Free Dinner Party Games

Updated July 16, 2018

When you host a dinner party, especially with guests who do not know each other well, icebreaker party games can help open avenues for conversation. You do not need much in the way of props or equipment to play these games. Let the following free dinner party game suggestions help you kick-start social interaction among dinner party guests.

Yes, I Remember It Well

This icebreaker game is for dinner parties where couples are present. It can also work when one member of a couple is present without a mate. That person simply assumes both roles.

The object of the game is to reveal something funny, charming and unknown to friends and new acquaintances. Guests vote for the best "I remember" story when all are told. The winning story is awarded with a prize such as a dessert to take home.

The Play

Of the couples present, one partner is asked by the host, "What do you remember best about when you met your mate or your marriage?" The first partner tells his recollections. The other half of the team provides her memory of the same event. Each partner tells the tale as remembered, noting memorable details. The best contradiction wins.

This game is not for dinner parties where one of more of the guests is divorced or widowed.

Say Anything But No

As an icebreaker game for a small group of guests, the only thing you need to play this one is some kind of identifier for the players who win points. The item can be a string of coloured beads, Hawaiian lei, a coloured bandanna or a clip-on tag.

The Play

The object of the game is to win the bead string from every other guest. Each guest is provided with a string of beads upon arrival. In the conversation that ensues between guests, each tries to get the other to say one word: no. Each can ask any question. Naturally, the asking person will ask questions that are likely to elicit no for an answer. Whoever answers by saying no forfeits his bead string to asker. If a guest must give up his string of beads, he continues in play, getting someone else to say no. The winner gets a prize such as a bottle of wine, box of candy or other gift.

Who Is for Real?

In a group of mixed and lively individuals who do not know each other well, this game is likely to get them talking to one another for the rest of the dinner party evening. The object of the game is to lie and lie well.

The Play

Each guest provides three rather elaborate statements about herself. One of them is true, and the true one should surprise everyone. The other two are blatantly false yet must have an element that can be believed. At dinner, the guests tell their stories about themselves as though they are true. The other guests vote on which of the statements is the true one. Each guest who is believed for a false statement wins a token prize.

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