Planning a gathering and worried about keeping everyone entertained? Fear not! Whether you’re hosting a casual get-together or an extravagant bash, the key to a memorable event often lies in the activities. In this comprehensive guide, we delve into an array of party games for large groups, from adult soirées to family-friendly outings.
We’ve got you covered with indoor, outdoor, dinner, and seasonal Christmas games, ensuring that your event will be a hit, no matter the setting or occasion.
Party Games for Large Groups of Adults
1. Cards Against Humanity
In this humorously inappropriate game, players use their cards to answer a question or complete a sentence presented on a different card. The funniest or most outrageous answer, as determined by a rotating judge, wins the round.
Cards Against Humanity is perfect for large groups because you can easily divide the crowd into smaller groups with multiple sets or create a tournament-style setup. This ensures everyone gets a turn and increases the hilarity and unpredictability.
2. Trivia (Specialized Adult Themes)
Form teams to answer trivia questions that might be themed around adult pop culture, politics, or even famous cocktails. The team or individual with the most correct answers wins. Trivia is a natural choice for large groups. You can form multiple teams and even host a trivia championship. This makes it easy to involve everyone and gets competitive juices flowing, ensuring the engagement of everyone involved.
3. Murder Mystery
In a Murder Mystery game, each participant is assigned a role to play in a storyline where someone has been “murdered.” Using clues and some sharp wit, guests must work together to figure out who the killer is. This game offers a rich, inclusive experience by assigning everyone a role. This ensures even the introverts in the crowd are engaged, as they become key characters in an unfolding story.
4. Beer Pong Tournament
This classic college game takes on a new dimension when it becomes a tournament. Teams compete to throw ping pong balls into cups of beer, and if they’re successful, the opposing team must drink the cup. With a tournament style, everyone gets a chance to participate. Even those who are waiting for their turn can be fully engaged in the excitement, cheering for their favorite teams.
5. Never Have I Ever
A classic ice-breaker where players take turns admitting something they’ve never done. Anyone who has done it takes a drink. This simple game can be an eye-opener and a great way to get to know more about the people around you. Because of its simplicity and minimal requirements, it can accommodate a large number of people without any special setup or equipment.
Indoor Party Games for Large Groups
In this classic miming game, players take turns acting out words or phrases without speaking while the rest of the group tries to guess what it is. Charades is fantastic for large indoor gatherings because you can play it in teams. This means everyone gets involved either by acting or guessing. Plus, it’s simple to set up and requires no special equipment.
Each player receives a bingo card filled with different items or actions, and someone calls out the items randomly. The first player to get a line of items checked off shouts “Bingo!” and wins a small prize. Bingo is ideal for large indoor groups because you can accommodate a large number of people easily. You can even make it more interesting by creating themed bingo cards based on the event or the interests of your guests.
3. Scavenger Hunt
Create a list of items for people to find around the house or venue. Players or teams are then given a set amount of time to go find these items and bring them back to a designated area. You can make the scavenger hunt themed or more challenging with riddles or clues. Scavenger hunts work well with large groups as they encourage team-building and can be scaled to fit the size and enthusiasm level of the crowd.
Players take turns drawing a word while their team tries to guess what it is before time runs out. Just like Charades, Pictionary is another game that benefits from team play. You can rotate artists and guessers to make sure everyone gets involved. It’s a game that calls upon your creativity and can lead to lots of laughter, especially as players attempt to sketch complex words or phrases.
5. Heads Up!
In this game, one person holds a card or a smartphone app above their head displaying a word they can’t see. The rest of the group gives clues to help that person guess the word before time runs out. Heads Up! is fast-paced and really engaging, and it can be played with as many people as you like. The words or categories can be customized, making it versatile enough to fit any group or occasion.
Outdoor Party Games for Large Groups
1. Capture the Flag
Teams are formed to defend a flag while attempting to capture the opponent’s flag from their territory. The objective is to bring the captured flag back to your own territory without getting tagged. The excitement in Capture the Flag heightens with more participants, making it ideal for large groups.
Two teams hold either end of a long, sturdy rope. The goal is to pull the rope far enough in your team’s direction that you cross a predetermined line or marker. Not only can an unlimited number of people participate, but it’s also a fantastic spectator sport.
3. Ultimate Frisbee
The game involves two teams trying to score points by catching a Frisbee in the opposing team’s end zone. The game is fast-paced and requires teamwork and strategy. The larger the playing area, the more people you can include.
4. Relay Races
In this team-based competition, each member must complete a segment of the course before passing the baton to the next person. You can create various legs, such as sprinting, egg-and-spoon, and sack jumping, to make it more interesting and inclusive.
5. Water Balloon Volleyball
Teams try to toss a water balloon over a net to the other team without breaking it. If the balloon breaks on one team’s side, the other team scores a point. This game is a refreshing and hilarious way to enjoy the outdoors, and it scales easily for large groups.
Easy Party Games for Large Groups
1. Hot Potato
Players sit in a circle and pass an object (the “hot potato”) around while music plays. When the music stops, the person holding the hot potato is “out.” This simple game requires minimal setup and can include as many players as you like.
2. Simon Says
One person, known as Simon, gives commands such as “Simon says touch your toes.” Players only follow the command if it begins with “Simon says.” If Simon gives a command without saying “Simon says” first, anyone who follows that command is out. This game is simple to understand and can accommodate a large number of participants.
3. Duck, Duck, Goose
Children sit in a circle while one child walks around tapping the others on the head, saying “duck” each time until they decide to say “goose.” The “goose” must then get up and chase the tapper around the circle. It’s an easy game to set up and is perfect for younger participants.
4. Musical Chairs
Chairs are set up in a circle, facing outward, with one less chair than there are players. Music plays as participants walk around the chairs. When the music stops, everyone must find a chair to sit in. The person left standing is out. As simple as it sounds, the game gets hilariously competitive and can include a large number of people.
5. Guess the Number
One person thinks of a number within a certain range while the others take turns guessing. The one who guesses closest to the actual number wins a small prize. This game requires almost no setup, can be played within a couple of minutes, and is easy for everyone to understand.
Dinner Party Games for Large Groups
1. Who Am I?
Each guest receives a card with a famous person’s name taped to their back. Throughout the evening, they ask yes-or-no questions to figure out who they are. The game adds an element of intrigue to the dinner and promotes mingling.
2. Wine Tasting Contest
Guests are provided with several different types of wine and must guess the varietal or origin. This sophisticated game pairs perfectly with a dinner party, and the enjoyment increases with more participants.
3. Table Topics
Place a jar filled with interesting questions or conversation starters on each table. Throughout the dinner, anyone can draw a card and read the question aloud for everyone to answer. This is an excellent way to spark engaging conversations among guests.
4. Two Truths and a Lie
Each guest tells two true things and one false thing about themselves. The rest of the group has to guess which statement is the lie. This game is ideal for mixing people who may not know each other very well.
5. Recipe Guessing Game
Before the party, gather some exotic or confusing recipes. During dinner, have guests guess the ingredients in each dish. This adds a fun twist to the dining experience and can be a great conversation starter.
Christmas Party Games for Large Groups
1. Christmas Charades
Just like traditional charades but with a holiday twist. Players act out Christmas songs, movies, or phrases for others to guess. This game brings a festive spirit to your gathering and can be played by guests of all ages.
2. Secret Santa Gift Exchange
Each person draws a name from a hat and buys a gift for that person. At the party, gifts are exchanged, and people try to guess who their “Secret Santa” is. With a large group, the possibilities and surprises are endless.
3. Christmas Trivia
Form teams to answer trivia questions based on Christmas history, traditions, or pop culture. This game allows for team collaboration and is perfect for educating and entertaining a large group.
4. Snowman Building Contest
If you have the advantage of a snowy setting, divide into teams and see who can build the best snowman within a time limit. Provide some props like scarves, hats, and carrots for the finishing touches.
5. Pin the Nose on Rudolph
A Christmas twist on “Pin the Tail on the Donkey.” Blindfolded players try to pin a red nose onto Rudolph. The player who gets closest to the target wins. This game is straightforward to set up and enjoyable for a large group.
The right party games for large groups can elevate any gathering from a regular get-together to an unforgettable night. Dive into this list and find the perfect game for your next big event!