Inside: 27 birthday party games for adults
Birthday Parties are always something I always look forward to. Whether I’m taking the kids to a friend’s party, planning a birthday celebration for a family member, or attending a big bash myself, birthday parties are always so much fun! Between the cake, decorations, and party favors, it’s easy to have a great time.
Birthday party games for adults are a little challenging to come up with, and as the years go by, good party ideas become few and far between. Fun adult games can be lighthearted like drinking games, or something a little more mellow like playing cards or board games.
It is important that you play games that are appropriate for the occasion, as what you will play after your Christmas dinner, isn’t the same as the games you will play at a friend’s 30th. We hope you enjoy these fun games and let us know what you think!
But, when you add in even more revelry with hilarious and action-packed games, a regular birthday party quickly goes from pretty darn good to really flippin’ great! I’ve rounded up a list of 27 Birthday Party Games for Adults because kids aren’t the only ones who know how to party!
Silly Birthday Party Games for Adults
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If you want to add some silliness and spunk to your birthday party, then these birthday party games for adults are for you. They’re hilarious and fun and will have everyone laughing out loud!
Human Piñata: Just as crazy as it sounds…this game requires one person to act as the piñata full of prizes, with candy and treats taped all over their clothing. But don’t worry, there are no bats/sticks involved ;) Instead, they’ll run away and try to hide as everyone grabs at the loot!
Buzzed Balloon Burst: Fill balloons with alcohol minis, inflate, and tie on strings. Loop one around each player’s ankle. On “GO!,” players will try to burst everyone else’s balloons by stomping on them while keeping the safety. Each balloon you successfully stomp, you keep the alcohol mini inside. Good reward for a job well done, yeah?
Karaoke Roulette: Ready to jam out on your birthday? A karaoke birthday party does sound like a ton of fun! To play Karaoke Roulette, pick a random song and draw a random name from the list of partygoers. That person’s got to step up and sing their heart out!
How Do You Doo?: Another sing-song birthday party game, this one requires you to sing a tune saying only the word “doo.” Break into teams to see who can guess the most right!
The (Not So) Newlywed Game: A spin-off of the classic, the (not so) newlywed game is great for a group of couples. Have each pair answer questions about the other…things like favorites, habits, likes, and dislikes and then do the same for themselves. Then, put them each on the spot to swap answers and see who knows each other the best. It’s always funny to see little squabbles pop up as couples are convinced they answered correctly on behalf of their other half ;)
Would You Rather: There’s something about this game that never gets old. You could try to make all of the questions birthday themed, or if you don’t have the time, check out this list of 100 funny would you rather questions!
Most Likely: With an adult birthday party comes adult beverages, yes? I think so! In this game, players will take turns asking a “most likely” question. An example is, “who is the most likely to make an awkward comment?” Then, on the count of 3, everyone points to who they think fits the description. Take a sip for each finger pointed at you!
Toothless Birthday Song: Gather everyone up in a circle to sing a special Happy Birthday song to the guest of honor. Here’s the catch: everyone has to keep their teeth covered with their lips while they sing. There’s no way everyone will be able to handle the hilarity and somebody’s going to look so ridiculous they’ll make everybody else LOL!
Challenging Birthday Party Games That Only Adults Should Play ;)
These games may not be easy but they sure are tons of fun! Bring a little challenge to your birthday party to amp up the competition…and the giggles too.
Sticker Stalker: Buy a variety of sticker sheets, one for each player at the birthday party. Each sheet needs to have the same amount of stickers. The object of the game is for each player to successfully stick each sticker on their sheet onto the other players, throughout the party, without them noticing. If they get caught in the act, the other person gets to put one of their stickers on them!
Pet Peeve: Everyone sits in a circle and writes down their ultimate pet peeve on a sheet of paper. Once they’ve been folded up and dropped into a jar, the first player will pick one at random and read it aloud. Everyone else has to write down who they think the pet peeve belongs to. After all, guesses have been recorded, the answer is revealed. Play continues around the circle until everyone’s peeves are made known. Then the real fun starts when the intentional annoyance begins! ;) This is by far the funniest and most frustrating birthday party game for adults!
Slip It In: The goal of this game is to slip a funny phrase into a normal conversation without anyone noticing. Upon arriving at the party, each guest will receive their assigned phrase. After dropping their line, the slipper has 5 minutes to get called out. If they succeed in “slipping it in” without anyone noticing, they receive a prize. You could also give out prizes for the most slips if you’ve got a really great group of conversationalists or you could do the biggest loser prize for the person who just can’t get their phrase out without awkwardness or laughter!
Balloon Body Pop: Pick a partner, grab a balloon, and attempt to pop it before another pair can! Two people will work together to burst a balloon using only the pressure of their two bodies. Back-to-back or butt-to-butt might appear to be the best strategies, but how will they play out?
Say Ahhh: Popsicle stick in the mouth with sugar cubes stacked on top. Seems simple, right? Au contraire! See who can stack the most sugar cubes while balancing the stick. And if they fall down, well at least you’ve got something sweet to eat!
Pass the Orange: Here’s another team birthday party game for adults for you that really packs a punch! Make two lines facing each other. Players at the beginning of each line start with an orange under their chin. On “go,” they’ll have to pass it down to the next person in line without using their hands. It might get juicy but one thing’s for sure, this game’s a toughie!
Adult Birthday Party Games That You Can Buy
Sometimes it’s best to buy and with these birthday party games for adults, you won’t be sad you did. Every birthday party could use a little extra something. And if entertainment is what you’re looking for, you’ve come to the right place!
What Do You Meme?: Anyone else think memes are just as great as I do? So hilarious and oh so true! In this game, you’ll get to caption your own memes…and hope everyone else is as amused as you are haha.
Birthday Balderdash: Love me a good game of Balderdash. This birthday version is so much fun because it gives each guest the chance to write down a story about the birthday boy/girl! What a way to share a special memory (or embarrassing moment). Then, the birthday guy/gal gets to guess who wrote it!
Watch Ya Mouth Game: Not sure there’s anything more hilarious than watching someone try to say a funny phrase while wearing a giant mouthpiece. But don’t take my word for it, check it out for yourself! This is the funniest birthday party game for adults!
Hot Seat: Whoever’s in the hot seat gets asked a question and then all the other players answer on their behalf. See how well your birthday party friends know you…or how well they think they do!
Decision Dice: Perfect for a 21st birthday party, these decision dice present a dare + a twist. For example, “chug a drink…with a stranger!”
Telestrations After Dark: Adult-only version of the guess and draw game that’s been a favorite for years. This one’s great for a birthday party because it’s easy to explain and allows for multiple players.
Birthday Party Games For Grown Ups That You Can DIY
Party games that can be created at home are a favorite topic of ours to talk about. Here are another few lists of ideas for creating
- Party games for kids to play
- DIY yard games
- Pool party games that are hilarious to watch
- Festive Christmas party games
I’m always up for a good DIY. These birthday party games for adults are a blast to make and even cooler to play. Some take a bit more work and others are great last-minute options. No matter what you choose, any adult with a sense of humor will enjoy stepping up to play.
Punch Board Game: Create your own punch board and fill it up with adult-only goodies like alcohol minis and lottery tickets! Each guest gets to take a wack and see what they’ve won. Sounds like the best way to do party favors to me, don’t you think?
DIY Escape Room: Escape rooms are all the rage right now. Did you know you can actually make your own right at home? With this tutorial, you can download a kit to help you get started or get ideas on starting from scratch. Whichever way you choose, it’ll be a super fun way to present birthday party guests with a unique team challenge!
Older or Younger: This is a little trivia game where you name a person, place, or thing, and guests have to guess if the birthday party boy/girl is older or younger. Examples include a model of a car, a famous actor or actress, a national monument, etc. Just make sure the guest of honor doesn’t take offense too easily…there will be a lot of age-related humor coming out of this one I’m sure.
Plastic Wrap Ball Game: Gifts on gifts on gifts all balled up in layers of plastic wrap! Pass the giant ball around the circle, each person unwrapping a layer and claiming the gift beneath. Save the best for last and cross your fingers that it’s for you!
American Ninja Warrior Backyard Obstacle Course: Ready for an action-packed birthday party that’ll double as an insane workout? Well, I’m not really sure I am either but this game will surely be incredible to watch ;) Set up an obstacle course in your backyard, American Ninja Warrior style! Guys and girls alike (with adventurous spirits) will have a heck of a time trying to beat the clock and finish the course.
Candle Cupcake: How many candles can one cupcake hold? You never know until you try! Give everyone a cupcake and a whole lot of candles and see who can stick the most without tipping over or crumbling the cake!
Confetti Pong: I love this game so much! Think beer pong but instead with confetti. The first team to throw all their opponents cups of confetti wins!
Ok, now that we’ve talked about so many fun ideas for adult birthday party games, I’m ready to play! Who needs help planning a big birthday bash?! Hit me up with your favorite birthday party games, because just like friends at a party or candles on a cake, the more the merrier!
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