41 Entertaining And Fun Party Games For Adults

Have fun and make some moments with these easy-to-set-up games for adults.

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Party games are a great icebreaker and the best way to bring people together and keep the guests entertained throughout the event. And if you are planning to host a housewarming or dinner party with your friends and colleagues at work, we have a host of ideas for fun party games for adults. These games are fun and easy to organize. And we bet that all of these will get everyone laughing and enjoying themselves. So without any further delay, scroll down and check them out.

Before we move on to the list of funny games for party, let’s understand why you should include games and fun activities in your party.

The Benefits Of Playing Games Together

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  • Games help build relationships by getting everyone involved in the activity. This is especially helpful when guests don’t know each other well.
  • Party games and activities can foster new friendships and relationships.
  • They can bring out different sides of people’s personalities.
  • Games can ease the tension and help people feel more relaxed with each other.

Most adult fun activities are easy to set up. Here are some activities and fun games to play this birthday.

41 Best Adult Party Games And Activities

Birthday Party Games For Adults

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1. Charades

This classic game is perfect for parties because it gets everyone involved. Pick a theme like movies, songs, or books. Divide the guests into teams, and one person from each team can act out the theme for the game.

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You can make the game more interesting by introducing a theme where you act like someone you all know. For example, a famous personality or a common friend.

2. Taboo

This is one of the best card games that gets everyone talking and laughing. The goal is to get your team to guess the word or phrase without using that word on the card or any of its variations.

3. Cards Against Humanity

This game is definitely not for the faint of heart, but it can be fun if everyone is in the right frame of mind. It’s a fill-in-the-blank card game where players take turns reading out questions from a black card, and others have to pick the funniest answer from the white cards they have. The answers might be ridiculously funny and not make any sense, but they surely will leave you cracking. However, you need the right crowd to play this game as the words and phrases used are deemed offensive.

4. Pictionary

This is one of the most common team-building games and fun Christmas game ideas you can try out with your loved ones. This is a more adult-oriented version of charades, and you will need some paper, pens, or markers for this one. The goal is to draw clues to get your team members to guess the word or phrase. Everyone has to write down what they think the word or phrase is, and then you can compare answers at the end.

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Rob Angel, a waiter from Washington, invented Pictionary. He used to use his dictionary to find words and sketch them for party-goers.

5. Truth Or Dare

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This is another game that can either be tons of fun or incredibly cringe-worthy, depending on the group of people playing it. You can either play in groups or have everyone break off into pairs. The objective of this classic game is for each person to take turns asking the other person a question or giving them a task. They can choose to tell the truth and answer or complete the dare. In this personal blog, the author shares their Truth or Dare story, recounting a party experience with various games, “Better say that it was a Dare party because we didn’t ask any questions, only dared to do something crazy (i).”

6. Psych

This is a super fun game. You have to download the app and enter the names of the participants. Anonymously answer a few trivia questions about each player on the app. The answers can be false and everyone has to vote for the answer they think is the correct one. The person with the most points is the winner. The fun part is – you get points for guessing the correct answer and for fooling people into believing that your answer is correct.

7. Soda Pong

This drinking game never gets old, and is a variation of Beer Pong. It’s really simple, all you do is set up some cups of soda on one end of a table, and then players take turns trying to throw ping pong balls into the cups. Whoever gets the aim right and throws the ball into the glass gets to drink the soda. The first player to make all of their opponents drink their cups wins. You can use cola or any other non-alcoholic beverage instead of soda.

8. Saran Wrap Game

Get ready to get cute gifts in the middle of a game instead of at the end. You need plastic wrap, a few small but flexible gifts, two dice, and oven mitts. Sit in a circle or around a table. One person will have the balled wrap while the person on the left will have two dice. The one who begins the game will have to pull on the oven mitts and then try to unwrap the ball while the person to their left will roll the dice and try to roll doubles. If they get doubles then it’s their turn. During the unwrapping, whatever gifts fall out will be the person who had been unwrapping. This way the game will go on until the last gift falls out.

9. Guess Who?

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This fun game involves writing down the names of famous people on sticky notes and distributing them randomly. Then, stick that note on your forehead without looking. Next, ask “yes” or “no” questions to determine who you are. Keep playing until everyone figures out their person, or you can give a prize to those who guess correctly.

10. How’s Yours?

Pick one person to step out of the room. The rest of you choose a common characteristic or quality. When the person comes back, they ask, “How’s yours?” and everyone replies with a one-word answer describing that word. The person guesses which word matches the single-word answer to the characteristics. For instance, they could say “short,” “thick,” or “black” for hair. The aim is to guess the shared characteristics.

11. Most Likely To

This game is perfect for a close-knit group of friends. Sit in a circle and then a person will begin the game by asking questions like “ Who’s most likely to…” and others have to answer by pointing at their choice of person. The person with the most fingers pointed at them is out of that round. Keep playing until only one person is left. Also, you can play this game by skipping the eliminations and playing to have fun with your friends.

12. Telephone

This adult party game is great for groups of all sizes. Get everyone to sit in a circle. Choose a phrase and whisper it to the person beside you, but remember, no repeating it. That person will pass on what they heard to the next person, and this continues until the phrase reaches the person who started this round. Get ready to chuckle at how much it changes along the way.

13. Straight Face

Cook up some hilarious phrases and get your poker face on. You need to distribute paper and pens to your friends. Then, each person has to write a very silly and wild phrase and toss those paper chits in the hat. Then, sit in a circle and ask someone to pick a piece of paper and read it aloud. The aim is not to laugh, but if you crack a smile or burst into giggles, you are out. Continue passing the hat until you have read all the phrases, and let the good time roll.

Dinner Party Games For Adults

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1. I’m thinking of

This game is one of the perfect group games because it gets everyone involved. One person starts by saying something like, “I’m thinking of a celebrity,” and then the next person has to say something that comes to their mind when they hear that name. It can be anything related to them, like a movie they starred in or where they were born.

2. Two Truths And A Lie

In this game, everyone takes turns and says two truths and one false statement about themselves, and their teammates have to guess which one is the false statement. This is the best game to learn the deepest secrets of your friends and close ones.

3. What’s In The Bag

This is a fun group game to cheer everyone up at the dinner party and have a fun moment. You need to put some interesting, random items in a bag and pass it around the table. Then everyone has to guess what’s inside the bag without looking.

4. What’s Your Story?

This game is excellent if you want to get someone else talking about themselves because it can be highly revealing. For example, one person starts by saying how they spent their last dollar, and the next person continues that story with what happened next. It can get exciting when people have more profound stories to tell.

5. Name That Tune

This is one of the perfect group games to play. One person starts by humming or singing a few notes of a song, and the next person has to guess the title and artist. If they get it wrong, they have to hum or sing a few notes for the next person.

6. Would You Rather

This adult dinner party game is best played in pairs or small groups of three to four people. This game is more about deciding between dilemmas. For each round, one person asks the other person a “Would you rather” question and gives two options to choose from. For example, one question could be, “Would you rather eat chocolate cake every day for the rest of your life or never be able to eat cake again?” Depending on the group of people and the setting (formal or informal), you can set the questions and have fun knowing each other.

7. Categories

This is another great game for groups. Everyone takes turns to think of a category, like “types of candy” or “things you can buy at a dollar store.” The other person then has to name something in that category, and it keeps going until someone can’t think of anything else.

8. Sticker Stalker Game

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This is a fun game and is perfect for a party where everyone is chatting and mingling. Hand out a sheet of stickers to each person at the party. Each person secretly has to stick their stickers on the other guest. The aim is to use all the given stickers and win the game. But, if someone catches you while you are pasting that sticker on them, you have to take one of their stickers. At the end of the party, you and your friends can have a good laugh about how sneaky people are, and you might find more stickers than you thought you had!

9. Twenty Questions

If you are throwing a dinner party, the twenty-question game is for you. In this, you have to pick one person. That person will think of anything, including an animal, item, bird, movie, actor or actress, etc. The rest of the people will ask yes-or-no questions about what or who they are. They have 20 chances to guess, or the other person wins.

10. Don’t Say Yes

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Chances are, you are familiar with the concept of taboo word games, but get ready for a hilarious twist. In this game, the forbidden word is “yes” and all its sneaky variations, like nodding or winking in agreement. Invite your friends over for a dinner party and play this challenging game. Every time a person drops a “yes bomb”, decorate them with something funny like a sticker or a hair clip. At the end of the night, it will be fun to see the person who is the most decorated. This game is perfect for a large group, provided you have enough stickers on you.

11. Story Starters

Get ready for a game that’s going to have your imagination running wild and let your creative juices flow. The story starter game is a fantastic icebreaker for a large group of people to get the party started. You can play this game as an individual or divide the people into teams of four if the group is large enough. This game starts with a person narrating the beginning of the story, imagine it more like a movie. Now, the next person or team has to add a single line to that story to keep it going. Narrate the story however you like it, add hilarious characters, or unfold an unexpected adventure. You can spice things up by keeping a timer. Get ready to roar with laughter, and see how these stories will end.

12. B.S. Card Game

Now, this card game is not just about suits–it’s all about laughs. Gather around the table with your pals and a deck of cards. The aim is to outwit each other with cards that may or may not be telling the truth. Try to keep your poker face on while uttering absurd claims. This game involves bluffing, banter, and belly laughs.

13. Telestrations

This board game is a modern twist to pictionary and is ideal for post-dinner entertainment. Give each guest a pen, and paper and keep a set of pictures. Now, everyone has to select a different picture to sketch. Pass your drawings to the left. Now comes the fun part, each person has to depict what they received. This fun game guarantees uproarious laughter and is perfect for a big group.

14. React And Act

This is the ultimate icebreaker game that can shake up any gathering. It’s like an improv theater mixed with a comic club. The person will select a chit or sheet with a random occurrence on it, for instance, meeting your favorite celebrity out of the blue, and they have to act out how they will react. In the end, everyone will be busting a gut. One person has to act on a given scenario while the other guests will be reacting to them.

These icebreaker games for parties can spark conversations and spice up a boring dinner party. However, if you are hosting a party in your backyard, you have plenty of options for fun and entertaining outdoor games and activities. Check them out in the next section.

Outdoor Party Games And Activities For Adults

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1. The Pool

This activity involves filling up an inflatable pool with water and tossing adult party supplies like ping-pong balls, cheap sunglasses, and plastic animals into the pool. Once everything is in the pool, everyone takes turns diving in to find whatever they can. It’s a great way to cool off on a hot day and have some laughs.

2. DIY Twister

All you need for this game is a large piece of fabric like an old tablecloth or sheet, paint or markers, and a few plastic cups. Draw a large Twister board on the fabric and put some paint or markers in the cups. Players take turns spinning the bottle, and wherever it lands, they have to put their hand or foot on the corresponding color.

3. Giant Jenga

This game is just like regular Jenga, but much bigger! You can buy a Giant Jenga set or make your own by stacking wooden blocks or bricks.

4. Water Balloon Volleyball

This game is a blast on a hot day. All you need is an adult party pool and some water balloons. Divide people into two teams and have them stand at either end of the pool. Players take turns tossing water balloons at the other team’s players. If you get hit, you are out. The team that eliminates all of the other team’s players wins.

5. Freeze Dance

This adult party game is perfect for an adult house party. Turn on the music, give every person a tequila shot to have more fun. Then, pause the music every few seconds, and everyone has to freeze. The person who moves or makes any noise when the music stops is eliminated from the game.

6. Pin The Tail On The Donkey

This adult party game is great for groups of all sizes. Get a Pin the Tail on the Donkey kit and give everyone a blindfold and spin them around a few times before they can try to pin the tail where it belongs.

7. Beer Pong

This drinking game never gets old, and neither does drinking beer! It is a simple 18+ game and all you do is set up some cups of beer on one end of a table, and then players take turns trying to throw ping pong balls into the cups. Whoever gets the aim right and throws the ball into the glass gets to drink the beer. The first player to make all of their opponents drink their beer wins.

8. Musical Chairs

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Musical chairs is a well-known game usually played by kids, but it’s fun for adults, too. You must be familiar with the rules of this game. Keep the chairs in a circle facing outward, with one less chair than the number of players. Let one person play the music and have the others stand in a circle around the chairs. Walk around the chairs while the music is on, and grab a chair once it stops. Anyone left standing is out. Remove a chair each round till two people and one chair are left. To make it more exciting, you can add hilarious rules like allowing people to sit on each other’s lap without their feet touching the ground.

9. Extreme Rock, Paper, And Scissors

When was the last time you dueled with rock, paper, scissors? Probably long back, right? Flip this classic game into a full-blown tournament with your pals, where hand signs become fierce weapons. Divide the teams into pairs and each team needs to play three games of rock, paper, and scissors. The winners from each team continue to face off until only one remains. This is a perfect game to play outdoors with a big group of people–the more, the merrier.

10. Tug Of War

Legendary tug of war but with a comical twist. Form your teams, grip that rope, and prepare to channel your collective power. It’s not only about strength as teams line up and unleash their pulling might – it’s about who can outlaugh the opponents while dragging their way to victory because not only do you have to pull the rope but also channel your inner comedian to make the opponent team members laugh and lose their grip. You can play this timeless game outdoors with a large number of people around.

11. Ring Toss

Oh, you must have played this game in your childhood. Let’s flip this game by tossing rings at the bottlenecks. Let the competitive feeling take over you while aiming to score more. The top score grabs the ultimate bragging rights. You can also make this a drinking game by making the winner drink all the bottles they have successfully put a ring on.

12. Four Square Volleyball

Invite your old pals over a weekend for a game of four-square volleyball game but with a twist. All you and your buddies have to do is keep the ball in the air and not let it touch the ground. It is just like a volleyball game but with four friends having a blast of laughter.

13. Giant Tic-Tac-Toe

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Think of the classic old game of tic-tac-toe, but a giant one! You can buy it or make a set of your own colossal Xs and Os for mega fun. Place your huge X or O in the squares one at a time. The aim is to get the same symbols ( X or O) horizontally, vertically, or diagonally in a row.

14. Drunk Waiter

This outdoor game is for a bunch of daredevils. This game combines drinks, navigation skills, fun, and frolic. A player has to hold a tray loaded with drinks and has to navigate an obstacle course without spilling a sip of the drink. The fun part? If a spill happens, you have to bottom up before you start walking again.

Infographic: 9 Fun Activities To Play In Adult Parties

Games help to break the ice between people by engaging them in a particular activity in a team. You can be the best party host if you organize some of these easy yet interesting games in your next party.

Check out the infographic below to know some of the best and popular games to play at adult parties with food, pen, and paper.

9 fun activities to play in adult parties (infographic)

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Final Thoughts

Games are not just for kids. Even adults can have equal fun and get to know each other well with these party games for adults. You can also include board games, trivia games, and word games, which are perfect for spending a fun-filled evening. So, whether you are hosting a formal dinner party for your colleagues or a crazy night with your best pals, you will find a game suited to your guests from our list of adult party games. So, pick your game, invite your guests, and have a blast!

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some team-building party games for adults?

Charades, pictionary, and water balloon volleyball are great adult games for team-building. As people get divided into teams and have to work together to win, these games can bring them together. Arrange prizes for winners to motivate and trigger some competitiveness.

Can you suggest any adult party games that are perfect for breaking the ice?

Games like Two Truths And A Lie, I’m Thinking Of, What’s In The Bag? etc., are great for breaking the ice at parties. These games help people warm up to each other and allow them to be heard.

Can you suggest any adult party games that can challenge a person’s physical abilities?

Twister and The Pool are definitely physically challenging adult games. You can also play Tug Of War and Musical Chairs, or involve sports like table tennis, dodgeball, or pool volleyball.

Are there any adult party games that are perfect for a night of friendly competition?

All the games mentioned above are great for friendly competition. However, if you want to try something new, lip sync battles, treasure hunts, karaoke challenges, and dance battles are extremely popular and entertaining.

What are some adult party games that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and backgrounds?

Games like Pictionary, Charades, Cards Against Humanity, Jenga, or Freeze Dance can be enjoyed by everyone. Keep in mind to optimize music and topics to suit everyone.

Can you suggest any adult party games that don’t require any props or equipment?

Adult party games involving storytelling or opinion-sharing are great for having fun without props and equipment. You can play games like Would You Rather, Two Truths And A Lie, Spin The Bottle, Truth Or Dare, and What’s Your Story? etc., without other props.

Key Takeaways

  • These games are appropriate for various group sizes as well as varying levels of player familiarity.
  • While some games call for props or special equipment, others can be played with simply a group of players and a set of rules.
  • Establish a comfortable and easygoing atmosphere before the game begins, and make sure that everyone is having a good time.
  • The activities for adults are a wonderful opportunity to bond with others and make lifelong memories.

Let’s have some fun! Check out this video for easy and fun party games that don’t require any equipment—perfect for any gathering!

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