Empty a bag of Maltesers (chocolate candy) into a bowl and place in the middle of the table. Give each player a straw and have them sit around it.
Each player now has 30 seconds each to use their straw to suck and transport their Malteser from the bowl to their hand.
The player with the most wins.
Here’s a fun example of team adult party ideas.
Before playing, write down a list of 15-20 everyday life scenarios. E.g. Marriage proposal, tread in dog doo, miss the bus.
Break everyone equally into Teams A and B. Everyone in Team A leaves the room, bar one person. Team B will be the audience
Quickly show one of your life scenarios to the member of Team A. After 10 seconds, a 2nd member of their team returns
Teammate 1 now acts out a clue to help Teammate 2 guess the scenario – using only mime. After 10 seconds have passed, a 3rd member of Team A returns. Teammate 2 now acts out what they think the scenario is. And so on
The last person of Team A then makes the final guess. Once done, Team B takes their turn.
Split everyone into two even teams. On ‘Go’, the first player of each picks up an ice cube and tries to melt it as quickly as they can. They can rub it between their hands or their clothes – but what they can’t do is put it in their mouths, stamp on it or use any equipment on it (e.g. a lighter).
No one is allowed keep a cube for more than a few seconds, so make sure the cubes are being passed between players.
First team to melt the cube (or tray of cubes) wins.
Sing Song Ping Pong
Decide early on what type of songs to use. Decide who goes first, with that person singing a line of a song (preferably the chorus, always easier).
The rest of the group then think of another song featuring any of the words currently being sung.
For example, “Whoa-oh, we’re living on a prayer” (Bon Jovi)…
The next song sung could be “When you call my name, it’s like a little PRAYER” (Madonna)…
With the song to follow that “Even on my weakest days, I get a LITTLE bit stronger” (Sara Evans)
Players get a point each, for each correct connecting word. Round out these adult party game ideas with a singalong.
Who Is It?
Stand in a circle. Blindfold a guest and have them stand in the middle.
On ‘Go!’, they must reach out to the circle, and asks “who is it?”
The first person they nab must answer, only in a weird voice
If the blindfolded one guesses who this person is, the players swap for a new round
But if they guess incorrectly? The game continues until someone is caught.
The most well known of adult party game ideas here. You’ll need two oranges and plenty of space.
Break into two lines, each with varying head heights. The first players are given an orange to hold between their chin and neck
On ‘Go!’, the orange is passed down each respective line, from the chin of one person to the chin of their teammate
No hands are allowed to touch the orange during its passage. Unless it drops. In this case, the orange is passed back to the first player and their whole line starts again.
To win, the last player with the orange must transfer it back to the first, via their chin.
You also can play with 4 smaller teams. Run this game as before, with the fastest team winning. You can also play as a circle.
Also, try playing with odd-shaped vegetables – like turnips, avocados and aubergines.
For the Forehead version of this game, check here.
Unlike regular volleyball, using a balloon means you can play indoors without risk to furniture (or people). You can also play by sitting on the floor.
String up a net (with rope or a long bedsheet), and divide into two equal teams.
Start the game, by instructing the first team with the balloon to hit it across the net to the next team. The other team then hits it back
If a team fails to hit the balloon, or the balloon hits the floor – the opposite team scores a point
Set a time limit for each round.
The team with the highest score in a given series of rounds wins.
For extra mess, fill the balloon with shaving cream. But play outside.
Stand everyone in a circle, and nominate someone to start the dance chain. They do this, by making a simple dance move.
Such as? Waving their hands in the air. Or kick out a leg. Or jumping once.
Keep the move simple, as everyone else will need to copy it.
The player to their left then leads the circle, by repeating the move
Once the entire circle has done it, this new player repeats the move, before adding their own
The player to their left then leads the circle with the new move, and so on.
Keep the whole thing going, until an entire dance routine has been created. The game ends with the whole circle performing the routine together.
Like Charades Relay, this game involves acting out life scenarios. This time, tailor them to be specific to your life.
For example – someone who loves the bar scene; or who works in a busy office; or who goes to the gym every day. Write out two identical lists.
Tear each list into strips, with each list getting a bowl
Split everyone into two even teams. Players take it in turns to act out a scenario for their group to guess
The fastest team to complete the list wins.
Get everyone seated round a table or in a circle.
Players take it in turns to say “Ha", “Ho" or “Hee". Anyone who starts laughing is knocked out of the game
Keep going until everyone’s out
The person who keeps a straight face the longest wins a prize.
The best adult birthday party games need to do two things…
• They’ve gotta be silly. (Grown up doesn’t have to mean boring).
• But they’ve also got to remind the birthday crowd that birthdays post-20s are still important.
It’s easy to become jaded with birthdays, when you’re paying the bills. It becomes a date on the calendar instead of an event.
Not only will these 9 adult birthday party games keep you on the edge of your seat. They’re also intimate, designed to bring everyone closer together.
For after-party memories, make sure you film the games in action. None of the games require props (a little bit of advance prep is all you need).
Let’s get you started.
Your birthday party games…
The Birthday Hot Seat
Just how well do you know your birthday star? This game is where the birthday guests are put under the spotlight and grilled by the guest of honor.
Bring everyone together, then place a chair in front of them, explaining how this is the Birthday Hot Seat
Nominate someone to sit in the chair
Now, give the birthday boy or gal 30 seconds to fire as many questions about themselves at the seated player, who must get as many of them as right as possible.
(It’s a good idea for the birthday star to have a list of at least 100 things in advance, so they don’t run out of things to ask on the spot).
When the 30 seconds are up, the next player takes over.
You will need someone to keep score; because whoever gets the most questions right will win a prize.
This adult birthday party game’s fast-paced and a lot of fun, especially when the questions are funny.
The Laughing Game
Space everyone around a table or in a large room.
Standing individually, each players takes it in turns to say “Ha”, “Ho” or “Hee”.
Anyone who starts laughing is kicked out of the game. Keep your game going until everyone’s virtually eliminated
The person who can keep the straightest face the longest wins.
You’ll need 6 or more players, each wearing 5 clothes pegs around their neck (i.e. collar, jumper v-neck, attached to a necklace).
Set aside 1-2 hours to play, or play during your party.
Decide as a group 5 words to ban for the duration. Think of commonly used ones, for example, “happy", “birthday", “presents", “drink", “cake"
Players must now catch one another saying the forbidden word
So, if, say, James hears Ursula say “birthday", he can ask her for one of her pegs.
Players who lose all their pegs can say the words again. They can also rejoin the game, by trying to trick players with pegs into saying the words.
The player with the most clothes pegs at the end of the game wins a prize.
Honey, I Love You
This adult birthday party game’s also great fun as an icebreaker to warm up your crowd.
Sit everyone in a circle, with a person in the middle
This person gets to go up to anyone in the circle and say “Honey, I love you, won’t you give me a smile?”
The person who’s been asked the question must answer with “Honey, I love you, but I just can’t smile” – as well as making sure they aren’t smiling
The person in the middle is allowed to do anything to the other person to encourage a smile (except touch them).
Anyone who smiles is knocked out of the game. Last person sitting wins!
Love silly racing adult birthday party games? With Unlikely Oranges, you’ll need to split everyone into even-sized teams.
Give each team two orange and one pair of old pantyhose, long stockings or tights.
Set up a race course that needs to be wide enough for 3-6 players to race at once.
Stuff one of the oranges down the leg of the pantyhose, then tie the pantyhouse around the player’s waist. Ideally, the orange leg should dangle down towards the ground and be swingable between their legs
(If you’ve got players will long legs, make sure you have different lengths of pantyhose available, just in case.)
On ‘Go’, players must swing the orange leg against the second orange on the floor and race to the finish line.
The first player and orange to do so wins.
Musical Hula Hoops
You’ll need lively music as well as a bunch of average-sized hula hoops strewn on the floor.
Keep everyone dancing to the music
But as soon as it stops, players jump into a hula hoop (one per person) and start to hula
Anyone not in a hula has to do 3 press ups
Then restart the music.
Add more fun to the game as you wish. For instance, instead of needing to hula once in the hoop, you can instruct players to do a fun dance or weird movement.
Funny Birthday Business
Looking for acting adult birthday party games? Here’s one.
For Funny Birthday Business, you will need a hat, slips of paper and pencils.
Give each player 2-3 slips of paper and 2 minutes to write down one funny thing they’d like one of the other guests to perform.
Once time’s up, collect up the papers and shuffle in your hat
The hat is now placed on a table, next to a bottle of wine and empty glass
The player who starts must take a sip of wine, pull a slip from the hat – and perform it
To make this game work, think of funny or silly tasks – for example “pretend to be a snail” or “dance on one leg while flapping your arms and nodding”.
As the host, secretly slip in a few tasks that everyone must perform together, e.g. pretend to be cats licking themselves. This is a great game to film.
Everyone is given an inflatable balloon and a marker pen each, and one minute to draw a face on their balloon.
Next, they apply shaving cream over their balloon and are given a plastic knife afterwards, which will be their razor
Once all that’s done – and ‘Go’ announced – players all attempt to shave their balloon. Without popping it
The first person to finish wins.
To add an extra risk to the game, you can fill the balloons with whipped cream.