Games and contests for the party

With games and enter­tain­ment, any par­ty or cel­e­bra­tion will be fun and joy­ful. And it does not depend on the com­pa­ny, every­one loves to have fun: chil­dren, youth, adults. The main thing here is to choose the right enter­tain­ment options. We will give tips for dif­fer­ent occa­sions, will take a clos­er look at games and con­tests for a par­ty.

Entertainment at the table

Depend­ing on the com­po­si­tion of the com­pa­ny, com­pe­ti­tions can be only for teenagers, adults, the youth envi­ron­ment, pen­sion­ers, or only, for exam­ple, for men if they are gath­ered in a bath­house. And you can choose tasks in such a way that it would be inter­est­ing for a mot­ley com­pa­ny. Next, will talk in detail about the options for enter­tain­ing guests that can be arranged with­out leav­ing the table. This is espe­cial­ly true when those invit­ed to the event ate, dis­cussed with each oth­er all the lat­est polit­i­cal news, talked about their chil­dren, and re already pre­pared to be bored, because it’s still too ear­ly to go home. But that was not the case, the hosts of the cel­e­bra­tion pre­pared not only deli­cious treats, but also fun enter­tain­ment to make the event unfor­get­table for every­one. There can be many options, it all depends on the imag­i­na­tion and pref­er­ences of the pre­sen­ters, but there are also tra­di­tion­al con­tests loved by every­one.


This com­pe­ti­tion is suit­able for a birth­day cel­e­bra­tion. Those who wish to par­tic­i­pate in it are giv­en a poem — these can be lines of clas­sics or lines of a song, just fun­ny rhymes or some­thing else that needs to be sung to a ll-known melody. In this case, the song of the croc­o­dile Gena from the ll-known car­toon about Cheburash­ka “Let them run awk­ward­ly” or sing to the tune of I. Nikolaev’s song “Con­grat­u­la­tions” is appro­pri­ate. Musi­cal accom­pa­ni­ment must be tak­en care of in advance.

It should be not­ed that this task is not an easy one. It only may seem that it is so easy to deal with it, but it caus­es a storm of emo­tions both in the per­form­ers and in the audi­ence. The mood will def­i­nite­ly rise for every­one after such a per­for­mance. This can be a good basis for con­tin­u­ing the evening in a musi­cal spir­it — for karaoke. This com­pe­ti­tion can have many vari­a­tions, for exam­ple, com­pose a news­pa­per con­grat­u­la­tion — com­pose it by cut­ting out the right words from the news­pa­per. Only the min­i­mum num­ber of miss­ing words can be added with a pen.

Anoth­er option is to fill in the con­grat­u­la­to­ry text with gaps and insert the appro­pri­ate words from your­self to the hero of the day.

“Who are you?”

The eas­i­est ver­sion of this game is to invite guests to bring their child­hood pho­tos with them, lay them out on the table, and the guests will have to rec­og­nize each oth­er or guess who is in the pic­ture. Anoth­er vari­ant of this game is when the facil­i­ta­tor gives the par­tic­i­pant a note with the name, for exam­ple, of the ani­mal to be por­trayed, and asks: “Who are you?”. And he, with ges­tures and facial expres­sions, depicts the crea­ture indi­cat­ed in the task, all the rest must guess who he is talk­ing about. In anoth­er game under the same name, a stick­er with the name of an ani­mal or the name of a famous per­son or inan­i­mate object is stuck on the par­tic­i­pan­t’s fore­head. The play­er, by ask­ing ques­tions, must guess who he is. They only ansr “yes” or “no”.


Quite a fun­ny com­pe­ti­tion, when the “ora­tor” is offered to read a poem with into­na­tion with his mouth full, and the sec­ond (“stenog­ra­ph­er”) types after him and then reads what he heard. That is, one par­tic­i­pant is offered, like a ham­ster or a chip­munk, to stock up on nuts (cram a mouth­ful of them, you can take slices of an orange, apple, and so on), and then read the pas­sage pre­pared by the host as clear­ly as pos­si­ble with “cheek bags”. The sec­ond ver­sion of such a game is when two or three par­tic­i­pants are called, each is giv­en their own fun theme. On com­mand, all the “speak­ers” begin to speak loud­ly and clear­ly at the same time, for exam­ple, some about dolls and baby dolls, some about how they could not pull out the biggest fish, and so on. The one who los­es or los­es the thread in his sto­ry los­es. An inspec­tor is placed behind each.

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The fol­low­ing enter­tain­ment is suit­able as a game for par­ties: before the start of the feast, every­one puts an indi­vid­ual task under the plate. It boils down to bark­ing at a cer­tain time, laugh­ing loud­ly out of place sev­er­al times, con­fess­ing love to anoth­er in a drunk­en voice, blow­ing soap bub­bles on the per­son who is mak­ing a toast, and so on. Dur­ing the event, each per­forms his task and guess­es the “set­up” of the oth­er.


The task is a bit sim­i­lar to the pre­vi­ous game, only the sce­nario is dif­fer­ent. Guests will, for exam­ple, have to say a toast in the voice of the pres­i­dent, anoth­er famous per­son, or with a Geor­gian accent, in the form of read­ing a prayer or with the bass of a cler­gy­man, and so on. And you can rein­car­nate in order to dance the “gyp­sy girl” with an exit or in an Indi­an to play an Indi­an hunt­ing scene for an ani­mal. It will be inter­est­ing and fun for every­one to watch such a “rein­car­na­tion”.

“True, True, Lie”

Every­one tells two truths about them­selves and one false, and the rest must guess the false fact of the nar­ra­tor. If there are many strangers in the com­pa­ny, a false fact is cho­sen by vot­ing.

“Find the crocodile”

This game can be played as an extra dur­ing the whole par­ty, you can do this trick when you want to drink. The essence of enter­tain­ment is to attach a “croc­o­dile” (clothes­pin) to anoth­er guest’s clothes or throw it into a purse, jack­et pock­et to some­one and loud­ly declare that the croc­o­dile has escaped. Every­one is look­ing for him, and the hunter counts up to 10. If dur­ing this time there is a “croc­o­dile”, then the hunter drinks, if not, then the one who did not find the “preda­tor” over­turns the glass. After that, every­one can sip some alco­hol and con­tin­ue to have fun or chat.

“I’ll put in my five cents”

The game diver­si­fies evening gath­er­ings with the inser­tion of unusu­al absurd phras­es into a gen­er­al con­ver­sa­tion. Guests are hand­ed out a phrase that needs to be imper­cep­ti­bly spo­ken by oth­ers dur­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion and organ­i­cal­ly insert­ed into the gen­er­al con­ver­sa­tion. If no one guessed that it was your “five cents”, you won. If the guests heard the absur­di­ty, this will arouse inter­est and excite­ment for the fur­ther game. Phras­es might look like this:

  • What are you! I’m just dumb­found­ed!
  • And my grand­moth­er in her youth knit­ted lace for grand­fa­ther’s pan­taloons.
  • Who can you sleep with tonight?
  • My com­put­er just crashed after that.
  • I saw a kan­ga­roo with a tail at the zoo.
  • I have nev­er eat­en such a set cucum­ber before.
  • I’ll go and brush my teeth.
  • There is a her­ring, but where is the milk?
  • It hap­pened to me once in Eng­land…

Phras­es can be very dif­fer­ent, the main thing is that they arouse inter­est and laugh­ter in the com­pa­ny.

Home games

With chil­dren, you can play a fairy tale at home and it will be inter­est­ing. Con­sid­er home enter­tain­ment for adults, most of which are team-type, that is, it is quite pos­si­ble to play when enough peo­ple gath­er in the house.

“Guess the melody”

It’s more of a team game. It can be done in two ver­sions.

  • Easy lev­el involves the par­tic­i­pa­tion of two teams, which are alter­nate­ly allod to lis­ten to excerpts (the melody sounds up to 20 sec­onds) from the songs. If the team failed to guess what melody sound­ed, the oppo­nents can use the right to ansr, who, in case of a pos­i­tive ansr, will earn 1 point. The team with the most points is con­sid­ered the win­ner.
  • Dif­fi­cult lev­el involves guess­ing the melody not by the musi­cal sound, but by play­ing it by one of their team mem­bers. A rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the team is select­ed, who approach­es the leader and receives the task: to sing (whistling, mum­ble, tap, and so on) the melody of a ll-known song so that the team mem­bers guess what song they are talk­ing about. If they fail, the “ball” goes to the oth­er team. The win­ner is deter­mined by the high­est num­ber of points.
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Impor­tant! Do not focus on lit­tle-known melodies in this con­test, the best options are ll-known mod­ern songs, because the goal of this game is not to test your musi­cal mem­o­ry, but just to have fun and have fun.


Par­tic­i­pants put in a hat, saucepan or bag on a phan­tom item (lip­stick, hand­ker­chief, keys, pen, and so on). Now one of the play­ers needs to turn his back to every­one and lis­ten to the leader. He, tak­ing out one thing at a time, asks what to do for this phan­tom. The par­tic­i­pant stand­ing with his back comes up with a task: sing like a roost­er in the morn­ing, sing a song in the voice of Lev Leshchenko, jump around the table with a “bun­ny”, kiss the per­son stand­ing next to him, and so on. Tasks depend on the com­po­si­tion of the com­pa­ny. Phan­tom will have to com­plete the task.

Anoth­er inter­pre­ta­tion of the game is to per­form the task in pairs: one says it, and the oth­er shows it, like a sign lan­guage inter­preter. For exam­ple, you need to con­tin­ue the wish for the new­lyds: “May you have …”, one says aloud, the oth­er — in sign lan­guage.


Vari­ants of this game are also present in oth­er enter­tain­ments, for exam­ple, in Fan­ta. We need two teams and one rep­re­sen­ta­tive from each group. The facil­i­ta­tor gives them cards with the writ­ten word. The task of each par­tic­i­pant is to explain to his team what is writ­ten on the card, but to do it almost silent­ly and only with the help of ges­tures and facial expres­sions. The win­ner will be the team that scores, say, the first 8, 10, 12 points.

At first, words should be eas­i­er to per­form (ani­mals, pro­fes­sions, machines, nat­ur­al phe­nom­e­na), and grad­u­al­ly they can be com­pli­cat­ed — set the task of depict­ing rest, love, ten­der­ness, fideli­ty, a mol­e­cule, and so on.


For this com­pe­ti­tion, you will need col­ored paper, col­or­ful bal­loons of var­i­ous shapes, scis­sors, glue, adhe­sive tape, mark­ers and oth­er impro­vised items, based on the task. It is inter­est­ing when a team of men and a team of women are orga­nized. They com­pete to make the per­fect female stat­ue and the per­fect male stat­ue. If the team is diverse, then you can give the same task to make a sculp­ture, for exam­ple, a “beloved” leader (if it is a sin­gle team), a snow­man or a stat­ue of love.

“Drunken Checkers”

In fact, this is a real game of check­ers, only glass­es with a strong drink (vod­ka, cognac) and red wine are placed on the checker­board. The par­tic­i­pants of such a “tour­na­ment” choose drinks them­selves. If this is a com­pe­ti­tion for young peo­ple or non-drinkers, then the glass­es can be filled with lighter drinks — juices, fruit drinks, min­er­al and set water. The game is played accord­ing to all the rules, only the played “fig­ure” is emp­tied. So you can hold entire tour­na­ments.

Small business options

There are cool games for a friend­ly com­pa­ny, for exam­ple, which has gath­ered for a beer par­ty.


In order not to be bored, and also to exer­cise your eye­sight, you can dis­trib­ute the same news­pa­per text to those who are sor­ry to play and, depend­ing on the con­tent, ask them to under­line on this sheet, for exam­ple, all the words “they”. The win­ner is the one who com­plet­ed the task the fastest with­out miss­ing any of the indi­cat­ed words. Not, For this com­pe­ti­tion, you do not need to buy many copies of news­pa­pers, it is enough to make a high-qual­i­ty pho­to­copy of one frag­ment.


A very sim­ple but fun task: you need to col­lect as many auto­graphs as pos­si­ble from those present at the event as quick­ly as pos­si­ble. 3–4 peo­ple can par­tic­i­pate at the same time, to whom the leader gives a blank sheet and a pen. At the same time, on com­mand, they pro­ceed to the spec­i­fied action. The win­ner is the one who has col­lect­ed the most murals in a cer­tain time.

“An Unusual Acquaintance”

This is a cou­ples com­pe­ti­tion, two or more cou­ples can par­tic­i­pate in it. They are giv­en the same task, which they must play out most vivid­ly. For exam­ple, “an unex­pect­ed acquain­tance in …” and options are giv­en: in a lin­gerie store, a lake, a den­tist’s office, a dark alley, a mas­sage par­lor, and so on. The jury will deter­mine the most artis­tic cou­ple or it can be cho­sen by the applause of the audi­ence. Who will clap loud­er, whose stag­ing will cause a more vio­lent reac­tion — that is the win­ner.

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“Sea Wolves”

“White peak­less cap, striped col­lar …” — this song may ll become a musi­cal accom­pa­ni­ment for this com­pe­ti­tion. We need two teams of 2 peo­ple. The host will dis­trib­ute caps and remind you that dur­ing a storm, sailors tie them by rib­bons under their chins so that their hats are not blown away by strong winds. In the “Sea Wolves” com­pe­ti­tion, par­tic­i­pants tie peak­less caps in pairs, but each works with only one hand.

Other active entertainment

Active enter­tain­ment includes out­door con­tests and games that bring emo­tions not only to par­tic­i­pants, but also to spec­ta­tors. Let’s con­sid­er some of them.


This is a com­pe­ti­tion for men. They are offered to wring out blind­fold­ed the max­i­mum num­ber of times. After sev­er­al push-ups, the pre­sen­ter, under the guise that the floor is not clean enough and so that the par­tic­i­pant does not get dirty, offers to cov­er the sur­face with paper. In fact, he puts a large sheet of draw­ing paper or a piece of wall­pa­per with a paint­ed naked woman. The man, not know­ing about the antics of the leader, con­tin­ues to per­form cer­tain actions as if noth­ing had hap­pened. Hov­er, the audi­ence is already “warmed up” and reacts accord­ing­ly. The host removes the blind­fold from the man’s eyes and he sees what he is “doing” in pub­lic.

“Grandfather for a turnip”

Gar­den­ing game for men and women. Cou­ples ready to par­tic­i­pate in the com­pe­ti­tion approach the leader. Men build “beds” — they sit down in Turk­ish, hid­ing their hands behind their backs. And the ladies are locat­ed beten the legs of men — they are turnips, only for a more com­plete image they stretch their arms like “tails” of a turnip.

The Michurin grand­fa­ther (at the first stage, this role is played by the host) walks around his “gar­den” and talks about the use­ful­ness of a grow­ing veg­etable, telling some inter­est­ing infor­ma­tion - thus, dis­tracts the atten­tion of “plants” and “beds”. Hav­ing lulled the vig­i­lance of the par­tic­i­pants, the “Michurin­ian” sud­den­ly grabs one of the “raps” by the “tail” and pulls it along, try­ing to pull it out of the “bed”. If a man could not keep his “turnip”, he becomes a Michurin grand­fa­ther. Then he seeks to pull the “turnip” out of some­one else’s “bed”, and the woman goes into the hall. The win­ner is that pair of “beds” with “turnips” that re able to stay togeth­er.

“Captain Contest”

A very fun­ny com­pe­ti­tion for the audi­ence, but par­tic­i­pants should be care­ful in their move­ments. Two men are invit­ed to the makeshift deck, they are dressed up as cap­tains of long-dis­tance ships. They can ar gog­gles for swim­ming, fins, caps, pro­vide them with inflat­able chil­dren’s cir­cles and life jack­ets. Then the “cap­tains” are seat­ed in plas­tic basins, they are giv­en “oars” (plungers) in their hands and sent to “sail”. Their task is to “swim” faster than the oppo­nent to the fin­ish line. Under the terms of the com­pe­ti­tion, in order to move from their place, they are allod to push off with their hands. You can air this com­pe­ti­tion with­out basins, then the “cap­tains” in flip­pers just need to over­come the obsta­cle course.

For some com­pe­ti­tions you need to pre­pare in advance. These can be sep­a­rate cool themed par­ties, for exam­ple, super­hero-themed, gyp­sy-themed par­ties with a vari­ety of dances in cos­tumes, with per­for­mances in the style of Pin Up, French era or pio­neer era. Here you will need to work on the script, ask guests to come in clothes of the appro­pri­ate theme or style, start mak­ing attrib­ut­es and select con­tests accord­ing­ly. As a rule, a whole group works on such par­ties.

In order for every­thing to go “with­out a hitch”, the orga­ni­za­tion must be at a high lev­el, but the result of such a hol­i­day will please both the orga­niz­ers and the guests.