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This game can be played on the fly or with a little advance planning, and works best with groups of people who may not know each other too well. Everyone gathers together and takes turns telling two true facts and one lie about themselves. The listeners vote on which of the three statements is the lie. If they correctly guess the lie, the liar wins nothing. If the liar successfully fools everyone, they may win a small prize. To play the game with a bit of advance planning, the host can have everyone submit their truths and lies in advance, and then reads each person’s statements aloud to the crowd with the same end goal: fool everyone.
Use this game to put the spotlight on the birthday boy or girl, or take turns so everyone gets a chance to play. In this game, one player is sent to another room while the remaining guests pick a person for he or she to be when they return. Don’t be afraid to get creative – the person can be a real public figure like President Obama, or can be something outrageous like a man being tackled by kittens. Once the player returns, he or she holds a press conference. The remaining guests take turns asking strategic questions, giving the player clues to his or her identity. After a set time period, the player must guess who he or she is.
What you’ll need:
Fill the mixing bowl about halfway with rice, and then add 50 or more safety pins. Mix it all up, blindfold a guest, and give them 30 seconds to see how many safety pins they can retrieve from the rice. This game is sure to get competitive as each player tries to outdo the others!
What you’ll need:
At the start of the party, everyone gets a lei or bead necklace. Each guest spends the rest of the party trying to win more leis or necklaces by getting other party guests to say the word “no”. Players must remember to avoid directly saying the word “no” – if they get caught, they have to give up their necklace to the person who tricked them into saying it. Players who have lost their necklaces can continue to play and try to earn one off another player. At the end of a set time period, the player with the most necklaces is the winner.
What you’ll need:
This game can be played throughout the party, even while other games are in progress! All you really need is a couple lightweight clothespins (plastic is recommended) and some drinks. One person (the pinner) gets a clothespin with the goal of secretly pinning it to someone else without them noticing. The pinner then steps away and counts to 10 out loud as each of the players frantically searches to see whether they’ve been pinned. If the pinned player finds the clothespin before the countdown is complete, the pinner must drink. If the pinned player can’t find the pin before the countdown is over, he or she must drink. Then the pinned player becomes the pinner and the game continues.
What you’ll need:
This game starts with someone saying the first and last name of a celebrity. The next person must use the first letter of the last name to come up with another celebrity name, and so on.
Example: Player one says Bill Clinton. The next player might say Cameron Diaz. The next player might say Dave Matthews, etc. All it really requires is basic spelling capabilities and a lot of pop culture knowledge. If someone names someone with the same letter at the beginning of their first and last names (example: Marilyn Monroe), the direction of play reverses. If a player can’t immediately think of a name, he or she must drink until they think of a name. It gets much more difficult as the party progresses!
These games are a great way to get everyone actively involved in the party, and don’t require a lot of time or money to set up. What great party games have you used to liven up your birthday bash? Tell us in the comments!
Just how well do you know your birthday star? This game is where the birthday guests are put under the spotlight and grilled by the guest of honor.
(It's a good idea for the birthday star to have a list of at least 100 things in advance, so they don't run out of things to ask on the spot).
When the 30 seconds are up, the next player takes over.
You will need someone to keep score; because whoever gets the most questions right will win a prize.
This adult birthday party game's fast-paced and a lot of fun, especially when the questions are funny.
Space everyone around a table or in a large room.
Standing individually, each players takes it in turns to say "Ha", "Ho" or "Hee".
The person who can keep the straightest face the longest wins.
You’ll need 6 or more players, each wearing 5 clothes pegs around their neck (i.e. collar, jumper v-neck, attached to a necklace).
Set aside 1-2 hours to play, or play during your party.
Players who lose all their pegs can say the words again. They can also rejoin the game, by trying to trick players with pegs into saying the words.
The player with the most clothes pegs at the end of the game wins a prize.
This adult birthday party game's also great fun as an icebreaker to warm up your crowd.
Anyone who smiles is knocked out of the game. Last person sitting wins!
Love silly racing adult birthday party games? With Unlikely Oranges, you'll need to split everyone into even-sized teams.
Give each team two orange and one pair of old pantyhose, long stockings or tights.
The first player and orange to do so wins.
You'll need lively music as well as a bunch of average-sized hula hoops strewn on the floor.
Add more fun to the game as you wish. For instance, instead of needing to hula once in the hoop, you can instruct players to do a fun dance or weird movement.
Looking for acting adult birthday party games? Here's one.
For Funny Birthday Business, you will need a hat, slips of paper and pencils.
Give each player 2-3 slips of paper and 2 minutes to write down one funny thing they'd like one of the other guests to perform.
To make this game work, think of funny or silly tasks - for example "pretend to be a snail" or "dance on one leg while flapping your arms and nodding".
As the host, secretly slip in a few tasks that everyone must perform together, e.g. pretend to be cats licking themselves. This is a great game to film.
Everyone is given an inflatable balloon and a marker pen each, and one minute to draw a face on their balloon.
To add an extra risk to the game, you can fill the balloons with whipped cream
Break everyone into 2 lines of 4-10 players, with each line queued up behind a designated leader.
Each player then places their hands on either the hips or shoulders of their person in front.
Everyone then crouches down, by bending down into their heels, almost like they're sitting on each other's laps. Each team is now a "crocodile".
First crocodile to cross the line - unbroken - wins!