Five Party Games for Adults

Adults tend to have parties and sometimes they want to play games while partying! Standing around and ogling other people, thinking about what to say and wondering whether they are also thinking about what to say to you is not really what parties are supposed to be all about. Therefore, in order for eventual serious socializing to take place, some kind of ludic activity may be called for.

Whether you're a host or a guest, you will find these five fun party games useful, either to break ice with new people or to create a novel experience you can talk over with your friends for years to come.


Who Am I?

This one is a perfect ice breaker party game!

Prepare a number of sticky pieces of paper with names of famous persons written on them (post-it notes are perfect for this). Whenever a new guest arrives stick a random not on their back without them knowing what name is written on it. The goal of the game is to guess what famous person you "are" by asking yes/no questions from other guests. The first who guesses correctly is the winner and the last one, of course, the dunce.

Alternatively this classical party game may be played while sitting around a table, with notes being stuck to player's foreheads.

Of course, remember to remove or cover all mirrors!


Follow the Leader

This is a great prank to play on someone who is always late to the party. Before he (or she) arrives, elect a "leader" that everyone has to follow in performing some action (for example, crossing your legs, pulling your earlobe, winking or scratching your nose.)

When the latecomer arrives explain to him that his task is to discover who the "leader" is. Whenever he makes a wrong guess, make him go out of the room and agree on another innocuous action. If he guesses right, the former leader takes his place and is asked to leave the room until the guests elect a new leader and choose another action.


I Have Never

This is a great game for people who know each other very well... or think they do.

Players take turns to say something they have never done. Other players have to say whether they have done it or not. Each player who has done the stated deed earns the active player one point. Players take turns until a certain number of points is reached or a set number of rounds is played out.

An example: If Johnny says "I have never drunk tequila," he gets a point for each player in the room who did drink it at some point in their lives. It is perfectly possible to bluff, but other players may prove the contrary. In that case, the exposed cheater looses one point from his tally.


Gossip

This is a game played in rounds and for points. All players except one write down a remark, whether nice or nasty, true or false about the remaining player who is the target of gossip. Another player now reads the remarks aloud and the "target" tries to guess who is the author. For each successful guess he receives one point.

The game is played until all the guests have had their turn being the target. The person with most points is the winner. For a longer (and more fair) game, it can be played over several rounds, three probably being ideal.


Sentences

This is a fast-playing game of quick wit and with some pretty hilarious results if played with the right kind of people. Players all sit in a circle on a floor or around the table and one of them starts a sentence by saying a single word. The player to the left continues the sentence with another word and so on until someone hesitates or says a word which makes no sense. This player drops out of the game and the player to the left of him begins a new sentence.

The game continues until there are only two players left and after a furious final battle of wits the final winner emerges!


There you go, five easy to remember games you can add to your social repertoire. Feel free to share your funny experiences with those, or maybe you have a party game of your own you'd like to unleash on the world?

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Kimberly Vaughn 4 years ago from Midwest

Some great ideas! I especially like the Who Am I game.

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