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6 MUST-HAVE BOARD GAMES FOR PARTIES

We get that there is no way you’re going to ring in 2016 by having the gang over for a Bingo bash — and there is nothing anyone can say to convince you otherwise.

There are, however, grown-up party games sure to liven up — and lighten up — that New Year’s Eve party.  And while we’re not talking Grandma’s Bunco here, the games are not entirely naughty either (tasteful, however, is a whole other matter). We’ve even thrown in a classic.

CARDS AGAINST HUMANITY

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The latest rage in raunchy fun, Cards Against Humanity is billed as “a party game for horrible people.” It’s hilarious.  But Cards Against Humanity is also as crass as it gets, and emphatically not for your more genteel guests.   The game involves players completing fill-in-the-blank statements with “mature” statements printed on playing cards. Whoever provides the funniest answer wins the round.

NEVER HAVE I EVER, THE GAME OF POOR LIFE DECISIONS

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Wow. This one comes with a legal disclaimer: Must be 17+ to play. A box set version of the popular drinking game, Never Have I Ever involves players fessing up whether or not they’re “guilty” of some less than stellar action, like dating a sibling’s ex. The first person to plead guilty to 10 such actions, wins. Find it here.

MONIKERS

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Think of it as “a dumb party game that respects your intelligence.” The basis is pretty simple. Draw a card (they have pictures on them) and get your team to guess the name it represents. Each team has 60 seconds to get through as many weird, inappropriate names as they can. In the first round, you can say anything you want. In the second, you can only use one word. And in the third, you can’t say anything at all — just charades. Check it out and purchase here.

UTTER NONSENSE, THE INAPPROPRIATE ACCENT GAME

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Utter Nonsense is a card game where players combine stereotypical accents with outrageous phrases to create sayings that are just plain ridiculous. Described as “crude, lewd and hilarious,” the game is best reserved for players who don’t get offended easily.  You can buy it here on Amazon.

TELESTRATIONS

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Get this: it’s like playing telephone, with pictures! Telestrations starts when the first player draws a picture of a secret word. That sketch gets passed to the next player who writes down what they think the picture is before passing it onto the next player, who draws that word. The game costs from $19.95 to $39.95, as there are versions for six to 12 players.

TABOO

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Truth is there is nothing really taboo about Taboo, making the word game a top choice if you’re entertaining a clean-loving crowds.  It’s been around for 25 years, but its premise — getting your partner to guess words or phrases without the obvious hints — is good for loads of laughs. It was even the basis for a TV game show (albeit short-lived). Making Taboo even better: it’s cheap, check it out here or Target has it for less than $12.

This article was written by Diana Marszalek, contributor for The Daily Clutch.

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