It’s all fun and games until it’s not. Why do parties usually fizzle out and die instead of a crescendo into a cornucopia of emotional fireworks, ending with the much-anticipated “finale”? Usually, it’s because someone drops the ball on setting up the games. Here’s how to make sure you don’t do that. So make sure you leave your shyness at the door and paryty!
The Kings Cup Drinking Game
The Circle of Death, or King’s Cup, is one of the coolest drinking games, and it livens up even the most boring of parties. To play, you need a full deck of cards, minus the jokers, plus a large something or other that’s full of alcohol. Most people use beer. Or, you can just buy this novelty Kings Cup Drinking Game from Spencer’s. Sometimes the fun is in having the cool colors and concept cards.
Set up your game by arranging the cards face down around the cup of alcohol. Here is what the cards mean, as you pick them up:
2: “Two for you” – Give out two drinks.
3: “Three for me” – Take three drinks.
4: “Floor” – The person who draws this card touches the floor. Everyone else needs to also touch the floor and the last person to do so takes another drink.
5: “Bust a jive” – You need to do some kind of dance move that’s repeatable. The next person needs to copy you and add to it. The dance keeps going around the circle until someone can’t do the entire dance in the correct order. That person takes a drink.
6: “Dicks” – All guys take a drink.
7: “Heaven” – Everyone reaches for the sky, like in a stick-up, and the last person who does so takes a drink.
8: Pick a date” – Pick a person to drink with you. Every time you make a mistake or have to drink, so do they. But, if they drink, you don’t have to unless you happen to be dating the other person.
9: “Bust a rhyme” – The person who draws the card must say a word to rhyme. Then, play goes around the room and anyone who can’t rhyme the word takes a drink. Non-rhyming words are not allowed.
10: “Categories” – The person who draws a card picks a category, like “soup brands” or “shirt styles” or “colors of cars.” Then, it goes around in the circle with people naming stuff in the category, if you can’t name something, you drink. No repeats.
Jack: “ Never have I ever” – It’s exactly what it sounds like. Everyone puts up five fingers. Everyone says something they never have done, and anyone else who has done it puts a finger down. Whoever loses all five fingers first takes a drink.
Queen: “Question master” – Whoever draws this gets to ask anyone a question until the next queen is drawn. If the person being questioned fails to answer the question with a question, they drink.
King: “Make a rule” – Person drawing a card makes a rule. If anyone breaks that rule, they drink. Rules are compounding, so at some point there will be 4 rules (4 kings).
Ace: “Waterfall” – Everyone drinks until the person who drew the ace stops drinking. The last person who draws waterfall gets to drink the cup in the center of the cards.
A classic. Fill a disposable beer cup 1/4 to 1/2 full. Everyone playing gets a beer and lines up around a table. There are two teams – usually one on each side of the table. The first person on the team chugs their beer, turns their cup over and hangs it off the edge. Then, they try to flip it right side up. The next person goes. The first team to have everyone complete the flipping wins.
Flip, Sip, or Strip
Who comes up with these games? Seriously. This is the quintessential party game, stripped down to its bare essentials (puns intended). If you’re under 25, a lot of parties are nothing more than people getting together to get drunk and lower inhibitions. This game lets you get right to it without all the B.S. in the middle.
Flip a coin and while it’s in the air, call it. If you’re right, pass the coin to your right. If you’re wrong, pass the coin to your left and either take one article of clothing off or take a drink. Anything that is a pair counts as one item, so if the socks come off, they both come off, not just one.
If you guess right three times in a row, you may retrieve an article of clothing and put it back on. The coin is then passed to your right. A bad coin toss requires a mulligan. And, by the end of the night, with all that drinking, there will probably be a lot of those. The game is over when everyone is their birthday suit and passed out on the floor. Sounds fun, right? Well, it bets ‘spin the bottle’.
Rhonda Castillo is a party planner. She likes to share her insights online. Look for her articles on many home and entertainment blogs.