6 Fun Games Guaranteed to Have Guests Rolling at Your Adult Birthday Party

Whether you’re celebrating your 21st or the 20th anniversary of your 21st, birthdays are a special time and they deserve a special celebration. Party games aren’t just reserved for kids though. If you’re bored with the board games, here are some fun adult birthday party game ideas for you to try at your next birthday bash.

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Word games and ice breakers:

These games require no props, just brain power, a sense of humor, and maybe some optional prizes. They’re great for an outgoing crowd or a creative bunch.

The Two Truths and a Lie Game

This game can be played on the fly or with a little advance planning, and works best with groups of people who may not know each other too well. Everyone gathers together and takes turns telling two true facts and one lie about themselves. The listeners vote on which of the three statements is the lie. If they correctly guess the lie, the liar wins nothing. If the liar successfully fools everyone, they may win a small prize. To play the game with a bit of advance planning, the host can have everyone submit their truths and lies in advance, and then reads each person’s statements aloud to the crowd with the same end goal: fool everyone.

The Press Conference Guessing Game

Use this game to put the spotlight on the birthday boy or girl, or take turns so everyone gets a chance to play. In this game, one player is sent to another room while the remaining guests pick a person for he or she to be when they return. Don’t be afraid to get creative – the person can be a real public figure like President Obama, or can be something outrageous like a man being tackled by kittens. Once the player returns, he or she holds a press conference. The remaining guests take turns asking strategic questions, giving the player clues to his or her identity. After a set time period, the player must guess who he or she is.

Prop games:

These games can be played with common household items, or with a few simple and easy-to-find items from your local grocery or party planning store.

The Pick out the Safety Pins Game

What you’ll need:

  • Bag of long-grained rice
  • Large mixing bowl
  • A package of 50 (or more) small to medium-size safety pins
  • Blindfolds
  • Timer
  • Prizes (optional)

Fill the mixing bowl about halfway with rice, and then add 50 or more safety pins. Mix it all up, blindfold a guest, and give them 30 seconds to see how many safety pins they can retrieve from the rice. This game is sure to get competitive as each player tries to outdo the others!

The “No” Game

What you’ll need:

  • One lei or Mardi Gras bead necklace for each guest
  • A prize for the winner (optional)

At the start of the party, everyone gets a lei or bead necklace. Each guest spends the rest of the party trying to win more leis or necklaces by getting other party guests to say the word “no”. Players must remember to avoid directly saying the word “no” – if they get caught, they have to give up their necklace to the person who tricked them into saying it. Players who have lost their necklaces can continue to play and try to earn one off another player. At the end of a set time period, the player with the most necklaces is the winner.

Drinking games:

Each of these games is a simple way to liven up an adult party. Everyone will be feeling loose and happy as they try to trick others into taking a drink.

The Pinning Game

What you’ll need:

  • Lightweight clothespins
  • Your favorite adult beverage

This game can be played throughout the party, even while other games are in progress! All you really need is a couple lightweight clothespins (plastic is recommended) and some drinks. One person (the pinner) gets a clothespin with the goal of secretly pinning it to someone else without them noticing. The pinner then steps away and counts to 10 out loud as each of the players frantically searches to see whether they’ve been pinned. If the pinned player finds the clothespin before the countdown is complete, the pinner must drink. If the pinned player can’t find the pin before the countdown is over, he or she must drink. Then the pinned player becomes the pinner and the game continues.

The Name Game

What you’ll need:

  • Your favorite adult beverage
  • Basic alphabetical skills and trivial knowledge

This game starts with someone saying the first and last name of a celebrity. The next person must use the first letter of the last name to come up with another celebrity name, and so on.

Example: Player one says Bill Clinton. The next player might say Cameron Diaz. The next player might say Dave Matthews, etc. All it really requires is basic spelling capabilities and a lot of pop culture knowledge. If someone names someone with the same letter at the beginning of their first and last names (example: Marilyn Monroe), the direction of play reverses. If a player can’t immediately think of a name, he or she must drink until they think of a name. It gets much more difficult as the party progresses!

These games are a great way to get everyone actively involved in the party, and don’t require a lot of time or money to set up. What great party games have you used to liven up your birthday bash? Tell us in the comments!

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