Party games

Games for adults

Arm-in-arm relay

Divide the members into two teams with two by two members in each. The teams sit down in a row behind a starting line. Place two chairs a few metres in front of the teams. Sitting back to back the first couples in each team hook their arms. When the starting signal goes, they get up, go forward and round their chair,  line up behind their team members and the next couple continue in the same way.

The team coming in first wins the game.

Balloon relay

Divide the members into two teams and make a starting line behind which the teams line up. Place two chairs a few metres in front of the teams. The first one in each team holds the balloon between his legs and hurries forward, rounds the chair, and gets back to the next member in the row, who takes the balloon and continues. If any member drops the balloon or this bursts, he must start all over again.

The team coming in first, wins the game.



The guests divide into two teams. Every member of both teams writes one word on a note and folds the note, so the word can"t be seen. Each team fills a bowl with their folded notes and then swaps bowls with the other team.
A team member in the starting team pulls one note out of their bowl, reading the word on it without showing anyone. After having read the word, he/she has to dramatise the word, and have his/her team mates guess what the word is, as fast as possible.
When the word is guessed, it"s up to the next team to do the same thing - pull a note and have the team mates guess the word. Fastest team wins!

To make this party game a bit easier (for example, when kids are playing) you can predefine a category of words, like "animals", "professions", etc.

Dancing with balloons

Each member gets two balloons, which he/she ties to each of his/her ankles. Divide the members into couples and play some music. Now the couples are going to dance, holding at least one of each other's hand.

The couple who are the last on the dancing floor without cracking their balloons, win the game.

Balloons with strings.

Musical chairs

Place a number of chairs (one less than the total number of game players, i.e. 10 chairs for a group of 11) in a room, back to back. Start to play some music and the participants walk in a cirlcle around the chairs, hands behind their backs. When the music suddenly stops, you have to quickly get a chair to sit down on. If two people sit down on the same chair, one of them has to find another free chair. The person who has no chair when they are all taken is out of the game.
Remove one chair and start the music again. The game continues until there is only two people and one chair left. The person who gets this last remaining seat as the music stops wins the game.

Paper Bag Race

The children are divided into two teams, and sit down on the floor. Each child is given a paper bag. The first child of each team runs as fast as possible around his/her team, grabs their bag, blows it up and pops it. The pop is the signal for next team member to start running. Fastest team wins!

Potatoe Race

The children are divided into two teams. Each team sits down opposites each other on two rows of chairs. Each member holds a tablespoon in their mouths, with the spoon handle towards them. A potatoe is placed on the spoon of the first person in each team.
Now the potatoe has to be sent from one team member to the next until the last person - no hands allowed! If someone drops the potatoe it has to be picked up using no hands.
Fastest team to send it from the first to the last person wins!

This game can also be played without chairs. Place the potatoe on the spoon in the mouth. You then have to walk to a chair, round the chair, and then back to start again without dropping the potatoe. When back to start again - give the potatoe to the next person in line (still using no hands!) who does the same thing.

For small children, they can hold the spoon in the hand instead of in the mouth as they are walking.

Simon does..

One game player is chosen to be "Simon". The other players stand in line behind "Simon". Now all the players have to do exactly what "Simon" does, for example walk backwards, run sideways, sing a song, crawl under a table etc. When "Simon" has arrived to the spot where he started, next player in line gets to be "Simon".

Suitcase Race

Pack two suitcases with a few pieces of clothing - for example an old hat, a pair of boots and a coat. Divide the children into two teams. Draw a startingline and place the bags next to each other, 10 m (or any suitable distance to run) away from it.
First person in each team has to run to the suitcase, put on the clothes from the bag, run 2 laps round an object (a chair for example), undress, put the clothes back into the suitcase and run back to the startingline. Next person from the team now does the same thing. All team members now repeat this - fastest team wins!

Yes or No

Prepare the game by writing down a list of "Yes- or No questions".
Divide the children into two rows and place a chair a few meters in front of each row. On one of the chairs there is a note saying "Yes" and on the other there is a note saying "No".
Ask a question from your list. The first person in each team/row runs towards the chairs and sits down on the "Yes" or the "No", depending on what he/she thinks the correct answer to the question is. The person who sits down first on the correct answer gets a point for his/her team. The team with the most points in the end wins!

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