Party Entertainment Ideas for Adults

Updated March 23, 2017

Throwing a party is a lot of work, but an enjoyable evening with your friends is a great reward. When planning a party for adults, it's a good idea to have a few games and other entertainment ideas on hand just to ensure that you avoid boredom and awkward lulls in conversation. Theme parties are lots of fun and are sure to keep your guests entertained.

Casino Party

This entertainment idea requires a small budget, yet appears classy and elegant. Check your local party supply store to rent a roulette wheel. Roulette is not only fun to play, but it adds a lot to the "casino decor" of your party. Set up a few tables with nice tablecloths and bar stools, each with a pack of cards, so guests can play blackjack and poker while they socialise. Bring out a few trays with finger food and cold drinks so guests can snack during the games. Play Sinatra music to help set the mood, and if you think it suits your guests, set up a karaoke machine that can be put to use after everyone has loosened up.

Blast from the Past Party

If the adults at your party were all born in the same decade, select a memorable decade in your lives, such as the decade you were in high school or when many of your guests got married, and make that decade the theme of the party. Encourage guests to wear decade-appropriate clothes, play party music from a playlist of Billboard's Top 100 songs from that decade and find a few decade appropriate movie or TV show posters for decorations. Before the party, prepare a trivia game that focuses on questions about celebrities, politicians and music from the era; all you need are a few dozen note cards and a little research. Divide the guests into teams to play the trivia game.

Oktoberfest Party

This adult party idea will work any month of the year. This party follows the same concept as wine tasting parties, but they are more casual. Most guest will be happy to chip in a six pack of beer for all the guests to sample. To help plan for a variety, assign a few guests specific types of beer, like Belgium, dark, or local. Decorate for your party with traditional German festival decor, and fire up the grill for bratwursts. Come up with a few fun drinking games, or play "Forbidden Word"; give each guest a few beaded party necklaces to wear and tell them the forbidden word, which should be beer-related, like "lager" or "mug." Each time a guest says the word, the guest that catches them takes their beads. At the end of a designated period of time, the guest with the most beads wins, and a new forbidden word is chosen.

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Kara Page has been a freelance writer and editor since 2007. She maintains several blogs on travel, music, food and more. She is also a contributing writer for Suite101 and has articles published on eHow and Answerbag. Page holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of North Texas.