Published on November 21, 2017

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We’ve all been there: You’re at a party that’s just not quite delivering on the entertainment front. Great food and festive decor can only do so much when your guests are ending up stuck in the same circles of conversation. Before people start awkwardly glancing down at their phones, mix up the mingling at your next party with these super fun adult-friendly games that are sure to break the ice. Your guests will thank you. 

Left, Center, Right

All you need for this game is a pair of regular dice (though you can buy dice specifically made for this game here). Start each person around the table off with five one-dollar bills—or five pieces of candy for a less financially risky game—then have one person at a time roll the dice. 

The rest is simple: The amount you keep depends on the numbers you roll. One is left, two is right, and three is center—all other numbers mean you keep the amount you currently have. If you roll ‘left’, pass your dollars to the person on your left and if you roll ‘right’, to the person on your right. If you roll ‘center’, add your money to the pot. The person with the last dollar at the end wins the whole pot. 

The Newlywed Game: Family and Friends Edition

Test your knowledge of your family and friends by mixing up this classic game. Start by pairing off family members and having them sit back to back. For each question asked by the “host”, the pairs must quickly write down what they think the other will answer. The two that get the most answers correct win. 

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Bobbing for Liquor

Forgo Granny Smith apples and instead purchase a variety of single-serving size bottles of liquor, placing them into a bucket filled with water. When someone pulls a small bottle out of the water with their teeth, they have to drink it.


If you’re a stickler for tradition and would prefer to use the traditional apples, carve a number into the sides of the fruits before putting them into the bucket of water. When someone pulls out the apple, they have to take that number of shots. 

Name That Tune  

Test even the best music buffs by choosing an obscure Spotify playlist and having one person be the DJ. Split off into two teams and see who can name the most songs after just a few seconds of listening. Extra points for the ones that know the artist and album.

Heads Up

We have to give credit to our favorite talks show host Ellen for this awesome game idea. She turned it into an app, but you can play it on your own by having everyone sit in a circle and write down a person, place, or thing on a sticky note. Fold the notes in half, then place them into a bowl. One by one, each person picks a note from the bowl and without looking, sticks it onto their forehead. The person to the left has to to use clues to get the first person to guess what is on their head. 

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Fill the Pumpkin

While the pumpkin makes this game perfect for Halloween, it can easily be adapted to any holiday by simply switching up the vessel. The game works best if everyone is drinking different kinds of drinks, because then the penalty for having to drink from the pumpkin is that much worse. The first step is to find a plastic container that doesn’t leak, then spread a deck of cards facing down around the pumpkin.

Next, assign different rules to different cards; for example, each person who draws a Jack can make up a dare and each person who draws a King can make someone drink. For every Four and Eight that’s drawn, the person who selects them must pour a bit of their drink into the pumpkin. Anyone who draws an Ace automatically drinks whatever is in the pumpkin. Good luck!

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