Many 30-year-olds are just beginning their families or are still in the newlywed phase, while their friends may still be winding down the single lifestyle. When they get together for parties, games that involve group play and competition help adults form new friendships, based on grown-up interests, and strengthen existing ones.
Playing charades with children can be frustrating, because the young players need too much assistance and have a hard time guessing popular culture references without the actor being able to speak. At parties for adults, though, acting out topics and trying to guess the inspiration behind the antics leads to laughter and camaraderie.
Board games for adults range from vocabulary challenges to trivia games to drawing contests -- and some games combine all three into team challenges. Trivia games pair individuals or groups against each other to test knowledge of various subjects, either from the general culture, specific time periods or particular areas of interest. Games challenging teammates to draw items for each other to guess or to get their teammates to guess a particular word or phrase can make for raucous fun.
While many card games are restricted to groups of four, others can accommodate larger groups, or you can split the party into smaller groups, giving everyone the chance to socialize on a more personal basis. You can also play in a tournament format so that teams advance to meet other teams at their new tables. Spades, Hearts and Pinochle are all four-person games conducive to tournament formats. Spades and Hearts are easier to learn quickly than Pinochle, but teaching tricks to the game can be half the fun.
Murder Mystery Parties
If you want to host a dinner party for six, eight or 12 (depending on the game), you can set up a murder mystery party. Several game manufacturers make prepackaged murder mystery dinner kits, including invitations, costume ideas and even helpful recipes. You send out invitations before the party so guests can dress in costume. Only the murderer knows who he (or she) is; the rest of the guests work through a series of clues with each course while the murderer tries to keep the others from guessing the truth.
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