NYE Party Game Ideas

Author: Lauren Ross


Tonight’s the night of your big New Year’s Eve bash that you will be hosting in your apartment. Gold and silver streamers have been strung throughout the living room; the party favors and name cards have been made; champagne flutes are shined and on the table; and the TV has been programmed to Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve. Everything is coming along perfectly for the party, but there is one thing left to check off on the checklist: Games.

NYE party games are a great way to entertain your party guests, during the hours leading up to the ball drop. They’re fun because everyone can participate, and you can hand out prizes to the big winners!

Here are some games you and your guests can play, while counting down to 2016:

The 2015 Trivia Game

This trivia game will test your knowledge of 2015 world events and pop culture. The host will write a series of questions on slips of paper and put them in a bowl. The host will then draw a question and read it aloud to their guests. First player to answer the question correctly will earn a point. The player with the most points at the end of the game wins. It’s fun to see what you remember from the year…and what others don’t.

Sample game questions:

  • Super Bowl XLIX was held at what stadium?
  • Name the top-grossing movie of 2015.
  • Cuba and the United States of America restored diplomatic relations in what month?

2016 Resolution Match-Up

Party guests will write down a few of their 2016 resolutions and place them into a drawing bowl. A player will then select a resolution from the bowl and try to guess who wrote it. If the player guessing selects their own, they must put it back and draw again. The guesser gets two tries to determine who wrote the goal. If they guess correctly, they earn a point. If not, they lose one. The player with the most points at the end of the game wins!

Mix it up by having your guests throw in some funny resolutions as well.

2016 Resolution Match-Up: Celebrity Edition

Same game as before, just with celebrity resolutions. The host will write down celebrity resolutions on slips of paper, and then place them into a bowl for drawing. Players will select a resolution from the bowl and try to guess which celebrity made that their goal for 2016. Print out a celebrity reference sheet and pass it to each player on their turn.  You can easily search for celebrity resolutions online.

NYE Bingo

The game is simple. All you need are player cards, game and cover pieces. The host will draw a game piece from the bowl and read it aloud to the players. If a player has the symbol that matches the game piece, then they cover one square.

For example: If you draw a snowflake, say snowflake. Then, every player that has a snowflake on their card can cover it – but only one per draw.

You can find unique printable Bingo cards online, or you can make them by hand. If you’re going to make homemade cards, snowflakes, champagne flutes, party hats, calendars, and noise makers are excellent choices for designing festive card squares.

Pop. Fizz. Clink…Cheers to a New Year!