4 Fun Dinner Table Party Games Ideas For Any Occasion

by Mike Jones

If you're hosting a gathering of friends or family, then you might be interested in a few fun games that you can play with your guests. And let's face, you can't play Cards Against Humanity with just anyone. With that in mind, we've selected some games are sure to be a hit with any crowd. And while kids and teens can participate in any of these games, we're going to refer to them as party games for adults. Ready to see what kind of fun you can have?

4 Fun Dinner Table Party Games Ideas For Any Occasion
4 Fun Dinner Table Party Games Ideas For Any Occasion

The Secret Lines

If you enjoy the show Whose Line Is It Anyways, then you will likely recognize this game. Why? Because it's actually based off the game they play where Ryan and the guys must say a line written on a slip of paper during the scene.

What you need:

  • Funny sentences that make no sense at an adult party (i.e. "I like unicorns" or "I fear garbage trucks")
  • Slips of paper
  • Pens

How to play:

To start this game, you have two different ways to go. You can either have each guest write out a random sentence and then you can collect them and mix them up. Or, you can write them out all by yourself before guests arrive.

Place a line under each guests plates (if a dinner party), or pass them out to each person - taking care not to let others see which line each person gets. The object of the game is to use it during a normal conversation and not get caught. If another party guest calls you out for it, then you're busted. First person not to get discovered wins.

Alternative rules: make up several lines for each person so that random sentences can be uttered all night long. And, everyone wins without anyone needing to call anyone out. Why? Because hilarity ensues with this game.

Famous Person Game

This is a classic party game that is fun for people of all ages. You may even have played this one before.

What you need:

  • list of famous people
  • marker/pen
  • blank stickers/mailing labels/post-its

How to play:

Take the list of famous people and put one name on each sticker. Ever party goer gets a sticker on their forehead - but each person CANNOT see their own sticker. The object of the game is to guess who your famous person is by asking the other partygoers for clues. The game is over when only one person is left who has yet to guess the famous person on their forehead.

Guess Who I Am Game

This game is best for large groups, especially when there are people at the party who don't know each other very well.

What you need:

  • notecards
  • pens

How to play:

Each party guest gets a notecard and pen and should list three words on the card that describe themselves. Then, all cards are tossed in a hat or box, with the host drawing out one at time and reading the three words. Party guests then try to guess who wrote the card. This game can lead to lots of laughs all around.


Yup, you can't talk about party games without including this one. It's appropriate for all ages, or make it naughty if you only have adults in the room.

What you need:

  • Willingness to make a fool out of yourself

How to play:

Typically, charades starts with a theme (like horror movies or Disney movies) and then the party guests are divided into teams. Players take turns acting out the words or phrases while other party goers attempt to guess. This can often end up being a hysterical way to spend the evening, especially if someone is really bad at the game.

About Mike Jones

As a child of the 80's, my fondest gaming memories are playing Pitfall, Frogger, Kaboom! and Chopper Command on our old Atari 8600. These days I've been rocking the Nintendo Classic and learning some new card and board games with the family."

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