12 Simple and Fun Party Games Ideas for Adults

Who has two thumbs and loves party games?  This girl.  If you come to my house for a get-together you better believe there will be party games.  I had my 87-year-old Grandpa blowing turkey feathers down a table for a feather relay race at Thanksgiving last year.  

Party games are the perfect way to break the ice and invite everyone to engage in the party atmosphere.  Even the most reluctant party goer will be having fun after they play these 12 simple and fun party games.

So, what are some easy and fun party games ideas?  

Never Have I Ever

Make a circle of chairs in an open area and have everyone but one person sit down.  The one person not seated will stand in the middle.  They will start the game.  As the host, you could start the game.  

You will share one thing that you have never done.  For example, “Never have I ever gone scuba diving.”

Anyone who HAS gone scuba diving has to stand up and move to another open chair in the circle as quickly as they can.  The person in the middle also sits down.  

Whoever is the last person standing with no seat to sit in is the next person in the middle.  Play continues and they have to think of something they have never done.

If people find it difficult to come up with ideas of things they have never done, you can have slips of paper in a bowl with ideas for them to draw from.  Ideas include but are not limited to:  never have I ever gotten a speeding ticket, never have I ever gotten a perm, never have I ever shaved my legs and never have I ever traveled outside the country.  

You can go as crazy or as tame as you want based on the crowd.

Find Never Have I Ever game here.

skunk party game for groups


Skunk is a dice game.  You need two dice and a pad of paper to record the participant’s name and their scores. There’s no limit to the number of people that can play.  

The goal of the game is to be the first person to get over 100 points.  However, the person with the most points wins and everyone has one more road to beat the first person to go over 100’s score.

Play begins when the first player rolls the dice.  They roll 2 dice and add up the total of the dice, those are their points.  They can either stop and keep those points until the next round or they can keep rolling to get as many points as possible.

If a player rolls a 1 and a 2 together, they lose all their points from that round.  If a player rolls 2 1’s together, they lose all their points they have accumulated from all rounds.  

In either case, their turn is over.  If they don’t roll any of those combinations, a player can choose to end their turn at any time and keep the points they have earned.

Once a player decides to stop rolling, record their total points from that round and play continues clockwise and the next player rolls.

When a player reaches 100 points, everyone has one final turn to try to beat the person’s score.  It’s in the best interest of the person who scores at least 100 points to try to get as many points as possible since everyone will try to beat them.  

Play concludes when the final round has been completed and the person with the most points wins.

celebrity game party game ideas


Celebrity is a charades type game with 3 rounds of play.  Divide your group into two even teams to begin.  Then give each player 3 to 5 strips of paper.  

Have each player secretly record a person, place or thing on each strip of paper.  It’s important that they are specific, for example,  write down Toyota Sienna instead of a van or even better write down “Erin’s Toyota Sienna.”  The options are endless.  We have had papers that said “Tostito’s cantina thin and crispy tortilla chips” and “Seattle Space Needle.”

Once the participants have recorded their ideas on their paper, have them fold their slips of paper in half and put them in a bowl.

 Round one each team will take turns guessing what’s on the slips of paper by describing and acting out the item without using any of the words on the slip of paper.  

The opposing team will set a timer for 30 seconds while the other team will guesses.  The team that is guessing will choose one person from their team to start.  That person will pick a slip of paper out of the bowl when the timer begins and starts to describe the item to their team.  

When the team guesses correctly, they grab another slip of paper out of the bowl.  If they get stumped, they cannot skip.  At the end of 30 seconds, if the team playing has not guessed a paper correctly, the other team can try to steal.

Play continues with the other team choosing a player to act out the words for their team and the opposite team keeps time.  Play continues in round one until all slips of paper have been described.  Both teams total up their slips of paper and record their scores.

Round two begins with all the same slips of paper are deposited back into the bowl.  This time only one word can be spoken to describe the item on the slip of paper.  Players may also use actions but no other words or sounds.  

The next player on the team in the rotation will start round two and the opposite team will keep time (30 seconds).  Play continues like in round one until all slips of paper have been won.  Teams tally their scores and add to round one score.

Round three begins with all the slips of paper in the bowl and this time NO words can be spoken.  Each player must act out the words for their teams.  Play resumes like in round one and round two with one player from one team acting out the slips of paper while the other team keeps time (30 seconds).

Play concludes when all slips of paper have been acted out.  Both teams tally up their slips of paper and add to the first 2 rounds scores to determine the winning team.

bingo party game ideas


Pick out some fun or unusual prizes and play bingo with friends and family.  Choose one person to be the bingo caller and distribute bingo cards to everyone else.  Choose the type of Bingo that will win whether it’s 5 across, 4 corners, or black-out.  This game is perfect for groups of all ages.

Find a Bingo set here.

Joe Name It

This easy card party game rewards participants who can think fastest on their feet.  A participant will draw a card and then roll the dice.  They will read the card and fill in the blank with the number they rolled on the dice.  Be the first person to answer their question and win the card.  The first player to earn 10 cards wins.

Find the game Joe Name It here.


The game comes with 300 topic cards like ‘THINGS…that are so last year’ and then everyone writes their response down on a slip of paper.  The person that read the card then collects all the papers and reads all of the responses.  Others take turns trying to guess who wrote what, if they guess correctly they get a point.  If someone guesses correctly what you wrote, you are out for that round.

Find the game Things here.

charades party game ideas


Similar to Celebrity, you can either buy a box set or record a noun (person, place or thing) on slips of paper.  Each participant takes turn acting out what’s on the card.  You can even tailor this game to the holiday or event you are celebrating.  Choose Christmas-themed nouns like Christmas Tree, Santa Clause or Christmas cookies.

Find a Charades game here.

5 Second Rule

Pick one of the 150 cards and the read the topic. Start the timer.   You have 5 seconds to name 3 things that fit the topic.  Topics like, “name 3 states that start with the letter A.”  There is also now a 5 Second Rule Junior (find it here).  Play in teams or as individuals.

Find 5 Second Rule here.

catch phrase

Catch Phrase

The Catch Phrase game is an electronic game.  Players try to get teammates to guess the word or phrase on the screen by describing it but you have to hurry, there’s a time limit.

Find Catch Phrase here.

LCR (Left Center Right)

LCR (Left Center Right) is a dice game! Players take turns rolling the dice to determine where they pass their chips. The last player with chips is the winner.  This is a perfect party game for all ages and skill levels.  If you have more people then chips, you can use coins.  We often use quarters and winner takes the prize money!

Find LCR here.

Relative Insanity

“A game about crazy family members and even crazier situations.”  A participant will read a card aloud, like, “When my sister got engaged, Dad blurted out…”. Then everyone else records a punchline to conclude that sentence.  The reader then reads the anonymous punchlines and picks the funniest one and gives that participant a point.  Made by comedian Jeff Foxworthy.

Find Relative Insanity here.

holiday party game ideas

Do you need some holiday themed party game ideas?

Simple & Fun Family Holiday Craft Competition

Plush Snowball Game Ideas


Have you heard of a Favorite Things Party?

Another great way to break the ice is to invite guesses to bring a favorite thing for less than $10 to exchange.  Read more about this fun party idea here.

easy party food ideas on counter

What food should I serve at my party?

Check out this post with my favorite simple party spread and one of my all-time favorite simple appetizers.

Just Remember –

Tis the season for entertaining and everyone knows a party is way more fun when party games are involved.  Hopefully, these ideas will help your party be the one no one can stop talking about for all the right reasons.  

Until next time keep on keeping on with a simple purposeful life!

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