new year party game ideas
Cotton ball blitz
. Ingredients Cotton balls Two bowls for each player Vaseline To Play Put two bowls in front of each player on the ground. One should be filled with cotton balls; the other should be empty. Ask players to put a dab of Vaseline on their noses. Set a timer for one minute, and Ready, Set, Go. The player who can move the most cotton balls from one bowl to the other using only their nose wins.
. Ingredients Ribbon cut into 3 foot lengths To Play First, there should be one ribbon for every two players. (Make sure you have an even number of players.) In your hand, hold a bunch of the ribbons from the middle so the ends dangle loose. Have every participant grab the end of one ribbon. Let go of the ribbons, and the two people who are holding onto the same ribbon become dance partners. This fun icebreaker helps mix up the dance floor and mak
. Ingredients Blindfolds Chairs To Play First, blindfold all the male players. Then, have the female players sit down in chairs in a line. Each of the male players must then go along the line of female players and try to identify them only by touching their knees. Have them write their guesses down on a sheet of paper, and the player with the most correct answers wins.
New years secret stash
. Ingredients An assortment of small objects Sheets of paper with each guests name To Play As each guest enters, the host hands them an ordinary object (hairclip, bouncy ball, KoolAid packet, etc.) The player must keep the object on their person but out of concealed areas (like pockets or purses). Throughout the night, they have to try to hide the objects as best they can (in hands, hair, etc). At the end of the night, players write down each ot
New years champagne race
. Ingredients Two bottles of champagne Champagne flutes Bowls Teaspoons To Play Have players sit at a table, and give each one a champagne flute and a teaspoon. Set bowls filled with champagne in front of them. (One bowl for 2 3 players.) The object of the game is for players to use the teaspoon to fill their glasses with champagne. The first one to do so, stands up, taps his or her glass with a teaspoon, and gets to give a toast for the New Year.
. Ingredients Bingo Sheets with a characteristic in each box Writing utensils To Play This fun icebreaker have guests mixing right when they enter the door. As people arrive, give each one a Bingo sheet and writing utensil. Each box on the sheet should have a phrase describing one or more of the guests (i.e. married at age 23, travelled Europe during college, rock climber, lived in Manhattan). As players mingle, they find the people with these ch
Find your song
. Ingredients Slips of paper Popular song lyrics To Play On long slips of paper, write out a line or two from a popular song. It might be a recent hit (like I kissed a girl and I liked it) or something related to New Years (like Should old acquaintance be forgot And auld lang syne?). Cut the slip of paper in half, so part of the lyric is on one half and part of the lyric is on the other half. Hand out slips of paper to each guest as they arrive, a
. Ingredients Several bags of Hershey Kisses To Play Hand each female guest 5 7 Hershey Kisses as they enter. Tell all the guests as they enter that the object of the game is for the male guests to get as many kisses as they can. The females are the only ones who can give kisses, so this will result in a lot of competition on the part of the male guests. There may be serenading, duels to the death, and so on. At the end of the night, the male guest
Pass the new years hat
. Ingredients New Years Hat To Play Have a group of 10+ guests sit in a circle, and give one player a New Years themed hat. The object of the game is to pass the hat from the head of one player to the next without dropping the hand or using hands. If a player drops the hat, he or she is out of the circle, and the last player left wins the New Years hat.
. Ingredients 20 25 shot glasses Variety of alcoholic and non alcoholic liquid Empty champagne bottle Gift cards To Play In a circle on a large table, arrange 20 25 shot glasses. Fill each shot glass with either an alcoholic or non alcoholic liquid (i.e. tequila, whiskey, vodka, peppermint schnapps, chocolate milk, eggnog, coffee, orange juice, milk). Make sure to fill a few of the glasses with some odd edible liquids (i.e. melted butter, olive oi
New years flip cup
. Ingredients Paper Cups New Years Themed Prizes To Play This college throwback will have groups of guests competing for some New Years Bling. Have each player sit at a table, and give each one a paper New Years themed cup filled ? of the way with beer. Guests must drink the beer, put the cup top down on the table (with a little hanging over the edge), and use their index fingers to flip the cup right side up. The first one to do so wins a prize
. Ingredients Bananas Oranges String Hoola Hoop To Play Great for some pictures, this game makes every player look a little silly. Tie a banana from each players waist, so it hangs 12 inches from the ground. Place a hoola hoop in the center of a room, and put an orange for each player equidistance from the hoop. The object of the game is for players to push their oranges into the hoola hoop using only their bananas. It makes for a pretty awkward (
Guess the month
. Ingredients Magazines Newspapers To Play Go through old magazines from the past year, or travel to your local library to search through old news articles (this is fun research, though). Find as many events as you can that took place in the past year. Make a list of these events, and have your guests guess which month in which the event took place. For example During what month did the King of Pop die? Whoever guesses the most right wins a prize
Charades of the past
. Ingredients Magazines Newspapers To Play Go through magazines and newspapers to pick out events from the past year. Use these events as titles to act out for Charades or Win, Lose or Draw. For tons of fun, make each of your guests team up in twos and act out whichever past years event that they have randomly drawn.
Guess whose resolution
. Ingredients Slips of paper Writing utensils To Play Make each of your guests write down 5 resolutions, each on its own slip of paper. Pull one slip of paper out of a hat at a time and read it out loud. Everyone has to write down who they think made each resolution. After everyone has gone, the person who guesses the most correctly wins a prize. Read some of the wrong guesses out loud for fun.
Find your prediction
. Ingredients Fun objects (favors) Slips of paper To Play Make up some phony generic predictions like, In the New Year you will shave your head, write them on slips of paper, and attach them to a corresponding items (like a wig). Hide the predictions with their corresponding items, and tell guests that predictions are hidden around the room, and that they each need to find one, read it aloud to the group, and open it. (These make nice funny favors
. Ingredients Index cards Marker To Play This is a game that is patterned after the game Taboo. Before guests arrive, write down the name of a person who was big in the news in the past year on an index card. On the back of the card (or somewhere on the front of the card), write down four words that the person who chooses that card cannot use to describe the person on the card to other guests. Split into two teams. The other guests have one minut
New years eve word mix
. Ingredients Paper Writing utensils To Play Everyone is given a word that has to do with New Years Eve (everyone uses the same word), and each player has to make as many other words as they can in 5 minutes using only the letters in the original word. Repeating a letter is not allowed unless it is repeated in the original word and proper nouns do not count as words. The guest who writes down the most original words is the winner.
Guess which guest
. Ingredients Game Sheet (see below) Writing utensils To Play Before the party, create a game sheet that includes a statement about each guest from the past year. For example, you could write, Gave birth to twins. The name of the person______________. The names of the twins_________________ and __________________. Or a statement like, Wore the same outfit every day for 2 weeks. The name of the person_________________. A description of the outfit __
Who wins a prize
. Ingredients New Years Eve Prizes To Play Every 10 minutes or so (or longer, depending on how long the party is supposed to last) call out a question that relates to guests at the party, such as Whos the youngest here? Who brought the best food? Who said the last word? Who laughs the loudest? Whos sitting next to the hostess? and so on. Award a New Years Eve themed prize each time you call out a random question. Soon, lots of people will have pr
True or false
. Ingredients Game Sheet (see below) Writing Utensils To Play Create a game sheet that includes the name of each guest along with 2 3 statements that can be true or false next to each name. Give each person a game sheet about an hour into the evening. Next to each statement, have them write either write true or false. The person who answers the most statements correctly wins a prize. When everyone has handed in their papers, tally up the true an
New years eve scramble
. Write a bunch of different words on a piece of paper that have to do with New Years Eve and scramble the letters. The person who guesses the most words correctly wins a prize. Predict the Future Throughout the party, present a magazine picture to each table of kids. These pictures should show something from the past year, such as a winning football game, a new toy, a political event, etc. Each table of kids must make a prediction for the next yea
Naming of Candy
. For this you need About 6 different candies that have given names like M&Ms, Crunch, Wrigleys , etc. 1 Die (or 2 dice if the crowd is very large) Everyone is seated on the floor in a circle. Packaged candy bars or candy are placed in the middle of the circle. Everyone starts by saying their own names. The leader then makes sure that everyone knows what candy is in the middle. someone begins by rolling the dice. If they roll a 6, they can take one
. Everyone writes the name of a celebrity, famous person or character on a piece of paper which they stick to the forehead of the player on their left (use tape or office PostIt notes). Make sure they dont see the name. List down the activity(s) or event(s) which has made them famous( but no names). Paste the paper up on the wall so that every guest can see it. This will act as cues and give the participants a direction to make guessing. Now the ga
The grouping game
. This is a good game to play as a mixer. It is a fun, fast moving game. It starts out as everyone collects in one big group. The leader initially calls out a number, usually a number between two and fifteen. The number shouldnt be more than half of the number of total participants. When the number is called out everyone must try to collect in a group that contains that number of people. The group members should be latching arms or have their arms
. The old favorite. With one fewer chairs than people, a short snippet of music is played while the people move around the room. All the chairs are placed in the middle of the room or arranged in a corner, all facing back on the wall. When the music stops everyone tries to sit on a vacant chair. (Only one person per chair) The person who doesnt find a chair is out. One chair is taken away and the game continues until only one person (The Winner) is
Pass it on
. Sit close together in two lines facing the same direction. The person in the front of each line rolls a die. When one of them gets a six, both of them pass a small object (a jack, a ball, a bracelet) to the person behind them who passes it on until it reaches the end. When it gets to the last person, that person must get up and race to the front of the line with the object and sit down. The person who sits down first, gets to sit in the front of
. All except the detective sit in a circle while the detective waits outside. One person from the circle is elected to be the murderer, and then the Detective is called back to stand in the circle. When he is ready, the Murderer winks at people in the circle. Anyone who sees that they have been winked at lets out a bloodcurdling scream and dies. The Detective has three attempts to guess the murderer.
Pass the Orange
. Arrange for teams of about 8 to stand in a line, one behind the other (arranged boy, girl, boy,). Give each team an orange which the first person should tuck under his chin. This should be passed to the person behind. When the orange gets to the last person, they come to the front of the line and start again. The winning team is the first one which gets their starting person to the front again.
Guessing the resolutions
. Make each of your guests write down 5 resolutions, each on its own slip of paper. Pull one slip of paper out of a basket at a time and read it out loud. Everyone has to write down who they think made each resolution. At the end of the readings, the person who guessed the most correctly wins a prize. Read some of the wrong guesses out loud for fun.
. Write down 100 words on index cards such as stare, grin, blink, giggle, laugh, plate, shoelace, thread or any word you like.Stack the cards and put them in the center of the room. Divide the players into 2 teams and seat them opposite each other. Set the timer or stopwatch for one minute. Have the first player from Team One draw a card from the pile and give clues to the word to his/her teammates before the timer ends the play. So, if the word i
. Take the picture of each of your guests with the digital camera. Have them make a funny face and be sure to tell them there is a prize for the best face. After all the pictures have been taken, download them to your computer or laptop and ask everyone to gather around the monitor. The winner will be judged on the greatest laughter.
. Go through old magazines from the past year, or to your local library to search through old news articles. Find the events that took place in the past year. Make a list of these events, and ask your guests to guess which month the event took place in. Whoever guesses the most right wins a prize.
. Play super hearing. Arrange yourselves into 2 groups. Ask one member from the group to identify the mysterious recorded sounds and the game continues thus with the teams securing a point on giving a correct answer.