Best dinner party games for friends and family
Take your hosting to the next level by picking out the perfect dinner party game - and we've shortlisted the best ones to choose from.
If you're looking for that final touch to make your evening fun and engaging for everybody who's coming over - there are a wide variety of dinner party games out there. Depending on the mood you're cultivating, you could go for something that's sure to bring a lot of laughs, or one to stimulate everybody's brains.
There is a lot available, so we've rounded up the best dinner party games for different ages and occasions. If you're after something hilarious, puzzling or even mature - check out our list below.
Best dinner party games for every occasion
Designed both for adults and kids, Beat That! is a game full of fun challenges. Players compete against each other to win the most points in activities like bouncing two balls into two cups with one hand, or stacking a pyramid of cups with your elbows and your eyes closed.
There are 10 rounds in each game and 160 different challenges. Each round, players use tokens to bet on their ability to complete the challenge read aloud. Beat That! shouldn't take more than two minutes to learn how to play, so it can be as simple as getting it out the box and straight into it. Available for 2-8 players aged 9+.
Murder Mystery at the Theatre
Take your evening to a 1920s dinner party with Talking Tables' Murder Mystery at the Theatre. The game is a classic mystery into who committed the crime at the Full House Theatre. A group of 5-12 players can join in and there are three alternative endings to make it re-playable.
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The set comes with clues, props and cards to use in the game. But if you want to take it to the next level, why not get your friends to dress up to match the theme? Perfect to make it a special occasion or for a 20s-themed party!
Wordsmithery is a fun way to find out who the most eloquent person is in your group. The game challenges you to define tricky words, where each team will gain extra points for guessing it without needing the multiple-choice answers.
There are 600 words for adults and 100 for younger players, so you can play the game with both friends and family. Words like egregious, phalanx and salubrious... Do you really know what they mean?
What Do You Meme?
What Do You Meme? is the game that invites you to create the funniest memes. Each round, every player uses one of their dealt caption cards to caption the revealed photo card. The winner is decided by a rotating judge, so make sure you know how to make each player laugh!
The game is designed for players 17+ because of mature content, perfect for when your friends are over for dinner. Suitable for 3+ players.
I Should Have Known That!
This trivia card game asks those specific questions that you think you should know, such as 'How do you say 'Japan' in Japanese?' or 'How long did Sleeping Beauty actually sleep?'
I Should Have Known That! has 110 cards with over 400 questions to keep you entertained for hours. Unlike most other trivia card games, points are subtracted for every wrong answer rather than gaining points for getting it right. A fun activity that will have you leaving with some random trivia knowledge!
The Voting Game
To really find out who your friends are, try The Voting Game from Player Ten. It's a simple concept: Players will anonymously vote on the player being described by each round's question card. Questions like 'Whose Google search history would you like to see the most?' invite players to share personal and hilarious anecdotes that can keep the game being replayed for a long time.
Brain Elixir After-Dinner Party Riddles
For something a little more challenging, why not try a game of riddles? The pack includes 80 stimulating riddles and the first player to solve them wins the card. It's an easy-to-play game with a difficult objective, perfect for a straightforward challenge after dinner.
Who Am I & What Am I Doing?
Act out some funny moments with pop-culture references with this adult game for 2-10 players. Simply pick out an action card and an identity card and act out the combining scenario for others to guess.
'Mary Poppins on a hen do' is one of the many scenarios that can come up in the game. There are more than 10,000 combinations that can come up, so you can keep replaying it with fresh moments.
A classic, straightforward game, DIPSTICKS invites you to describe a celebrity without using their names. It can be used as a fast-paced competition or as a chance to test your knowledge on famous people. With 160 different plays to bring out the box, you can keep this game going for as long as you need.
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