Planning a party or group gathering?
I love to host parties. And games are such a great icebreaker when not everyone there knows each other. Party games can be easily adapted to account for the crowd and theme or holiday. They provide opportunity for team building, laughter, and creating memories. Some of these games take little to no time to set up and all are inexpensive and easy to plan.
The Best Party Games
Make your own prize punch game where party guests can win a gift. This is great fun for all ages. You can customize the theme easily so that it can fit for a birthday or any other celebration.
Minute to Win It Games are hands-down our favourite. They are easy and inexpensive to set up and they bring down everyone's guard so they are the perfect way to break the ice.
They are hilarious and good for anyone from preschoolers to seniors, so they work in any setting. These games also work well for small groups and super large ones, making them the perfect choice for any gathering.
All you need is a paper bag or cardboard cereal box to create lots of laughs with the Bag Game.
Oh my goodness! This is so. much. fun! Easy to set up and sure to bring on the laughter.
This classic large party game is again great for all ages. It does take some preparation to set up, but it really is so much fun, especially for kids.
For party favors or a unique gift exchange, try this Grab Bag Game. It can be easily adapted for kids or groups of adults and has instructions for use at birthdays or Christmas gatherings. The prizes can include gifts or candy.
Charades is a classic game that can be initiated on the fly. Because you play in teams, it's a great way for people to get to know each other. All you need is a pen, piece of paper, and timer.
Two Truths and a Lie
The first time we hosted our Supper Club, the other couples didn't know each other so we played this game as an ice breaker. It worked so well!
It was a great conversation starter. By the end of the evening, everyone was talking easily and sharing some laughs.
It's also easy to play and no supplies or planning required.
Spoons is easy and hilarious. We play often at get-togethers, Our kids get super into it.
The only drawback is that once the competition really gets going, it can get pretty loud!
Make your own Pictionary Game so that you can play without needing to buy the board game. Get the full game rules and instructions to have a fun game night at home.
Vintage Games Sure to Get Laughs:
Everyone likes a bit of nostalgia from time to time. When you take activities you remember fondly from your childhood and play them as adults, it creates tons of laughter and fun. These great party games are sure to get everyone’s guard down!
- Twister. Yep, there’s nothing like a bit of twisting and contorting to break the tension and get everyone at the event talking!
- Musical Chairs – Set chairs up in a circle with one less chair than the number of players, start the music, and when the music stops, everyone scrambles to get their bum on a seat. Whoever doesn’t get a seat is out. The last one standing, or should I say sitting is the winner. We used to play this one in school for our Cake Bake fundraisers!
- Pin the Tail on the Donkey – Get out that blindfold and see how accurately you can attach the tail to the mule.
- Egg and Spoon Race – Race to the finish line with an egg (preferably a hard boiled one!) on a spoon. Another option is to play this in teams as a relay race. The first team to cross the finish line wins!
- Hot Potato – This game is similar to Musical Chairs. You can use a ball, balloon, or an actual potato. Sit in a circle. Pass the object to the next person and continue to pass it from person to person while the music plays. When the music stops, the person caught holding the “hot potato” is out. The game continues until there is only one player left.
Grab your free Minute to Win It Build Edition printable to have family fun with LEGO.