Parties are a great way to build relationships with friends, family and neighbours. One of the things that can create great memories and stir up some laughter from get-togethers are party games. Here are some great indoor party games for all ages.
Hanging Out Around the Couch
For the Grown-Ups: Name That Tune,
The game is the home-grown version of the show, Beat Shazam! With the help of your handy-dandy smartphones, YouTube can be a great tool for this game. Split the group into two teams. Each round alternates by a person from each team. The round begins with a person picking a song of their liking. Play a 15-second snippet of the song, and then see if the other team can guess it. To add more flames to the fire, you can even set a time limit for each team to guess. Another challenging twist is adding predetermined music genres or categories.
For the Kids: Catch On
Quick thinkers commence! The idea is simple and requires anything you can easily toss, like a ball or teddy bear. Each round begins with a category. With each throw, the person catching it would name something in the category upon catching the ball. Anyone who repeats or misses from the category is out of the round.
Pairs a Plenty (A Party Full of Couples)
For Everyone: Blindman’s Swag
Whether for a party full of couples or just friends and family in even numbers, Blindman’s Swag is a great way to have some fun. It’s especially interesting if you have a lot of furniture or an unusual layout. First set the prize (an item, money) in a certain location (make it good by placing it somewhere hard to get to). Have everyone pair up, and then decide who will be completely blindfolded (no peeking). Then the person who is not blindfolded will guide their partner to the prize using just words. First one to get the prize is the winner!
For the Kids: Tilt a Cup
A little cognitive-motor skills go a long way in this simple game of Tilt a Cup. It just requires a four ping pong balls and four cups. This is played with a pair, where one is the catcher and one is the thrower. When one ball is caught in the cup, stack the other cups on top and try to catch another ball. Repeat until all four balls are in alternating stacked cups. With each additional ball, your stack should get trickier to catch the ball without spilling your cups and balls everywhere.
At the Dinner Table
For Everyone: Likes/Dislikes
A friendly way to get to know your friends and family, this game just needs some index cards and pens. Everyone writes five likes and dislikes on the card. Then they fold it in half and put it in a bowl. After dinner is all finished, each person grabs a card and reads it one by one. Take a guess who it is!
For a light-humored and mischievous variation, you can tackle this game with a twist. Start with writing everyone’s name on a piece of paper. Then everyone picks one (tossing back their own, if chosen). Describe the five likes and dislikes on a new card. Fold and throw the cards in a bag and play the game as usual.
For the Everyone: Around the World
This game is fun and draws quite a few confused looks for those who don’t know the rules. The original version of this game is fun when at least 2-3 people know the rules, but variations can be played for children to simply understand categories of things.
For the original game, the concept of the game is to say what you would bring onto a hot air balloon. The answer is always right if the first letter of the world spells the letters of “Around the World” (in order of the spelling for each person’s turn). So for example, the first person can say “I’d bring an apple on a hot air balloon around the world because I’d get hungry.” The next person would say “I’d bring a raccoon on a hot air balloon because I like cuddly animals.” With each item following the spelling, the person that knows the game rules would convincingly agree. The fun is when they don’t get the rules of the game, and the people that know the rules strongly disagree (especially when they make up a funny reason, like “not everyone likes bananas, so it’s not good to bring on the hot air balloon”). If the person doesn’t get it, the next person must still tackle the next letter in the phrase “around the world.” Keep going until as many people get the rules of the game.
For variations of this game, you can simply explain the game rules and pick a category until you spell out the entire quote “around the world.”