If it’s your turn to host the next party and you’re looking for ways to inject some fun into the evening, dinner party games are sure to spice things up. They can even take the pressure off you while you perfect your cocktails and refill the nibbles, hurrah!
From the best drinking games to easy games for adults, anything that drives a bit of healthy competition is a must, right? This is where dinner party games come in. Once you’ve got the eating out of the way, it’s time to turn your attention to something fun and silly.
Whether you’re up for a post-it-on-the-head game or something more cringeworthy, we’ve got the game for you. Read on to find the top 5 dinner party games for you to try this season.
Heads up – one of the best, easy games to try
Top of the easy games list is heads up, a hilarious ‘who am I?’ game that will leave you and your guests in stitches.
How to play:
Write a name of a famous person on your post it note and stick it on the chosen player’s forehead, ensuring they don’t see.
- Every player has a turn in asking the group a yes or no question in order to guess the name on their head.
- e.g. ‘am I a singer?’ or ‘am I still alive?’
- If you get a ‘yes’, you can ask another question.
- If you get a ‘no’, it’s the next player’s turn.
Aim of the game: The first to guess the person on their head wins. The circle continues until everyone has guessed their name.
Top tip: Sit away from mirrors and reflective surfaces which make the perfect cheating props!
Who said it? – Looking for cringeworthy dinner party games? Try this!
- Before the party, go through your friends Facebook profiles and find the most embarrassing status updates you can.
- Screenshot them ready for the party, being sure not to include who wrote it.
- Pop them on a big screen at the dinner party and take it in turns to guess who said what, writing their answers down on paper.
- The winner is the one with the highest number of correct guesses.
Aim of the game: To see who knows their friends the best!
Top tip: Be careful you don’t accidentally include identifying information.
Ice Cube Melt – A simple game, yet plenty of fun!
- Split everyone into two even teams and give each team a tray with an ice cube per person on.
- When you shout go, the first player from each team picks up an ice cube and tries to melt it as quickly as possible.
- Players can rub the ice cube between their hands or clothes, but cannot put it in their mouths, stamp on it or use any warming equipment like lighters on it.
- The first team to melt the ice cubes in their tray wins.
Aim of the game: To melt an ice cube as fast as you can without using your mouth.
Top tip: Use bigger ice cubes like Super Cubes to make the game harder!
Protect the egg – perfect for large groups
Standard dinner party games can get a bit boring, so why not mix it up with something new? This protect the egg game is sure to be oodles of fun, while encouraging your guests to work together as a team.
- Split your guests into two teams and give each team an egg.
- Put a variety of material on the table that guests can use to protect their egg when its dropped.
- Materials can include things like cotton wool, straw, tape, glue, paper and bubble wrap.
- Set a specific amount of time for the teams to design and make a contraption to protect their egg.
- Someone from each team stands on a chair and drop’s the team’s egg.
- The team whose egg does not break is the winner.
Aim of the game: To protect the egg at all costs!
Top tip: Stock up on materials before the big day.
Act and react – a funny icebreaker game
There once was a time when charades was top of the dinner party games list. But now, loads of new, easy games that are just as much fun have taken over – Act and React is one of them.
- All players should privately write down an event, such as winning the lottery, having a baby, having a fight with a dog, getting divorced etc.
- Everyone should fold their piece of paper once they have written an event on it, putting it in a hat or pot.
- Each player randomly selects a piece of paper, before acting out the event on the paper.
- Other players try to guess the event, getting a point for each correct guess.
Aim of the game: To correctly guess as many events as possible.
Top tip: Make sure no one sees your paper!
Dinner party games – to prep or not to prep?
There are so many great dinner party games out there, it can be difficult to know what to choose. Ultimately, you know your guests and the kinds of things they’ll love – so there is a certain amount of customisation required. Or, if you want to make your life really easy, sack off the preparation, and find some ready-to-go dinner party games!