It’s the bachelorette weekend, and you’re going to have a good time. One good way to start a party is with cocktails, of course. Then, play a game or two to get everyone in the mood. This is also a great way to mix in some funny icebreakers so that everyone gets to know each other, which is important if you’re bringing together friends from different groups.
Still, we know there are some pretty lame games out there—during our thorough research and testing, we saw them all—so we put together a list of the best party games. Here are 14 games that your friends are sure to enjoy at your bachelorette party.
The Newlywed Game
We all love to watch people we don’t know play this game, and it’s even more fun when you know the couple playing. Have the host of the bachelorette party send the bride’s soon-to-be-spouse an email with a list of questions before the party (even better, get their responses on video to play for the group later). Then, have the bride guess what each of their partners said. If the answer is right, everyone takes a sip of their drink except the bride. Only the bride loses if the answer is wrong.
A Scavenger Hunt
This game is great for a night out on the town. The good news is that there are a lot of websites where you can instantly download pre-made bachelorette party scavenger hunt lists with fun “dares” to be photographed throughout the night. Etsy has a lot of options like this one, some of which are wacky and some of which are more subdued, depending on the vibe you’re going for.
The “Drink If” Game
This one is kind of like “Never Have I Ever,” but, well, it’s different. You have written down a good list of “drink ifs” that will be passed around. Each person reads one line, and if it applies to them, they have to drink. The card is then passed. Some fun drink-ifs are “If you’ve known the bride for more than 10 years,” “If you’ve been to the couple’s honeymoon spot,” “If you’ve hooked up with someone who has the same name as the bride’s soon-to-be-husband,” etc.
A Panty Party
So long as the pants fit, right? For this game, each guest should bring an unwrapped pair of pants that shows something about who they are. All of the underwear is hung up on a clothesline or some other way that works, and the bride has to guess which guest gave which pair of underwear. As always, you can turn this into a drinking game if you want—a it’s fun way to shower the bride and have a good time at the same time.
If you want something a little less hectic than the scavenger hunt, we have just what you need. For the weekend, hide a bunch of plastic rings around your home base and have guests try to find them. Raise the stakes by putting a note with each one that tells the sleuth what to do when they find it, like a mini-dare.
So, most of us know that the point of Pictionary is to divide into teams and have one person draw a word or phrase chosen at random while the other players try to figure out what it is. Well, let’s give that an X-rated twist. Put a lot of dirty words and actions on the table and watch the funny things that happen.
Lingerie Shower Bingo
This is great if guests want to give the bride-to-be gifts that might not be appropriate for the bridal shower (read: sex toy). As the bride-to-be opens her gifts, give out lingerie bingo cards and see who can make a row first. The gifts can be anything from things that are very spicy to simple lace underwear.
Even though this isn’t your typical game of skill, trust us when we say that you need a certain kind of skill. That is, how to drink. First, you’ll need a spinner. Then, each guest takes a turn spinning it to see who gets a drink or what kind (depending on the spinner type you choose). This is also easy to do yourself.
Pin the Kiss on the Spouse-to-Be
This is pretty clear, I think. In a game similar to “Pin the Tail on the Donkey,” each guest is given a kiss cutout that they have to pin on a picture of the bride’s future husband or wife. Personalize some satin sleeping masks so that you can take them home with you after you wear them as blindfolds.
Make it cool to play beer pong. This glam version of a classic frat party drink is always a big hit. Replace the red Solo cups with chic coupette glasses and the beer with your favourite bubbles, or buy a set that’s already put together, and see which team can get the most ping pong balls in their opponents’ glasses. Just don’t forget to take into account that these glasses aren’t as deep as most cups when you aim.
What’s in Your Cell Phone
Think of this as the fun offspring of a digital treasure hunt and bingo. The players get points if they can find something on the list in their phone. Give less points for common things (like the date of your wedding on your calendar) and more points for important things. Things like a belfie or an X-rated search history can up the ante.
Make a list of descriptions that sound dirty and have your guests guess the answers to find out who has the dirtiest mind. The answers are always normal and honest, but the guests usually come up with some interesting ideas.
Give the bachelorette a baking class to help her fill her sweet tooth. Start from scratch or just buy plain cupcakes or cookies that are already made and have fun icing them. Make it a contest to see who can ice the best, or step it up by asking the guests to see how provocative they can make the frosting designs. In keeping with the baking theme, ask each guest to bring her most-loved recipe on a signed index card. Make a recipe box or book out of them for the bride to keep.