If you’re hosting a New Year’s party, organizing a game or two is a great way to get everyone mingling and break the ice. Here are six New Year’s Eve party games that require almost no props or preparation, and will inspire hilarious memories for the year to come.
Highlights of the Year
This is a great game for reminiscing and swapping funny stories from the past year. The host pulls questions out of a hat -- think: when was the hardest you laughed this year, or what was the event that had the most impact this year? You can download 15 free, printable question cards here.
Adult Loaded Questions
If you’re not familiar with the board game Adult Loaded Questions, the idea is to test players on how well they know each other through suggestive and silly questions. Examples include: What celebrity would be a great phone sex operator? What would you be willing to do to get out of an expensive speeding ticket? Feel free to DIY your own version with questions that pertain to the year’s events -- as long as they uphold the purpose of making your guests blush.
New Year’s Eve-Themed Charades
Charades makes the perfect New Year's Eve party game with a little update. Use this list of New Year's inspired words for topics to act out. Throw in a few that are related to popular news or events of the year for an extra chuckle.
The Ultimate Champagne Race
Don’t worry; this is not a chugging match. For this one, players race to fill their Champagne flutes using only a teaspoon to transport the Champagne from a bowl to the glass. The first person to finish stands up, and taps his or her glass with the spoon. The winner gets to give a toast for the New Year.
Two Resolutions and a Lie
Based on the popular ice breaker Two Truths and a Lie, this game is a great way to get guests to know each other better over a few laughs. The premise: Guests have to try to figure out what the other guests are lying and telling the truth about. In the NYE version, they'll have to figure out which two resolutions you really want this year, and which one is completely made up.
Guess the Resolution
In a similar spirit, when guests arrive and people are still warming up ask each person to write down five resolutions, each on its own slip of paper, then drop the papers into a hat or bowl. Later in the evening, once everyone’s had a few drinks, mix up the answers and pull one slip of paper out at a time and read it aloud. Everyone has to guess or write down who they think made each resolution.