In the past, we’ve written about classic parlour games that everyone has played at one party or another. Today, we’re bringing you unique game ideas that are sure to pique your guests’ interest. Read on for these easy-to-set-up party games your guests will definitely enjoy!
- Different kinds of food (e.g. spaghetti, rambutan, jello, etc.)
- Tray/container for the food
Sensory stimulation through touch is not only recommended for kids, it’s great fun too! Turn this fact into a game and make your guests squeal with delight and horror. Blindfold the player and then guide their small hands into various bags and containers of food for them to guess the contents–spaghetti, rambutans, jello, etc. The more varied in texture, the better!
- Whipped cream
Set five strawberries drowning in a plate of whipped cream in front of every player. The object of the game is to be the first to eat all five. They must do this using only their mouths, hands behind their backs. Get the camera ready because you’re going to want to take lots of photos!
- Old tissue boxes
- Ping pong balls
Before you begin the game, make sure the number of boxes equal the number of ping pong balls. Tie the old tissue box around the player’s waist, pop a ping pong ball inside, and then get the player to shimmy, squirm, hop, and shake until the ball flies out! Have a timer on standby to see who releases the ball first.
This is a bigger, more fun version of rock, paper, scissors, and you can do this as a team game instead of individually. On a set count, you have to be either a Bear (raise your hands in front of your body like paws and growl), a Hunter (make an imaginary shotgun using both hands), or a Princess (whip hair demurely in a princess-y fashion). Hunter kills Bear… Bear kills Princess… and Princess kills Hunter. Do a quick practice of each altogether. The teams should act as one unit and are allowed five seconds in between to “strategize”.
Blindfold a guest and have them stand surrounded by the other players. On ‘Go!’, they must reach out to the circle, and ask “Who is it?” The first person they nab must answer, only in a funny voice. The game must continue until the blindfolded one correctly guesses who the person is and the players will then swap for a new round.
- *Optional: Shaving cream
- *Optional: Glitter
A balloon instead of an actual volleyball means minimal risk, maximum fun. You can also play by sitting on the floor. String up a net either with rope or a bedsheet and divide the players into two 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 the point. Set a time limit for each round. The team with the highest score in a given series of rounds wins. Optional: Fill the balloon with shaving cream or glitter when playing outdoors
- Clothes (e.g. bikinis, floral patterns, suspenders, bow ties, etc.)
- Accessories (e.g. glasses, wigs, necklaces, bracelets, etc.)
- Box (for the clothes and accessories)
Load a box with all sorts of clothes and accessories (the more embarrassing the better–think bikinis, floral patterns, funky glasses, wigs, etc.!) and then get the kids to sit in a circle. Put the box in the middle of the circle, start up the music, and get the kids to pass around a pair of sunglasses until the music stops. The player who has the glasses when the music stops has to take an item of clothing from the box (no peeking, eyes closed!), and then put it on. The game ends when all the clothes are gone, with the winner being the player with the least clothes from the box on. The strange and wacky outfits are sure to get everyone laughing.
Get everyone seated in a circle. Players take 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.
Tell people they will be following simple commands. The first two: When you say “Walk” they will start walking around the space. When you say “Stop,” they will stop where they are.
Call out “Walk.” Then “Stop.” And repeat as desired. Next, tell everyone you are going to switch those two commands. Now when you say “Stop”, they should start walking and when you say “Walk”, they should stop walking. Call out “Stop.” Then “Walk.” And repeat as desired.
Next, let them know you’re adding two more commands. When you say “Name” they say their name out loud, when you say “Clap” they clap once. The other two commands stay the same, so “Walk” means stop, “Stop” means walk, “Name” means say your name, and “Clap” means clap.
Call out a combination of “Walk,” “Stop,” “Name,” and “Clap.” Repeat as desired. Finally, let them know you’re switching the last two commands. So “Walk” means stop, “Stop” means walk, “Name” means clap, and “Clap” means say your name. You can also add Jump/Dance for added difficulty. Whoever acts out the command wrongly is out, and the last person left standing is the winner.