These 12 Fun Party Games Are Guaranteed To Make You LOL

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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!

12 Fun And Easy Party Games

the game of things

1. The Game of Things

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.

5 second rule

2. 5 Second Rule

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.


3. Bananagrams

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.

watch Ya’ Mouth

4. Watch Ya’ Mouth

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!

watch Ya’ Mouth

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.

 Exploding Kittens

5. Exploding Kittens

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.

What Do You Meme?

6. What Do You Meme?

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.


7. UNO

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.

Sushi Go

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.


9. Skull

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.

Heads Up!

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.

wet head

11. 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.

The Flour Game

12. 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!)

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  • Great ideas. We have our big family reunion in a few weeks with my siblings and their families. I’m not sure who’s in charge of games -I’ll have to,find out what ones they’ve heard of. We’ve done the flour game, banana grams, moods and uno.

  • Some of those look absolutely hilarious. My favorite is Killer Bunnies, and the more the merrier. Just when you think your ahead someone gets you. The basic strategy of the game is to keep as many bunnies alive as possible while eliminating your opponents’ bunnies. Of course all the other players are trying to do the same thing, which can get dreadfully vengeful, horribly nasty, hilariously messy, and just plain fun! While folks are trying to eliminate each other’s bunnies, each player is also trying to collect as many Carrots as possible. At the end of the game, one of the Carrots is revealed to be the Magic (or winning) Carrot and each game, the Magic Carrot will be different. Logically, the more Carrots that a player collects, the better his chances will be of winning the game. Collecting as many Carrots as possible is another basic strategy of the game.

  • Madlibs are always a favorite at our family gatherings. Left-Right-Center, a game where you pass quarters according to the instructions on the dice, is also another one that can be played with any size group of people.

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