Picture this: you're at a party, surrounded by people, but it feels like everyone is just standing around awkwardly, checking their phones and waiting for the night to end. Luckily, with just a few minutes of the right game, you can get people laughing, bonding, and having a blast. And let's be real, there's something special about the way that party games bring people together. They create a sense of camaraderie and shared experience that's hard to replicate in any other way. But, if you pick the wrong game or misjudge the energy of the group, you can end up with a totally forced. So, choose your game wisely and remember to read the room, my friend!
Three things in common
Find a partner who you don't know and find three things you have in common.
Fill balloons with small prizes or challenges, such as "sing a song in front of everyone" or "give a compliment to a stranger." Players take turns popping the balloons and completing the challenge inside.
Set up chairs in a circle with one less chair than the number of players. Play music and have the players walk around the chairs. When the music stops, they must scramble to sit down in a chair. The person left standing is out, and one chair is removed for the next round. The last person sitting wins.
Play music and have everyone dance. When the music stops, everyone must freeze in place. The last person to freeze is out. Repeat until only one person is left.
Have everyone form a circle and take turns dancing in the center. The group can cheer them on or do moves together.
Start a conga line and dance around the room. Add in twists like changing directions or having everyone duck under a line of hands.
Choose one person to be "it" and have them try to tag someone else while everyone is dancing. Once someone is tagged, they become "it."
Tie a balloon to each person's ankle and have them dance around while trying to pop other people's balloons without getting their own popped. The last person with an intact balloon wins.
"Big Book of Party Games: Fun for Everyone!" by Mary Engelbreit. This book offers a wide variety of party games and activities for large groups, with options for indoor and outdoor play and games suitable for all ages.
"The Ultimate Party Game Book: More than 600 Games for All Occasions" by John Byl. This book offers a huge selection of party games for all types of gatherings, including large parties, with options for groups of all sizes and ages.
"101 Fun Party Games for All Ages: Board Games, Group Games, and More" by Courtney Sanchez. This book offers a range of party games and activities suitable for large groups, with options for indoor and outdoor play, team games, and individual challenges.
"The Party Game Compendium: Over 1500 Games for All Occasions" by Terry Stickels. This book is a comprehensive guide to party games and activities, with a huge selection of options for large groups, including icebreakers, team-building games, and classic party games.
"The Great Big Party Book: Over 100 Fun and Festive Games and Activities for Kids" by Jane Bull. This book is focused on party games and activities for kids, with options for large groups and a variety of different types of play, including craft projects, games, and challenges.