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Drink-A-Palooza: The Ultimate Drinking Party Game: Interview with Creator, David Wagner

If you love playing drinking party games with your friends, you’re in for a treat with Drink-A-Palooza. Developed by David Wagner back in 2001, this game took 10 years (!) and a lot of patience to get off the ground.

Unlike regular drinks games, Drink-A-Palooza combines a board game, team competition and drinking party games into one monster of an experience, that’s perfect for all parties – from house parties, to 21st’s, to bachelor/ette fun.

Joining us today is David Wagner, who’ll be sharing his story of how his game came to be, what it’s about and where next.

Thanks David for joining us. So tell us a bit about Drink-a-Palooza. Where did you get the idea for this game?

Drink-A-Palooza was born in our family’s basement when a brother of mine came home one night and said he had a blast playing a drinking game that one of his friends made up using a super soaker filled with alcohol.

When I heard him say that, my response was “I can make a drinking game!" and next thing I knew, I had grabbed the lid to a cardboard box and started drawing out what would become the Drink-A-Palooza drinking board game.

Since I had recently graduated college, I was well versed in all of the drinking games such as Beirut (beer pong with paddles), Asshole and Kings Cup. I started combining all of the popular drinking games into one monopoly styled board game.

The game was originally called “The College Experience" since I was using everything I had learned in college to design and market the game. It wasn’t until 2010 when the game took final shape and launched into main stream and the name “Drink-A-Palooza" was decided on.

Your game incorporates quite a few drinking games, like Flip Cup, Quarters and Beer Pong. How did you go about choosing these games specifically?

The specific games were chosen after 10+ renditions of the game and a great deal of test marketing. Back when the original game was made, some of the current games found in Drink-A-Palooza had not been developed or were at least not commonly played.

The first rendition was made with other games such as “Mexican" which was eventually changed to “B.S. Bluff" for political reasons and had numbers all over the board. When you would land on these numbers, and if your dice roll was higher, you would pass out sips.

Looking back, it had many of the basics you see in Drink-A-Palooza today but the game play was very different.

Can you tell us how you play it? It involves a board game and there’s a competition aspect, right? What are the rules and how do you win?

The game is best played with 3 or more people. You roll the dice to move spaces and as you make your way around the board, you will either be playing a group game such as High/Low, Kings Cup, Waterfall OR you will be playing a one-on-one competition to win mini bottles.

The point of the game is to fill up your empty 6-pack holder game piece with mini bottles that you win through 3 competitions.

The bottle challenges are Beer Pong, Quarters and Flip Cup. When you land on one of these spots, you spin the bottle located in the middle of the game. Whomever the bottle is pointing to will be the person you play or challenge. In Quarters and Beer Pong, the first person to make the ping pong ball or quarter into the middle “Drink Cup" wins the bottle.

As punishment (depending on how you look at it) the loser must drink the center Drink Cup. When playing Flip Cup challenge, whomever is the first to flip the cup over wins the mini bottle. All the other games found on the board are played with the entire group.

Drink-A-Palooza was designed to keep everyone involved and with all the variety required to have a good time. Let’s face it, a game that combines all of the best drinking games into one will keep the party going. There isn’t any waiting around to be part of the fun like games such as beer pong.

Plus you don’t need a Beer Pong table to play, it fits on anyone’s kitchen table and you can have up to 12 people playing.

How many people maximum need to be playing this game, for it to work?

The game was designed to be scalable depending on how many people are playing. The minimum is 2 players but it is recommended to play with 3 or more.

One of the best elements of the game is when you have more than 6 people playing, you can team up and partner with someone else. When you partner with someone, you share the 6-pack holder game piece AND you get to share drinking responsibility.

You also trade off turns when playing Quarters and Beer pong competitions BUT you add an additional Flip Cup when playing Flip Cup for a mini bottle. This adds the relay race aspect of Flip Cup and intensifies the competition.

What kind of age range you looking at?

Drink-A-Palooza is not intended for alcohol but we know most people will be playing the game and using beer as their beverage of choice. I have seen plenty of games with a mix of people, some were drinking beer, others water and soda was used also.

The age demographic for the game depends on the customer. I have seen the game played with people aged all the way up to their mid-fifties.

What kind of playing area do you need? Do you need a lot of space to play?

The game was designed to fit in anyone’s living room, kitchen or even dorm rooms. Knowing that Beer Pong and Flip Cup usually require an extended table that is more than 8 feet long, Drink-A-Palooza was made to fit on any table and allows plenty of people to circle around the game board.

The game only requires as much room as the amount of people playing. You do need some space to pitch the beer pong balls into the center Drink Cup but the distance is decided by the players and their skill level to make the shot.

What kind of parties would your game suit?

We have a long list of parties that suit the game. Below is a list of places, events and times the game is played or gifted to someone:

  • College Parties and back to college gift ideas
  • Fraternity Parties
  • Spring Break Parties
  • Saint Patrick’s Day Party
  • New Year’s Eve Parties
  • 21st Birthday Parties
  • Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties
  • Summer Vacation
  • Pregame parties
  • Party Buses
  • Fourth of July
  • Mardi Gras Parties
  • House Parties
  • Game Nights
  • Gadget Gifts for him

How’s the game been doing for you so far? Do you have more ideas up your sleeve?

So far, the game is going great. It is currently sold in every mall in the US and Canada at Spencer Gifts. We attend all of the beer festivals and events all throughout Southern California and have a great following.

We often have repeat customers who absolutely love the game and tell us about the good times they’ve had with all their friends when playing.

The Drink-A-Palooza brand will be expanding into a couple other avenues and you should see some new products coming out this year.

Lastly, David, how do you like to chill out, when you’re not designing such stunning games?

Luckily. I live in Pacific Beach in San Diego and it offers up a lot of variety. There are so many options from bar hopping to surfing to laying out at the beach that there is always something fun to do. It is a truly unique place and a perfect home to the Drink-A-Palooza drinking game.

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Plan Your Surprise Party Ideas in 10 Easy Steps

Surprise Party Ideas - Top Secret Sign Any surprise party ideas you have in mind need careful planning, so as not to spoil the surprise.

You won’t be able to relax very much, with this type of party.

  • Guests will need to be sworn to secrecy
  • Venue, decor and food will need deciding without your guest of honor’s input

It’s like organizing a party in top secret.

But don’t worry. By following this page, you’ll know exactly how to keep a cool head.

And the surprise at the end will be totally worth it.

Your 10 steps to successful surprise party ideas

Pre-planning decisions

Step 1 – who is your surprisee/guest of honor?

Find out as much as you can about this person – their likes/dislikes, hobbies, party preferences.

What’s their personality like? Are they shy, outgoing or a mix?

Because a shy person may not enjoy a 100 people turning up. That’s not to say an outgoing person will either. So do some digging.

Also figure out if any of their hobbies can be converted into a party theme – and make sure it’s affordable to do so, as well.

  • Basketball, for example, will be easier to theme than if the surprisee loves naked wrestling.

What if you discover the surprisee doesn’t like parties?

No problem.

Simply adapt your surprise party ideas into something else – e.g., a surprise picnic, or a surprise dinner party, or a surprisee movie theater night.

Step 2 – decide date and time of your party

Before you set your date, find out – covertly, casually – what your surprisee is planning for their birthday.

Your surprise party ideas should take place on the week of the surprisee’s birthday, a few days before or after.

You don’t want to plan everything, only to find out they’ve double booked or are leaving town.

  • Seriously, avoid learning of the surprisee’s plans after the fact! You don’t wanna go there.

Once you’ve locked in the party date, you won’t have a second to waste – since the date can’t be moved.

Step 3 – decide the venue

Ideally, the location should be accessible on the day of the party and without your surprisee knowing about it.

So avoid using the surprisee’s house, unless you can think up an excuse of why you need to be there.

Saying that, if they live with housemates, involve the housemates. But if they live alone, avoid.

Venue possibilities:

  • The home of another friend – it’s cheap, cheerful, and access is stress-free. How to lure your surprisee there is a dilemma for later.
  • Party outdoors – think beach, the woods, a garden. Have a back-up plan for any weather changes too. Outdoors is also a nice change of scene for the surprisee.
  • Book a private function room – you or the venue can supply the food/beer. Nominate one staff member to be your liaison.
Step 4 – decide your guest list and how to invite them

Go with close friends first, then work outwards. It’s not necessary to include co-workers, unless your surprisee is close to them.

The smaller your party, too, the less likely someone will blab the surprise in advance.

Invite your guests by emailing or phoning them directly. Do not use Facebook/Twitter etc to do this. There’s always the chance the surprisee will find out.

  • Absolutely swear your guests to the secrecy of the party. You can make people feel bad, if they do, like publicly disgracing them. Seriously, it works.

Party plans themselves

Step 5 – decide on decorations

Ideally, you’ll have a theme, based on a surprisee’s hobby, but don’t worry if you don’t.

Whatever decorations you decide need to be portable. Use a car for any heavy stuff. Rope in friends to help you.

Step 6 – decide on food and drinks

Choose regular party food – e.g. quiches, sandwiches, pies, salads, cakes, dips and chips, beer and soda for drinks.

Make sure there’s enough food that it will all get eaten (no having to take anything home). Same goes for drinks.

  • Check your venue has glasses, crockery and cutlery, otherwise you’ll need to supply these.

On the day of your surprise party ideas

Step 7 – get your decorating done at the venue

Arrive early, and finish the decor/food at least two hours before the party.

Step 8 – when should the guests arrive?

At least 30 minutes before the surprisee. Any stragglers should arrive 15-20 minutes after the surprisee, so it doesn’t look suspicious. The surprisee should arrive alone, with their lure.

  • If guests are driving, ask them park a few streets away from the venue, to avoid suspicion.
Step 9 – how do you lure the surprisee to the venue?

By playing dumb. So if the venue is:

  • A bar: “Mind if we stop here for a drink?" “I need to go to the bathroom, can we pop in here quickly?"
  • A friend’s house: “(Name of person) wanted you to see (name of thing), he gave me his keys, can we quickly pop in?" “I left my phone at (name of person) last night, mind if we pop round so I can pick it up?"
  • Outdoors, or a picnic: plan to have casual drinks or another activity nearby, so it looks natural.

Conceal your guests in the venue as well, e.g. In another room or by turning off the lights. They can reveal themselves once the surprisee arrives.

What if the lure idea doesn’t work?

Don’t worry, it’ll work. Plan it in advance, rather than on the spot. But don’t make it too rehearsed.

Step 10 – the surprisee arrives at their surprise party and…

“SURPRISE!", wolf whistling and a great party to be had by all.

Image: Marcin Wichary

A List of 60 Dare Party Ideas 
(Indoor and Outdoor) for Adults

Dare party ideas - guy at the bus stop in his underwear This list of dare party fun contains ideas that are silly, naughty and creative. You won’t need to prepare a thing – just print the list and start playing.

The list has been divided into dares for playing indoors, and dares for playing in public. Make sure to film any dares in action, especially the outdoor ones, so you can rewatch them.

You can use these ideas as part of a regular party, in a round of Truth or Dare, or as a standalone dare party night.

Let’s get your dare party rolling.

Indoor dare party ideas 1-20

  • Start belly dancing in a circle of players or between customers in a bar.
  • Order a pizza or takeout delivery to a next door neighbour.
  • Walk down the street in only your underwear (like the guy in the top photo!)
  • Dance like a ballerina, instead of regular walking.
  • Blindfold a friend and have them kiss three objects. Just don’t tell them what they are.
  • Walk around the party with your bum hanging out.
  • Pretend someone’s hair is your crush and ask it out.
  • Run to the nearest store or neighbour, in a panic, and ask them if they’ve got a goldfish first aid kit.
  • Swap clothes with a friend, doing it in front of everyone. Then wear their clothes for the next hour. Pretend to be that friend, too, by answering to their name.
  • Call up a friend and tell them how excited you are about armpits.
  • Start singing a pop song out loud like you’re singing opera.
  • Come up with famous people each person in your group looks like.
  • Without any warning, turn to a friend and give them a French kiss.
  • Go next door and ask if they’ve seen your contact lens, lost bra or long lost relative.
  • Wear all your clothes inside out.
  • Start to body pop or dance weird when standing in a queue.
  • Write “kiss me" across your cheek in lipstick, then go up to everyone and get them to.
  • Pretend to be a pig and start sniffing all over the people in your group.
  • Do a death scene, out of nowhere, as dramatic as you can.
  • Kiss everyone’s knees.

Indoor dare party ideas 21-40

  • Ask someone to kiss you, only where they kiss you is up to you.
  • Have a player opposite draw a werewolf face on you.
  • Hold a friend’s hand, then act as if you’re stuck together with superglue.
  • Sniff your friend’s socks – while they’re still wearing them.
  • Do your best impersonation of the person to your left.
  • Go up to each player and compliment them on two aspects about themselves.
  • Wear all your clothes back to front.
  • Put on someone’s bra and go outside dressed this way.
  • Put an ice cube down your friend’s shirt.
  • Call a random friend and confess your undying love for them. Start telling them what you love about them, that you should marry, sobbing your eyes out that you can’t live without them.
  • Go to your neighbour and ask them for a spare condom.
  • Start doing a strip tease and keep going for a minute.
  • Massage your friend’s feet with your feet.
  • Act like a cat, by crawling on the floor, rubbing your body against people’s legs. Curl up on someone’s lap, and lick your paws.
  • Write a poem for someone you don’t know in your group, then perform it to them.
  • Gently lick the ear of the person to your left.
  • Spin everyone on the spot 10 times, then have them walk in a straight line.
  • Try to make the person next to you laugh. You’ve got 60 seconds.
  • Eat a spoonful of mustard or Tabasco sauce.
  • Pretend you’re having an orgasmic moment and start acting it out.

Dare party ideas - group doing the conga Outdoor party dares

  • Do a group conga in a bar (like in this picture).
  • Get everyone outside in drag, but in clothes that are too tight for them.
  • Ask for diet water in your nearest fast food joint. When they reply “we don’t have any", keep pestering them. Continue for three minutes.
  • Put your headphones on in a store and start dancing to your music, doing the stupidest, wackiest dance you can.
  • Get a man to sign your chest.
  • Close your eyes and use lipstick and make-up to draw a pair of fake eyes over them. Now walk into a store with your eyes closed, but pretending your new eyes see for you.
  • Go up to an ATM, withdraw some cash and start shouting “OMG, I’ve won the lottery again! Woo-hoo!"
  • You’re the world’s former strongest man/woman. Get into character and start asking everyone to feel your muscles. Start bragging about your former fame and all the ladies/guys you laid.
  • Use the wrong bathroom in a bar/restaurant. (Make sure to have a friend stand guard at the door, just in case)
  • Start barking at every dog you meet. When they bark, you bark back, as though you understand.
  • In the middle of a bus ride, stand up and start singing the national anthem out loud.
  • Go up to passengers on the bus and ask each one “Are you my mommy?"
  • Start flirting with someone’s handbag, rucksack or briefcase in a bar. Then start getting annoyed, when the bag won’t reply; “You think you’re something special? I’ve had better rucksacks than you!"
  • Turn to the person behind you in a queue and tell them how much you’ve missed them. Then add “oops, sorry, mistaken identity."
  • Blow a kiss to every passenger passing in a car for two minutes.
  • Walk down the street or around the room like a zombie/an Egyptian/or sleepwalking.
  • Run to the nearest store, wearing nothing but a bathrobe. Ask them if they’ve got any shower gel.
  • High-five the most strangers you can in 60 seconds.
  • Bow to every stranger you meet. Tell them “it was an honor to meet you, my lord and master."
  • • For the next half an hour, act like you’re a chicken. Start pecking at people, flapping your wings. Don’t forget to cluck every now and then.

Images: stevendamron, Ana Yacobi

Silly Party Games: 27 Ways to 
Turn Your Party on Its Head

Silly party games - 3 guys sack racing When you choose silly party games, you’re throwing out the rules when it comes to adult fun.

The best party games are the ones that bring out the kid in us. Which is just as well, as you’ll be asking your friends to do odd things.

Silly party games playing tips

  • Make sure you have plenty of outdoor space.
  • Check your playing space is safe. Lock overhanging doors and loose cables, remove furniture and other obstacles.
  • The objective of any game is to have a laugh. Make sure people know that. There’s no competitiveness to be had here.

Here are the first 11 silly games.

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Find the Bubble Gum

Give each guest a bowl with a piece of unwrapped bubble gum on it. Cover the gum in whipped cream.

Players must feel around in the cream for their piece of gum. Except they can’t use their hands.

First player to find their gum, chew it and blow a bubble wins.

Counting Chocolates

Love chocolate and party games? Wanna experience them both combined? Check out this very amazing game here.

Forehead Pass the Orange

You’ll need two oranges and an obstacle-free space to play. Everyone splits into two even teams, each needing pairs of similar height.

  • The first pair of each team stands at the start line. Place an orange between each pair, gripped by their foreheads
  • On ‘Go!’, both pairs run to the opposite wall, touch it, then return to the start
  • The orange is then passed (by hand) to their next team pair to take their turn
  • As both pairs are running at the same time, check your room is wide enough
  • Players won’t be able to see where they’re going, so this stops them colliding
  • If the orange is dropped, the pair must start again. The winning team is the one where all pairs have completed the course.
Bobbing for Apples

This silly party game originated in the Middle Ages. To play, fill a tub to the brim with water, then fill with floating apples.

A player must pick out as many apples as they can with their teeth, with their hands tied behind their back.

Make the game more challenging by using whipped cream or custard instead of water.

Pass the Parcel Fancy Dress

Stuff a sports bag with as many silly clothing items as you can find (or buy from thrift stores). These might include an old dress, wigs, long johns, weird hats.

  • Start the music and when it stops, the person holding the bag puts on a random item
  • Then start the music again and pass the bag round
  • Once all the items are used up, ask everyone to vote which person has the Best Look of the game
  • Guests can rearrange how they wear their items, if they like, before voting.
Dangling Donuts

Love messy but silly party games? With Dangling Donuts, you’ll need plenty of donuts – plain, jellied and custard – and a ball of string, to play.

Attach the long bits of string to each donut. Hang the donuts from a clothes line, so they reach chin level.

Now players must eat the dangling donut in the quickest time possible.

Court Jester

Sit everyone in a circle and pass around a Court Jester hat, as you play music.

When the music stops, the person with the hat must put it on, and perform something silly: a song, a joke, do a dance.

Belly Balloon Break

This game is played against the clock. Everyone is divided into pairs and must blow up at least 10 balloons per pair.

  • Set the clock, with each couple trying to pop as many balloons as they can within their time
  • Balloons can only be popped by squeezing it together between the players’ chests. Other parts of the body (hands, feet) are not allowed
  • The couple who pops the most balloons wins.
Potato, Spoon and Hump Race

To me, this game captures the “silly” in silly party games.

You’ll need a raw small potato (in its skin), a spoon per player and plenty of room.

Set up your humps along the course, e.g. rope to limbo under or skip over, a sequence of chairs to run around, a rolled up rug to hop over.

  • Line each player at the start with a potato balanced on their spoon
  • On ‘Go!’, players race towards the finish, jumping the humps as they go
  • If their potato falls off, they must return to the start line and begin again
  • The winner is the first one at the finish.

You can also play a relay version, with players in two even teams.

Players who finish will need to run back to the start to hand the potato to the next teammate.

Flour Tower

Pack a large dessert bowl in with flour, then turn it upside down on a plate, removing the bowl. Pop a jellybean on top of the mound.

Players now take it in turns to cut a slice of the flour, making sure not to move the jellybean. Whoever causes the mound collapse must pick up the jellybean with their mouth – from the flour.

Gargle a Song

Fill a glass, then sing a song. Everyone else must work out what it is.

Make the game harder, by having two people gargle the song (one person does the verses, the other the chorus).

Sack Race Relay

Okay, the ultimate of silly party games: Get ready for sack racing.

You’ll need two old potato or coffee sacks to play, although two adult-sized sleeping bags will do.

Outdoor space is also needed, like a long garden or an alleyway (as in the photo above).

Again, everyone gets into two equal teams.

String up a finish line using rope. Get the first player of each team into their sack

  • On ‘Go!’, each player must bounce their way down the race course to the finish
  • The player then removes the sack, run back to the start and hand it to the second player, who puts it on and takes their turn
  • The winner is the first team where every player has bounced.

Make the most of this silly party game’s race course, add obstacles for players to bounce around, like a chair or hatstand. You can also tie little bells to the sack, so players chime as they play.

Or swap the sacks – for buckets! Have players wear one on each foot.

Use obstacles for players to jump over or limbo under.

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Image: bigiain

Even More Drinking Party Games

Drinking party games - a game of Flip Cup in progress Add any of these drinking party games to your event – and you’ll be giving everyone one heck of a good time.

Drinking games add a competitive edge to any party, thanks to the drink itself acting as a form of punishment. This is what makes them such a fun group activity.

They’re also perfect when played with a few dares.

To play these drinking party games, you’ll need 3 or more players. You won’t need any props, other than a pack of playing cards.

Let’s get you started.

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Flip Cup

Create two even teams. Place half a cup of beer on the table next to each player.

  • On ‘Go!’, the first player of each team has to chug down their beer, and then flip the cup from the edge of the table so it lands upside down (as seen in the photo at the top of this page).
  • Once it does, only then can their next teammate take their turn.

First team to flip all their cups is the winner.

High or Low

Shuffle a deck of cards, dealing a face down card to your first player. This person has to guess if it’s high or low.

  • If they guess correctly, deal them another card.
  • If they guess three right, they can continue guessing or pass.
  • But if they guess a card wrong, they drink to the value of that card. For Jacks, Queens and Kings, the value is 10; Aces are 11.

Keep going, until the whole pack’s spent.

Beer Blow

Take a deck of playing cards and place them on top of an empty bottle. Players take it in turns to blow cards from the deck.

The person who blows the last card off drinks one beer.

  • As a bonus: anyone who blows off an Ace also drinks a whole beer. Two Aces blown? That’s two beers, etc.
Drinking game for the office
Freeze or Drink

Unlike the previous games, you play this one continously at your party. Pick someone to be your Mister Freeze.

At any given moment in the party, this person will freeze, like a statue.

Anyone who notices does the same. The last person to notice must drink one beer. Then a new Mister Freeze is chosen.

Across the Bridge

Deal out 10 cards, face down, in a straight line on a table top. This line is called the Bridge.

The first player flips over the first card. If the number is 2 to 10, they’re safe – and can flip the next card.

  • But if they flip a Jack, Queen, King or Ace, the player must drink its value (Jack = one sip, Queen is two, King three, Ace four).
  • Their next go passes to another player.

Keep the game going, by adding 10 new cards when you’re down to the last two of the first Bridge.

The game finishes with the whole pack done.

Flip, Sip or Strip

You can play this game with a coin or a spin-that-wheel type of dial, where each section of the dial lands on an action to take (like in this picture).

Each player takes turns flipping, calling heads or tails.

  • If they guess correctly, the coin is passed to their left
  • If they guess wrong, the coin is passed to their right and they drink or take off an item of clothing
  • If you’re thinking you can just drink all the time, and not strip, you’d be wrong. Doing the same option twice is not allowed.
Buzz

This drinking game is one where everyone needs to pay attention. Slipping up equals punishment.

Each person takes turns counting, with the first saying “one", the next “two", and so forth.

Whenever a player hits a number divisible by seven, they must say “buzz".

If the player doesn’t say “buzz", they drink. If a player says “buzz" by mistake, they also drink.

The goal of the game is to see how high a number the group can reach with as few buzzes as possible.

  • This game also works, if you pit two teams against each other. If you play this way, make sure each one has a referee, then stay out of their way
  • Game play can be pretty fierce – so watch out!

Image: merfam

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