I want to have the best party with people leaving saying that it was a great party, not people saying it was a dump. I have the place, it is big. It's a girl/boy party, but not with that many boys. I have food and there is a big screen TV and some dancing going
on, but I doubt that is going to hold them down from 6 pm till midnight.
I need games and prizes, but I don't know what types of games. They can't be to kissy because of my parents and we can't really go outside because my parents don't want people sneaking off.
I want the party to be a blast and still obey my parents rules. Can you help me?
Alexandra M. from Hawaii
P.S. Please post feedback quickly, I don't have much time.
What about showing a movie?
As for contests or games, how about doing like summer camp, dividing everyone into groups, and each group needs to do a skit or design and perform a dance to go with a piece of music, etc. You can award prizes for wackiest, best coordination, etc.
Board games might work well, too. How about Trivial Pursuit, played in teams (or as individuals)? Or give each team something to work with (Play-doh, Legos, papier mache, etc.) and they have to work together to make something. The team with the best end product wins.
Or you provide packaging material, and each team has to package a raw egg in a container which will be dropped from a ladder at a certain height. The team whose egg survives the most drops without breaking wins a prize.
Have fun. (04/14/2005)
Oh, just thought of another idea, each team gets an assortment of objects all sorts of oddball things like Q-tips, cotton balls, popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners, paper streamers, Styrofoam cups, aluminum foil, markers, etc. They have to make something out of it, and explain what they made. Prizes are awarded for most original, best imitation of a household object (say, if they make a model of a telephone or a sofa out of it), most wacky, tallest (they can try to find a way to fasten everything on top of everything else), etc. You provide basic materials as well as things to fasten things together: glue, tape, string, etc.(04/14/2005)
How about charades or Pictionary? You can even make up your own age appropriate subjects for it. All you would need is butcher paper and an easel.
Sandy from Pittsburgh (04/14/2005)
Try a movie marathon. (04/23/2005)
You could have a night tag type game. It's always fun to have one person hide while it is dark and everyone else looking for him/her with flashlights. Have the person who is hiding try to grab the others. If the person gets grabbed then they have to hide with the other person.
I think the best game to play is something that you don't need to organise much for. Spotlight is an awesome example. Last time I played it I found one of my best frends hiding in my
garbage bin. We don't let him live it down. (06/12/2005)
You could play this awesome game called Skittles. Pour the Skittles into the bowl and cover it with the towel. Have everybody sit in a circle. Choose a person in the circle to start. The person grabs three Skittles from the bowl. If they are the same color they may eat them or spit them into a cup, but if not they must keep them in their mouth and say "I love Skittles".
Then it is the next person's turn. The play continues around the circle with each player blindly choosing three Skittles. If they pick three of the same color they can eat what is in their mouth. Play until everyone is sick of Skittles. (07/11/2005)
You could buy one of those murder mystery kits. They'd be great any time of year and will last you 1 1/2 to 3 hours. Try host-party.com for some really good ones. (10/03/2005)
Here's a really hilarious and brain-dead game. You need: cotton balls, a metal spatula, a metal cake or baking pan, a blindfold, a timer.
The object is to see how may cotton balls a blindfolded kid can pick up and put in the pan in, say, a minute.
Try it some time. This is really funny. It really warms the crowd up because it is so lame, but fun. (10/21/2005)
By the Oracle
There are sum awesome games at partygamecentral.com
As 4 party themes, what about "Messed up Madness". You have funny games and contests that gets everybody messy and laughing. For party favors hand out a bunch of disposable cameras for those candid moments. (11/09/2005)
Everyone on here seems to be so worried about what their friends think, when really their coming for you.
It may not sound like it, but dancing can keep your friends entertained for two, three, even four hours. You could dress up your living room or porch like its a club with lots of balloons and streamers. What I do is have all my friends bring their favorite CD and I burn a couple of CDs and we dance all night long. Its also a good idea to have some games that can be involved with music like freeze dance, musical chairs, but with music like Usher or Beyonce, hide-and-go seek in the dark in your house or outside, play tag outside when it gets dark, or do truth or dare. Another idea is to make like ten bags of popcorn and have a popcorn fight outside.
When you want people to wind down and go to sleep tell everyone to set up their sleeping bags and pop in a scary movie. However, there's always going to be some people who can't sleep so have a back-up movie just in case.
But the number one thing to remember is don't be nervous. Your friends are coming because they like you not because your going to throw some over-the-top huge birthday party.
Good luck. (09/10/2006)
Going in the backyard and having a Sillystring, or shaving cream fight is always fun.
Anything when its dark, and you are running around, entertains for a couple hours.(10/21/2006)
You ladies seems like ya'll need some help. I can help you on games, but I too am struggling with prizes. Write soon if you've got prizes ideas. Love ya'll. Here you go it's kinda long though:
Mafia Game: All the players sit in a circle. All you need is a deck of cards. One person is "the lookout" and stays out of the circle. The lookout then takes the deck of cards (face down, so no one can see them) and goes around the circle letting everyone pick only 1 card from the deck. Once everyone has their card (be sure that they don't show them to anyone else) and the lookout then tells them the rules.
The lookout should tell them that if they have a king card, they are a cop. If they have an ace card, they are a part of the mafia. It is important they don't tell anyone who they are.
The lookout now says, "its night time!" and everyone shuts their eyes and puts their head down to their lap. Then the lookout says," police, heads up" and the people who have king cards should put their heads up to show the lookout who they are. As soon as the lookout says "heads down" the police put their heads down. Then the lookout shouts "mafia, heads up!" and the people with ace cards put their heads up, to show the lookout who they are. The lookout once again says: "heads down", and then says "its daytime!" and everyone puts their heads up.
Now that the lookout knows who the mafia and policemen are, he can assume everyone else is a citizen (people with a queen, a jack or a number card). Now the lookout can repeat the process of "night time". But the second time he does this, when the policeman's heads are up, the policeman can point to one person, and the lookout can tell them whether they are citizen or mafia. When the mafia's heads are up, the mafia can point to one person, but the lookout says nothing, the person they point to is automatically "dead" and out of the game. When "daytime" comes, the lookout says whoever the mafia pointed at: "You're dead" and the person can now reveal who he was. You can then go around the circle and have one person accuse someone of being in the mafia. Everyone votes to get that person out. If enough people vote, he is out, and can reveal who he is, if not enough people vote, he stays in the game, still not revealing who he is.
The object is to have the policeman or citizens get all 4 of the mafia out of the game. If this happens, the mafia has lost. If the mafia get all 4 policeman out of the game, the mafia has won.
Murder: First select a narrator. The narrator has all of the other players sit in a circle and close their eyes. She/he taps one person on the head- once for murderer, twice for angel, and 3 times for detective.
He then tells everyone to go to sleep, or shut their eyes. The narrator says "Murderer awaken." The murderer opens their eyes. "Who would you like to kill?". The murderer points to any person in the circle, and then closes his eyes.
Then the narrator says, "Angel, awaken - who would you like to save?" and the angel does the same thing, pointing to any person in the circle that he would like to save. "Detective, awaken - who would you like to suspect?". Same thing again. Then everyone opens their eyes. If the murderer kills a person, that person is now announced to be dead. However, if the angel saved the person who the murderer was trying to kill, they
are saved and are not killed. When the detective suspects the correct murderer, he wins the game, but not if the murderer can kill him first.
Sleepover Antics: Here are some fun (some nutty) things that can be done to the first people who fall asleep at your sleepover (knowledge of this should keep the party going for quite a while).
Tapper: A good game for sleepovers.
First you get everyone into a room and choose one person to be the Tapper.
The Tapper goes into another room where he/she can't hear the other players. Meanwhile everyone hides under pillows and blankets. You can also make decoys by putting pillows/stuffed animals under a blanket to make it look like a person.
Then someone gets up, turns off the lights and goes back to their hiding spot. After everyone is settled, you yell to the Tapper to come in. The Tapper comes into the room, with the lights off, and taps on someone. If you get tapped you have to say "Yes?" in a weird voice (or you can say something else, it's up to you). The Tapper has to figure out who was speaking. If the Tapper is right, the person tapped has to be the Tapper next and everyone gets a new hiding spot. If the Tapper is wrong, he/she has to tap another person.
This game is fun and hilarious. After a while everyone will end up just creaming random things when the Tapper walks into the room.
Who Knows Susie Best: This is like the newlywed game only for friends at a birthday party or sleepover.
Make up a whole bunch of questions about the birthday boy or girl, or anyone you like. Divide the guests into teams. Each team has markers and paper for their answers.
The winners are the team with the most correct answers.
Blindfold Feeding: Sit two people opposite each other and blindfold them both. Hand one a dish of ice cream and a spoon, and ask the other to put their hands behind their back (so they can't feel for the spoon and guide it into their mouth).
The person with the ice cream must now try to feed the other.
This can be very messy, so play it where it's easy to clean up afterwards.
Character Shout: Sit in a circle. You choose a cartoon, movie, TV soap opera, etc. The objective is to try to name as many characters from that show as you can, with no repeating, going from the leader to the left. The last person that can name a correct character wins.
Face Race: This is a simple game that always goes down well at sleepovers. Get mini cheddars (or if you are up for a challenge chocolate digestives) and put one on your forehead (chocolate side down).
Without using your hands wiggle the biscuit down your face and into your mouth. When everyone has worked out how to do it, have races.
Laughing: Everyone gets a cup of anonymous soda, juice, or caffeinated beverages. Make some taste bad (but edible), and some good. Do not make them poisonous, and water is not good for this game.
Nobody should know what the drinks are. Everyone gets given a drink.
There is one person chosen to lead. They try to make the first person laugh. They have 20 seconds. The first person is drinking their assigned drink at the same time that the leader is trying to make them laugh. If any amount of the drink spills out of the glass, they are out.
Usually they spit it out because they are laughing at the same time, or because they do not like the drink.
The person who avoids spilling their drink wins. This is a great party game.
Green Glass Door: For this game, you don't need any equipment. All you do is try to figure out what's behind the green glass door. See how in the name of the game every word has a double letter? Well the other people have to
figure that out, but they cannot shout it out or else the game is over. They just come up with one of these:
Behind the green glass door you can have:
Then you as the starter just keep throwing them out until someone else gets it. They are a lot of fun once you get the hang of it.
Mad Ball: Find as many balls as you can, the more the better. Any ball will do. Map out a rough "pitch" using anything you want for 4 corner flags. At the half way line, place the balls in a line across the pitch.
Now get your people into two teams and ask them to line up at each end of the pitch.
On the whistle or word go, everybody must rush to the balls and do everything they can to get as many balls as possible back to their end of the pitch. Once the ball is touched down at their end, it goes out of play. When you get a ball back you can go back for more. When all the balls are out of play, the whistle is blown, and the winning team is the one with the most balls.
There are very few rules. You can only handle one ball at a time. You can get the ball back by passing, kicking, wrestling, etc.
Wink Murder V2: All guests sit in a circle and closes their eyes (no peeking!). The host taps one person to be the "murderer". Everyone may open their eyes, but no talking is allowed.
The murderer must successfully wink at people without getting caught. If you are winked at you must dramatically fall to the centre of the circle and wait for the
game to end. If you catch someone winking you immediately raise your hand and secretly tell the host. If they're right they win, if they're wrong they "die" and the game continues until the murderer winks at all his victims.
Draw Your Dream Date: Have your guests sit down with a pad of paper each, and a pen or pencil. Ask them all to put the pad on top of their head, and tell them to begin drawing their dream date by making a circle for the head.
They now have to put their hand down and then tell them to draw a line from the circle for the dream date's body. Repeat this for the arms, legs, mouth, nose, eyes, etc. The guest with the best looking dream date wins.
Fruitbasket Turnover: Gather all the players into a circle and have one less chair available than the number of people. Everyone must call out and choose a fruit and remember this as their fruit name. Each person must have a different fruit name.
Get everyone sitting down except for one player who stands in the middle as caller. Their objective is to shout out the name of a fruit 3 times before that person can shout it once, in order to swap places from the middle. So if Sue is the grape, I could shout "Grape, grape, grape" as fast as possible. If Sue shouts grape once before I finish then I stay "in the middle". If I succeed then Sue becomes the new caller in the middle.
The best part of this game is the special shout "Fruitbasket Turnover". The caller can use this at any time if they get frustrated. When they call "Fruitbasket Turnover", everybody must leave their seats as quickly as possible, and find a new seat. The phrase can be used as often as you like.
ABC Party: This game is for kids or adults.
Sit in a circle and have the first person start with "A". They must say any word starting with "A". The following person to the left now repeats that word, and adds a word starting with "B". Keep going until you get to "Z". The last person will have to recite each item through the whole alphabet.
Ghost In the Graveyard: This game is best played outside when it's dark.
First, one person is chosen to be ghost, and a certain place or item chosen to be your base.
The base can be the swings, or the porch for example. Then the ghost goes and hides somewhere while the other members count to 100.
When they have got to 100, everyone goes out hunting for the ghost. When someone finds the ghost they shout out "Ghost in the graveyard!" and everyone tries to run back the base without being caught by the ghost. If someone is touched by the ghost they become the new ghost. If nobody is caught then the ghost goes and hides again.
Sleepover: Slippers Games
Snuggle Bug: This is a super fun sleepover game.
Designate one person at the party the "Snuggle Bug" by putting slips of paper into a bowl (all blank except for the one that has the SB on it). Whoever picks the "SB" is the "Snuggle Bug".
All of the guests are in the same room (with the lights off throughout the house) at the beginning of the game.
Then the "Snuggle Bug" gets to go and find a hiding place.
People roam throughout the house and ask other players, "Are you the Snuggle Bug?"
If the answer is "No", then they keep searching.
If the answer is "Yes", then the person has to snuggle up to the SB.
As more guests find the SB and snuggle up, the hiding space becomes overcrowded, and the last person to find the SB is the loser. (Have a "booby prize" ready for the loser).
Sock Grab: Everyone in the game puts on socks so they are half hanging off their feet, but still staying on. Check all the socks are consistent. The game is simple. You now crawl around the floor on your hands and knees trying to pull
everyone elses socks off whilst not letting them get your own socks.
The last person left with one sock on is the winner. A good variation is to play this game in the dark.
Flourcake Game: This game can be played with any number of players. You will need some flour, a bowl, a plate, a knife, and some mollies. Put the flour into the bowl so that it is packed quite tightly and filled to the top. Then turn the bowl upside down onto the plate and carefully remove it. You should have a neat mound of flour. Place a lolly of your choice on top. Smaller ones make this a lot harder.
Each player takes it in turns to carefully cut some of the flour away from the lolly with the knife. The person who knocks the lolly off then has to put their hands behind their back, and pick the lolly up with their mouth. Makes for a great photo.
Secrets: This is a good game for sleepovers, for singles parties and for ice-breaking. You and your guests each write down a secret (or fact about themselves that nobody knows) on a piece of paper. Put all the pieces of paper in a bowl then begin. You pull out each piece of paper and read out the fact while your guests try to guess which secret belongs to which person. If you want to be formal, you can ask them to write all their answers down as they go. The person who gets the most correct answers wins. (05/02/2007)
By not tellin
I went to a party last night and it was probably the funnest party ever.
We played a lot of games, but most of the time we just hanging out, being stupid.
One of the games was really random, and might sound kinda dumb, but it was actually really fun.
Okay so what you do is everyone ties a balloon to their foot, and you all run around and try to pop everyone's balloon without getting yours popped. It's actually really hard, and eveyone starts tripping over everyone else and its pretty funny. I don't really know what else to tell you though because most of the party was outside. But I hope you find more ideas and have fun.
You can play the orange game, you pass an orange around with your neck. Or the cucumber game, which you pass a cucumber around with your mouth. Or card game, which you pass a card around using your mouth (person sucks in and then blows to the other person while they suck in to hold the card). These aren't kissing. Hope you have a great party. (10/11/2007)
I have a few games.
Then the person in the middle has to feel their way around (for example, with a rolled up newspaper) and sit on somebody's lap.
Once they are sitting, the sat-on individual has to identify himself by saying "quack-quack" (with whatever voice they choose).
The sitter then has to guess whose lap they're sitting on. If they're right, they switch places. If they're wrong, they go on to another lap.
To really screw someone up, quietly have everyone leave the room while the person is blindfolded. Have fun.
"The Grand Old Duke of York
He had ten thousand men,
He marched them up to the top of the hill,
Then he marched them down again.
And when they were up they were up,
And when they were down they were down,
And when they were only half way up
They were neither up nor down!"
Now here's the game.
Announce the game, and get everyone standing in a circle. Make sure everyone understands the rules.
You then start singing the song very slowly. As you sing you do a work-out. And once you've done the rhyme, you repeat, but a little bit faster, each time.
This is the work-out routine:
As you repeat this you get faster, and faster, and more and more exhausted. Until your legs give up. Last man standing wins. Great fun.
Hope this helps. I am having a party too and I'm gonna play these. Heck I'm gonna turn 16.
I'm having a party in about a month so party ideas would be helpful.
I do have a few though:
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