Dinner parties are a great way for everyone to get together and really enjoy themselves. It’s social, allows for great conversation, and if the drinks are flowing then it can really become a party! To help people let their hair down there are a number of dinner party games that can be tried, all of which are a great way to break the ice.
Some of these games involve alcohol, some are slightly more risqué and some could be more appropriate after a few drinks, but of course that’s down to you! Here are just a few popular dinner party games that would be great to try out.
20 Questions/Who am I?
In this game, someone picks a famous character, past or present, and everyone else takes it in turns to ask a question about who they are. You can only ask a maximum of 20 questions, and the person who guesses right gets to have the next go.
Message Under a Plate
Before the party, the host writes a different phrase or question on a piece of paper and places it under each plate. Before people eat they have to look at their phrase and try to fit it into conversation as naturally as possible. The last person to use their phrase/ask their question loses and has to take a forfeit.
The Memory Game
Someone, usually the host, has to begin the game by saying a short phrase, such as “Today I went to a party”. The next person has to follow on from the previous statement, for example by saying “Today I went to a party and bought a bottle of wine”. The phrase gets carried around the table, and the first person who can’t remember every part of the sentence loses and suffers a forfeit.
I Have Never
For those who want to be a bit more adventurous, “I have never” is a great game to play. Usually more appropriate for people who know each other well, or after a few drinks, the game simply works by someone saying something that they have never done and everyone who has done it has to take a drink.
This game can last for the whole evening and is a great way to keep the fun going. All you have to do is come up with some rules at the beginning of the party and if anyone breaks a rule they have to take a drink. Popular rules might include no hand gestures, no laughing at your own jokes or no saying a certain word, but you’re of course free to come up with your own. It might be worth having the rules written on a notice board that can easily be seen to make sure people don’t forget!
These are just a few of the most popular dinner party games out there, and there are sure to be many more. Why not try a few at your next dinner party to see where it takes you?