Games and Activities for Adult Birthday Dinner Parties

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Games and Activities for Adult Birthday Dinner Parties
Adult birthday dinner party games usually happen right at the table. (Restaurant Table image by Przemyslaw Malkowski from

A good birthday dinner party can be as big, or as small as you like. Make it an intimate gathering of special friends or family, or gather a whole crowd of friends. Doing what makes you comfortable and happy is what makes a situation work--there is no wrong way to throw a party. Plan it out and send invitations early so guests can make time to come. The activities and games you plan can make or break the party, however. Adult dinner parties involve table games or games held in a room, so it is important to consider the space you have to play the games.

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Your Life

Play your own version of "This is Your Life," the old television show where the guest of honour is blindfolded while people from his past are brought up in front of the crowd to tell a story about their relationship with the honoree. The birthday boy must then guess who the person from his past is.

Milestone Parties

Is the honoree at a milestone in her life? Special birthdays for 80, 90 or 100 should have special events that can be planned in advance, such as letters from the president or a presentation of a flag from the U.S. Capitol. Make sure you take special pictures of the birthday boy with everyone who would like to remember that day. Have a slide show presentation similar to "This is Your Life" that you can play to show the birthday girl as she matures and lives her life. Incorporate world events into the video at the appropriate stages of the honoree's life to give some perspective. Find old television shows from the past when the honoree was young and show them on a screen during the dinner or just in the background while mingling.

Trivia and Other Table Games

Play trivia games with heavy influence on the decades lived by the honoree. Another familiar, easy-to-introduce game, since most people will understand how to play it without explanation, is "Name That Tune." The name game is an easy table game to play. Have everyone write down the names of five famous people on separate pieces of paper. Fold them up, and put them in a hat. Sit two people facing each other and have one give clues to the other to guess the name of the person picked from the hat. The player giving the clues can give any clue except for saying or spelling out the name of the famous person.

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