Poppy is the author of A Bard's Lament and the Black Diamond series. She lives in Enoshima with her husband and young son.
Throwing a party for adults is a lot of fun but can sometimes be tricky. The first half-hour or so can be a bit tense as people who don't know each other well awkwardly sip beer and try to make small talk. One great way to liven up parties and get people to drink and chat is by hosting drinking games. Games are a great way to break the ice. They get people talking and lead to a fun-filled evening of laughter. If the games are successful, the party will be a hit and guests will be talking about it for weeks after!
Here are three drinking games you can play at your party.
Note: Please remember to drink responsibly and never let anyone under your country's drinking age participate.
1. Beer Pong
- A table (narrow and long; anything bigger than basic desk size is fine)
- 20 disposable plastic cups per game
- 6 cans of beer per game (although more is ideal)
- Two or more ping pong balls
Beer pong is a hilarious game that anyone (of drinking age) can play.
- Take the desk and place it in the middle of the room.
- Arrange ten plastic cups on each longways side in the shape of a triangle as seen in the picture.
- Fill each plastic cup half full with beer (fuller will cause splashing).
- One person or team stands at either end of the table.
- The goal is to throw the ping pong ball into the opposing team's cup. If the opposing team's ball lands in one of your cups, you have to drink the contents.
The team who loses all their cups first loses, but it's more a game to get drunk and have fun than caring about winning.
Most people love this game for the action, excitement, and the sheer amount of beer involved. Please keep in mind that it can get a little messy, so play it on a tiled floor if possible.
2. King's Cup
- A basic deck of playing cards with the Jokers removed
- At least one disposable plastic cup
- One drink for everyone (crazy mode: a different drink for each person)
King's Cup is a game that seems difficult at first, but the rules are really easy to grasp.
- Arrange an empty plastic cup facing up on a table, floor, or anywhere where several people can gather around.
- Arrange the cards around the plastic cup, faced down. This should look like a circle with the cup in the middle.
- Take turns to turn over one card. Each card has a different rule. See below for the rules.
- All the rules involve someone in the game having a drink. Therefore, this game usually means that everyone gets at least a little drunk. Play at your own risk!
There are a few differences in the card rules from place to place; feel free to change them where necessary, but here are some basic rules that I've found the most success with.
- Ace: Everyone drinks.
- Two: "You." Choose one person in the game to drink. You can't choose yourself.
- Three: "Me." If you draw this card, you have to drink.
- Four: "Floor." Everyone touches the ground. The slowest person has to drink.
- Five: "Guys." All men in the group drink.
- Six: "Chicks." All women in the group drink.
- Seven: "Heaven." Point to the ceiling. The last to point upwards has to drink.
- Eight: "Mate." Choose a person who has to drink every time you do. This goes on until someone else draws an eight.
- Nine: "Rhyme." Say a word, and the person to your left has to say a word that rhymes with it. Go in clockwise order. For example, "lime", "mime", "crime", etc. If someone is too slow, repeats an answer, or makes a mistake, they have to drink.
- Ten: "Categories." Think of a category, such as animals, countries, actors, American states, etc. Go in clockwise order to name as many things in that category as possible. If someone takes too long, repeats an answer, or makes a mistake, they have to drink.
- Jack: "Make a rule." You can make any rule you like, the sillier, the better. For example, anyone with blonde hair has to drink double the usual amount, you have to drink if you say someone's name, etc.
- Queen: "Question master." Whoever draws this card becomes the Question Master. If they ask a question and someone else answers it, they have to drink. This can be a lot of fun; randomly asking "what time is it?", "What does this card mean?" or "Whose turn is it?" is a great way to catch people out.
- King: pour a little of your drink into the plastic cup in the middle. If someone draws the fourth king, they have to drink the contents.
This game tends to get people very drunk very quickly, so perhaps leave it until a bit later in the party. Be very careful of drink spillages; play on a disposable cloth or a surface that is easy to clean to avoid stains.
3. Drink Every Time...
- A drink for everyone
- A device that allows you to watch YouTube. A phone is fine, but something bigger like an iPad or a TV will work better.
This one is heaps of fun and can get lots of people engaged in the same thing. Find a video (anything around five minutes) where something happens often. Ideally, it'll be a video you've seen before so you can predict that this thing will happen a lot.
- Get everyone in a comfortable position where you can all clearly see the screen.
- Tell everyone that every time something happens in the video, they have to drink. For example, every time someone says a curse word.
- Laugh and drink together!
Ideally, it'll be a video you've seen before, so you'll know roughly how many times, and how often, the thing happens. Here are some good ideas of videos and rules you can use.
- FailArmy videos on YouTube. Drink every time you see a bicycle, every time someone screams, every time you see a dog, etc.
- Any popular Vlogger. Choose someone you like and decide your party will drink every time they use their favourite catchphrase or say a swear word.
- A music video. Every time you hear a certain word (preferably one that appears in the chorus), everyone has a drink.
A good thing about this game is that it can be played for as long as people like, and there generally isn't any extra mess to clean up.
With these three games, your drinking party will surely be one to remember! There are plenty of other party games out there, but these ones focus mostly on drinking and have always been big successes at my parties.
Always remember to have plenty of water available and make sure you drink responsibly. Make sure you know your limits and don't go overboard. Have a great party!
© 2017 Poppy