The festive period is a time for family and friends to get together and have fun. We always find a great way to get the party started is with party games, so this week we’ve picked out some of our favourites, which you can try out throughout the party season.

family party games


Alphabet Bags

Take 26 brown paper bags and write the letter of the alphabet on each, in large font. Then place an item that starts with that letter inside each bag and seal it up.

Get all the players into pairs, and throw the bags on the floor in the middle of the room.
When the game starts all the couples must dive into the pile, grab a bag and figure out what is in that bag without opening it, writing down all their answers as they go.

The first couple to correctly work out the contents of all the bags wins.

You could use things like: O-ornament, S-scotch tape, C-card, B-bulb, S-stamp, and so on.

Adverb Game

Person A leaves the room, and the rest of the players choose an adverb (e.g. ‘joyfully’, ‘lazily’, or ‘gloomily’). Person A returns and has to guess the adverb by asking questions and stipulating that they be answered ‘in the manner of the word’, or by asking the group to act out a situation (driving a car; making a sandwich) ‘in the manner of the word’.


Each player takes a sheet of paper and folds it into four. First, draw a head (animal, human or imaginary), fold the paper down to hide the drawing – but leave some neck – and pass it on. Next, draw a torso, arms or wings, fold the paper (leaving the tops of the legs showing) and pass on. Then come the legs (fold again). Pass on. Finally, add the feet.

Unfold. You’ll be amazed.

Word guessing

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 is “laugh”, the team member might say, “What you do if someone tells you a joke?” Players from Team One try to guess the word; if they are successful before the time is up, they get a point. If the timer runs out and the word is not guessed, the other team gets a bonus point. Take turns until all the cards are exhausted, and then add up points to see who wins.

Celebrity hunt

Everyone writes the name of a celebrity, famous person or character on a piece of paper and then they stick to the forehead of the player on their left (use tape or office Post-It notes). Make sure they don’t see the name.

Now the game starts. Everyone else can see your forehead. The objective is to work out who you are. Going around the table, each payer takes a turn to ask the party questions about who they are – answers can be YES or NO only. If you get a YES you may continue asking, if you get a NO play moves on to the left. Last person to guess their name is the loser.

Have a huge indoor treasure hunt with clues

The kids will have a blast following the clues to get their treasure and will be kept busy for much of the evening once they find it!

Create your own time capsule

Put anything you want to remember along with your resolutions in a container and then hide it till next year.

Word game

Whoever creates the most words out of the letters in Happy Christmas or Happy New Year, wins!


What are you’re favourite party games? Let us know in the comments!