How to Choose Appropriate Games and Activities for My Event

Did you ever go to birthday parties when you were younger? Other than the birthday cake and ice cream, many of us probably looked forward to playing games.

Perhaps you remember playing popular party games such as Pin the Tail on the Donkey, Musical Chairs, and Limbo?

Well, who says kids should have all the fun at parties?

As grownups, we still anticipate good food at events, of course, so we should also look forward to having fun, too.

Whether you’re hosting a baby shower or a corporate event, you may also consider throwing in some fun activities as well.

Planning games for an event can make your special occasion even more memorable.

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at

Here are a few tips for choosing activities and games for the type of event you are planning:

Consider the size of your venue when planning games for an event

Some activities and games require more room than others, so you should make sure all of your guests have enough space to participate.

Maximize your venue’s location

Have you selected an outdoor venue during the summer months for your special occasion? If so, then you have different options than you would when planning games for an event being held indoors during the cold weather months.

Think about time requirements 

If you are running your event on a set schedule, then it is important that you select activities and games which fit into specific time slots. However, if you have more flexibility, then you can adjust the game choices as well as the time spent playing them.

Here are a few ideas for activities and games

An fun activity for any type of event: Ice Breakers

Ice breakers are excellent activities to facilitate conversations when you are bringing different people or groups of people together for the first time. They help your guests get to know each other and feel more comfortable together. suggests that when choosing an ice breaker party game, “you need to think about the personality of your group and its ultimate purpose.”

The post also offers the following easy and fun ice breakers you may consider using when planning games for an event:

  • At a business function, ask participants to pair up with someone they don’t know and learn as much as they can about the other person in five minutes. Then have them introduce that person to the whole group.
  • During a cocktail party tape the name of a famous person on everyone’s back. As people socialize, they can ask for clues about their famous person. The first person to guess the name on his or her back wins a prize.
  • If you have a Trivial Pursuit or similar game, put out the cards where guests will see them. Guests automatically read the questions to one another, thus beginning conversations.

An activity for a larger venues and flexible schedules: Scavenger Hunts

Scavenger hunts are great for bachelorette parties, corporate team-building activities, or any event where you have enough time and want to mix things up a bit. They also offer the opportunity for people to get to know one another and have fun together.

These days, nearly everyone has a smartphone where they can take pictures of certain places or things. Put a checklist together, add guests to teams, and send them on their way!

An activity for events with restrictions in time and/or venue size: Battle of the Sexes

Summary: Test each teams’ knowledge of the opposite gender- sports, fashion and more!

Goal: The team with the most correct answers wins the game.


  • Create and download the PowerPoint
  • Projector
  • Laptop
  • Cables
  • Pen/Paper for each team


How to Play:

  1. Set the laptop to project on a screen. Separate everyone into two teams (men vs. women) and provide each team with paper and pens. Open the PowerPoint and let the teams know that their goal is to get as many correct answers as they can. Each correct answer is worth one point.
  1. There are 15 questions in the PowerPoint. Go through each slide one by one. The answers will appear at the end of the slide.
  1. The team with the most points wins the game.

Source: Great Group Games


Finally, don’t forget prizes for the winners – and have fun!


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