Party season is here and if you plan to host a party at home, you will surely be reading up on how to create a great party space in your house! This involves decorating the area with streamers, balloons, you name it! Be sure to also prepare some fun party games to keep your guests entertained. Everyone who’s ever hosted party knows the number one fear of every party host: “What if my party sucks and is boring?” accompanied by vivid visions of being socially ostracized with everybody from now to forever always referring to the party you hosted as ‘the one that like, totally sucked’. Well the good news is that party games are a great way to add life to your party, and the great part is that as the games become more engaging and more people participate, the whole party atmosphere can change. Take a look at these fun games for parties or alternatively, try some of these unique, fun, and silly party games that are great for those with people of all ages.
Guess the Gargled Song
Fill a glass with beverage of choice, put in mouth and proceed to gargle a tune. Party guests will then try to guess which one. Tip: make sure your party has many young kids or drunken adults before trying to get this one going. If you’re playing with kids, use plastic cups. This will avoid from creating a mess in your house if the kid breaks the glass.
An instant classic, especially if your party has more males than females (watch as males grunt and strain to establish dominance within the pack). You would need to secretly enlist the help of one male in the room to start the challenge though. Caution: Old men are stronger than they appear; beware of challenging grandpa.
A Murderer in the Dark
All participants are handed small pieces of paper. Leave all but two blank, and mark one ‘detective’ and the other ‘murderer’. Distribution should be random. The participant who is the detective should announce himself but the murderer should stay silent. Now for the fun part: turn off all the lights in the room; the darker the room, the better. Make sure you remove all breakable items such as glass vases and glass ornaments. Remember to always create a safe but fun place for your party at home. No one except the murderer is allowed to touch another person, and if you get touched you must scream. The murderer chooses a victim, who will then shout out. The detective has to question everyone, who must tell the truth (except the murderer of course). The detective has two tries to guess the murderer. Forcible interrogations are disallowed.
Forehead Celebrity Detective
Everyone sits in a circle with some pens and Post-it notes. One person starts by writing a celebrity or famous person’s name on a Post-It note and sticking it on the forehead of the person next to them. The person with the note on his forehead has to ask other players yes or no until they figure out his or her identity.
Guess the Adverb
For you people who slept in English class, examples of adverbs would by quickly, happily, or reluctantly. The game works like this: one person leaves the room and the remaining participants choose and adverb. Once a decision has been reached, the person comes back into the room and tries to guess the adverb chosen. He can choose to ask questions and say that the answer must be ‘in the manner of the word’ or ask the players to act out a situation (for example, walking, playing tennis) ‘in the manner of the word’. This game allows for a good mix of verbal and physical action.
Spot the Difference
A great physical reaction of those puzzles you use to see in magazines. For this game, split the participants into two teams. A team is allowed a minute to examine the room and then they have to leave. The remaining team then moves five objects in the room around. The other team has to correctly identify which objects were moved.
This is a game for those of you who have large kitchens at home. Using an erasable marker, mark two goals at each end of a kitchen table. Place a ping pong ball in the middle. Split players into two teams, ideally no more than two or three per team. Each participant is given straws and the objective is to blow the ping pong ball into the opposing team’s goal. Warning: this will likely leave spittle all over your kitchen table.
Blind Man’s Bluff
People of all ages tend to enjoy this game, especially kids and inebriated adults. Blindfold one person and then spin him or her around three times. Everyone else scatters and the blind man has to play catch. Upon catching someone, they have to identify them by touch. Warning: Be careful who you choose as the blind man; you don’t want to open yourself up to a harassment charge. Proceed with caution.
Who Blinks First Loses
We don’t really need to explain the mechanics of this game, do we? Just like arm wrestling, the who-blinks-first game can be a fun dominance-type game. Caution: The guy who defeats everyone at this game might just be a serial killer.