
- Once the five minutes is up, switch over to the other team and give them five minutes to guess.
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