Published on Aug 21, 2019
We’ve all been there. To one of those parties. Those stuffy and pretentious sorts where canapes are passed precariously round, prosecco is sipped, small talk is made, and clocks are watched with weary eyes and a getaway is made as soon as socially acceptable. But it really doesn’t have to be that way. Why should it be that just because you’re an adult the fun has to stop? After all, if you can’t let out your inner child during the festive season, when else can you? To assist with this, we have come up with a list of brilliant Christmas party games for adults where drinks will flow, laughs will echo and you’ll see new sides to friends (and strangers) building memories that are guaranteed to last for years to come.
Instantly get both yourself and your guests into the true Christmas spirit with a game of the all time classic Christmas Charades. This game is a great way to spend an evening as not only is it simple, cheap and requires minimal explanation as everyone is likely to have to have played it before, but you can also have as many players as you like. You can get a printable version of the game for inspiration here and there are also many print outs that can help you make your own festive version. Did you know that there are a few adult versions you can buy for a fun twist on the classic version!
Think back to one of the most popular games as a child and Truth or Dare is right up there. Put an adult spin on this by combining with another childhood game – Jenga. Write your own Truth or Dare questions and challenges on the block then play as you would a normal game of Jenga. Each player pulls a block from the tower with the additional twist that you will need to answer the question or perform the dare before sticking the block back on the top of the tower. Why not add an additional forfeit such as a shot to anyone who knocks the tower down?
Buy your Jenga set here
It’s cheap, it’s simple and the name of the game is in the title. Simply fill a glass, try to sing a song whilst gargling the liquid and the rest must try and guess what you are singing. If they get it right, they get a point! If they can’t get it, you must do a forfeit of their choice.
This is a truly brilliant Christmas party games for adults that promises to break the ice and ignite everyone’s competitive sides. The rules are simple; throw/bounce a ping pong ball into a cup of prosecco or beer. If it lands the person on the opposing end must drink it, if it misses they get to return the favour and try throw/bounce into your cup. The winner is the person who lands the ball into all the cups first. What could possibly go wrong…
There is something so timeless about this game that you enjoy it at any age. The game is simple, all you need to do is put whipped cream on the hand of the game and turn the dial. Each turn could be vital as it’s one step nearer to the cream hitting someone in the face – fingers crossed that person is not you! This is a game which will break the ice and encourage guests to start talking if they haven’t met everyone already. You can purchase a copy here
This is another classic Christmas party game for adults and one that is sure to get everyone involved and enjoying a drink or two. Gather everyone around the TV, put on a Christmas film and devise a list of rules such as taking a drink when someone says a certain word, taking a drink when a famous villain enters the room, take a drink when someone dies etc. Depending on your rules and the film you select, this game can escalate very quickly…!
Here is an in-depth version of the game for you to follow.
Cards against humanity is an adults party game that assures to bring out the worst (and most hilarious) sides of your guests – be prepared to be shocked! Each round, one player asks a question from a black card, and everyone else answers with their funniest white card. Be warned, this is not for the faint hearted, some of the answers will make you question if you really know your friends at all. But, it will also have the group in stitches.
You can buy Cards Against Humanity here.
Best played in a big group, Speak Out is another game that will get your guests laughing. In the Speak Out game, players draw from the deck and read the phrase as best as they can, but it’s not so easy to do when the mouthpiece is hindering them from forming words correctly. With 200 double-sided cards and 5 mouthpieces, you can adapt the rules and play this in a large or small group. Why not add your own forfeits to make it that bit more interesting?
You can purchase this game online here: Speak Out
Perfect for those of your friends who won’t get off their phone. Jack Box TV involves the use of your phone and games console to play one of many multiplayer games including; trivia sessions, bluffing games, drawing games and so much more. A great way to get everyone involved, you’ll soon find out who the competitive ones are, who the knowledgeable ones are and who simply wants to play for fun. You will need a games console, the internet and to log in on your phone to play. No controller is needed so you can play with up to 100 people depending on the game.
Find out more about Jackbox here.
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This one is just a bit of fun to get everyone in the party spirit. First off you need to split off into two different teams then nominate a player from each team to start. The objective is for you to keep the balloon in the air for as long as you can, by blowing it upwards. When the balloon hits the ground first, that person loses and has to do some sort of forfeit – this could be a drink, a shot, or anything you can come up with.
So what are you waiting for? Release that inner child and get as competitive as you like. Release your inhibitions and throw yourself fully into our list of brilliant Christmas party games for adults that you’ll never forget (even if sometimes you’d rather you did…)