Every adult party needs good ice breaker games! Things can be awkward as guests start to arrive for a party, especially if your guests are not very familiar with one another prior to arriving. The following games will get everyone talking and opening up to one another so they feel more comfortable.
Truth or Lie
This is the grown-up version of truth or dare which is typically played by high school kids. Have small pieces of paper and pens on hand and ask each guest to write down a couple true statements and one false statement about themselves. You can do this when they walk in the door or prior to the party.
Once a small group has asked ask them to go one by one reading their statements and allowing other guests to guess which statement is not true. As more guests arrive they can join in.
There are no winners or prizes with this type of game, but it will get everyone talking and some of the statements are bound to be funny so your guests will get in a good laugh. This is a casual game that can be played as guests enjoy finger foods or snacks.
The Magic Word
This is a game that can be played with many different variations, with most lying through the entire party. You may even want to have a small reward to be revealed at the end of the game when the party is about over.
You hand a lei, necklace, or some type of ring or shirt pin to each of your guests when they first arrive and then tell them a "magic" word that can not be said at any time during the party. Make the word something that is commonly said in regular speech to keep your guests on their toes.
The objective is for guests to collect the most leis or other objects that you handed out by taking them from other guests. When a guest says the magical word another guest who tricked them into saying it or hear them say it can take their lei.
Children are not the only ones who enjoy stacking cups! Have plenty plastic yet durable cups on hand and a sturdy, flat surface completely empty. Every guest that walks through the door must take a cup (or more if you do not have that many guests coming) and stack them on top of the other guest's cups.
As more guests arrive the mountain will grow and the obstacle of not knocking everyone else's cups down will intensify. If they are all knocked down and a lot of guests are still arriving you can start all over.
This is a fun game to take pictures of, but make sure to capture the moment the tall cup mountain comes crashing down!
Name Tag Facts
This is a fun game that works wonders in groups of people who are all complete strangers. Give each guest a larger sized name tag when they come and ask them to write one interesting fact about themselves on it then put it on their shirt. Your guests have something literally written on them to start conversations with one another.
Ice breaker games Do not have to be complicated and with adults you do not have to waste money on rewards. Anything that gets guests talking will work!