When it comes to teenagers, there is a fine line between organizing great party games, and making a mess and embarrassing them. And nobody knows where the line is.
It depends on the people. Some teenagers do not mind something going out of hand, while others might hate you for that.
With that in mind, we want to give a couple of options for fun games for teenagers. All of them are tried and tested, and perfect for a house party.
You can easily incorporate these games into your next party, and enjoy having fun.
Write out a dare for every guest. Slip each of the dares into a balloon before blowing it up and tying the knot. As guests come into your party, give them a balloon. And once they pop the balloon, they have to do the dare.
Now, bear in mind, dares do not have to be embarrassing. You can make them challenging and fun. For example, eat something like baby squid, complete a physical task (10 pushups), or something else.
Think of the consequences. They need to be fun, not embarrassing as well. You can talk with your teenager kid about which dares are appropriate, and which are not.
This game is commonly known as “wink murder”. It is a highly popular stealth game, and your teenagers will love playing. You need less than five minutes to set it up, and then you have hours of fun. You need four players at least.
The game has one assassin who can secretly kill others by winking at them. Players can pick chits of paper to determine who will be the assassin, or you can set him up by having players close their eyes, and you tag the murderer.
All players have to make eye contact with one another while observing the rest, trying to identify who is the assassin. If you are the assassin, you have to be careful to wink when nobody is watching. When you wink at a person, the player has to count five and feign sudden death.
Players can “accuse” who they suspect the murder is. The accuser can ask others to identify who they think the assassin is. If two or more people point to the assassin, and he is the murderer, the game ends. Otherwise, the accusers are eliminated, and the game continues until the murderer is identified or there are no more players.
This game requires more players in order to be fun. Break into groups of two or three people. Give a roll of toilet paper to each group. Pick one person to be the mummy.
Start the clock, and all teams have to wrap the mummy using the whole roll of toilet paper. The fastest team, and the one with most creative mummy win.
Mystery balloon piñata
Get black balloons, as many as there are guests at the party. Fill 1/3 of the balloons with sticky, gooey, and slimy stuffing. For example, you can fill them with cooked spaghetti, or fruit juice, milkshake, and other options. Let your imagination free. Fill another 1/3 of the balloons with candy, and the last third with money notes, notes with instructions to do something funny, or notes with prizes.
Inflate the balloons, and hang at a distance. Give each player a sharp object to pick a balloon. Some players might get candy, others will get notes, and the least lucky ones will be covered in something sticky.
Truth, truth, and a lie
Rather simple and fun game, it is great for learning more about people at your party. It is even a great team building game. Give each guest a card and tell them to write three facts about them. Two of them are true, and one is a lie. Each guest should read out their facts, and everybody else must try to work out the lie.
The one who guesses the most lies correctly wins the game. Pick up a good prize for the winner, like a chocolate bar.
Prepare a party playlist. It should contain songs that are fun to dance to. Put one person to be in charge of the music. Everyone dances while music playing. And then the DJ stops the music.
When the music shuts off, all people have to freeze in place. If you do not freeze, you are eliminated. The one who lasts on the dance floor the longest is the winner.
Pass the peanut
There are many variations of this game. One is to stand or sit in a circle. Give a plastic spoon to each player, and ask them to hold the spoon in the mouth. The spoon part is sticking out.
Place a peanut on the spoon, and the game starts. You need to pass the peanut to the person next to you, in his/her spoon. If you make the pass without dropping the peanut, you stay in the game. If not, you are out, and another person starts the peanut dance.
Nail polish spin the bottle
The only downside of this game is that it is female only. Sit guests in a circle, and place several different nail polishes around the inside. Now, you can also play with boys, but boys do not want their nails polished in color. The birthday girl spins a bottle in the middle of the circle.
Then, she paints one fingernail with whichever polish it ends up pointing at. Guests take turns spinning the bottle and paint one fingernail in a chosen color. You play until all of you have 10 nails painted in different colors.
Spin a dare
This game works in the same way as spin the bottle. Fill a bowl with loads of dares. Remember, make them fun and playful, not embarrassing. Spin the bottle, and whoever the bottle lands on, picks up a dare.
This falls into the fun games for teenagers who are a bit older category. After all, you have to know song lyrics. Prepare game cards with words that are common in songs, including “hand”, “rain”, “stay”, “love”, “girl”, “friends”, and so on. Break the party into two teams.
Flip a card, and show everyone what it says. Teams take turns singing songs that have the word somewhere in the lyrics. If the team cannot come up with a song after 30 seconds, they lose the round, and the other team is awarded a point. The team that gets 10 points wins.
All guests stand in a circle and hold both of their hands. Each person then links both his hands to other hands to anyone except for the person standing next to him. Once everyone is tangled, they try to untwist themselves into a circle without letting go of anyone’s hands.
This game is a lot similar to the peanut game. This time, you hold a cucumber between your knees. Try to pass the cucumber to the person next to you. People have to take cucumber with their knees only. If you are tall, and the receiver is short, you have to figure out a way to bend down and pass the cucumber. If the cucumber falls, the passer is out.