4 Energetic Party Games for Large Groups

Add any of these party games for large groups to your partying – and groups where there are 10 or more people will be happy.

Party games for this size are a fun way to get your entire group to bond.

They’re also a relief for any party host whose looking for ways to keep the atmosphere happy and flowing.

A few tips for party games for large groups

A large space is essential for playing, for example, a backyard or a garden.

  • If playing inside, clear your room of any non-essential furniture.
  • Clear or lock away items that might cause accidents – loose cabling, overhanging doors, knives
  • If you’re playing on a wooden floor, cover with a rug to avoid slipping.

It will also be your job to supervise. So do that, keeping tabs on how things are going, whether the game needs adjusting.

Before playing, check in with the general health of your players as well as their mood.

  • Would a relaxed bunch appreciate a running around game?
  • Is a running game best played before or after food??

Your party games for large groups

Move & Mingle

This is the most energetic of the party games for large groups here.

It’s played in two sections and needs a large indoor room.

Move is played first and is played in three fast rounds. Each side of a room represents a category players run to.

If the left side is ‘tigers’ and right is ‘lions’, for example, then players run to their preference.

Occasionally pick out 3 people and ask them why they’ve chosen their category. So if it’s ‘tigers’, they might say “saw one in India".

On the fourth round, switch over to Mingle.

  • Everyone now finds other people who agree with their answer
  • For example, “If you won the lottery, what one thing would you buy?"
  • If you answered “travel the world” – find other people who think the same.

Play each round of Mingle with a time limit, giving people time to have a chat and share after they’ve found each other.

Then switch back to another Move, then more Mingle, and so on.

All In the Numbers

Write out a list of items that can be put into number order – such as, house number, number of years at work, shoe size.

Split everyone into even teams. Give each team the same item to start with.

  • On ‘Go’, the teams arrange into the correct order (small to large), without talking.
  • The order must be checked before moving to the next item
  • The team that completes your list the fastest wins.
Noise Pollution

Make sure your room is safe for playing. Your guests will be blindfolded and moving for the majority of this game.

The first half of the game involves preparation.

Pair everyone up, with one partner deciding they’re a machine, the other an animal.

  • Each person is given a minute to decide what machine or animal they are
  • What they choose needs to make a distinctive noise. A choo-choo for a train, for example, a howl for a wolf, or a deep growl for a tiger
  • The pairs get familiar with each other’s noise.

When time’s up, send the animals and machines to opposite sides of the room Everyone blindfolds up.

  • The pairs now try and find each other by making their noise.

The game ends when all the pairs have been reunited.

Throw a Story

This game’s probably the most intimate of these party games for large groups. It’s here guests can learn more about each other.

You can also use it as an icebreaker.

Before starting, draw a grid of five squares by five on a large sheet of construction paper.

Then fill each square with one topic, for example,

  1. Embarrassing work stories
  2. A personal triumph you’re dying to share
  3. A vacation gone wrong, etc

Lay your grid on the floor or on a table, with your guests lined up behind it.

Each person takes a turn, closing their eyes and tossing a coin at the grid.

  • Wherever the coin lands is their story to share, for 2 minutes
  • Once done, the next player takes their turn
  • The more rounds you play, the more stories can be shared

What if the coin lands between two squares? Well, that’s two stories to share.

If a player’s coin lands in the same square, that means they can share more detail about their last story.

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