6 Challenging Party Games With Paper Cups

Active, Extra Large Group, Large Group, Medium Group, Party Games, Team building
1. Yank Me A game of steady-handed stacking and precision demolishing of paper-cup towers. Can be played solo, as a race, or in teams. You will need: Three medium sized index cards per player. They need to be big enough to fit a paper cup on top of. If you can’t find index cards, try and find A4 paper of a similar weight that you can cut up into thirds across the width. You want fairly thick paper, at least 150gsm, or it won’t hold the cup. Four paper cups per player Rules The challenge for each player is this: build a tower of upside-down cups that is four cups high, with an index card between each cup. from top card to the bottom, remove the index cards so that…
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Wedding Shoe Game

Active, Extra Large Group, Get-to-know-you, Large Group, Medium Group, Party Games, Wedding
The Wedding Shoe Game is a great way to create laughs and memories after the ceremony. The shoe game is ideal for a wedding because it allows the whole audience to participate, while still focusing on the newlyweds. There is no limit to the amount of players that can participate. Guests can get to know the bride and groom more through their comical shoe responses and inevitable disagreements. Set-Up Ask the tables or individuals to submit ‘who’ questions before the wedding to use. The questions should focus on the couple and be easy enough to answer with a raised shoe.  For example: Who is the better dancer? Who is more likely to do the dishes? Who is more likely to make the dishes? Who said I love you first? Who…
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Sparkle Game

Classroom Icebreaker, Large Group, Medium Group, Party Games, Small Group, Stationary, Talking Games
Sparkle is a group game that can be done as a warm up to get the brain thinking. Traditionally, it is played as a spelling game, but you can also do it with math problems, a memory verse, or focus on a specific subject instead. It's a fun way to study previously learned or new information. The game is fast paced -- with players constantly listening and ready to speak at any moment! Sparkle Set-Up This game is ideal for medium to extra large groups of people, and there is not a limit on the number of players.  It can be played in both indoor and outdoor settings.  The setup is fairly easy: Create a circle or line standing up. Assign one person to provide the words throughout the game.…
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Personal Artifact Game

Classroom Icebreaker, Get-to-know-you, Large Group, Medium Group, Stationary, Talking Games, Team building
The Personal Artifact Game is the perfect icebreaker for those who want to stay away from the usual "who, what, where" questions that are typically asked. It requires participants to dig a little deeper than just their favorite color and bring something personal to the table!  Players are more likely to remember each other’s names from the stories behind each artifact. It encourages players to get to know each other personally and also provides future topics to discuss. Whether it’s the first day of class, camp, or on the job, the personal artifact icebreaker is sure to get discussions flowing and give each player a memorable moment associated with them. Set-Up Note that this game requires people to plan a little bit in advance -- ask each player to bring…
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iSpy Wedding Hunt

Active, Extra Large Group, Large Group, Medium Group, Party Games, Team building, Wedding
iSpy Wedding Hunt is a combination between the typical iSpy game combined with a scavenger hunt that can be played at a wedding. This game is ideal for a wedding since it incorporates large amounts of players. Each of the players photos can be given to the bride and groom at the end, so they have unique photos and angles of their special day. Guests are provided with a checklist of items and different types of photos to take. They will carry this list around the wedding reception and hunt for the perfect pictures. Participants use their cell phone cameras or provided disposable cameras at a wedding to capture the items on the list. iSpy Wedding Hunt Set-Up Create a printable checklist before the wedding reception assigning the different tasks…
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The Priest of the Parish

Active, Extra Large Group, Large Group, Rhythm, Talking Games, Team building
The Priest of the Parish is a call and response game, popular in youth groups across the world.  The game warms up player’s vocal cords, legs, and memory muscles.  It also goes by other names, including The Prince of Paris. This version of the game can be played with very large groups, even over one hundred (arranged into teams).  It can also be played individually with groups of ten or so. In both games the players must remember the script. One of the goals is to speak in unison with your team-members, fostering a sense of team spirit. Set-up Arrange the players into teams. There should be an equal number of teams. Five to ten players is a good team size. For example, six teams of five would work for thirty players,…
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Who’s My Match?

Active, Extra Large Group, Get-to-know-you, Large Group, Medium Group, Party Games, Talking Games
If you're peanut butter, where is your jelly?  Which fictional police detective is the partner of David Starsky? Which royal is married to Kate Middleton? In this introductions game, the guests at your get-together take on the role of famous figures. Through the power of conversation they will figure out each other's hidden identities, and try and find their match! This game will play everyone at the party.  Ten to twenty people or so will make for a good game -- but it certainly works fine for larger groups. Set-Up As the host of the party, prepare a name-tag for each guest at your party by writing the names of famous figures from famous partnership on each name-tag. Both halves of the partnership should be represented on a name-tag. For example, you…
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The Bests

Active, Classroom Icebreaker, Extra Large Group, Get-to-know-you, Large Group, Medium Group, Party Games
Perhaps you have seen those TV game shows where two team of friends or family members nominate people in their team to participate in a number of challenges. If you have ever thought it would be fun to try that out, The Bests is the game for you. What sort of skills will you be tested in? How about the longest stare? The quickest at looking up words in a dictionary? The fastest at walking backwards? Yes, this is a quirky game of unusual challenges. From the list of many challenge suggestions below there will be something for everyone, and even if you team loses, the pure silliness of it all will still keep things fun. This makes The Bests equally excellent for a laugh among friends, or to break…
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Categories

Active, Large Group, Medium Group, Party Games, Stationary, Talking Games
Test your ability to pull names of people and places, and other words, from your memory while under pressure in this simple quick-thinking game. Great for car journeys, and it can also be played as a drinking game. 4 to 10 is a good number of players for Categories. It can be played with more, though gaps between each player's turn will become longer. Split into two groups if needed. With pen and paper Each player is given a pen and a sheet of paper. A category is chosen. Just for example: names of counties, last names of celebrities, makes of car, or names of films. A letter of the alphabet is chosen. The letters Q, U, V, Z, Y or Z can make the game too challenging, and mental…
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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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