The Best Party Games

The Best Party Games

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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.


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. It has many variations, consists of a cast of characters, and has very involved rules, making this a game that could be the focus of your entire party if you want it to be.

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Game of Phones

Perfect for people who can't stay off their phones, this game involves both physical cards and an app. The premise is simple: everyone grabs their smartphones. One player picks a card and gets to judge that round. The rest of the players have 60 seconds to respond to the card's prompt with the funniest/weirdest thing they can come up with on their phones.

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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!

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Who Am I?

Pick one name for each person playing and stick that name on each person's 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.

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Likes & Dislikes

Have everyone at the party write down some likes and dislikes on a sheet of paper (something like "Likes: Pizza and Star Wars, Dislikes: Spiders"). Collect the cards and have one person read them aloud one at a time while everyone else tries to guess who wrote what.

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Camera Hot Potato

After setting your camera's self-timer, each player holds the camera at arm's length and points it at themselves very briefly, as if they were taking a selfie, before passing it to the next person. Keep going until the camera goes off. This is a fun and quick around-the-table game that provides you with some hilarious pictures your friends will be begging you not to tag.

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Telephone Pictionary

Sit in a circle and give everyone a notepad (with plenty of sheets) and a pen. Have everyone write down a funny phrase or notable person (or anything at all) on the second sheet of their notepad, close it, and pass over to the person on their right. Now everyone picks up the new pad, reads the phrase on page two, and draws it as best they can on page three. Pass the notepads again, only this time, you can only look at the illustration and try to guess the phrase on the next page. Keep passing and drawing or guessing until you have your original pad in front of you. Flip through the pages in front of the group for mega laughs as your phrase gets distorted, telephone-style, through the drawings and guesses.

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Heads Up!

Created by Ellen DeGeneres for her show, this app provides endless fun for all ages. One player chooses a category and holds the phone up to their head so they can't see what's on the screen. Everyone else gives clues until the person holding the phone guesses the word on their screen. Whoever gets the most correct answers before the timer runs out wins!

>> $0.99 for iOS & Android

Scene It?

An interactive head-to-head battle in which players answer trivia questions about films or pop culture. It's perfect for movie buffs and your aunt who's had a People Magazine subscription for years. You can even design your virtual-self to look just like you!

>> $1.99 for iOS

Mail Call

Arrange chairs in a circle, using one fewer chair than the number of players (like musical chairs). Have someone start the game by standing in the center of the circle and saying, "Mail Call for everyone who is wearing red" (or "...has a cat," or "...has been to Europe," or "...has kids," get creative!). Then everyone in a chair who has on red must get up and switch chairs with someone else wearing red, with a few caveats: Players can't sit back down in their own chair, or the chairs directly next to it. The object of the game is for the person in the middle to get a chair before someone else can. Whoever is left standing delivers the next mail call.

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