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55+ Party Games For Adults That Are Guaranteed To Be A Hit

Make your parties more fun and engaging with party games that spark conversation, make people laugh, and keep people entertained!

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Do you want to turn a boring party or work event around and make it more interesting without getting too cheesy? Introduce a great party game to engage people, get them talking, laughing, and generally having fun. It’s also an excellent way to connect with friends and get acquainted with new ones!

And it’s not just about having fun either. Playing games also promotes teamwork, communication, and problem-solving skills. Plus, it’s a great way to break the ice in social situations, especially if you’re introverted.

In this article, we will dive into a list of some of the best games to play at parties of all types and also look at some of the social benefits as well as tips for hosting a great party. 

What Are the Best Games To Play at Adult Parties?

The best party games to play with adult groups include elements that get everyone involved but are not too complicated to learn quickly. You can really kill the energy in the room by spending an hour going over the rules of a new game. Opt for games where the rules can be learned in five minutes or less and don’t leave anyone out—ideally, games designed for five or more people. 

Not sure where to start? We got you covered! Here’s a list of 55+ party games for adults for all kinds of party types, including games you can play remotely! 

Fun Party Games For Adults 

When it comes to planning a fun-filled evening with friends, party games are a must-have! There are so many great options to choose from, but here are our top five picks for the most enjoyable games to play in an adult group (including bachelor and bachelorette parties!):

  1. Heads Up! 

This fast-paced game challenges players to guess words and phrases based on clues given by their teammates. With categories ranging from pop culture to history, Heads Up! is a great way to get everyone involved and engaged. You can also pick up this game in your App Store!

  1. Would you rather

This is a classic getting-to-know-you conversation game that is sure to deliver some lively and hilarious conversation. 

To play, ask would you rather question to the group and have everyone respond. There’s not really any winning or losing in this game, but it’s a sure way to bring some levity to the group! Need some questions to get started? We got you covered! Here are a few to get you started:

  • Would you rather only be able to eat sweet or savory food? 
  • Would you rather never be able to read another book or never watch another movie? 
  • Would you rather meet your great-great-grandparents or your great-great-grandchildren? 
  • Would you rather be a fantastic storyteller, inspired by embarrassing moments, or never do anything embarrassing but not have funny stories? 

Check out our full list of 246 Would You Rather Questions.

  1. Celebrity Look-Alike

Ask each guest to bring a photo of a celebrity that they resemble. Then let people try to guess who their celebrity doppelganger is. This can be a casual background game to play throughout the party and a fun way to get people mingling!

  1. Cards Against Humanity 

This hilarious and irreverent game is perfect for a group of adults who aren’t afraid to let loose and have a good time. With outrageous prompts and plenty of opportunities for off-color humor, Cards Against Humanity is sure to have everyone laughing. (Attention: some content in this game is R-rated.)

  1. Pictionary

A classic game that’s always a crowd-pleaser, Pictionary is a great option for a group of creative and competitive friends. Whether you’re an artist or not, this game is sure to bring out your inner Picasso. It’s also a great affordable option with pictionary word generators now available online!

  1. Mafia

This is a classic party game that’s perfect for a group of friends who enjoy a bit of mystery and intrigue. In Mafia, players must work together to figure out who among them is the secret killer, while the killer tries to eliminate the other players without getting caught.

  1. The Dating Game 

Based on the TV show, The Dating Game, this is a fun game that’s perfect for groups of singles. One person is chosen to be the “bachelor” or “bachelorette,” and the other players act as contestants trying to win a date with them. 

The contestants have to answer questions and try to impress the bachelor/bachelorette, who then the bachelor/bachelorette chooses their favorite contestant for the date.

Party Games For Families 

If you’re having a family gathering, choosing a game that everyone will enjoy may feel a bit stressful. What’s something Grandpa can play that your sister will also enjoy? Try some of these ideas for your next family party!

  1. Apples to Apples

This is a fun wordplay game for a mixed-age group and is often referred to as a cleaner version of Cards Against Humanity. It’s an easy-to-learn, fast-paced game that’s great for families. 

In this game, you can also enjoy the added fun of trying to figure out the personality type of the dealer and what word they might pick! To win, pick words that you think the dealer will choose to describe the word they drew.

A fast-paced word-play game called apples to apples that makes a great party game for families.


  1. Telestrations

Similar to Pictionary, this is a hilarious drawing game where players sketch out clues and try to guess what their teammates have drawn.

A woman holding up a square card that says beaver on it while laughing. She is playing a game called Telestrations with friends, which is similar to Pictionary, and is a hilarious drawing game where players sketch out clues and try to guess what their teammates have drawn.
  1. Do You Really Know Your Family? 

In this game, challenge your family to trivia about each other and see who knows you best. It’s a great way to inspire fun and hilarious conversations. 

An image of a game called 200 cards, where you challenge your family to trivia about each other and see who knows you best. It’s a great way to inspire fun and hilarious conversations.

Party Games For Large Groups 

Are you planning a party for a large group of 10 or more? Here are some fun game ideas to keep everyone entertained:

  1. Karaoke

Set up a karaoke machine or use a karaoke app and let your guests belt out their favorite tunes. (Be careful, some introverts in the group may not be as keen on this idea!)

  1. Pictionary Telephone

This game combines the classic games of Pictionary and Telephone. Play this game as a large group or split the group into teams. To play, one person draws a picture of a word or phrase and then passes it to the next person, who tries to guess what it is and writes it on a piece of paper. 

The next person then draws their interpretation of the word or phrase passed to them, and so on. 

You can also try a version where you draw on someone’s back, and they then have to draw what they thought the person drew on the next person’s back, and so on. It’s a fun and creative game that’s perfect for groups. 

  1. Reverse Charades

In this game, teams act out a word or phrase for one player to guess. The twist is that instead of one person acting out the word, the entire team acts it out together. It’s a fun and silly game that’s perfect for getting people laughing.

  1. Fishbowl

This fun and fast-paced game combines elements of Charades, Taboos, and Password. Players write down words or phrases on slips of paper and put them into a bowl. They then take turns trying to get their teammates to guess the word or phrase by acting it out, giving clues, or using a single word. It’s a great icebreaker and can be played with teams or as individuals.

Retirement Party Games 

Add an element of fun to your retirement party with a group game that not only honors the retiree but also keeps people engaged and entertained. Try some of these ideas!

  1. Retirement Trivia

Create a list of questions related to the retiree’s career and personal life. This game will test the guests’ knowledge of the retiree and provide an opportunity to reminisce and celebrate their accomplishments. 

  1. Memory Lane

Create a slideshow of photos from the retiree’s life and career and ask guests to guess the year or occasion of each picture. This game will allow guests to see the retiree’s life in retrospect and appreciate their contributions. 

  1. What’s in the Bag? 

Fill a bag with items that represent the retiree’s career or hobbies. Guests can take turns reaching into the bag and guessing what each item represents. This game will test guests’ knowledge of the retiree’s interests and can spark conversation about their passions. 

  1. Retirement Roast

This involves guests taking turns saying something funny, memorable, or heartfelt about the retiree. It’s also a fun way to honor and celebrate the retiree’s contributions while also providing some lighthearted entertainment.

Harry Potter Party Games 

Throwing a Harry Potter-themed party? Try some of these fun party games with your group!

  1. Sorting Hat Quiz

Put on your sorting hat and see which Hogwarts house you belong to! Take turns asking Harry Potter trivia questions and award points to the team that answers correctly.

A man with a Harry Potter hat on, looking up, which is referring to a Harry Potter-themed game where you put on your sorting hat and see which Hogwarts house you belong to. You take turns asking Harry Potter trivia questions and award points to the team that answers correctly.  It makes a great party game.
  1. Quidditch Match

Set up a makeshift Quidditch field and divide into teams. (Note, this game is best played outside!) Use brooms and hula hoops as props and try to score points by throwing a ball through the opposing team’s hoop.

  1. Horcrux Scavenger Hunt

Hide small objects around the party space that represent the Horcruxes from the Harry Potter series. The person who finds the most Horcruxes wins a prize!

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Christmas Party Games

Looking for some fun party games to play at your Christmas gathering? Here are our top five picks that are sure to bring laughter and joy to your festivities:

  1. White Elephant gift exchange

This classic game is always a hit. Each person brings a wrapped gift and puts it in the center of the room. They then take turns choosing a gift or stealing one that someone else has already opened. The game continues until all gifts have been opened.

  1. Christmas charades

Get everyone laughing with this classic game of charades. Start with everyone writing down a few Christmas-themed songs, movies, or phrases, and drop them into a bowl or hat. Split into teams, set a one-minute timer, and take turns acting out Christmas-themed phrases, songs, or movies. The team with the most correct guesses wins!

  1. Name That Tune: Christmas Edition

Play snippets of popular holiday songs and see who can guess the song’s name the fastest. This game is sure to get everyone in the holiday spirit.

  1. Christmas trivia

Test your knowledge of Christmas traditions, movies, and music with a fun trivia game. Split into teams and see who can answer the most questions correctly. For a list of great Christmas trivia questions, check out QuizBreaker.

  1. Christmas Mad Libs

This silly game is always a crowd-pleaser. Fill in the blanks of a Christmas-themed Mad Libs story with random words, and then read the hilarious results out loud. 

Birthday Party Games For Adults 

Looking for some fun group activities to play at a birthday party celebrating someone’s life? Here are five great options:

  1. Name That Tune: Birthday Edition

Create a playlist of popular songs during the birthday honoree’s birth year and play a few seconds of each one. The first person to guess the song correctly gets a point. The person with the most points at the end of the game wins.

  1. Two Truths and a Lie: Birthday Edition

Each person takes a turn sharing three stories or statements about the birthday honoree—two true and one false. The group then tries to guess which statement is the lie.

Halloween Party Games For Adults

Looking for some spooky fun this Halloween? Here are some of our most recommended games to play in a group at your Halloween party:

  1. Werewolf

This classic game is perfect for Halloween night. Much like the game of Mafia, players take on the roles of villagers and werewolves, trying to identify and eliminate the other team. It’s a game of strategy and deception, and it’s sure to keep your guests on the edge of their seats.

  1. Halloween Superlatives

This is a fun game you can play in the background of your Halloween party. Pick out a set of superlatives and have everyone vote on the costumes people are wearing or the characters people are being. 

Some examples include, “Most likely to die first in a vampire movie,” “Scariest sense of style,” or “The character I wouldn’t mind being deserted on an island with.” Have fun with it! After all the votes are in, give out prizes to the winners.

  1. Murder Mystery

If you’re a fan of mystery and role-playing, this is a great game for a group of people at a Halloween party, especially if your friends are willing to play along with the idea of taking on a role and joining in a story. Before your party, assign roles and responsibilities, and have everyone show up ready to play and solve the crime. And, of course, costumes are encouraged!

Bachelorette Party Games

Looking for fun ways to celebrate a bachelorette party? Try out some of these bride-themed games with your friends!

  1. Bridal Bingo

This classic game is a hit at bachelorette parties and can be played throughout the evening. Create bingo cards with words or phrases you think you’ll hear or experience, and have guests mark off items as they hear or witness them throughout the night. The first person to hit bingo wins. 

Create your own customized bingo card with Canva or use an online bingo card generator.

  1. Never Have I Ever

This game is about sharing embarrassing stories and wild experiences with friends. If you’re looking for a game guaranteed to get everyone talking and laughing, Never Have I Ever is the way to go. It’s also easy to play. 

Before you start, everyone holds up five fingers and takes turns sharing something they’ve never done. If anyone has done it, they put down a finger (you can do the same thing with drinks, if you prefer!). The last person with fingers up wins!

  1. Love, Like, Leave

In this game, each person takes turns calling out three people, and everyone in the group has to declare whether they would love, like, or leave that person. (For a more risque version of this game, some people prefer to call it “Do, Date, Dump”). It’s best to play this game with celebrities or fictional characters—for example, Chris Pine, Chris Evans, or Chris Pratt. 

Online Party Games 

Are you looking for games to play online with your remote team or family? Here are our top recommendations.

  1. Jackbox Games

This collection of party games includes trivia, drawing games, and more. Each game can be played remotely with friends using a code to join the game.

  1. Among Us

This game has become incredibly popular recently. Players work together to identify and vote off the “imposters” on their spaceship while the imposters try to sabotage and kill the crew.

  1. Codenames (Online)

This word game can be played remotely using a virtual board. Teams take turns giving their teammates one-word clues to guess the words on the board without accidentally leading them to the “assassin” card.

  1. Quiplash

This game is all about coming up with funny responses to prompts. Players vote for their favorite responses, and the winner with the most votes at the end wins!

Holiday Party Games 

Looking for some fun holiday-themed party games to play with your friends and family? Here are some great ideas for various holidays:

  1. Hanukkah Dreidel Game

Get in the spirit of Hanukkah with a classic dreidel game. Just make sure to have enough gelt (chocolate coins) on hand! This is a great game for almost any number of people, and it’s easy to play. 

  1. Name that dish

This is a fun game to play with your family or friends at Thanksgiving. Cook up a set of dishes and blindfold the guests who want to take part in the competition (don’t let any competitors see the dishes ahead of time!). Have them blindly taste each dish and identify what it is. Make it a challenge by mixing in some hard-to-guess dishes!

  1. Easter egg hunt

This is an age-old classic typically designed for kids. To add an adult twist, include fun or surprising prizes inside the eggs you know your friends will love. Maybe one of the eggs even has money inside!

Engagement Party Games 

Looking for some fun and interactive games to play with your friends at an engagement party? Here are five of the best engagement-themed party games that are sure to keep your guests entertained:

  1. The Newlywed Game

This classic game is perfect for an engagement party. It involves questions about the bride and groom’s relationship and is a great way to get to know the couple better. Test people’s knowledge about how they met, the date of their first kiss, and maybe even what nicknames they have for each other! The person with the most correct answers wins!

  1. Couples trivia

Set this game up ahead of time by having the future bride and groom answer questions privately for both themselves and their partner. Questions might include, “What is your/their favorite food?” or “What was your/their childhood nickname?” 

Then at the party, have them reveal their answers to the group. To get the group more involved, have the group answer the questions too. If someone in the group answers correctly and the bride or groom answers incorrectly, the point goes to the guest!

  1. Name That Love Song

This game involves playing a short clip of a popular love song and asking guests to guess the song’s name. This is a great way to get guests singing along and can be a lot of fun.

  1. Guess the Number of Kisses

This game involves filling a jar with Hershey’s Kisses and asking guests to guess the number of kisses in the jar. It’s a great background game that people can participate in throughout the party. The guest who guesses closest to the actual number wins the chocolate!

Graduation Party Games 

Looking for a party game for a graduation party that really celebrates a graduate’s success while also adding a boost of fun to the group? Try some of these party game ideas!

  1. Graduation Trivia

Test your group’s knowledge of the graduate’s hobbies, personality, school, and major with a fun trivia game. Create questions that highlight their accomplishments and interests, and award prizes to the winners.

  1. Graduation Photo Booth

This is less of a game and more of a fun party element. Set up a photo booth with props and decorations that celebrate the graduate’s achievements. Encourage guests to take silly and memorable photos to commemorate the occasion. To add an extra dose of fun, create a hashtag people can use to post their photos on social media and award prizes to the most creative shots!

Outdoor Party Games 

If it’s nice outside, bring your party game into the yard! Here are some of the most recommended outdoor party games.

  1. Bags or Cornhole Tournament

This is a popular yard game that will require purchasing Bags/Cornhole sets or building one on your own. It makes for the perfect outdoor game for a large group, especially if you add the element of a tournament to it. The last team standing wins!

  1. Olympics

Set up various games and challenges, such as a snowball toss or sled races (if it’s winter) or a water balloon toss or hula hoop competition (if it’s summer). You can set up your games like a tournament and include prizes for your gold medalists!

  1. Kan Jam

In this game, players take turns throwing a disc to land in the kan with the goal of getting 21 points to win (similar to Bags/Cornhole). Points vary depending on whether you hit the kan or land in the kan. Teammates can help deflect the disc to land in or closer to the kan to increase your point potential. 

  1. Pickleball

This game is growing in popularity as of late. It’s a combination of tennis, badminton, and ping pong, played on a smaller court with a lower net and a paddle instead of a racket. The rules are simple and easy to learn. The first team to reach 11 points, with a lead of at least 2 points, wins the game. 

An image of two pickleball paddles and a wiffle ball. It’s a great party game that is a combination of tennis, badminton, and ping pong, played on a smaller court with a lower net and a paddle instead of a racket.
  1. Bocce Ball

This is a great option for groups of a variety of skill levels and ages. The objective of the game is to roll your ball as close as possible to the target ball, also known as the pallino. To win at bocce, you need to have good aim, strategy, and a bit of luck. 

  1. Croquet

Croquet is an entertaining option for people of all skill levels, but it requires a bit of strategy, precision, and hand-eye coordination. The object of the game is to hit plastic or wooden balls through a series of hoops with a mallet. The player who successfully completes the course and hits the finishing stake wins the game. 

  1. Ladder Toss

This is an easy game to set up and requires very little equipment. The objective of the game is to toss your bolas, which are two balls connected by a string, onto the rungs of a ladder. The higher the rung that your bola lands on, the more points you will score. 

An image of the game ladder toss, which makes a great party game. The objective of the game is to toss your bolas, which are two balls connected by a string, onto the rungs of a ladder. The higher the rung that your bola lands on, the more points you will score. 
  1. Horseshoes

The objective of the game is to throw horseshoes at a metal stake placed in the ground. Each player takes turns throwing their horseshoes, trying to get as close to the stake as possible. Points are earned based on how close the horseshoe lands to the stake, with a ringer (landing around the stake) being worth the most points.

What Are the Social Benefits of Party Games?

The social benefits of party games include building stronger friendships and a sense of camaraderie with others. And it’s not just about having fun either. Playing games also promotes teamwork, communication, and problem-solving skills. Plus, it’s a great way to break the ice in social situations, especially if you’re introverted

So, next time you’re looking for a fun way to enhance your social connections, why not suggest a game night with your friends?

How to Host a Party Game

Before you host your next party game, check out these tips on hosting a game night from Vanessa Van Edwards. She breaks it down into a few simple steps and things to consider.

  • Set a goal. Are you hoping to get to know people better, laugh, or learn something new?
  • Plan ahead. Think about the number of people, the personality mix, and the space you need.
  • Choose the best game to match the goal, group, and space.
  • Prepare people ahead of time. Let people know what to expect before they get there so they can mentally prepare themselves. 
  • Provide snacks and beverages—a must for any party! If you want to get fancy, you can even theme refreshments around your game or party type.
  • Pay attention to the time. Don’t get started too late or let things drag on longer than people feel comfortable.
  • Have a backup plan. If the game you picked isn’t jiving with your group, have a backup plan ready. 
  • Take suggestions. Before the next party, ask people for ideas and suggestions.

Party Game Key Takeaways

In summary, take note of these benefits and tips to have fun at your next party!

  • Rember, the best party games to play with adult groups include elements that get everyone involved but are not too complicated to learn quickly. 
  • Playing games promotes teamwork, communication, and problem-solving skills.
  • Playing games build stronger friendships and a sense of camaraderie.
  • For a great game night, set a goal, plan ahead, and choose the right game for your mix.

For even more game ideas, check out our article, The 30 Best Games to Play With Every Kind of Friend.

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