Home party games for adults

Updated November 21, 2016

If you're throwing a party in your home, consider planning a few home party games for adults. Playing games at your party will allow your guests to get to know one another better and will help to pass the time at the party. Whether you choose to fill your party schedule with games or only offer one or two, keep these ideas for home party games on hand for your party plans.

Murder Mystery

When you host a murder mystery party, the whole party is the game. Before the day of the party you send each guest information about the murder mystery, including a fictional identity they must assume when they attend the party. Each guest arrives at the party and plays an individual role in the murder mystery. Purchase a murder mystery kit at a party store or online; you will have the entire murder mystery story as well as character roles for each guest and ideas for planning and organising the party. During the party guests will try to figure out "who dunnit" as they solve the mystery of the murder. This type of party is an out-of-the-box idea that lets your guests escape the doldrums of everyday life and play a role in executing an entertaining party.


Icebreakers are "get to know you" games. They work well in the beginning of a party because they let guests talk to one another and get to know the other people at the party. This type of game is especially useful if you plan a party where many of your guests will be unfamiliar with one another. Play a game called Two Truths and a Lie, where each guest must introduce herself and reveal two truthful facts about her life and one fictional "fact." The rest of the guests must identify the lie in her statement. Or try an icebreaker BINGO game, where guests receive a grid full of interesting facts about the other people at the party and they must find the party guest who matches each fact (such as "has lived in Mexico" or "owns a gecko").


Bring a favourite bar game home for your next party. Put together a list of trivia questions together. Choose general knowledge questions or categorise them by common favourite topics your guests share. Put your questions on index cards or a computer slide show presentation and either read them aloud or project them onto a wall. Have guests write down their answers, working alone or in a small group. At the end of the game the guest or group of guests with the most correct answers wins. You can even award a small trophy or edible prize.

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