Remember when you went to birthday parties as a kid? Sure, you loved the cake and ice cream. You worshiped the bright decorations, loud music, and being with your friends. But what really made going to a birthday party special was playing games. You would always end screaming with laughter and breathless on the ground.
As adults, we expect adult birthday parties to be a little… calmer. A little toned-down. But they don’t have to be! If you’re throwing an grown-up party for grown-up friends, there’s no reason for things to be sedate. With the fun adult birthday party games below, your guests will be screaming with laughter and (if they all fall out of their chairs during the “Lap Dance” game) rolling on the ground trying to recover. Just like being a kid again
Duck, Duck… Lap Dance!
This adult party game is easy to play… and a lot of fun. There will be lots of giggling and a few red faces as players end up in one another’s laps. Have a few drinks first to liven up the mood. For six to ten players.
To play this party game: All guest should sit on chairs in a circle. Around a table is fine– just pull the chairs away from the table a bit.
As the host, it’s your job to ask simple yes or no questions of your guests (or you can designate this job to somebody else). If the answer to that question is yes, they move one seat to the right. If somebody is sitting there… they have to sit in that person’s lap! If the answer to the question is “no,” that player stays in his or her seat.
Keep playing (some players may end up with three or more people in their lap!) until somebody ends up in his or her original seat. That person is the winner.
Get creative with questions– ask embarrassing or funny ones to keep your guests laughing. If possible, come up with a list of question beforehand if you’re not great at thinking them up on the spot.
The Portrait Race
Both art and laughter in a single game? You bet! This game is fun to play, hilarious to watch, and… well, interesting to see the final results. Want to see how your friends see you? This adult birthday party game is definitely one to play. For four or more players (six or more is best.)
To play this party game: Guests should be divided up into pairs, with one person left over. The numbers don’t work out? Divide people however you can– it doesn’t have to be exact. The one leftover guest should stand in front of the teams to pose for a portrait.
Each team of two should have five minutes to draw and paint the portrait of the poser using watercolor paints, pencils (colored or regular), and crayons.
Painters must use all three of these tools somewhere in the portrait, and each member of the team must contribute to the portrait. Don’t let the better artists do all the work!
After the five minutes are up, the posing guest decides which team painted the best portrait, and another guest is chosen to pose.
It’s fun to play this at the beginning of the night and hang the portraits around the room to keep people chuckling over them all night.