Dinner party games for adults are an entertaining essential along with home decor and chic servingware. For now, it may be just you and your partner, roommate, or your closest fam, but (*fingers crossed*) it’ll be safe to have a traditional dinner party soon. After all, these gatherings can be a great way to bring people together for interesting conversations, new friendships, and of course, delicious food. But in order to keep things fun and exciting, you may want to whip out some adult party games to keep the convos flowing. The right game can spark lively discussions, create a more lighthearted environment, and make people feel a bit more comfortable with another. Oh, and obviously, it’s super fun for everyone.
When looking for a good dinner party game, steer away from board games or anything that involves small pieces — it’s just easier for everyone that way. Opt for something that’s really interactive, so even the shyest guest at the table will be laughing and talking. You can choose an activity that piques thought and intrigue, and the right audience, slightly inappropriate games can make for a truly hilarious evening. (Hey, there’s a reason these aren’t for family game night!
Once you find a dinner party game you love, you’ll find yourself bringing it out at every gathering and holiday event, so it’s never a bad idea to have more than one on hand (too much repetition can quickly make a game boring and predictable). Plus, it’s nice to have a few different options to offer guests, depending on the mood of the crowd.
You may not be planning a party in the next month or two, but let’s be optimistic and look ahead to what’s possible soon. Or, if you have teens, grab one or two of the more wholesome options on this list and try ’em out. In any case, stock up now, because when the time is right, these adult dinner party games will be a huge hit at your next get-together.
This card game is perfect for dinner parties because the whole purpose is to enhance conversations and help create special and meaningful moments—which is exactly what you want to happen! Players ask each other questions that are meant to get people talking. There are three different levels, and each level takes players into deeper and more intimate discussions.
If you’re familiar with the concept behind the insanely popular card game Cards Against Humanity, then it won’t take you long to understand this one. It’s a game of twisted innuendos where players have to match up the funny red setup cards to the funniest white card phrase possible. While this may not lead to a meaningful conversation, it will certainly lead to a ton of laughs.
Really challenging trivia games can be a lot of fun, but for a dinner party, you may want to keep things a little bit more simple and light. This trivia game is perfect because it’s all the fun of, well, trivia, but it’s not over-the-top difficult. There are over 400 questions about things that will make you smack your head and say, “I should have known that!” Get the name now?
According to Amazon, Bad Choices is “the naughty love child of ‘Never Have I Ever’ and ‘UNO.'” In other words: play this game with a group of people you don’t mind sharing some scandalous secrets and stories with. There are over 400 cards packed with questions that range from funny and innocent to sexually explicit. This set comes with both the base pack and the “NSFW Savage Edition.”
Hygge is a Danish word that means a feeling of coziness and well-being. True to its name, this game is meant to bring you closer to the people you’re with while also putting a smile on everyone’s face. It includes 330 thought-provoking questions that will get everyone talking and feeling good.
If you’re looking for a game that’s not quite as NSFW as Bad Choices but also not as wholesome as the Hygge Conversation Game, opt for this one. It has over 300 questions that will make guests laugh, think, and sometimes get a little personal when answering. Again, it’s ideal for a dinner party because it really incites conversation.
This game is perfect for a dinner party where everyone might not know each other super well—actually, it was literally created with that situation in mind. It’s full of conversation starters that are interesting, funny, and insightful without being too personal or too inappropriate.
Take a trip down memory lane with this fun game. It comes with more than 50 questions about the past that will get players really thinking and feeling nostalgic. This is a cute game to play with friends or family members who have known each other a really long time, because it gets everyone talking about shared memories that are bound to make them smile.
Also known as the game “for people who love to argue,” Debatable is perfect if you’re not afraid to bring a little controversy into your dinner party. Players pretend to be politicians debating silly and serious topics, and they have to answer based on directives like “deny everything” or “resort to personal attacks.” It could definitely lead to some interesting discussions!
If you’re looking for a game that’s more interactive than simply getting people talking, try this one. It has over 250 prompts that range from silly and ridiculous to super creative. Players will have to do things like tap dance, text a random number, or mime. It gets everyone moving and can result in some hilarious moments.
The Voting Game is so much fun to play with close friends or family members (although don’t bring younger children in—there are some sexual questions). Each time a question is asked, players anonymously vote for the player they think the question describes. The votes are then tallied up, and players get to see what others really think of them.
Having a girl’s night dinner party? This game (created by the same people who brought you What Do You Meme?) is the most obvious choice. There are 500 cards filled with different prompts: actions like truth or dare, answering personal questions, and one that has you picking who’s more likely to do what the card says. It’s meant to be fun, lighthearted, and hilarious.
Okay, yes, Loaded Questions involves a board, but it’s fun, funny, and really ideal for a smaller dinner party, so I included it anyway. In this game, players ask “loaded questions,” and then each player privately writes down their response. Responses are read aloud by the first player, who then chooses their favorite and tries to match it to the right person.
This game is extremely silly and will make everyone laugh — and is probably best played if some participants are drinking. During the game, one player holds up a card of gibberish. Other players read it aloud and try to decode the gibberish. Whoever decodes it first wins. There are over 500 cards, so there’s plenty of gibberish to go around.
Game of Phones takes the cell phones everyone has sitting on the table or in their laps and makes it more interactive and fun. The game is basically a scavenger hunt with cell phones that has players following different prompts to try and win. It’s fun and different and encourages guests to use their phones as a prop for interaction rather than distraction.
In this game, players try to get the other players to guess the word on the card without saying those words. They’re also being timed, which adds to the pressure and makes things more exciting. This simple game is cute, easy to follow along, and can make everyone laugh.