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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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How to Host a Favorite Things Party + Favorite Things Under $10

This week I went to a favorite things party for the Des Moines Moms Blog contributors.  We did it last year too and it was such a hit we did it again.  Every time I go I leave thinking I want to host one.  Not only do you get some great recommendations, but you also get to know each other better based on what they pick and their explanation.  Plus who doesn’t love a reason to get together with girlfriends?

How to host a favorite things party

So, how do you throw a favorite things party?

We were each asked to bring 3  of the same favorite thing.  It had to be wrapped and $10 or less.  The price point is at the discretion of the host but $10 was perfect.  Some people brought multiple little things that added up to $10.  Then, when we arrived we each wrote our name on a piece of paper 3 times and put it in a bowl.

One person started in the group and drew 3 names out of the bowl and then gifted their favorite thing to those people.  The person who gifted the item then explained why they loved it so much.  People gifted beauty products, home gadgets, accessories, home decor items, and food.  One gal makes her own vanilla (which takes a year to cure) and gifted that, how cool it that?

Now, don’t you want to host a favorite things party?  Me too!  Gather your friends, some food and your favorite things and get a date on the calendar!

And now since it’s Friday I thought I would share with you some of my favorite things under $10 in case you want a few new recommendations that don’t break the bank!

Favorite Products Under $10

Felt-tip Pens

My favorite pens in the world as the  Paper Mate Flair Pens.  Not only do they come in lots of fun colors but they write like a felt tip pen.  I haven’t met a teacher that doesn’t love them.


Who doesn’t love a simple pair of earrings?  Target has some cute ones right now for under $8.  I also love buying extra earring backs because I am always losing the backs in the carpet.  I gifted this pair and I gifted this pair as my favorite thing.

Dry Shampoo

All the praise hands for dry shampoo. I have tried several and I keep coming back to the budget-friendly Batiste brand.  I love the bare kind because there is no fragrance and it goes on light. You can find it here.

Facial Razor

Let’s face it, we all can be hairy in places we don’t want to be especially as we age.  Someone recommended theseTinkle Facial Razors and I love them.  They are perfect for sculpting your brows or taking care of a stray facial hair (don’t act like you don’t know what I am talking about).


One of my favorite devotionals of 2018 was 100 Days to Brave.  If you are wanting to be braver and step into your God-given purpose, this little book will encourage you to be brave.  It has a scripture verse and accompanying daily message written by Annie F. Downs.

Gel Top Coat

What did we do before gel manicures?  Well I know I never painted my nails because they chipped instantly.  I love this Gel Top Coat because I can apply it over any nail polish and I don’t instantly get chips.  It doesn’t last as long as a professional manicure but the price is amazing.

Stainless Steel Tumbler

I drink hot coffee!  Said no mom ever UNTIL stainless steel mugs entered the scene.  You can take it with you or just around the house and keep your coffee hot for hours.  Hooray! I like this  Stainless Steel Tumbler.

Fancy Soap

So I love little luxuries like fancier soap for dishes and hand washing.  My two favorite brands are Mrs. Meyer’s Lavender Soaps & Cleaner and J R Watkins.  Mrs. Meyer’s has seasonal scents for the holiday and we are partial to Iowa Pine, it smells like a tree farm.  I love gifting hand soap and a cute dish towel to friends as hostess gifts. It’s both cute and purposeful ;).

Micro-Fiber Dish Mat

Last but not least, something purposeful!  I have a dishwasher but there are always dishes to be washed by hand.  I love my countertop micro-fiber drying mat.  I store it under the sink when I am not drying dishes!  You can find one like mine here.

A Favorite Things Party + A List of Favorite Things Under $10

So, there you have it a great list of favorites all under $10 and a fun way to gather together your friends or neighbors.  So, what are your must-have items under $10? Make sure to share in the comments!

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

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