For a memorable anniversary, not only a plentiful table and a good company are important, but also fun contests. Many of them do not require special props and are easily organized even without the participation of a professional presenter.
Funny mobile contests
At the anniversary, where young people of 20–30 years old gather, one cannot do without mobile competitions. For example, guests will surely like the comic race of cupbearers — people who bring drinks to the feast. Two people can take part in the game at a time. For each, a chair, a wooden spoon and a glass are prepared in advance.
In addition, it will not be possible to do without a container filled with tinted water (about half a liter in volume), imitating wine.
Chairs are placed at a distance of a couple of meters from each other. Glasses are placed close to each other on one of them, spoons are placed, and a wine bowl is placed on the other. Each player will need to transfer “wine” from a common bowl to their own glass using a wooden device within one minute. The participant with the most liquid wins.
Another fun game, known as Matches, allows up to 5 guests to participate at the same time. A thread 50 centimeters long is tied to the leg of each, on which, in turn, a box of matches is fixed. Participants stand in a circle so that their socks touch and the box is placed in front of their feet. At the leader’s command, they jump back, and then simultaneously begin to jump in a circle, trying to crush the opponent’s box, but save their own.
A cool contest called “Choreographer” gives you the opportunity to shake up salads and prepare for the next dish. All participants line up in a circle, and one of them goes to the center, preparing to play the role of a choreographer. As soon as the music turns on, the center begins to demonstrate different movements, and the rest are required to repeat them. With a change in composition, the choreographer chooses a successor, who, in turn, becomes the center. The game continues until everyone tries himself as a director.
By the way, you can complicate the dance entertainment with the help of a scarf: the one who goes to the center will first be tied with a scarf.
The competition with a mop is also exciting. Guests are divided into two teams, after which they line up in the sequence “man — woman”. One person should be left without a pair and receive cleaning equipment instead. While the music plays for 2–3 minutes, the participants dance, but when it stops, they will have to quickly change the pair. Naturally, the player with the mop quickly throws it and grabs the first dancer he comes across, and someone, in turn, is left alone with the mop.
The highlight of the competition is the opportunity to dance with both men and women.
With dressing up
A dress-up contest is suitable for a close company of liberated people. All participants are divided into male-female pairs. As soon as the music starts playing, the members quickly undress and change into their partner’s clothes. The couple that changes outfits the fastest wins.
No matter how old the invitees are, few people refuse to take part in the competition with prizes. You can adapt the traditional fun of children’s birthdays for adults. Even before the holiday, the hosts prepare small gifts: interestingly shaped soaps, face masks, pens, chocolates, lighters and other little things. All of them are wrapped in opaque paper and tied to strings, which, in turn, are attached to a rope stretched beten two chairs. The task of the participants is to cut off one of the prizes with scissors while blindfolded.
The best competitions with balls
The most interesting birthday contests require the simplest equipment — balloons. For example, in the game “Lightning” the participants are divided equally into two teams, they receive balls of different colors, for example: red and yellow. Then the players randomly scatter them on the floor. As soon as the music starts, the participants will have to burst the opponent’s balloons with their hands and at the same time protect their own. The team that completes the task the fastest wins.
In another competition, only two men can take part at a time. Everyone gets a net with a long handle and one balloon. At the beginning of the game, both participants throw their balls up. Until they sink to the floor, the men need to catch each other with a net. The winner will be the participant who completes the task the fastest.
Vocal and creative tasks
All those present at the celebration will be able to take part in the “Portrait of the hero of the day” contest. Participants should be divided into two teams, after which each will be provided with an easel with whatman paper and a felt-tip pen. In turn, the players approach the “canvas” and draw that part of the body of the birthday boy that the presenter calls them.
Whose portrait will turn out to be better in the end, the hero of the occasion himself decides.
Another game will allow you to please the birthday boy with several musical congratulations. First, each participant receives a card on which several lines of an old song are printed: either a chorus or a verse. The player’s task is to find a couple by singing their lines and only then present the collected song to the hero of the day together.
Board game options
Board games allow you to get rid of the disunity of those who came to the holiday from the first minutes and create a friendly atmosphere.
To introduce people who did not know each other before, you can invite them to play a game that does not require any props — “True, true, false.” Each of those present will have to tell two truths and one lie about themselves, and the rest will have to guess which voiced fact is unreal.
Another simple but addictive game is called What You Have. All those present are divided into two teams, for example: on the right and left halves of the table. The host pronounces the phrase: “And who has …” and the name of the item: a photo of a child, sunglasses, pepper spray, a screwdriver. Each team in response must present the named item and receive a point for this.
A game that is suitable not only for 25-year-old youths, but also for a company of adults 35–45 years old is Crocodile. Its essence lies in the fact that one person depicts a hidden word, phrase or concept with facial expressions and gestures, while others try to unravel it. There are several ways to play Crocodile at the table. In the first case, all invitees are divided into teams, and each thinks over a few words that their competitors will show. The cards are stacked in separate containers, and tasks for the game are exchanged.
A good solution would be to initially set the theme of the game, for example: “Favorite Soviet films”, “Back to school” or “Bon appetit”.
After mixing the records, the first member of the first team pulls out a piece of paper and goes to the center of the hall. His task will be to convey to his associates the written word or phrase in a limited amount of time. Next, a member of the other team enters the game, who will already interact with his comrades. As a result, the team whose members can guess all the words given to them will win.
In the second version of “Crocodile” everyone speaks for himself. The host himself or the birthday person guesses the word to the first participant, and then he himself will come up with a phrase for the next participant.
There can be no winner in such a game, but it continues until the participants decide to end it.
To play Yes-No, you will first need to prepare signs with these words for all participants, including the birthday boy. The host begins to read out funny or tricky questions regarding the host or hostess of the evening. The guests raise a card with the chosen ansr (yes / no), after which the correct one is voiced by the hero of the day. Those who coped with the question move on to the next round. As a result, there should be one winner, who can be awarded a joke award: “The main fan of the birthday boy.”
The most popular “Mafia” will perfectly cope with the task of bringing people together at the table. For her, it will be possible to prepare special playing cards or limit herself to white sheets on which the letters will be indicated: “G” is a citizen, he is also a civilian, “P” is a policeman and “M” is a mafia. In the event that 15 guests gather at the table, in addition to the host, it is enough to appoint 4 mafia and 9 civilians. Those who received the cards must hide their contents from others.
The game begins with the city falling asleep and the mafia waking up. This means that everyone closes their eyes, and after them only people with the “M” card open. The mafia selects its victims, points them out to the host and “falls asleep”. After the host commands that the city wakes up and announces the victims. The “survivors” of the townspeople will have to find out which of them is a traitor. The person chosen by the majority of votes must show his cards. The game continues until either only the mafia or only civilians remain.
The presence of a projector with a screen will allow you to hold a number of exciting competitions, in which you will be able to take part without leaving the table. For example, frames from famous films and TV shows can be shown, in which the main characters are covered with images of cute cats or raccoons. The task of the participants is to guess the displayed pictures as quickly as possible.
It will be very nice to guess the guests from children’s photos, previously collected by the hosts of the celebration.
For older people, that is, over 65 years old, a board game called “Force Majeure” will seem interesting. In turn, each guest receives a card on which an unforeseen situation is written, for example: “they delayed the salary”, “the electricity was cut off at home”, “the security guard locked me at work”, “the store ran out of all the cereals”. From the height of the years lived and the accumulated experience, the participant must name the maximum number of advantages of the current situation.
Grandparents will show no less vivid emotions during the game “What to do with him?”. Each player will have to pull out a “youth” item from the box: a quartz face massager, a spinner, a “smart” watch, and the like, and then suggest several options for its use.
Questions are considered universal, which must be ansred with the help of cardboard numbers previously distributed to the participants. Guests are divided into two teams, and each receives its own set. The facilitator asks questions related to the personality of the birthday person or ll-known events, or requiring ingenuity, and the participants ansr them by raising the numbers. The team that gives the fastest and correct ansr earns a point.
What else to do with guests without a toastmaster?
It will be possible to keep guests busy while waiting for the next dish with the help of a mind-reading hat. For this funny insert, you will first have to prepare a musical selection where wishes or funny statements are found in the songs. The host of the celebration will have to go from guest to guest and put on his hat, simultaneously turning on the songs, and thus all those present will be able to eavesdrop on each other’s “thoughts”.
Several couples from a husband and wife will be able to take part in the “Half” contest. All men will need to be seated on chairs in one row and blindfolded. Women expose the lor part of the leg along with the foot and alternately put it on the knees of the men. The task of the latter is to touch the leg and find out your beloved one.
At home, in the absence of additional props, the game “Princess Nesmeyana” is ideal. Guests are divided into two teams. The task of the members of the first is to sit with stern faces and not show any emotions, and the task of the members of the second is to make them laugh with jokes or anecdotes for a certain period of time.
You can also play such modern board games as “Ekivoki” or “Consideration“or arrange an intellectual “Brainstorm”.