These New Year’s Eve party games for adults provide a lot of fun and good humor until at twelve the corks pop!
Every year on New Year’s Eve, everyone is eagerly waiting for it to finally be midnight and welcome the new year with fireworks and streams of champagne. Whether you’re having a New Year’s Eve party at your house, with friends, or with family, New Year’s Eve party games are one of the best ways to shorten the wait until midnight and bring the mood to its peak until then.
With or without alcohol, these 10 New Year’s Eve party games for adults are ideal for any New Year’s Eve party.
Play a few rounds of Who Am I guessing to warm up. Everyone writes a name on a piece of paper and sticks it on the forehead of the person sitting next to them. All players now have to figure out who they are by asking yes-no questions to the others. We also have an article with the exact rules and a lot of suggestions on variations at the party game Who Am I.
Tip: As a New Year’s Eve special rule, specify that only people who went through the media this year or were particularly important may be written down.
Charades or pantomime is one of the most popular party games for adults. Purely pantomimic, you represent terms and the other players have to guess what is meant. Detailed rules and game variations can be found here.
Tip: For New Year’s Eve, use as terms loud good resolutions that you have for the new year, or ones that other people typically have.
We Germans just love quizzes – there’s hardly a better-running television format than quiz shows. Besides popular quiz games like Trivial Pursuit, Quizduell as a board game, Bezzerwizzer and others there’s still the possibility to organize your very own New Year’s Eve quiz.
Simply prepare 10 to a maximum of 20 questions and play the quizmaster yourself. Your friends compete individually or in teams. Either you ask questions about general events of the year that have been in the news. Or if all present know each other well and have done a lot together over the year, you ask questions about certain common experiences. Who remembers the details best?
In Greece, it is actually custom to play poker on New Year’s Eve. Instead of playing for money, we recommend playing round by round on New Year’s Eve to see who will mix the next round of cocktails or for some other symbolic stake.
Lead pouring is one of the most popular New Year’s Eve traditions in Germany. The goal is to interpret the form cooled in the water that molten lead takes and thus learn something about the future.
Our suggestion for a playful variation: Whoever is in charge of pouring lead closes their eyes while pouring and does not look into the pot of cold water for the time being. Everyone else present writes down on a piece of paper what they see in it.
Then the caster is allowed to open his eyes and interpret what he sees in it. Now all the slips of paper are revealed and the person whose interpretation came closest to that of the lead caster gets a clairvoyant point. Whoever has the most points is crowned the prophet of the new year.
Of course, it’s also super interesting to see what the others saw in the molten lead! 😉
One of the most entertaining dice games that can be played both as a drinking game and without alcohol is Mexican Dice. All you need is a dice cup, 2 dice and a base, e.g. a beer mat.
As in poker, the point of mäxle is to see who can bluff the best. And who can see through the shenanigans of the others the best. The exact instructions can be found here as the second of our Top 5 dice drinking games.
Apple Bobbing is a popular New Year’s Eve custom, especially in English-speaking countries. Apples float in a large bowl of water. Everyone must now fish out an apple with their hands tied behind their backs.
To make this New Year’s Eve game even more fun, you can also time the game or have 2 teams of the same size compete against each other. The group whose members have first all grabbed an apple, has won.
Tip: You can also fill white wine or cider instead of water in the bowls and core the apples, so that they are nicely soaked… 😉
What would New Year’s Eve be without Dinner for One? To make the nearly 20 minutes even more fun, we recommend combining watching with a drinking game.
Who was still sober before, will feel at the latest now like Butler James.
If Dinner for One is not your thing, you can also zap blithely through the program, playing a drinking game with actions. Your imagination is needed when designing the rules.
One of the nastiest drinking games and therefore also perfectly suited to bring a much too sober round lightning fast into the water is the infamous evil seven.
You will find on our website, by the way, not only New Year’s Eve party games for adults, but also many more New Year’s Eve ideas. Plus, there are great activities to do with friends, couples or family on Abenteuer Freundschaft regardless of the season.
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