Whether I’m planning an adult birthday party, an event for church, or a holiday party, there are a few things I always make sure to include. A party just isn’t a party without good food, some music, and of course, fun party games! Today’s post is all about the latter. I’ll be sharing fun and easy games that are sure to add plenty of fun to your adult holiday parties this year!
The first batch of games that I’ll be sharing today were chosen based on their overall customer reviews on Amazon. These games all have over 4 stars on Amazon after hundreds of reviews, so you know that people really enjoy them! Following those games, I also included a few games that the adults and kids in my family love to play together.
So no matter what type of games you like to play, you’re sure to find something that suits your style in this list. Add one or two of these games to your next holiday party to make some fun and hilarious memories together!
13 Fun And Easy Party Games
4.7 stars, 391 reviews
In The Game Of Things, one player reads a topic card and everyone else writes down a response. (For example, if the card reads “THINGS… people do when no one is looking,” you might write “Eat cake for breakfast.”) Then all the responses are read aloud, and players try to figure out who said what. See it on Amazon here.
4.5 stars, 1,900 reviews
Pick a card, read the deceptively simple topic, then start the special 5-second spiral timer. The player has only 5 seconds to name 3 things that fit the topic, and watch the hilarity ensue! Players get tongue-tied and funny answers are almost guaranteed to follow in this fast-paced party game. Plus, the spiral timer makes a fun ZOOP noise (or a stress-inducing ZOOP noise, depending on whose turn it is!) See it on Amazon here.
4.7 stars, 2,286 reviews
Bananagrams is like a distant cousin of Scrabble, but in this game, speed wins instead of points! Players race to build joined up words using all of their tiles. When any player uses all of their letters, they shout “Peel!” Then the players take on a new tile, meaning everyone has to quickly rebuild their word grid! Not only is this game game fun for the whole family, it can also help improve kids’ spelling skills too! See it on Amazon here.
4.3 stars, 2,608 reviews
Players wear cheek retractors and speak out phrases while teammates attempt to guess what they are saying. This one is sure to get people laughing, either from the sound of the garbled phrases or just because of how silly everyone looks!
The base game comes with family-friendly phrase cards, but you can also buy expansion packs that come with adults-only or themed phrase cards. See it on Amazon here.
4.4 stars, 11,800 reviews
Exploding Kittens started out as the most-backed Kickstarter project in history, continues to be one of the post popular card games year after year. It’s sort of like UNO meets Russian Roulette, where you play your cards strategically to avoid ending up with an Exploding Kitten (which knocks you out of the game). This is silly game is a ton of fun for people who enjoy a bit of nonsense! See it on Amazon here.
4.5 stars, 4,477 reviews
Warning: Adults Only! This card game is like Apples to Apples if it was based on internet memes. Up to 20 people can play at once, and players submit Caption Cards that they think are best suited to the Photo Card for that round. A rotating judge picks the best combination, and the game goes for as long or short as you like! This game is best suited for people with a working knowledge of memes and an appreciation of raunchy humor. See it on Amazon here.
4.7 stars, 2,536 reviews
UNO is a classic card game that is often overlooked as a party game! With game-altering cards like Reverse, Skip, and Draw 4, it doesn’t take long before hilarious hijinks have everyone laughing! See it on Amazon here.
8. Sushi Go
4.5 stars, 1,478 reviews
In this fast-playing card game, the goal is to grab the best combination of sushi dishes as they whiz by. It’s a more approachable take on card drafting games. Reviewers like that it’s easy to learn, quick to play, and engaging for all ages! Plus, who could resist the adorably illustrated sushi characters on the cards?! See it on Amazon here.
4.5 stars, 119 reviews
My family loves this “betting” game, and it’s easy to learn! Each player starts with 3 flower cards and 1 skull card. The players take turns selecting a card to play face-down on their mat. This continues until a player decides to place a bet, calling out the number of cards they believe they can flip over without revealing a skull card. Bets are raised, then the player with the highest bet flips the cards and hopes to avoid a skull. Expect tons of laughs over foiled plans, failed bluffs, and rampant paranoia. See it on Amazon here.
10. Heads Up!
Nystul family favorite
Heads Up! is an app-based game that’s similar to Taboo. On their turn, one player holds the phone against their forehead to display a word or phrase to the other players. The other players then provide clues to the person whose turn it is to help them correctly guess the word or phrase, continuing with new words and phrases until time runs out. We like that there are no cards or game pieces required, which makes it quick and easy to get a game going! Find out more on EllenTube.
Nystul family favorite
You may have seen this game played on Minute to Win It as “Junk In The Trunk,” and now you can play it at home with Twiggle! Each player straps a box of ping-pong balls to their waist. When the game starts, the goal is simple: without using your hands, be the first one to empty all the balls out of your box! This frantic game is sure to end in tears of laughter as you watch the players spin, wiggle, and dance their way to victory! See it on Amazon here.
12. Wet Head
Nystul family favorite
We played this Roulette-style game on a lake trip a couple of summers ago and had such a blast! Players take turn donning a special hat with a reservoir full of water surrounded by pegs. On your turn, spin a spinner to to find out how many pegs you have to remove from the hat. But one unlucky peg will release all of the water onto your head, so choose carefully! This hilarious game is best played outside—and if you want to really raise the stakes, do what my kids did and fill the reservoir with ice-cold water! See it on Amazon here.
13. The Flour Game
Nystul family favorite
Playing this game has been a Christmas tradition since I was a little girl! To play, turn out a packed cup of flour onto a plate and place a Lifesaver candy on top. Players take turns using a butter knife to slice off sections of the flour. The player who causes the flour to collapse gets the “honor” of fishing the Lifesaver out of the flour—using only their mouth! Games don’t get much cheaper, easier, or more fun to watch than this one! (You can read more about the Flour Game by reading the post at the link below!)