Party Ice Breaker Games That Aren’t Cheesy
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Avoid any awkward silences at any party
Get the conversation started with these fun ice-breakers and have a great time too.
Any master host or hostess will tell you that throwing a dinner party is always more fun when you get to gather people from different parts of your life together in a room. It can, however, quickly turn into a disaster if people are not warming up to each other. A great way to ”break the ice” is by playing ice-breaker games that aren’t super lame. There are a few of those games that actually exist, and adding alcohol to them always makes them a little less lame too!
Would You Rather?
Depending on the crowd, this game could get pretty wild fairly quickly. On index cards, write up the wackiest scenarios you can imagine and go around the table asking each guest a different question. Start off with tame questions, like “Would you rather not hear or not see?” and move onto the weirder questions, like “Would you rather eat monkey brains or drink lizard guts?” As the night goes on, you could ask the questions to the whole group and have guests write down their answers and try to guess what other guests were thinking!
Before dinner begins, write down drinking game rules like “take one shot” on Jenga blocks and have guests perform each task depending on the block that they pull. Whoever knocks over the tower is “punished” as the party deems fit!
Place Card Game
Instead of writing down place settings, write down fun facts about each guest and try to have guests match the fact to the person. Just don’t write down anything too personal about someone that they might not want shared with the group.
The 10 Best Icebreakers for Adults (Tried & Tested)
Check out our handy guide to the 10 best ice breaker games for adults. Avoid awkward kiddy moments and try out these ideas.
In this chapter we'll take you through some of the best ice breaker games that are suitable for adults.
A lot of the ice breakers you’ll stumble across on the internet are suitable for both corporate work teams, but also for students or teenagers.
However, sometimes, especially in a corporate setting, you'll find yourself running activities with a group of people who aren't inclined to participate in what they consider to be ‘childish’ activities.
Benefits of Breaking The Ice
Breaking the ice can be a bit intimitading and a little cheesy. But it is very beneficial when building a strong work community and these are our top reasons why:
It is an awesome activity for introductions and new recruits, while it may be an informal way of getting to know one another it automaticall brings a relaxed and no pressure vibe.
Icebreakers make any weekly meeting more fun and inviting that help mix up your normal agenda.
Ice breakers relax teams and help them to get to know each other far more quickly and easily.
Ice breaker questions energize, motviate and engage any team no matter what their background is.
If your team is working remotely at the moment then you should check out our guide on virtual team building activities and games for remote teams. In there you'll find 100 ideas with instructions that you can try with your newly remote team.
You’ll notice that a lot of the activities we have picked are most suitable for teams players who haven’t met each other yet or are fairly newly formed. Let us know if you use them on your new work team!
Without further ado, here’s our list of ten very grown up ice breaker games… Enjoy!
5 Fun Adult Games to Play Anywhere Anytime!
Often adult games at a party are just the ice breaker you need for a group to get to know each other or to help get the party started.
Whether you need party game ideas for teenagers, a church group, college party or a group of women for girls night in, these fun and simple adult party game ideas are great for any age.
What&rsquos even better is that these games do not require a board game, drinking, or any other supplies. You only need a pen, paper and your friends!
More games and party ideas:
Fun Last-Minute Adult Games for a Party
Adult games are often hard to come up with last-minute, so enjoy these hysterical games that cost nothing to play and perfect ideas for a spur of the moment game night!
For example, the first game mentioned here called Celebrity is what we played at my Grinch party this last Christmas and it was a blast!
5 Best Adult Games &ndash No Supplies Needed
At your next party, be sure to have a few of these fun adult games in your head and ready to play.
Play these fun adult party games last minute anytime anywhere! The most you&rsquoll need is a pen and paper.
These hysterical adult party games cost nothing and make great icebreakers for any size of group.
The object of the game Celebrity is to be quick thinking with names and be the last one standing!
- Sit in a circle and go clockwise around the room.
- The first person starts by naming a celebrity by first and last name.
- The next person has 10 seconds to shout out a celebrity&rsquos name that has a first name that starts with the letter of the previous person&rsquos celebrity&rsquos last name.
Example:If I say Will Ferrel, the next person would have to name a celebrity with the first name starting with the letter &ldquoF&rdquo,such as Frank Sinatra.
- You&rsquore out if you can&rsquot think of a celebrity&rsquos name in 10 seconds or less.
- No repeating celebrity names. Once the name has been said, that&rsquos it.
- No one named celebrities.
- If your celebrity&rsquos first and last name start with the same letter, then you reverse and go counterclockwise, etc.
Example:If I said Amy Adams, the game reverses in the opposite direction.
Ways to make the game harder:
- Have a theme such as movie stars, cartoon characters, musicians, etc.
- Make it a drinking game and take a shot if you can&rsquot think of a name in time.
2. Two Truths and a Lie
Two Truths and a Lie is a fun icebreaker game for a group to get to know each other better and perfect for all ages.
- Pick a person to start. They must tell two things about themselves that are true and one thing that is a lie.
- Everyone gets to guess which fact is the lie.
- Once everyone has guessed, the person will reveal what was true and what was the lie.
- If only one person was correct, that person can go next. Or just go around in a circle.
- This can go around as many times as you would like or just so everyone gets the chance to go once.
3. Name That Star
Name that star is a game similar to name that tune, but you have to name the singer or band, not the song.
- Write the names of famous singers or bands on small pieces of paper and place into a bowl. You&rsquoll need 3-4 names per guest. Make sure these are names that the party guests will know.
- Guests take turns picking out one name, then must sing a verse of that singer&rsquos song.
- The other guests will try to guess who the person is trying to be.
- If you don&rsquot know the star you picked, you can draw again, but you lose a life. Three lives lost and you&rsquore out.
- Give out prizes for the best performance.
4. Conversation Starters
If you&rsquore looking for a simple icebreaker for your next party, my printable conversation cards are perfect for a dinner or just sitting around with friends.
&mdash> CLICK HERE to print 48 conversation starter questions. Just trim the pieces and place into a bowl for people to draw.
5. Like & Hate
- Have everyone at the party write down some likes and dislikes on a sheet of paper.
- Examples: LIKE: Chocolate, Traveling &bull HATE: Snakes, Asparagus
- Collect the papers and have one person read them aloud one at a time while everyone else tries to guess who wrote what.
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The formal definition of an ice breaker is "an opening remark, action, etc., designed to ease tension or relieve formality." That is exactly what these party games do. It is no wonder that the term comes from the ship with the same name.
Have you ever been to a party where you only knew the Host, or very few other people? Kind of awkward if your not a party person who can start up conversations with ease. Here is a way that YOU as the Host/Hostess can make your guests feel comfortable and at ease. play a few of these games. Make it simple for a shy guest to learn names. Even the ones who aren't that shy need a little help getting to know the other party guests.
Don't be afraid to use some of these games with a group of friends that already know each other well. You can have a ton of fun while cementing the relationships even deeper. This is especially true if the activities are played at a family reunion where several family members have not seen each other in years.
Many of our Get to Know You Games work well also. Plus, we have a long list of simple questions you can add to many of our games. You will find them on our Get to Know You Questions page.
Ice Breaker Games To Conduct At Work
Ice breaker games can and should be conducted at workplaces. The main objective of driving ice breaker games at work is to get people to know one another. As the name suggests, the word icebreaker means to break the ice or walls that people might have around themselves.
Once the walls come down, employees will start feeling comfortable and more trusting towards each other.
Here is a detailed list of icebreaker activities that can be conducted at work to boost collaboration among employees-
There’s no limit to the number of people required to participate in this activity.
But for convenience, you can ask 8-10 people to write down their first or worst job beforehand.
Then, when the game begins, one person can read out the job descriptions.
The rest of the group has to identify which job description is written by whom.
Or employees can sit in a circle and go around sharing their best or worst job experience.
Sharing such intimate stories will bring everyone closer and guarantee some laughter and fun along the way. It might also make some realize that their experience was not as bad as they thought it to be.
Salt and Pepper
This game can be held with medium to large-sized groups. To conduct this game, you will need sheets of paper, marker pens, and tape. As the facilitator, come up with pairs of words like salt and pepper, pen and paper, bread and butter, shadow and light, Minnie and Mickey mouse, etc.
Separate the pairs and write one of the words on each piece of paper. For example- salt on one and pepper on a completely different paper.
Tape the paper on the back of each individual and make sure they can't see it. You also have to make sure that the respective people with the papers salt and pepper stuck to their backs are far away from each other.
Now, on your word "go," they must mingle within the group and find their pair. Participants are allowed only to ask 'yes' and 'no' questions to figure out who they represent. Once they can find out their character, it becomes easy to find their partner.
This game builds communication and collaboration among teams. It also develops the skill of asking the right questions to solve a problem. Furthermore, in a workplace context, playing this game can help people whose characteristics are different from each other to come together and fulfill a task.
One of the most enjoyable group games, you can pull this game off with minimal preparation. Just put together a list of icebreaker questions, and you're good to go.
The objective is for people to share things that they wouldn’t in a “workplace.” It is to ensure that new and old employees both feel comfortable and bond over their peculiarities.
Here are a few sample questions-
If you could be an animal for a day, which one would you be? And why?
If you could instantly become an expert in something, which skill would you choose?
What is the most outrageous activity on your bucket list?
Hit the treadmill or hit the couch?
For new hires- Who do you admire the most?
For old employees- Who do you admire the most in the workplace?
What is something that you do better than anyone else you know?
At a company field day, what is the event that you would most likely win?
How do you cure your Monday Blues?
This game will allow people to share their strengths, the kind of lifestyle they love, their personalities, and more. It will deepen bonds among new and old employees.
One of the most famous ice breaker games for work can be easily conducted with medium-sized groups.
This is a great game that will enable new hires to know about the company and its values. To make it enjoyable, you can conduct a quiz competition instead of handing out printouts or soft copies of the company's history. Chances are 9 out of 10 employees will ignore if you hand out a booklet about the company.
The questions can be around the company's founding date, biggest client, most significant challenge, company's motto, busiest motto, etc.
A great activity to begin a meeting, try to conduct this game within 15 minutes.
To play this game, provide everyone with large-sized index cards and marker pens.
Give them 5-6 mins to make a personal "trading card" with their self-portrait, name (actual or nickname), and a fun fact about themselves.
Everyone needs to get up and trade their cards in no particular order.
Employees need to announce the person's name whose card they got and ask questions to the person.
This quick ice breaker will enable team members to loosen up before a meeting while having some fun. It lets people define how they view themselves and some information into the kind of person they are.
This is the old charade in a workplace setting. Divide teams into two groups with 5-6 people in each group. Charades build camaraderie. It teaches people problem-solving skills and resolving conflicts.
Select various categories relating to your workplaces like departments, situations, job roles, and such.
Put these categories into envelopes.
Ask one member from both the teams to come forward and enact the situation/category to their teams. They must describe the type with only actions. Talking isn’t allowed. The team that first guesses more or all of the categories is declared the winner.
Similar to the first/worst job, this ice breaker requires you to ask employees to bring in a baby photo of theirs or mail it to you.
Compile the photos and put them up on board.
Once that is done, the group needs to figure out the employee from their childhood photo.
Don’t Judge Me
This game can be like your in-house confession box.
To play this fun icebreaker, give out a piece of paper to each employee.
Ask them to anonymously write something on the paper they did last week and didn't tell anyone.
Let them know that the confessions need not necessarily be work-related.
It can feel great to relieve the stress of being guilty of something and having people share it.
Who The Shoe
A favorite crowd icebreaker, this is quite a fun idea for introducing people to each other. Ask everyone to leave one shoe outside the meeting room and walk with only one shoe.
Shuffle the shoes and redistribute them so that nobody has their shoe. Set a timer for 5-6 mins and ask employees to find the person whose shoes they have.
Pretty funny, right?
Jenga Icebreaker Questions
Buy an oversized Jenga set to play this game. Write ice breaker questions on each brick of the Jenga set.
Every brick that an employee pulls out, they need to answer the question on the brick. The game goes on until the Jenga tower falls.
Again, it brings people closer and gives out exciting facts about coworkers.
Which day of your day would you most like to relive?
Next year looks better to me because ____
Next year might not be my year because ____
Best vacation you ever had?
How do you cope with stress?
What is the first thing on your bucket list this year?
One Word Game
A pretty famous ice breaker, this game requires employees to describe events in one word.
Once you've decided on the topic that the meeting will be held on, divide employees into small groups. Ask everyone to describe the point of discussion in one word.
For example- employee engagement.
Doing this exercise allows groups to think of a project or situation ahead of time. It will also give managers an idea of what employees are expecting to be discussed in the meeting.
An alternative to this game is people describing how they're feeling at that moment in one word.
For example- "I feel cheetah."
Two Truths and A Lie
I have talked about this activity in my article on “Team Building Activities for Work That Work”. It’s a classic and can serve as a great ice breaker game too.
You can conduct this activity with 10-15 people and the amount of time required shouldn’t be more than 20 minutes.
As the title suggests, people playing this game must introduce themselves by stating two truths and one lie about themselves.
The game is for the others to recognize which one is the lie and which the truths.
The statements need not be life-revealing things but general things about hobbies, interests, wacky experiences, and so on.
A practice held at SnackNation is a great way to start a team meeting.
At SnackNation, before starting a meeting, every member has to call out another member who did a great job that week.
They say, “we acknowledge something that was far above and beyond their typical responsibilities and thank each other for surpassing expectations. It always feels great to be recognized, and it lifts the energy level in the room right away.”
The objective is to understand how people identify and view themselves. It also enables individuals to remember huge amounts of data and information.
There are two ways to conduct this game.
The first way: Have everyone sit in a circle. The first person starts using an adjective beginning with the same letter as their first name (example- Charismatic Chris, Amiable Anita).
Now the second person must repeat the first person’s adjective and name and then add their own. Similarly, the third person repeats the first two people’s respective adjectives and names and then adds his/her own.
This goes on until the last person repeats everybody’s names and finishes off their adjective and name.
The second way: To make the game more challenging and exciting, you can write down the first names of all the participants on different pieces of paper.
Now shuffle the papers and ask everyone to pick them up. Now one by one, each participant (person A) needs to call out the person's name whom they got, and the corresponding person (person B) can only raise their hand to identify themselves.
Once that is done, person A has to attach an adjective starting with person B's first name. Again, person A has to call out what they have written, and person B needs to confirm if the adjective suits them or not.
This exercise can give rise to some wacky or incorrect adjectives that might not relate to the person's personality.For example- Serious Sam can turn out to be the funniest person ever!
Ice Breaker Games for Small Groups
7. Fun Questions
Asking fun questions is an easy and effective ice breaker game. To play, simply go around the room and have each person provide an answer to a fun question. The questions are up to you, but if you're stuck, here are a few ideas:
- If you're stranded on a desert island and have the option of bringing three items with you, what three items would they be?
- If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?
- What was the first concert you ever went to?
- If you could have any celebrity over for dinner, who would it be and why?
These questions serve two purposes -- first, they allow your coworkers to get into a sillier, more creative mindset. Second, they encourage conversation on topics typically reserved for outside the office, which enables members of your team to get to know one another on a deeper level.
Meg Prater, the managing editor of the HubSpot blog, says "When I first started including ice-breaker questions in our weekly team stand-up meetings, the experience was … cringeworthy. It felt like exactly what it was: organized fun. But we kept at it. I listened to feedback and tried to incorporate it into better ice breakers."
She continued, "For example, some folks on our team don’t watch a lot of T.V. and felt a little excluded when we’d fall down a rabbit hole of shows we were binging. Keeping the ice breakers inclusive keeps everyone engaged. Now, our ice-breakers can take 15+ minutes to get through and yield some of our biggest laughs and revelations of the week."
8. Personality Quiz
This ice breaker can promote team bonding, and it's one of the easier options in the list. Simply choose a brief personality quiz on your phone or computer (if you're stuck, here's a list), and pull it up on a projector or send the link to everyone.
Once everyone has completed the personality assessment, have each colleague mention one thing they agree or disagree with in their results. This game allows your team members to gain a new perspective on their peers, and it's also a fun and easy way to get an interesting conversation started.
9. Who is it?
Have everyone write a unique, strange, or unexpected fact about them on a piece of paper. Then, put the pieces of paper into a hat and mix them around. Pull from the hat and read each fact.
Allow the team to try and guess who wrote it. After they guess, ask the employee who wrote the fact to identify themselves and give any further context if necessary. This could be a great way to get to know surprising new things about your teammates.
10. Marshmallow Challenge
Tom Wujec, a business visualization expert, initially presented his Marshmallow Challenge at TED. To play, you simply divide your team into groups of four and give each group 20 sticks of spaghetti, one yard of tape, one yard of string, and a marshmallow. Whichever team can build the tallest structure, wins -- the trick is, the marshmallow must be on top.
There are a few reasons this game works as both a great ice breaker and a team-building exercise. First, the most successful teams are the groups of people who don't spend time competing for power.
The game forces your colleagues to work collaboratively when brainstorming potential solutions. Second, the Marshmallow Challenge encourages people to think quickly and offer alternative solutions when their initial idea fails.
With the Marshmallow Challenge, you can strengthen your team's brainstorming and problem-solving skills, and your team can also have some fun. A win, win.
11. Scavenger Hunt
At HubSpot, we conduct a scavenger hunt for new hires on the first day of their training. It's fun and encourages collaboration, but additionally, it can help employees learn their way around the office.
Fortunately, you can conduct a scavenger hunt for your team even if they've worked at your office for years.
Simply split up your team into groups, and give each group a short list of items to find -- if you work in a smaller space, maybe you can hide some funny items around the office ahead of time. You might even provide incentive for the winning team, like a $50 Amazon gift card.
A scavenger hunt is also an exceptional opportunity for cross-department interaction. Consider reaching out to managers' from other departments, and creating groups of employees who don't often get to work together.
12. No Smiling
This game is simple and meant to energize your team. Get your colleagues in a circle and ask one volunteer to sit or stand in the middle. Tell the volunteer that they can not laugh or smile, regardless of what happens. Then have each other colleague take turns telling the volunteer a work-appropriate joke.
The goal of the volunteer is to hear a joke from every colleague around the circle, while the goal of the other team members is to make the volunteer laugh.
This icebreaker can be helpful in new-employee or management training to lighten the pressure of starting a new job. It can also be helpful as a way of lightening the mood on teams that regularly deal with stressful projects or situations.
13. This is Better Than That
Aside from being a fun team activity, this might be great energizer for sales employees or others that regularly pitch, market, and sell products.
Ask your team to find four to seven items around the office and bring them to one room. These items could be something they use daily, like a pen or a chair. However, you should encourage them to find items that are more odd or unique. This will make the game more challenging.
Line the items up and split the group into sub-teams. Task each team with picking an item they would use to survive if stranded on a desert island.
Tell team members that they cannot pick more than one and must assume it is the only item they will have on that island. Allow the teams time to deliberate and then ask them to present the item they chose and why.
30 Great Icebreakers That Are Always Hilarious
A little confidence (and a lot of humor) can go a long way.
They say you only get one chance to make a first impression. Unfortunately, for most of us, that means we only have one chance to win over someone cute at a party, chat up a classmate, or impress that new co-worker. The good news? There's a better way to break the ice than asking, "so, what do you do?" We've rounded up foolproof icebreaker lines and icebreaker jokes that will always get people laughing, so you can ace those intros with confidence. And if you're single and looking for icebreakers, check out these 50 Pick-Up Lines So Bad They Just Might Work.
"What are two truths and a lie about you?"
"There was a man who entered a local paper's pun contest. He sent in 10 different puns, in the hope that at least one of the puns would win. Unfortunately, no pun in 10 did." (That one is from comedian Peter Kay.) And for more funny icebreaker jokes you could use, take a look at 50 Puns So Bad They Are Actually Funny.
"Excuse me? Do you know how much a polar bear weighs? Enough to break the ice. Hi, I'm…." And for other cheesy jokes that will get people laughing, check out the 75 Jokes That Are So Bad They're Actually Funny.
Ask the person you're meeting, "If you had to use a fake name, what name would you make up?" Things are bound to get silly quickly. And for more great ideas for launching into a conversation, Here's the Secret to Making a Great First Impression.
"Life without you would be like a broken pencil…pointless." And for more pointers on keeping the romance going, Here's John Legend's Top Secret to a Happy Marriage.
"Do you ever lay looking up at the stars and think of all the messed up things in the world? Like why is there a D in fridge, but not in refrigerator?"
Stopwatch you're doing and talk to me.
If these icebreaker jokes made you laugh, you'll definitely want to read the 50 Knock Knock Jokes Guaranteed to Crack You Up.
Here's an icebreaker from comedian Ken Dodd: "Did you hear about the shrimp that went to the prawn's cocktail party? He pulled a mussel." And for more silly humor like this, check out the 50 Dad Jokes So Bad They're Actually Hilarious.
"Are you a keyboard? Because you're just my type."
"At the very start, let me say that we both have something in common. You don't know what I'm going to say, and neither do I."
"A priest, a rabbi and a vicar walk into a bar. The barman says, 'Is this some kind of joke?'"
"My email password has been hacked. That's the third time I've had to rename my cat." And for some great advice on wowing the opposite sex, know the 20 Words Men Use That Always Make Women Cringe.
"I flirted with disaster last night. Now disaster won't stop texting me." And for more great relationship advice, here are the 15 Signs She's Playing Hard to Get.
"Don't you hate it when someone answers their own questions? I do."
"When I meet new people, I immediately start talking about global warming. It's a real ice breaker."
"I cooked dinner for my family last night and it was going to be a surprise, but the fire trucks ruined it." And for more tips on what to say when meeting new people, This is the Best Way to Make New Friends!
"You're so beautiful that you made me forget the rest of my pick-up line."
"Catch a man a fish and he can eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and you ruin a wonderful business opportunity."
"People used to laugh when I said I wanted to be a comedian. Well, nobody's laughing now."
"I've only been fired from a job once. It was a calendar factory. All I did was take a day off."
"If you had to be a candy bar, what kind of candy would you be?"
"Are you a 45-degree angle? Because you're acute-y"
"I heard an apple a day keeps the doctor away, so I stopped eating apples so they'd let me in here."
"I just heard the man who invented autocorrect just died. May he restaurant in peace."
"The gym is like church. Everyone thinks they can go for an hour and erase their sins from the week."
"If shorts are called shorts, why aren't pants called longs?"
"The best way to appreciate your job is to imagine yourself without one."
"So, do you believe in love at first sight, or do you want to walk by me again?"
"What's the worst thing you ever did as a kid and got away with?"
"Other than my sparkling wit, what's the one thing you would want to have if you were stuck on a desert island?" For more hilarity, take a peek at theses 30 Hilarious Jokes Found in Non-Comedy Movies!
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FREE PRINTABLE ENGAGEMENT PARTY OR WEDDING ICE BREAKER GAME
We’ve all been there, at a party, feeling a little awkward because we don’t know THAT many people. Especially at a friends engagement party, you always get a good mix of family and friends who they may not see very often so what better way to get to know everyone than with a good ol game?! Queue the ‘Find someone who’ game, this forces you to get out there and ask people a few questions about themselves in order to fill your sheet out (or you know if you’ve got a little bit of social anxiety like I do sometimes then you can just sit back and let people come to you haha)
It’s also a great idea to have a few small prizes on hand for whoever gets the most questions correct! This could be anything from a small bottle of liquor to a bath gift set or whatever you like! It’s just nice to give the guests a little more incentive to play!
And if one game just isn’t enough then fret not because we’ve just released a brand new 6 pack of engagement and wedding games that match this one in the shop! All you have to do is print them off and let your guests have a ton of fun filling them out!
Enjoy! Don’t forget if you’d like to see more of our printables then you can so here ! xx
Hen Party Drinking Games
These hen party games are ideal for the hens planning for a wild one. Complete any hen party drinking game with these hen party accessories.
Hen Do Dares
Print out Confetti’s Hen Do Dares PDF and take it (and a pen!) out with you. You can either print one copy and designate the dares to different people in your party or take a print out each and try and tick as many off as possible.
Either way, the person to complete the most dares, wins!
Gin and Fizz Pong
Calling all gin and prosecco lovers! This is the hen party activity for you.
Following the same rules as the original beer-based game, beer pong, split the group into two teams, fill your cups, and throw table tennis balls into the opponent’s cups. If you manage to score, a member of the opposing team must drink the contents of the cup.
Whilst this game does traditionally involve drinking alcohol, any opponents avoiding alcohol can still join in and designate their cups to a friend… and of course we recommend you nominate the bride.
If you love these prosecco drinking games, check out these innovative ways to serve bubbly at your wedding, with these prosecco wedding ideas.
Banned Words is one of our favourite free hen party games. The game is simple: create a list of words with that you think everyone around the table will struggle not to say. Great words to ban are: people’s names, swear words, and ‘drink’.
Once you’ve decided on the words, think of penalties for saying forbidden words. This could be doing a dare, telling a truth or doing a shot.
Why not get these cute personalised shot glasses for the hen do? They make the best hen do presents!
Hen Do Bingo
If you’re looking for one of the more competitive hen party games, play Hen Party Bingo when getting ready or drinking before you head out for the night.
Print copies of Confetti’s blank bingo sheets – enough for one for each guest. Fill in each square with things you think will happen at pre-drinks and when they occur, cross them out. The first person to get five in a row, wins!
A top tip for filling in your sheet: think about habits people in the group have, for example, ‘Sarah burps’, or ‘Alex swears’.
Games to Play During Gift Unwrapping
Nothing is worse than watching the bride ooh and ahh at her third set of towels. Gift unwrapping is the most boring portion of a bridal shower, so instead of leaving your guests to strategize an exit plan, keep them entertained with some fun bridal shower games they can play while the bride opens presents.
- Bridal Bingo: In another variation of Bridal Bingo, guests fill the cards out themselves with presents they think the bride is likely to receive, putting their own gift in the free square in the middle. When a guest has a matching square with what the bride has called (or opened), she can cross it off. Five in a row across or diagonally counts as bingo. Give a door prize to the first winner.
- The Bride's Poem: Start off by writing a sentence about the bride (or bride and groom) as if it were the first line of a poem. Pass it around the room as the bride opens her presents. Each guest must write down a next line of the poem, following the previous line as logically as possible. Then, she folds the sheet of paper over so that the next guest only sees the line she has written. The maid of honor or hostess reads the wacky poem at the end of gift opening.
- The Wedding Night: This one is particularly fun at a lingerie shower. As the bride unwraps her gifts, have a bridesmaid quietly write down everything she says, such as "Ooh, this is pretty" and "Where does this go?" In the end, have that bridesmaid announce, "This is what the bride will say on her wedding night," and then read the list out loud.