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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!

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Bottoms Up! (Not a Drinking Game) New Party Game Ideas

Balloon Fortunes GameSomething 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!

Balloon Fortunes New Years Eve Game

Balloon Fortunes

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The New Years Re-gift Game

Questionable 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!

Left Right New Years Game

New Years After Christmas Gift Exchange Game

Appropriate for Adult or Office Parties

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New Years Eve Games: Funny Conversation Cards

Ice 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!

Funny Conversation Starter Questions
Party Talk Funny Conversations Cards Game

Party Talk Conversation Starters

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Red Envelope Game

The red envelope game has it all: luck, fortune, and resolutions!

Add a fortunate twist to your New Years Eve games, Christmas party games, or for birthdays.

Red Envelope Game 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
  • Blindfold
  • 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

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Funny New Years Left-Right Regift Game

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Mission Resolution Funny New Years Game
Balloon Fortunes New Years Game

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Click on any of the links above or at the bottom of this page to start your New Years Eve party adventure! And, combine several games and ideas to make it an evening to remember. Cheers!

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New Years Games

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New Years Party Ideas

New Years Party Ideas

Fresh New Years party ideas to ring in a new year! Feel like you're 20 again with a Top 40 Dance Party (for adults). You may not know a single top 40 hit, but tonight you'll party like a rock star! Plus, discover how to bring the wonder of the New York wishing wall into your own New Years party. It's a super simple idea with amazing results.
 

After Christmas Gift Exchange

After Christmas Gift Exchange

The after Christmas re-gift party is the perfect way to celebrate the New Years holiday. Find out how to get rid crazy, unwanted holiday gifts by playing funny gift exchange games, like the After Christmas Left Right Game or the White Elephant Gift Exchange Game.
 

Conversation Cards Ice Breaker Game

Conversation Cards Ice Breaker Game

Effortless, extremely funny, and you never know where the conversation will go with these things, conversation cards are a host's best kept secret! Give them a whirl; you’ll love this easy ice breaker game.
 

Mums the Word Party Game

Mums the Word Party Game

The forbidden word is Christmas - but it's a Christmas party! Who will be the queen of beads at the Mums the Word party game? Find out!
 

Red Envelope Game

Red Envelope Game

The red envelope game is one of those fun New Years Eve games out there. It’s a great way for guests to get a New Year’s surprise fortune and to have New Year’s resolutions revealed. You won’t want to miss this game of fortune and luck!
 

New Years Food Traditions

New Years Food Traditions

What foods bring luck in the New Year? Find your answers here. Plus, fun ideas for a fabulous New Years day brunch and midnight buffet.
 

New Years Eve Party Ideas & Chinese New Year Theme

New Years Eve Party Ideas & Chinese New Year Theme

Get several New Years Eve party ideas including the Chinese New Year party theme. All these themes bring good luck for the new year and even a little luck of the dragon!
 

Caribbean New Years Party Theme

Caribbean New Years Party Theme

Caribbean New Years traditions are very festive. Why not throw an island themed party combined with the Caribbean traditions you’ll find here?
 

Ice Breaker Questions

Ice Breaker Questions

Ice breaker questions, games, and funny conversation cards are just what you need to get the party started. Get them here.
 

The Get Off My Back Game

The Get Off My Back Game

The Get Off My Back Game was submitted by Renee of Spokane, WA. Itís an easy, fun ice-breaker game for any home or office party.
 

Ice Breaker Games

Ice Breaker Games

At themed-party-ideas.com, we love icebreaker games. They're the perfect way to meet new people or learn something fun about friends. Icebreaker games also help the host introduce guests and make everyone feel at ease.
Cocktail Party Ideas

Cocktail Party Ideas

What better time to host a cocktail party than at New Years? Whether your guests like it casual or with a little glamour, we've got tons of cocktail recipes, cocktail party themes and ideas to please. Be the hostess with the most toast'es!
New Years Eve Party Themes

New Years in NYC (or Paris, or...)

New York is magical during the holidays and what better time to celebrate the magic than the New Year?! From personal experience, this party theme is one your guests will truly enjoy and ask for again and again. This elegant party is a great way to ring in the New Year.

Mums the Word Party Game Idea

Mums the Word Party Game Idea 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

Editor's Notes:

We've got another fun version of the mums the word party game; check it out here.

The Get Off My Back Game

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:

  1. He was a crooner and was in a Christmas movie.
  2. King of Rock n Roll.
  3. Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves.
  4. 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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