Post # 1
DH is going to be 28 in a couple weeks and he’s never had a surprise party! I loved planning them in high school, so I reserved his parents cottage at a lake and invited his closest friends and family to come.
I want it to be fun and relaxing, but my fear is that people are just going to sit on the porch/dock and not do anything at all. What types of games/activities have you done at parties that you enjoy? There will be 6 kids there and none of us are big drinkers…
Post # 3
horse shoe, card games, the games like taboo or picturnary
Post # 4
- Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas
Taboo, Cards Against Humanity, Apples to Apples…and of course BEER PONG.
Post # 5
Bocce, volleyball, croquet
Post # 6
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
Cornhole and bocce are our favorites. Also, card games are usually a big hit, poker in particular. Or games like Scattegories and Apples to Apples.
Post # 7
@hogoboom2012: Do you have any multiplayer video games? Other game suggestions:
- Jenga…giant Jenga is especially fun
- Make your own pin the tail game based on what your husband likes.
- Two Truths and A Lie – This New Year’s Eve see how well you know your adult guests. Have everyone sit in a circle. Each guest should think of two truths and one lie. It is much more effective if the truths are somewhat outlandish and the lie is more believable. This makes it harder for the other guests to tell the lie. In turn, have each person tell their two truths and a lie. The group gets to discuss the statements and has to guess which is the lie. The person then reveals the actual lie and the next person takes their turn.
- J’Accuse, also Wink Murder. There are many variations of the game, but the most standard way to play is to assign one person as “the murderer” and one person as “the detective.” The murderer conceals his identity the best he can as everyone else carries on having conversations about random things. At some point he makes eye contact with someone and winks at them, at which point they feign sudden death and collapse on the ground. The detective needs to use deductive reasoning to try to find out who the murderer is, and the murderer just needs to kill as many people as possible. With J’Accuse, everyone shakes hands and the murderer has to scratch the palm of whoever they shakes hands with and that person “dies”…all the players can try to guess who the murderer is, if they guess wrong they’re out of the game. When you think you know who the murderer is you point at them and yell “j’accuse!”
- Shadow Buff
This guessing game is infused with dress-up fun. The setup: Hang a sheet across the living room, place a single candle on a table behind it, and turn off the lights. Have one person act as the guesser and sit in front of the sheet while others walk between the sheet and the candle. The guesser has to divine each person’s identity by shadow alone. Up the difficulty (and the fun) by keeping a stash of props on hand—silly hats, glasses, scarves—so that players can disguise themselves before walking in front of the candle.
- The Dumb Orator
This rollicking game is perfect for those with a flair for the dramatic. Two guests pair up to perform for the rest of the room—one, extremely serious and deadpan, recites a speech while the other, in great histrionic gestures, acts out the words and emotions of the passage. Make it easy for guests by printing out ahead of time a few contemporary passages to recite, such as trite pop songs or celebrity diatribes.
Black box is quite a personal parlour game where people vote on who of the players is say “the most likely to X” and you get points if you guess how the votes turn out for you
- Alphabet Minute
Have everyone write a general topic of conversation down on a slip of paper, along with a letter of the alphabet. Pick two or three people at a time to play the game. Have them pick a topic out of a hat or basket. They then must start a conversation with one another regarding the topic. The catch is that they have to begin each sentence with a letter of the alphabet, beginning with the letter written in the slip of paper. They must follow the conversation through the alphabet, ending back with letter in which they started.
Player 1 – “Hey, I have to go shopping, wanna come?”
Player 2 – “I’d love to, but I don’t have much money”
Player 3 – “Just come anyway; it’ll be fun!”
Player 1 – “Kim said she would meet us at the food court.”
Player 2 – “Last time she was twenty minutes late!”
Player 3 – “Maybe she’ll make it on time today.”
And so on until they arrive back at H to finish. You can either time them and cut them off at 60 seconds. The go on to another group and see who gets the farthest in 60 seconds, or you can let them finish the alphabet and see which group finishes their topic and alphabet in the fastest amount of time
We used to play this with family friends when I was growing up. Each person needs paper and a pen or pencil. You need at least one dictionary to play this game. Each person uses the dictionary in turn to look up a word (hopefully one unknown to most people) and writes down the real definition (in simplified form) and then makes up two or three others. The word and the definitions are read to the rest of the players and each has to guess which definition they believe is the correct one. The player gets points for each person he/she fools. The dictionary makes as many rounds as you would like, and the player with the most points at the end wins. Example:
a. a person who practices rituals
b. a person who likes to be alone
c. a person who sleep walks
d. a person who is solemn and serious
(answer is c)