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Eight Fun Party Games for Friends to Get to Know One Another

Updated on March 15, 2017
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Glenn Stok has an interest in exploring interesting and unusual adventures, and he writes about it in a way that you can experience it too.

I'm about to show you how you can have enjoyable evenings with friends by playing some creative games that will entertain everyone. In addition, these games may bring new appreciation for one another. All you need are good friends and great conversation. Maybe you might include food or snacks to go along with it.

The main thing about these games is that they are created with the intent of sharing and learning about one another.


Each of you has something to offer that can be a learning experience for the rest of you. In the process you may even learn about the world.

Many of these games can be combined in a single evening, or just dedicate a single gathering to one game. You can always get together again to enjoy having fun with the other games in this article. After you’ve done this once, you'll want to do it again and again.

Personal Fortune Cookie Descriptions

Before a get together, the party host who knows things about each of the guests who will be invited should think of short statements about each of them. This should be unique to each individual but should not divulge personal information that needs to be kept private.

Type these short statements into a word processor and make the text size and font look like the little fortunes that are in fortune cookies. Print these out and cut the paper to individual strips, with a statement on each.

Now, buy a package of fortune cookies in a local grocery store. Carefully remove the existing fortunes from each. This can be done with a toothpick to grab hold and pull them out.

Then carefully insert the personal descriptions in each cookie. Again, a toothpick will do the trick to push them in.

At the party, pass out the fortune cookies. When everyone opens them, the fun begins. Announce to the group that everyone has a description or statement that applies to someone else on the room. One by one, each person needs to read the statement and then tell then others whom they think it's about.

This party game will show how well everyone knows each other.

Create a Screenplay

To get started, choose a topic for a screenplay that could be developed into a movie. Select one person to start telling a story based on this topic. This selection can be done with the throw of dice, or the flip of a coin. Each continuing person is selected in the same fashion.

One by one, each person continues the story from where the last person left off. All this is improvised with no prior idea of what will come out of it.

For added interest, record the session with a tape recorder or MP3 voice recorder. This can be used to transcribe later if it turns out that something wonderful develops from it.

Who knows, this can actually turn into a great screenplay. Imagine if a major studio purchases the movie rights. All of you can share in the profits. You never know!

Recall the Last Line in Movies

Prepare a list of movies from the past 10 or 20 years. Write the titles on individual index cards.

At the party, have each person select a random card. If they remember the ending line in the movie, they recite it. If they don't know it, they pass the card to anyone of their choosing. The answers can be looked up on Google.

An alternative, suggested by one of my readers in the comments below, is to play this game the other way. Make a list of the last lines instead of using a list of movies. Then everyone needs to try to remember which movie it was from. You can even use any line from the various movies. This works the same way.

This game can bring back memories of old movies, which might promote discussion of various scenes. Most of the time may be spent discussing interesting thoughts about the movies.

Examples of Last Line in Movies

Last Line
King Kong
"It was beauty that killed the beast."
Some Like It Hot
"Well, nobody's perfect."
It's a Wonderful World
Zuzu Bailey: "Look Daddy. Teacher says, every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings." George Bailey: "That's right, that's right. Atta boy, Clarence."
The Wizard of Oz
"Oh, Auntie Em, there's no place like home."

Interpretive Free Association

People tend to interpret the meaning of things they hear based on their own biased opinions. This game is actually an experiment in free association to discover how everyone interprets various statements, especially when taken out of context.

Choose a random passage from any novel and let everyone elaborate on it with his or her own opinions and free association. This works best if the passage is not a familiar one.

The idea is to have something new and completely different come from the experiment.

When no holds are barred and people are free to say what comes to mind without being censored, this can bring up some interesting knowledge about how everyone thinks about things in life.

Share Childhood Memories

You may not have known many of your present day friends when you were growing up, but discussing personal memories can be very enlightening.

You can learn a lot about one another and discover some common traits or experiences you may have had.

Feel free to bring up old childhood shenanigans. Compare notes of early lessons about life. See what you may have in common. Did you do similar things with you parents when growing up? Did you go on similar trips? Did your patents teach you similar rules about life?

All this can become very entertaining if not educational. You won't know until you try it. Share the experience.

Share Old Group Memories

If your group of friends had shared travel experiences in the past, this could be a fun opportunity to discuss things that happen during those events.

I once went of a cruise with five friends. We left in a nor'easter and the first night half the crew got sick. Four of us went out to have dinner, but one friend stayed back in her cabin because she was nauseous.

Another night we all watched the stars from the front of the ship when the captain shut off all the lights so the sky's because clearly visible.

So many crazy things happened during that event that it was fun reminiscing about it.

Even if you didn't share a trip, maybe you had other event experiences that would bring back laughter and joy by trying to remember all the things that went on.

Share Pictures from Past Events

Each friend should bring one of more pictures they had saved from an event in their past. They take turns passing their pictures around.

As the others look over these memories, they discuss what the event was about, why it was meaningful in their lives, and what they learned from it.

These can be pictures taken in early childhood, during their college days, or when they were in the army or navy, just to give you a few examples.

Anything that was meaningful in the past is best to share. In the process, others may have had similar experiences and can chime in to discuss common themes they both may have had in their lives.

Share Travel Experiences

This can bring up a lot of ideas about the world. If any of you had traveled to foreign lands, I am sure you have a lot to talk about. Take turns discussing your experiences.

Maybe you saw wild animals in South Africa. Maybe you toured the Nile.

If it turns out that two or more of you had traveled to the same place, then you'd surely have many things to discuss and the others will definitely find it interesting.

Playing these games may entice all of you to come up with fresh ideas for future group activities. May the fun never end!

Pick One

Which if these games do you feel most inspired to try?

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      Demas W Jasper 5 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      It gets more puzzling at the point at which a third person has caught on and participates accurately, much to the consternation of the rest of the group! Have fun/

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      Glenn Stok 5 months ago from Long Island, NY

      Perspycacious - Thanks for mentioning "In Cahoots" Demas, it's a perfect addition to this article. It reminds me of something similar with a deck of cards. Actually just nine cards in a three by three matrix. Two partners claim that they can read each other's minds. It works similar to "In Cahoots" by specifying which card was chosen when one partner left the room. When they return, the other partner tells them a random story. But embedded in the story are two hints that represent the column and the row. Then the other partner tells everyone which card it was.

      Next time I have a party I'm going to introduce "In Cahoots" to everyone and drive them crazy.


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      Demas W Jasper 5 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      I have often enjoyed the party game "In Cahoots". A couple tell the party that they are "in cahoots", and can read each other's minds. To prove it, one leaves the room, and the other designates one of the guests as the person they should all be thinking of when the partner returns.

      The first time this is done, the returning partner will get it wrong. But the next time, and every successive time, they will get it right, even if the couple switches roles.

      Why? Because the couple has agreed between themselves (for example) that the next time "it will be the person to the left (for example) of the person in the group who was the designated person the time before."

      Each time the party members change seats for the next attempt at guessing how the partners are coming up with the right target person. This usually takes a while, and is so mystifying that it entertains. You can even change one of the "in cahoots" partners by making someone who thinks they know what is happening, leave the room and prove that they are also "In Cahoots."

      I hope you will comment on how this went, if you play "In Cahoots"!

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      Glenn Stok 9 months ago from Long Island, NY

      Kyriaki Chatzi - Yes, the fortune cookie one is the favorite among everyone. You'll have a lot of fun with that one.

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      Kyriaki Chatzi 9 months ago

      Wow! That was a great read! Honestly, apart from board games and occasionally talking about childhood, I never thought of trying anything else. Thank you for sharing! I would like to give the fortune cookie bit a shot.

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      Glenn Stok 9 months ago from Long Island, NY

      Faith Reaper - Thanks Faith. I enjoyed writing this one too. I've done some of these things and it was interesting to experience, especially the fortune cookie one.

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      Faith Reaper 9 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Glenn,

      These are great suggestions for when friends gather to get to know each other much better and have fun at the same time. I like the fortune cookie idea, but all of these sound interesting.

      I've always been interested in writing a screenplay, but never thought of using this fun way of doing it with friends involved.

      It would be better for me to share the last line of the movie and then to guess the name of the movie(as Blond Logic suggests), for my mind can't recall lines in that manner, but I would be able to name the movie when hearing the line. However, that may be too easy.

      Wonderful topic for a hub!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 10 months ago from The Caribbean

      Lots of good suggestions for a fun gathering. I especially like the ones about sharing memories. Will definitely reference this article. Thank you.

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      Glenn Stok 10 months ago from Long Island, NY

      Blond Logic - Wow! I like your idea Mary. Naming the movie from the last line is a great alternative, and with less stress. I'll include that idea in the description.

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      Mary Wickison 10 months ago from Brazil

      I like the idea of the movies but I think it would be hard to remember the last line . Maybe it would be better to provide the last line and have them name the film.

      I come from a long line of people who love games. No family get together was complete without a game of one sort or another going on.

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      Glenn Stok 10 months ago from Long Island, NY

      FlourishAnyway - A friend of mine did that with the fortune cookies at a party once. Have fun with it.

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      FlourishAnyway 10 months ago from USA

      I like these because they are different from many things I've heard or done before. I'm going to use that fortune cookie idea!