5 Party Games to Liven Up Your Holiday Gathering

You’ll Have to Entertain Your Family and Friends Somehow! 

Are you looking for something to do at your Christmas or New Year’s Party? Will charades not cut it? You might think there aren’t any options, that a board game would be way too much work. You’re eating and drinking after all, who wants to worry about a big game? However, this is the exact reason party games exist! They’re easy to learn, quick to set up, and are usually designed to make you laugh. The five games listed below could end up being the hit of your Holiday gathering. 

Throw Throw Burrito

There’s no better expression of affection than hurling a stuffed burrito at a loved one. This party game is great for all ages, as the most prevalent game mechanic is pelting a burrito at someone. A good choice if you’re looking to teach a game quickly and get straight to the laughs.

Pantone: The Game

Another one for all ages, but especially for inquisitive children. Pantone: The Game uses simple colors and geometric shapes in a Pictionary-like way. The game requires you to try and create famous people out of color swatches, which I know sounds a lot more involved than burrito throwing. If your party has some very smart children or just a quieter crowd, this might be a great choice.

Cards Against Humanity

Deeply inappropriate and only for the adults, Cards Against Humanity can be extremely entertaining with the right group. If your party is old college pals, visiting cousins, or even your immediate family, this can turn into quite a riot. A lot of people design drinking games around the mechanics, because the game doesn’t care how you play it. There’s also an absolute ton of expansions for this game. 

What Do You Meme

Another game only for the older crowd, What Do You Meme will make you laugh against your will. It’s a game designed simply to facilitate spit-take-worthy reactions. The base game comes with general prompts and well-known memes, but there are entire versions based around careers. There’s even one just for Real Estate Agents.


Dixit is not designed to be a party game, but it easily can be. It involves competitively utilizing creativity with mechanics akin to Apples to Apples and Cards Against Humanity. The beautiful art on the cards is used to inspire words and phrases. You could even try to use only Christmas words! There’s a lot of possibilities with this game and with a small group of all ages it could be a lot of fun.