Whenever you have a party, whether it’s a child’s birthday party, a Halloween party or a house party, games are a great way to bring people together. They’re brilliant for both breaking the ice between new people and providing old friends with new fun. Keep your parties fresh and interesting with the following game ideas.
This is a great game for keeping everyone active and mingling. At the start of the night, give everyone a sheet of stickers (different to every other guest’s). Everyone must get rid of all their stickers by sticking them on the other guests without them noticing. If you get caught, that person can freely place a sticker on you, instead. The first person to get rid of all their stickers wins the game.
React and Act
React and Act is the perfect ice-breaker game. It involves people having to be silly in front of each other and working together to achieve a shared goal. In order to play it, everyone writes on a piece of paper an event to react to. Without explicitly giving away what the event is, the person or people who pick that event have to act out a reaction to it. Examples include winning the lottery and falling in love. Exaggerated facial expressions, gestures and voices will all help to convey the situation.
This game is extremely quick and easy to do, perfect if you have a lot of small children who can’t yet appreciate more complex games. Everyone needs to be in groups of two or three and each team gets a roll of loo paper. Once one person in every team has been chosen to be the ‘mummy’, the other two need to wrap them up as quickly as possible. You can choose the winner based on who wraps their mummy the fastest or the most creatively.
Partners in Pen
For this game, everyone needs to split off into pairs, before sitting back to back with their partner. Each pair is given a bag of objects. One person in each pair needs to describe the object and the other one needs to draw it based on their teammate’s description. The team get a point for every correctly drawn object in order to win.
Two Truths and a Lie
This is a classic ice-breaking game and perfect if you’re hosting a party that brings together different groups of friends. It’s incredibly simple and works with any number of people. Everyone takes turns and reveals two truths about themselves, and one lie. Everyone else in the circle must then vote for which statement they believe to be the lie, before the lie is revealed.