Ultimate Guide to Dinner Party Games

Dinner parties are enjoyable in and of themselves, but the evening becomes substantially more enjoyable when combined with games. There’s a terrific combination of classic and innovative adult party games that will have your guests interested and laughing until the very end. Some of these involve alcohol, while others are a little cheeky, and they can all be tailored to the number and type of visitors attending your party.

Here’s the ultimate guide to the most excellent games and ideas that will keep your guests entertained during your dinner party and ensure a successful night!

Why Play Party Games After Dinner

Party games are played at social gatherings to facilitate interaction and provide recreation and entertainment. Categories include icebreaker, picnic (outdoor), parlor (indoor), and large group games. Other types include parlor races and pairing off (partnered) games. 

Different games will generate different atmospheres, so a dinner party game may be an icebreaker or serve as the structure of your party.

Benefits of Dinner Party Games

Improve your brain’s performance. Playing chess, solving puzzles, or engaging in other brain-challenging activities can help prevent memory loss and improve brain function.

Relax and unwind. Play is enjoyable and can cause endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals, to be released. Endorphins can ease pain briefly and generate a general sense of well-being.

Stimulate your thoughts and increase your inventiveness. When learning a new task is enjoyable, and you’re in a calm and playful mood, you’ll do it faster. Play can also help you adapt and solve challenges by stimulating your imagination.

Improve your interpersonal connections and partnerships. Compassion, trust, intimacy with people, and empathy can all be fostered by sharing laughter and enjoyment.

Keep you looking and feeling young. Play can help you perform at your best by increasing your energy and vitality, as well as improving your resistance to sickness.

Different Dinner Party Games

Great Minds Think Alike

This is a game in which you pick what you think everybody else will choose: the more players who have the same answer, the more points they will receive.

You can look for free printables online, but you could easily create your own, tailoring them to the season, event, occasion, or group of individuals.

Murder Mystery Games

Murder mystery games aren’t only for Halloween; you may enjoy them all year long. All you need is one murder mystery game to have a wonderful evening with your pals.

There are numerous free mysteries to pick from, each with clues, scripts, charter descriptions, and other materials.

Cards Against Humanity

cards against humanity cards

If you’re throwing a more informal dinner party, it’s a good idea to throw in a few entertaining games to keep guests entertained. Cards Against Humanity is an excellent card game to play with your friends and is fun.

Never Have I Ever

This list of dinner party games had to include the famous game of Never Have I Ever. With over 400 questions, you’ll find some unique ideas that your company won’t expect.

There’s a drinking game variety, a non-alcoholic variation, and a punishment variation, in addition to a large number of questions.

Jenga

Jenga is a terrific game to play if you want to turn your dinner into a game night. It’s a quick-paced game that’s a lot of fun to play. It’s pretty simple to play, and it’s always a hit at game nights! 

If you want to try something new, you can play a drinking game variation of it.

Charades

a group playing charades

If you’re searching for a simple dinner party game, charades is an excellent choice. You don’t need any special equipment, and most people are familiar with the rules, so it’s a fun game to play after dinner or between courses.

Spoons

Spoons is a card game, which people of all groups and ages may enjoy. It’s fast-paced and entertaining, yet it’s still a card game everybody can play.

A deck of cards (except the jokers) and spoons are required (one less than the number of players). This is playable with a group of 3-13 people, but if you’re throwing a big party, you can play many games at once.

Pictionary

If you’re having a dinner party with couples, Pictionary is a great game to play. It’s pretty simple to play, and many people will already be familiar with the rules, so you’ll be up and running quickly.

Lawn Twister

Twister doesn’t have to be confined to the living room. Lawn Twister is a fun game for both kids and adults to enjoy at a BBQ party. It’s ideal for smaller gatherings, and you cans set it up so that guests can play whenever they like!

Joking Hazard

Joking Hazard is a pretty good game to play with close friends during more relaxed dinner gatherings. It’s comparable to Cards Against Humanity, but it’s a little more distinctive and less well-known, making it ideal for entertaining visitors with something a little different.

Picolo

Drinking games aren’t just for nights out anymore! Picolo is a great drinking game for small clusters at dinner parties, and it’s simple to set up. It’s excellent because it takes all of the guesswork out of drinking games; you can let yourself sit back and relax while the app does all the work. And because you don’t need anything besides your phone to play it, it’s an excellent one to play at home or in a bar!

Don’t Say Yes

You’ve undoubtedly heard of such taboo word games, but this one won’t be easy. Guests are not permitted to use the word “yes” or any variant thereof. You can give them a yarn necklace or a sticker if they mention the word during your party. At the end of the evening, it’ll be interesting to see who is the most “decorated.”

Bite the Bag

Bite the Bag is a straightforward drinking game in which your friends will try to take up a paper bag with their lips alone. When a participant fails, they’ll have to drink, making the game more entertaining as the night progresses.

Pass the Parcel

For large groups, the dinner party variation of pass the parcel is ideal. It’s the same as the kid’s party version, except the player must complete a truth or dare task on every layer of wrapping paper. You can be as brutal as you want with the facts and dares, but it’s better to begin with the easy and lovely ones!

You can have a penalty of gulping down your drink if the player chooses they don’t like to do the truth or dare. For your pass the parcel drinking game, you can select any prize.

Product
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Where to Buy
Cards Against Humanity
Jenga Classic Game
Twister Ultimate: Bigger Mat

Dinner Party Games

Number of Players

Materials Needed

Great Minds Think Alike

two teams (preferably in even numbers)

printables

Murder Mystery Games

6-28 players

planning instructions, costumes, name tags, rules, props (like maps, secret clues, suspect dossiers, accusation sheets), and the solution

Cards Against Humanity

small to large group

Never Have I Ever

small to large group

none

Jenga

2 or more 

Charades

at least 4

small slips of paper, pen, and a 1-minute timer

Spoons

3-13

a complete deck of cards (excluding jokers) and spoons

Pictionary

at least 2 or can make two teams

whiteboard with markers or a pad of paper with pens/pencils, timer, dice (optional), scorecard, list of Pictionary words (each on their own piece of paper)

Lawn Twister

at least 4 per mat

Joking Hazard

3 or more

Joking Hazard card deck

Picolo

at least 2

Picolo app on phone and drinks (alcohol)

Don’t Say Yes

small to large group

yarn necklace/sticker

Bite the Bag

2 or more

Alcohol, brown paper bag, scissors (optional)

Pass the Parcel

small to large group

different kinds of materials to wrap a small parcel (e.g. tissue paper, newspaper, cotton material, bubble wrap, shiny wrapping 

paper, plastic, woolen material, sandpaper, etc.), sellotape, scissors, source of music, and small objects to put between every layer, 

e.g. sticker shapes, rubbers (optional)