Unless your planning a surprise birthday party, you will no doubt want to get the birthday girl/boy involved. Discuss ideas around a
this can help set the tone for the whole party. You will need to consider who your guests are, what age, how many etc etc. But one thing is true for all parties, whatever the age, the goal is always for everyone to have fun.
Once you have selected the theme and the appropriate 18th birthday games to play, you can plan your party around it. The invitations, the decorations, the food can all be prepared with the party game in mind. Planning is essential, but don't try and do it all on your own, enlist the help of friends whenever you can. The more brains, the more ideas for a successful party.
Birthdays come in all shapes and sizes, to make sure that the 18th birthday games are suitable, write down and consider the answers to the following questions:
How many guests?
Age range of guests?
Venue details, (Indoor, outdoor, how much space is available?)
How much time is available?
The birthday games that you choose do need to be safe and practical, I have listed some cool games and ideas to consider that could work for you.
Literally mix the 'ingredients' of your party, the guests by assigning each person a random tag.
Your guests must find the other ingredients of their party staple. It's a sure-fire way to get people mingling and breaking out of those cliques!
Best run with between 12 and 20 guests.
This is a fun way to spend a few hours. Divide the guests into small teams and send them out intotown armed with a list of fun, daring (but safe) activities to complete. Make sure that they have a phone camera to capture evidence of successful completion of the activities. Set a clear time for the teams to return to base for a debrief. Allocate points for the various activities and award an appropriate prize to the winning team. Refreshments and the important birthday cake can be enjoyed while each team shares the details of their scavenge.
18th birthday games which are great for the boys - skirmish. Book your local Lazier Skirmish or lazier Tag venue for a few hours. Check with the venue often they have BBQ sites or catering provided at a cost of course.
18th birthday games that take everyone down memory lane are always popular, and sometimes embarrassing for the birthday person,(which is half the fun!). Pull out your old photos and memorabilia from the birthday persons life. School awards, trophies, stuff that they creates at school etc. Create a slide show of the photos and display their awards and creations on a table. Ask the guest to bring along photos that they have of the birthday person. During the event, have them stick the photos into a scrapbook and write comments in the book as a keep sake.
Online Games Night
Computer games are a part of most teenagers lives these days. If your 18 year old is into Online Games then why not make a night of it. Set up various rooms in the house with the computers, (you might need the guests to bring their own). There are many team games that they can play, the guests will know whats out there, all you have to do is provide the food!
If it's hot and sticky and you've a pool, then why not use it to keep your guests entertained, cool and out of the house!!
This is one of the coolest 18th Birthday Games.
Pool parties are great for all ages, there are so many cool games you can play. Ask everyone to bring their own water gun, divide them into teams and let them go. Check out the Dunnrite AquaVolly Swimming Pool Volleyball SetPools & Water Toys)Volleyball in the pool is always a hit, and why not finish the day with a move in the pool using a screen and data projector. If you can get the rubber rings for people to sit in even better. Check out the pool store for other water play toys for your 18th birthday games in the pool. And since it's an outdoor pool party, why not have a BBQ, hamburgers or hot dogs, keep it simple.
One for the girls. A spa day party. It can be inexpensive, by having one at home. Simply buy some quality products and set them out on a table along with everything they will need to pamper themselves. You could arrange for a beauty therapist to vista your home and proved a demonstration of their own products. I recently had an afternoon tea party and a Mary Kay consultant came along with everything we needed. You can of course splash out and visit a local day spa. For an extra special day why not hire a limo or a hummer to carry the guests in style? Afternoon tea style food is an ideal accompaniment to any spa day birthday party.
Music and Dance Party
A Disco/dance/Hip Hop party, whatever you want to call it. Hire a venue, a DJ and select your favorite Dance Party Music. You can run best dancing competitions, best group dance, best couple dance. Try doing the freeze dance, same as the kids musical statues, when the music stops everyone has to freeze, (stand perfectly still). If you move, you're out, last one dancing wins. Throw in a bit of karaoke if you want! Glitter Ball and Dry Ice can all add to the effect. Get creative with your 18th birthday games at the disco!
Include some easy birthday celebration games to add some fun. You don't need too many, just choose a couple. Use them as ice breakers at the beginning or intersperse them throughout the day. Try some games funny games to keep your guests entertained.
Getting to Know You - Clothes Peg Game
This is a great ice breaker game for any party, especially when the guests don't know each other. It gets everyone talking.
You will need: A clothes peg for everyone, a small prize.
Object of the game: Apart from getting to know each other, the aim is to collect as many clothes pegs from the other guests as possible. Great one to do while finger food is served!
Hand out the clothes peg to all the guests on arrival.
Ask them to attach the clothes peg to their upper clothes.
Tell the guests to mix and mingle around the room asking and answering questions with each other.
They are not allowed to use the words birthday or the name of the birthday person or any variation of the word/name.
If anyone uses the forbidden words, they must hand over their peg to the other person.
The winner is the person with all the pegs at the end of the birthday party.
This is a classic game of bluff and counter-bluff. Have each guest write a statement.
Now all the other guests must decide if they're being truthful or running an outrageous bluff...
This game works best with larger groups.
Name That Tune
Adapt a TV game show as a perfect 18th birthday games.
You will need: Pre prepared recording of a selection of the birthday person's favorite songs. (30 sec for each song). A small prize. A noise making item for each team e.g a bell, a whistle, a horn, a rattle, clackers.
Object of the game:For the guests to name that tune and identify the artist. A fun addition to this game is where the birthday person has to dance to the songs as they are played.
If there are many people you could group them into teams, alternatively individual or pairs will suffice.
Explain the objective of the game.
Play the first song and have the birthday person get up and dance (optional).
The first team to to sound off their noise making item can have a chance to name the song and the artist singing. If correct they get a point.
If they are wrong, they lose a point and a another team can have a go, once they have used their noise making item.
For extra point they have to know what year the song was a hit.
Repeat with all the songs.
The team with the most points at the end wins the game.
Board or Card Games
It doesn't matter if you're 8 or 18 years, board games are still fun to play. So if you're planning a quieter night in with close friends, bring out the board and card games. Poker night, Original UNO Card GameCard Games), Pictionary The Game of Quick Draw, TwisterAction Games) and Charades are just as much fun as they were when you were a child. For a simple night, order Pizza or your favorite takeaway and plan a fun night in playing cool games.
I hope my site 18th birthday games has given you some ideas for games for 18th birthday party. Keep it simple, keep it safe and have fun!
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last week. 15 Kindergarden kids! My sister does face painting so we did that. I had a pass the parcel using nursery rhyme music I had a candy between each wrapping of paper which worked well. Finally I did some
They loved it. I especially liked your idea of having a story time at the end of the party, it worked well, my sister read the stories and I organized the parents as they arrived to pick up their kids. My little girl loved her special day and I think it was the games that made it work so well. Planning my sons 7th Birthday for next month now"
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Just a quick note to let you know that I followed your instructions for running party games at my sons birthday party and it went really well. I did 3 games and the most popular was the
I had 10 boys ages 6-10 and once they had played with the course I had set out they then started to create their own ideas for obstacles and rearranged the course making it harder and harder. This 1 game kept them entertained for over an hour.
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