Good Party Games for Adults

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Although many perhaps think of games as belonging to the realm of childhood, adults also commonly partake in them, especially when attending or hosting dinners, parties and other get-togethers. Good party games are particularly useful as ice-breakers when it comes to making introductions; and they also help party-goers relax and stay in good spirits.

Famous People Guessing Game

The famous people guessing games requires each participant to write down the name of a well-known person, living or dead, on a small piece of paper or note card. Each participant then passes his card to the person immediately to his right, and all participants then stick their cards to their foreheads, with the names of the famous people facing outwards. This allows for each participant to see all the other participants’ famous names, without being able to see his own. Each participant then goes in turn asking a yes or no question about his famous person. For example, you might ask, “was I a U.S. president?” or “am I a movie star?” You win the game when you guess the name of your famous person correctly. In popular culture, this adult party game is featured in Quentin Tarantino’s World War II film Inglourious Basterds. During one scene, a group of characters play it as a drinking game, and drink after guessing their famous names incorrectly. If a participant guesses correctly, all of the other participants drink.

Two Truths and a Lie

The Purple Trail invitation and card company included two truths and a lie in their list of the top seven fun adult party games (See Reference 1). The game is especially well suited for getting party-goers to become more familiar with the people they do not know or do not know very well. Participants gather in a circle and take turns making three statements: two of them true and one of them false. The trick is to make your lie a relatively mundane or feasible statement, such as “I have visited Hawaii”, as opposed to saying something fantastical and obviously false, such as “I have visited Mars.” The person immediately to the right of the speaker guesses which statement was the lie. If he guesses incorrectly, the following participant gets a try.

The No Game

As the dinner and holiday party guide website Divine Dinner Party (See Reference 2) notes, the objective of the no game is to collect as many leis, or necklaces, as possible. Each participant receives a lei when entering the party, along with the instructions to avoid saying the word “no.” If a participant accidentally says no in response to someone’s questioning, he must give up his lei. The game can quickly become tricky, and humorous, especially when people begin asking uncomfortable, unusual or awkwardly phrased questions, such as “will you not give me twenty-dollars?” or “so you’re a Republican/Democrat?”