House parties are fun, but nothing’s better than a house party with interactive games. Whether you’re hosting a bachelorette party, or you want to have a few friends over for the weekend, there are plenty of games to choose from.
So, what are the best in-house party games? Head’s Up, Human Cluedo, and Cards Against Humanity are some of the most involving party games around. You can also try the classics, including Beer Pong, King’s Cup, and Never Have I Ever.
Throughout this article, you’ll discover fun games for various occasions, including choices for:
- Bachelorette parties
- Family reunions
- Small groups of friends
- Cocktail parties
Fun Indoor Games for Bachelorette Parties
There are all sorts of games to play at a bachelorette party. Whether or not you want to use alcohol, you can still have a blast. Without further ado, let’s get into the list!
The Groom Quiz
The Groom Quiz is a fun game to put pressure on the future bride at the party. You can print questions online in a premade template or create your own series of Q&A’s.
The basic rules of the game are that someone surprises the bride by telling her that they’re playing the Groom Quiz. You have to get the answers to each question from the groom before you start the party. The goal is to see if the bride can guess all of the correct answers.
Here are a few common questions to ask during the Groom Quiz:
- Where was your favorite date?
- Who hogs the bed covers?
- How many kids do you want?
- What is the groom’s worst habit?
- What’s the best present that the bride has given the groom?
Kiss the Miss Goodbye
Kiss the Miss Goodbye isn’t a game as much as it is a memorable party gift. You have to place a printable postcard or poster somewhere around the house, such as the bathroom, the kitchen, or by the TV. As people walk by, they kiss the poster while wearing lipstick.
After the party, someone has to frame the poster for the bride and give it to her as a gift. You can also do this by secretly having all of the partygoers kiss the poster and surprise the bride when it’s all done.
How Well Do You Know the Bachelorette?
This is another fun game that’s very similar to the first suggestion. How Well Do You Know the Bachelorette is a game where the bride creates a list of fun questions for everyone at the party to answer. Whoever gets the most questions correctly wins the game.
Here’s a list of possible questions:
- Who was the bride’s first kiss?
- What does the bride hate the most?
- Who is the bride’s favorite parent?
- Who is the bride’s celebrity crush?
- What is the bride’s favorite food and drink combo?
Party Games with Alcohol (or a Substituted Drink)
When you’re at a party and there’s alcohol, you can make it infinitely more exciting by adding a fun party game to the equation. If you’re not comfortable with drinking alcohol, you could substitute it with soda, juice, or even water.
King’s Cup has been around since the beginning of canned beer. All you need is a deck of cards, one beer, and a few participants. You can also play the original version, although it’s a bit more involved and complicated.
Start by scattering the cards in the center of the table evenly. Everyone should be able to reach the cards without a problem. Place the beer can in the center of the table as well.
Next, each person needs to pick up a card and slide it under the tab of the beer. Keep doing this until the can opens from the tab splitting into the lid. Whoever put the last card that broke the seal has to drink the whole beer. If you don’t want to drink too much, you can play by splitting the beer between all of the contestants.
As the reigning champion of college parties and twenty-something year olds, Beer Pong is as simple as it gets. All you need is beer (or juice, milk, water, etc.), disposable cups, and ping pong balls.
Here are the rules:
- Place the cups in a triangular shape with the tip facing towards the other side of the table. Beer Pong only has two sets of triangles, but you can play with teams of two players on each side. You can use as many cups as you’d like.
- Fill each cup with beer. Again, feel free to add as much as you want. The cups should all have the same amount, though.
- Take turns throwing the ping pong ball across the table into your opponent’s cup. If you make it into a cup, they have to drink its contents.
- An optional rule is that whenever you score a shot, you get to throw again.
Fun Games for Family House Parties
When there are children around, you should probably dial the games back a bit. Everyone needs to be entertained, which is why these interactive games are so popular at parties.
Human Cluedo is a mystery game that everyone can get involved in. It’s simple, and you only need paper and two pots.
- Have each player right their name down, then throw them all into one of the pots.
- Next, tell everyone to write down a random object sitting somewhere in the house. Place these entries into the other pot.
- Write down a number of locations that are equal to the number of people. If there are five people, you could do ‘bathroom, kitchen, bedroom, living room, family room, laundry room.’
- Every person then has to pick out a combination of the three entries at random. You might get ‘Your Name, lamp, bedroom,’ for example.
- Throughout the party, you have to give whoever’s name you pulled the corresponding item in the chosen location on the paper. If you do, they’re out of the game. The final contestant left wins it all.
The Lie Detector Game
This game is simple, and you only need pens and paper (you could also use whiteboards if you have them). Give each contestant a pen and paper before it all starts.
The purpose of the game is to catch someone in a lie. Nobody is allowed to speak or make gestures unless it’s their turn.
Start by having the host ask a question about anything that has to do with numbers. Everyone has to write down their answer and show it to the group at the same time. If someone calls out your lie, you lose. However, if you didn’t lie in your answer, they lose. Everyone can pass every other round, but each participant has to call out at least one player in the group every other round.
To make it even harder, each player has to tell the truth every two to three questions. You can lie or tell the truth as much as you’d like as long as you tell the truth by those rules.
A few potential questions for the Lie Detector Game could be:
- How many times have you ditched a class at school?
- How often do you call out of work/school and pretend to be sick?
- What’s the most junk food meals you’ve had in a week?
- How many weeks has it been since you’ve washed your bedding?
As you can see, there are plenty of fun games for every house party. What are your favorite choices from the list?
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