Party games are a great way to bring people together, break the ice or just provide old friends with new tricks. From easy, no-frills fun to entertaining electronics, here's a roundup of some of our favorite party games to play with friends and help keep your soirees lively and spirited this holiday season.
1. White Elephant Gift Exchange
This game makes for great holiday parties - but watch out, because things can get ugly when Marla from Marketing and Bill the mail-guy have it out over that Sex and the City 2 DVD. via Wikipedia
2. Holiday Sticker Stalker
A great game to keep everyone on their toes, but not for the paranoid party-goer. Everyone at the party has 10 holiday stickers and must get rid of the whole sheet by sticking them to the other guests without them noticing. If someone catches you, they can stick one of his/her stickers on you. First one to empty their sticker sheet wins! via Party 411
Get out your smart phones, make teams, download the app and get drawing and guessing. One team draws on their phone (or tablet) while the others watch the drawing appear on their screen and start making guesses. You don't even need to be in the same house to play — a great way to involve friends who couldn't make it to the party.
6. Scene It?
An interactive head-to-head battle in which players answer trivia questions about films or pop culture. You can even design your virtual-self to look just like you! Available for the iPhone, iPad, Xbox, Playstation and Wii.
7. Electronic Catchphrase
An instant-classic and a riotous good time — especially if incorporated into a drinking game. Luckily Electronic Catchphrase is outfitted with rubber bumpers, because we've definitely seen a few whiz by our heads when rounds take a turn for the worse. Available at Amazon. A similar game, also available as a small electronic hand-held is Taboo Buzzd.
8. Who am I?
Pick one name for each person playing and stick that name on each persons back or forehead. Each person gets 20 "yes or no" questions to find out who they are. This game is really funny as each person starts recounting what they know about themselves before asking their next question. via eHow.com
9. Honey I Love You
This one is totally silly, but any game that tries to crack people up is fun in our book. Also, the sentence "Honey I love you, won't you give me a smile," when spoken to somebody you may have just met is exactly the kind of creepy, diabolical ice-breaker that usually brings people together. via University of Illinois
If you have enough people and the time to play, this one will quickly become a cult favorite amongst your friends — especially if you have a charismatic and animated moderator to keep things original and move things along. Read the full directions on wikihow.com
Re-edited from a post originally published 11.8.10 -NT