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.
Here are more messy adult birthday party games.
Break everyone into 2 lines of 4-10 players, with each line queued up behind a designated leader.
Each player then places their hands on either the hips or shoulders of their person in front.
Everyone then crouches down, by bending down into their heels, almost like they’re sitting on each other’s laps. Each team is now a “crocodile”.
- On ‘Go’, both crocodiles race against each other
- They can either run to a finish line; or run to the finish but then back to the start, in order to win
- The leader must make sure his/her team stays intact, by not running too fast ahead of them.
First crocodile to cross the line – unbroken – wins!