New Years Eve Games and Party Ideas
Wishing your New Years Eve games could be different this year? You’re in luck! These games are as unique as you are and they’ll become a New Year’s tradition!
Bottoms Up! (Not a Drinking Game) New Party Game Ideas
Something about New Years Eve is magical. The old year is out and the new one is full of hope and promises. Will you land that promotion? Get that hot guy (or girl’s) number? Or win a trip to the exotic Island of Fiji? Anything can happen!
That’s why I LOVE our party game Fortune Balloons! Whoever said, “Sitting on your ass won’t get you anything in life,” has obviously never played Fortune Balloons! You can create your own fortunes for this game, but of course, we’ve created over 100 unique and funny fortunes that you can print and use instantly.
Here’s how to play Fortune Balloons. First prepare before the party: roll up fortunes and place them inside a balloons. Blow them up and tie them off. There's no need to tell anyone that the decor hold fortunes: that's part of the surprise.
The most hillarious way to play -- if not the messiest because the balloon will shatter into a million pieces -- is to have guests SIT ON THEIR BALLOONS and pop them and retrieve their fortunes. We’ve played this game with teenagers and adults in their 60s; everyone thinks it’s hysterical! Slightly less messy option? Use anything else you've got besides your butt: needles, pens, and candle flames to pop the balloons.
But do you have the confetti out too!! Then screw messiness. This "bottoms up" option is the funniest for New Years Eve. Just before midnight, tell everyone that the balloon decorations have fortunes inside them. Tell everyone grab a balloon. Explain that you’ll countdown the New Year, and when the clock strikes midnight, instead of everyone toasting, they'll pop their balloons by sitting on them. Then simply retrieve and share fortunes for the New Year. This is one of those New Years Eve games that creates lots of noise and even more laughs when guests read their funny fortunes to one another!
The New Years Re-gift GameQuestionable Christmas gifts leaving you puzzled? We've all received them: toilet paper coozies, chia pets, and adult footed pajamas. What do you do with such great gifts? Re-gift them of course!
Start a New Years tradition with one of the funniest New Year Eve games out there: the Left-Right Re-gift game! The left right game consists of a story or poem that's read aloud to facilitate the exchange of Christmas treasures. You can learn more about how to play the game by following the links above.
Here's how our version of the left-right poem begins:
It's the day of Christmas and what do you see?
A beautifully wrapped gift LEFT under the tree!
You're so happy, you spring RIGHT out off your seat
To unwrap the gift that's surely a treat!
Of course, there's a funny twist to this poem. Our version make planning simple. It's ready for you to print and play at your New Years party right away!
New Years Eve Games: Funny Conversation CardsIce breaker games are a simple way to add fun details to any party. One of our most popular printable ice breaker games is our 120 card set of funny conversation starters. They can be printed on cardstock or Avery 8371 perforated business card stock for ease.
Place these cards on your coffee table, and guests will naturally find them. If you hear laughter across the room, you'll know it's our funny conversation starters! They're tried and true and a guarantee for some of the funniest responses you've ever heard. You never know what will be said next with these conversation starter cards!
Add a fortunate twist to your New Years Eve games, Christmas party games, or for birthdays.
First, gather the items that you'll need:
- Red envelopes (at least one per guest - a few extra is a good idea)
- Tape or wall adhesive that won't damage your wall (3m make a good product)
- A large prize (such as $20)
- A few $1 bills
- Slips of paper (with resolutions and fortunes - see below)
On a few sheets of white paper write the words: "What is your New Year's Resolution?" If you're playing the game for Christmas or a birthday party, simply leave this part out.
Also, write out several fortunes such as:
- "You will receive unexpected money"
- "You will meet a handsome stranger"
- "You will make a dear friend this year"
- "Because you open your home, you'll receive many gifts in return"
Place either a fortune, resolution request, or money in each envelope. Only a few envelopes will have money, and only one will have a grand prize of $20.
Arrange the red envelopes on your wall in a square grid. Just like "pin the tail on the donkey", you'll blindfold each player, spin him or her around and point the player toward the envelopes.
One at a time guests select an envelope and reveal the contents. If the guest receives a fortune, he or she reads it. If the guest receives a resolution, he or she must think of a New Year's resolution and share it with the group. And of course, if the guest receives money in his envelope he's really lucky!
More Printable New Years Eve Games
Fortune Cookie Keepsake Boxes
Funny New Years Left-Right Regift Game
Here are more of everyone's favorite themes and games for New Years Eve parties:
Mums the Word Party Game Idea was submitted by Kaye of Chicago, IL in one of our party game ideas contests.
To play the mums the word party game, the hostess selects a word that is forbidden during the party.
When friends arrive, give each one a cheap plastic necklace or some other small item they can display or wear.
The hostess lets everyone know the forbidden word. It should be something typical said at the party. For example, if it's a Christmas party then no one can say the word, "Christmas" or "Gifts", etc.
If someone says the word they must give their necklace to the person they were talking to. So, it's really funny to try to trick someone into saying the forbidden word.
The person with the most necklaces at the end of the night wins.
We've played this at Christmas parties and it's really fun to give a prize to the winner at the end of the night.
Comments on Mums the Word Party Game Idea
What a fun idea!! I have some abnormally competitive friends and what a great way to get them mingling! - Anonymous
We've got another fun version of the mums the word party game; check it out here.
The Get Off My Back Game was submitted by Renee of Spokane, WA in one of our party game ideas contests.
The "Get Off My Back" party game is a good one for a large group of people.
When guests arrive, have them write their names on a name tag. The host or helper will take one of the pre-made tags with the name of a famous person ... Bing Crosby, Elvis, Cher, Patrick Swayze, etc., on the guest's back shoulder.
When guests are mingling, after they finish chatting, each person looks at the other one's back and gives a clue:
- He was a crooner and was in a Christmas movie.
- King of Rock n Roll.
- Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves.
- He said, "Nobody puts Baby in a corner."
...or whatever clue someone wants to give. If the person guesses who is on their tag, it is taken off their back and put on their front under their own name tag so everyone knows they've guessed correctly. This is pure fun and no prizes unless you want to. Like, first one to guess correctly; last one to not guess correctly, and so on.
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