Since today marks New Year’s Eve Eve, you probably have your plans in place for tomorrow night’s celebrations.
It could be a house party, a bar, a night club, a romantic night in, or even a slightly intoxicated Scrabble game with your family (which might have been how I spent last year’s New Year’s Eve… don’t judge me – it was incredible).
I, for one, am extremely excited to be ringing in 2014 with a small group of my favourite people. We’ll be dropping some dough not on a fancy night out, but on some high-quality wine and appetizers. It will be cozy and scrumptious.
But that’s not what I’m here to talk about. I’m here to offer something to all of you more wild and rambunctious snobs who will be spending New Year’s Eve with a much larger group of people at a house party.
You see, I have searched high and low through the cracks and crevices of the Internet to find new and potentially awesome party games.
I have a feeling that I have succeeded in creating a small list of budget-friendly games that you’ve hopefully never heard of and could easily play tomorrow night. This list is my contribution to you for this week’s Monday Funday.
New Year’s Eve Party Games
1. Bouncing Ball Drinking Game – I found this game on Yahoo Voices. Basically, everyone sits in a circle with their drink in hand. There’s an imaginary ball. Someone starts the game by saying “whiz”, “bounce”, or “boing”. “Whiz” means the ball moves to the person sitting to the right. “Bounce” means the ball skips a person and moves to the person sitting two seats to the right. “Boing” means the ball changes direction. You drink when you screw up.
2. Hangin’ Low – I came across this game on party411.com. It sounds ridiculous, but hilarious at the same time. You tie a banana from each player’s waist so that it hangs about 12 inches off of the ground. You place a hoola hoop in the middle of the room and one orange for each player a few metres away from the hoop. Each player has to push their orange into the hoop using nothing but his/her banana. Cameras required.
3. Adult Belly Dance Competition – This one’s for the ladies. All you need are scarves and exotic Arabic music. The women judge who the best male belly dancer is. Each male participant can use a scarf to cover his face, and then it’s up to him to win either the whole competition or the title of being the “most voluptuous” or “sexiest” competitor. Guys can dance at the same time, or each can have 30 seconds to bust their best moves. The logistics are up to you.
4. Shot Roulette – Place 20-25 shot glasses in a large circle. Fill each shot glass with either a yummy alcoholic liquid or a not-so-yummy edible liquid (i.e. melted butter, olive oil, soy sauce, ranch dressing, etc.). Play “Spin the Bottle” and whatever shot you land on is the one you have to take – no exceptions (unless you’re allergic)!
5. New Year’s Charades – Play charades, but have players act out popular song, book or movie titles, events, or people that made the news during the past year. This game might not be the most original on the list, but it would definitely be a blast to play while remaining totally relevant to the occasion.
6. Human Bingo – This game is for a host(ess) who wants guests to break the ice. Pre-make Bingo cards that each have one characteristic about each guest inside each box. When guests arrive, give them a copy of the Bingo card and a pen. It’s then their job to go around the party and match the other guests with the characteristics. The first one to get a straight line of marked boxes yells “Bingo” and wins!
7. New Year’s Flip Cup – This game is a lot like regular flip cup, but it’s New Year’s themed! The game of flip cup involves two teams filling each of their paper cups 1/4 full with an alcoholic beverage. One person from each team drinks their drink as quickly as possible, and then puts their cup half-off the edge of the table. They try to flip it so it lands upside down. Once that player’s succeeded, the next player in line starts. With NEW YEAR’S FLIP CUP, a) use themed papers cups, and b) offer New Year’s bling as prizes. This allows players to dress up as the game continues.
There are a ton of other games online if you search “New Year’s Eve adult party games”, but I liked these ones the best because none of them involve messing up your hair or makeup. Feel free to suggest any other NYE party games you think are worth mentioning!
Either way, if you have one of these babies lined up or some other kick-ass group activity, you’ll likely have no problem strutting into any house party with the utmost confidence.
Happy Monday Funday, and Happy New Year! See ya in 2014. 😉
Sources: http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/blogs/thenextgreatgeneration/2012/01/happy_new_year_relieve_your_cr.html, http://www.complexmag.ca/city-guide/2013/01/your-new-years-eve-summed-up-in-15-gifs/arrived-to-the-party