Category: Party Games

These activities and games are useful for all kinds of parties. They are memorable, hilarious, entertaining, interesting… you name it. They are definitely not boring!

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Zip, Zap, Boing

Active, Extra Large Group, Large Group, Medium Group, Party Games, Rhythm
A quick thinking game like Hot Potato without a ball. Kids play it on the playground, drama students play it as a warm-up exercise, and party-goers play it as a drinking game.This versatile little distraction has many variations, each named differently after the words called. Most start with Zip; Zip Zap Zop, for example. The hard to pronounce Zoom Schwartz Profigliano is a related game. Both of the versions described below are best played with groups of about ten or more. Zip Zap Zop This most basic version of them game isn’t very challenging, but will get a group moving and using their voice, and get them used to paying attention and responding. It’s great for the start of a class! Set-Up Everyone stands in a circle. Rules The first…
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Bango Card Game

Active, Card Game, Medium Group, Party Games, Small Group, Stationary
Bango brings some of the atmosphere of the Bingo Hall to the family table. It is a very simple card game that can be played with children of almost any age. Play for counters, coins, or candy in a game of pure luck, where the toddlers can have the thrill of claiming victory over their elder siblings and parents. This game should be played with between three and ten players using two decks of cards, and more decks of cards can be added for even more players to join in (the more players, the better) until you’ll need a hire a hall and an announcer of your own. Set Up Two packs of cards are used, but are not mixed together (therefore to avoid confusion it is better to choose…
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Fake Artist

Medium Group, Party Games, Small Group, Stationary
Can you work out what is going on in another person's mind just from a single line they have drawn? All players in this game are handed the same piece of secret information on slips of paper: a codeword. All players... except one. One player is given a blank slip of paper, and they are the spy. Everyone trying to work out who the spy is, while the spy tries to stay hidden. One problem: everyone can only communicate by drawing a single line on a shared sheet of paper. RULES An organizer, who is not playing, takes a number of slips of paper equal to the number of players. On all but one of these slips, they write the same word. This word is the codeword. The codeword could be an…
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Spoons

Active, Medium Group, Party Games, Small Group, Stationary
Spoons is a game of speed, silliness, and having a sharp eye. It's engaging, fast paced, and intense! The first thing you need to play Spoons is a pack of playing cards. The second thing you need is… spoons. To be precise, you will need one less spoon than the number of players who will play. In other words, for seven players, you will need six spoons. Plastic spoons are totally fine. In the absence of spoons, please don’t attempt this game with knives or forks. Other than being inconsistent with the title of the game, it could actually cause injury. Still, if the scoopers cannot be acquired, play Spoons with sticks, beer mats, pens, or coins. The ideal number of players is the number that will fit comfortably in…
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1000 Blank White Cards

Active, Large Group, Medium Group, Party Games, Small Group
1000 Blank White Cards is a unique and hilarious game that involves zaniness and creativity. Each person is handed ten blank white cards. These are the cards this game will be played with — but first, you have to write something on them to create interesting rules. In other words, you have to decide the effect of the cards, how points are scored, what people do on their turn, and even how the game is won. Being presented with a blank canvas like this might be intimidating at first, but after you see how it works, everybody will be brimming with crazy new ideas. This is a game that takes on the personality of you and your friends -- because it is created by you and your friends! It can…
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Sticker Ninja

Active, Extra Large Group, Large Group, Medium Group, Party Games, Small Group
What is Sticker Ninja? Well, it's a game that requires stealth, agility, deception and the use of a hidden weapon to stick your opponents. Sticker Stalker makes for a nice, casual side-game at walk-around events where all guests are standing up and moving from group to group. Play it with any number of players — even as few as two, for a slightly absurd but intense competition. Stick another couple of tens of players in and that works well, too. Set-Up You will need to purchase a set of sticker sheets -- ten stickers per sheet is a quantity that works well. As guests enter the event, give them each a sheet of stickers. For “Pro" Sticker Ninja, give each player a different color or design of sticker, so you…
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Hot Potato Camera

Active, Medium Group, Party Games, Small Group, Stationary
Hot Potato Camera is like Russian roulette with selfies. Not as fatal as the original game -- but still pretty embarrassing -- the loser will end up getting a naturally terrible photo that will have everyone laughing. This game will work with a regular camera as well. You just need to know how to use the timer function. You can play with two players up to many, but have a second camera sent around the circle if playing with more than ten. Set Up: Grab a smartphone and open the camera app, or grab a dedicated camera. All players sit in a circle, or around a table. They just need to be sat close enough together to pass the camera to their neighbor quickly. Rules: The player who starts with the camera…
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Crazy Job Interview

Classroom Icebreaker, Extra Large Group, Large Group, Medium Group, Party Games, Small Group, Talking Games
Crazy Job Interview is a game for the smooth-tongued. Each player will take turns convincing another that they are the best for an imaginary job. The twist: they have to talk about things suggested by the other players, and explain why those things would make them a good fit for the job. One player might have to explain why being an “Intellectual" and “A My Little Pony Fan" makes them a great “Supermodel". The next player might try to make a persuasive case that being “Aggressively Flirtatious" and “Angry With The Queen" makes them indispensable as “Prime Minister." If you are worried about a real job interview coming up, Crazy Job Interview (also known as Mock-upations) is a great mental exercise: you will work on your speaking, your positive-outlook, and your…
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Gone Fishin’

Active, Extra Large Group, Large Group, Party Games, Rhythm
Gone Fishin is a group game based on its board game counterpart of the same name. In this game, you will need to be the player who catches the most fish in order to win. This game will work best with large to extra large groups and will require players to switch roles frequently. This game may best be played at an event or party where space will be accessible. Materials Needed You will need to gather a few materials for this game to make it work. Materials needed to play Gone Fishin': Poles or sticks String A music player A few rhythmic songs A large area Tape (optional) How To Set Up The Game First, start by picking a big open space that plenty of people can fit into; you're going to…
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Marshmallow Toss

Active, Extra Large Group, Large Group, Party Games
Toss marshmallows to your teammates as they try to catch as many as possible with their mouth in a set amount of time. Recommended ages: This game is best for ages 12 and up. Recommended number of people: Marshmallow Toss works well for groups of 8 or more people. Materials needed: Marshmallows (large, not mini marshmallows) Timer or stopwatch Plastic bags (for clean up) Masking tape or cones (for marking boundaries) How to set up the game: To set up for the marshmallow toss game you should make lines on the ground to set distance barriers. Use masking tape on a solid surface or plastic cones on a grassy surface. Set the distance so that it’s appropriate for the age group of the people who will be playing the game. They…
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