These fun party games for adults are really some of my favorite party games ever, not just great games for adults! With something for everyone including guessing games for adults, team games for adults, and even group games for adults – you’ll find something that everyone will enjoy!
The best thing about all of these games is that they can easily be adapted for your party theme whether it be a 50th birthday, Halloween Party, or Black and White Party. All you have to do is change the topics and categories to match your theme. And now on to what I consider to be five of the most fun games for adults.
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Fun Party Games for Adults
Guessing Games for Adults
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.
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 as a movie that won the Best Picture Oscar and Atonement as a movie that did not. Mix up the order of the list so the items that do not fit fit are randomly included in the list.
- Create as many categories as rounds you want to play, I recommend having 15-20. You can use my lists included in the supply list to get 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.
Musical Games for Adults
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.
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.
Active Group Games for Adults
(you can actually buy this game but we always just make up our own based on the party theme)
- Cards with random words on them that people can act out. You could use the cards from a game like Guesstures, Cranium, Pictionary, etc. Or you can use this sample list of random terms, or generate a list of your own with this Charades word generator.
- Split your group into teams of 4-6 people. This game works best with a smaller group of people (like 8-12) but if you have more, just make more teams.
- Choose one team to go first. Have that team select one person from their team to be the guesser for the round. Everyone else on the team will be acting out the clues TOGETHER.
- Set the timer for two minutes (or however long you choose) and tell the acting team members to go. The team will pick up their first card and as a team try to act out the word on the card to get the one guesser to guess the word on the card. No talking allowed, even amongst the group of people acting out the word. If you want, you can tell teams that they can have one “pass” during each round. If they can’t get the guesser to guess the word on the card, they can pass that card and move on to the next.
- Once the guesser has guessed the word on the card, the team will pick up another card and repeat. Continue going through cards until the timer has run out.
- Switch teams. Have the other team pick one guesser and do the same thing.
- Continue the game until everyone on each team has had a chance to be the guesser or for a pre-determined number of rounds. The team with the most correctly guessed cards is the winner.
- Blank slips of paper (10 per guest)
- Hat/bowl to put pieces of paper in
- Give each guest 10 slips of paper and ask them to write the name of a celebrity. Or the name of a movie, or some other category you want to use. Just make sure that everyone is using the same category.
- Split your group into two teams. If you have even numbers I always think it’s fun to play guys vs. girls. This game is better with a smaller number of people 10-15 but can still be played with more or less.
- Explain to your group that there will be three rounds of play, all using the exact same celebrity names, so they need to pay attention and listen while the other team is playing because they might have to guess that celebrity during the second or third round.
Set your timer for two minutes (or however long you want) and pick a team to go first. Teams will take turns picking a name out of the bowl and trying to get their teammates to guess the word by describing it with words only (no acting, like Catch Phrase) and without saying the person’s name. The first team member will pick a name out of the bowl, give their clues, and once their team guesses it, a second team member will pick out a new name. Play continues on one team until the timer runs out and then it is the second team’s turn. Alternate back and forth between team 1 and team 2 playing until there are no more pieces of paper in the bowl.
Count how many celebrities each team guessed and record, then put all of the slips of paper back into the bowl and move on to round 2.
Set your timer for two minutes (or however long you want). The team that did not go first in round 1 should go first. During the second round of play, teams will take turns picking a name out of the bowl and trying to get their teammates to guess the word by acting out the name on the paper (charades). Continue just like round 1 until all of the names have been picked out of the bowl.
Count how many celebrities each team guessed during round 2 and record then put all of the names back into the bowl and move on to round 3
Set your timer for two minutes (or however long you want). Flip a coin or play rock paper scissors to determine who will go first this round. During the third and final round of play, teams will take turns picking a name out of the bowl and trying to get their teammates to guess the word by saying ONE word. Continue just like the other rounds until all of the names have been picked out of the bowl.
Count up how many celebrities each team guessed correctly during round 3 and add to their totals from round 1 and 2. The team with the most guessed total from all three rounds wins.
- Experts (see above)
- Any supplies you’ll need for your tasks (see above)
- Pad of paper to keep score for the teams
- Split your group into teams of 3-4 people. Make sure you have enough supplies for each task equal to the number of teams + one expert. In other words, if you have three teams and you’re doing a cupcake decorating task, make sure you have enough supplies for four people to decorate cupcakes, one expert and three participants (four cupcakes, four things of frosting, four tips, etc.). You can also create bigger teams (4-6 people) but then you’ll want to have 4-6 tasks so everyone can participate in at least one.
- The game will consist of the number of rounds equal to the number of tasks you’ve come up with. So if you’re doing cupcake decorating, basketball shooting, and a smokey eye, you will have three tasks and therefore three rounds.
- Begin your round play. Each round will consist of two parts – the expert and the players (see descriptions below).
- Once the minute is up, have your cupcake expert decide which cupcake is first, second, third place, etc. Decide before the game how many points each place will be, so for instance #1 in each round will be 5 points, #2 will be 4 points, etc.
- Continue the same play through all of your rounds/tasks. The team with the most points at the end of all rounds is the winner.
To begin the round, the expert will come into the middle of the group so that everyone can watch. Set the timer for a minute and tell the expert to complete their task. So if it’s decorating cupcakes, ask them to decorate a cupcake (as fancy as possible) in the allowed minute. If it’s shooting sock basketballs, have them see how many they can make in a minute, etc.
Once the expert is done, have each team choose one team member to come into the middle of the group. Members of each team will then have the same one minute to decorate a cupcake (or whatever your task is) exactly the same as the expert. Teams will all compete at the same time so no one gets to watch what the others did before them. Unless you have more tasks than team members, each person on a team can only participate in one task.