There’s no better way to wait for the ball to drop.
Fun games are a great way to get everyone mingling if you’re hosting a New Year’s Eve party. They’re also a fun way to spend time while waiting for the countdown to midnight. Funny stories and questions, heated races, and hunting for elusive holiday items will keep guests on their toes. Here are ten New Year’s Eve games that require very few props and little preparation, plus they will inspire hilarious memories for the year to come.
Get-to-Know You Games
What better way to get to know other party guests than with a fun game? These ice-breaker games will have everyone laughing and bonding in no time. Here are great games for getting to know each other while waiting for the ball to drop.
1. Active Games
Who doesn’t love a little competition? The festivities will get underway when party-goers leave their seats and compete for a winning title.
2. New Year’s Eve-Themed Charades
Charades make the perfect New Year’s Eve party game. This year, try it with a bit of update. Use this list of New Year’s-inspired words for topics to act out. Add a few related to popular culture, news, or events of the year for an extra chuckle.
3. The Ultimate Champagne Race
Don’t worry. This game 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 their drink with the spoon. The winner gets to give a toast for the New Year. If you don’t want to waste Champagne, just substitute it with water.
4. Pass the Mirror Ball
While waiting for the ball to drop, play a game about not doing that very thing. If you’re not willing to risk breaking an actual disco ball, use a balloon for this game instead. Instruct your party guests to form a circle. Give the ball to someone and have them turn to face one of the people on either side of them. The game’s goal is to pass the ball around the circle without using their hands. Once the first person has successfully passed off the ball to their partner, participants continue passing it around the circle until it reaches the original starting point. If a player drops the ball, that individual leaves the circle, and the game continues with the next person. Continue playing the game until only two people are remaining, at which point they are both the winners.
These games will keep everyone guessing—and laughing. Guests will learn a lot about the people who are spending New Year’s Eve at their party.
5. Two Resolutions and a Lie
Based on the famous 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 must figure out what statement guests provide are lies or the truth. In the New Year’s Eve version, they’ll have to figure out which two resolutions you want this year and which one is false.
6. Guess the Resolution
Similarly, when guests arrive and people are still warming up, ask each person to write down five resolutions on separate slips 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, 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.
Give guests a mission with a game full of surprises. From finding hidden treats to completing secret tasks, party-goers will undoubtedly find a reason to smile.
7. Collect the Kisses
Before your guests arrive, hide a certain number of Hershey Kisses around your home. Once your guests arrive, announce that they have until midnight to collect as many kisses as possible. Be sure to award whoever has the most kisses at midnight with an exciting prize.
8. New Year’s Eve Scavenger Hunt
If you’re going to leave your home to play this game, be sure you do it earlier in the evening’s festivities. Create a list of New Year’s-related items or scenarios (like Champagne at a grocery store, a couple kissing, a mirror ball, a New Year’s party at a bar or a decorated holiday house) around your town for guests to find.
9. Hear the New Year’s Ring
As your guests arrive at your party, hand each of them a certain number of bells. Once your guests arrive, explain that the game’s goal is to get rid of their bells by midnight without being caught.
They accomplish this by hanging the bells on a clothesline you have strung up somewhere in your home. If someone sees them or hears one of your guests trying to get rid of their bells, that guest cannot add their bell. In addition, the person caught must remove one of the bells currently hanging on the line and add it to their collection. Whoever has the least number of bells left by midnight wins.
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