If you’re interested in making your dinner party not only delicious, memorable, and welcoming, why not make it entertaining with some fun games, too? Next time you have guests for dinner, consider incorporating some of the below entertaining and incredibly low-cost games into the evening. The props for these games can be easily found in most households.
If you and your guests are willing to have a little fun during the meal, take a moment to write a few humorous or weird (or both) sentences on a few napkins. Then, place one napkin under each guest’s plate (an example sentence could be: “Wizards are my favorite!”). Each guest then silently reads his or her napkin. It is the guests’ job to nonchalantly manage to sneak his/her sentence into the conversation without anyone noticing. Should nobody notice, that guest wins. Should someone notice, the speaker of the sentence loses. And should a guest wrongly accuse another guest of speaking his/her sentence, the accusing guest is disqualified. It’s a very funny way to hear your guests say some pretty bizarre things and an even better way to have your guests get to know each other.
Another great game to play during or after dinner requires only a few Post-its and a pen. Take a moment to write a variety of famous public or historical figures onto Post-it notes. Then, without looking at the notes, each guest takes one Post-it and sticks it to their forehead. By asking “yes” or “no” questions, each guest tries to figure out the name of the famous person that is written on the Post-it stuck to their forehead. It’s a fun game to play with groups both large and small.
Of course, there is nothing better than a game of charades. Charades requires nothing more than the imagination of you and your guests. One at a time, each person will silently choose a famous person, place, or thing that they would like to emulate through gesticulations and silent acting. It is the job of you and your other guests to guess who or what the person is silently emulating. It’s a great, albeit sometimes hilariously frustrating, game to play at any point during your dinner party. Charades is also a great icebreaker as it requires the players to employ both body language and humor in order to succeed. Thus, this is a good game to play if you have a number of guests who don’t know each other.
Should your guests want to play a calmer, more intimate game, you could have them tell true stories. Set the same guidelines as the storytelling organization The Moth, and pick a theme to which every story must adhere (an example theme could be anything from “Love” to “Jobs”), recognize that each story must be five minutes long or less, and that each story much be true and told without any notes. This is a wonderful and very honest way for your guests to get to know each other. You may even discover truths about your guests that you did not know. It is a nice way to spend a balmy summer evening or a cold winter’s night. And no matter what game or games you end up playing, be sure to enjoy yourself and have fun!