8 Ways to Spice Up Your Holiday Party with Friendly Competition

Updated: Jan 9, 2019

By Isha Bodas

Having trouble coming up with ways to keep your guests entertained during the season's endless string of holiday parties? Look no further! Friendly competition is the perfect way to keep your guests engaged without too much stress! Here is a list of games to keep guests of all ages laughing and competing, all with little-to-no work for you!

1. For your Millenial or Gen Z Guests: What Do You Meme?

Remember all those memes you scrolled through when you were supposed to be studying for finals? Well, all your hard work has finally paid off. What Do You Meme is a party game that is similar to Cards Against Humanity. To start, one player picks from a selection of memes. The rest of the group is tasked with choosing the funniest or craziest caption for the meme. The winner gets to keep the meme card, and is the judge for the next round. Whoever has collected the most memes at the end of the game is the winner!

Check it out here: https://whatdoyoumeme.com/

2. For Your ~Sneakier~ Guests: Holiday Sticker Stalker

This is probably the game I am most excited to play this holiday season. When every guest enters the party, they are given a sheet of holiday stickers. Each person’s mission for the party is to stick stickers onto to other guests without them noticing. Whoever gets rid of all their stickers first is the winner!

Here is an affordable and massive collection of stickers: https://www.amazon.com/Eyelike-Stickers-Christmas-Workman-Publishing/dp/076118614X/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1543780772&sr=1-2&refinements=p_n_feature_eight_browse-bin%3A14487162011

3. For Fans of The Office: Who Am I?

First of all, if you have not watched the “Diversity Day” episode of the office, open a new tab, go to Netflix to watch it, and come back here after.

Watched it? Good.

Michael proposes a very unique (and cringey) version of this game, but I promise our version will be a lot more fun at your next holiday party. Before your party, write holiday movie characters on a ton of notecards. When guests arrive, give them each a notecard to tape to their forehead. Throughout the party, guests have to talk to each other as if everyone is the character on their card. The first person to guess their character wins!

4. For the Musically Inclined: Holiday Sing Song Ping Pong

If your group is musically inclined then this is definitely the game for you. Pitch Perfect is yet another must-see that is unfortunately not on Netflix :(. In the movie, different a cappella groups from Barden College have a riff off. One group begins singing a song. When the next group thinks it’s the right time to transition, they begin a different song that starts with the same word the last song ended on. The goal is to make the transition as seamless as possible. If the next group cannot come up with a fitting song then they are eliminated. You keep going until there is only one group left and they are crowned the aca-winners! For your party, try making the game extra tough by only allowing holiday music!

Check out the Pitch Perfect version here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q573_hDhTbE

For the Whole Family: Stocking Guessing Game

This game is perfect if you have guests with a large range of ages and if you are looking for a quick activity! Pass around a stocking with a small, holiday-themed knick knack inside. Each person can shake, smell, or feel (please don’t taste) whatever is in the stocking, as long as they dont look inside! Whoever identifies the knick knack is the winner!

For the Dramatic Guests: Holiday Charades

This is a great game if your guests are in to acting or movies! Before the party, prepare slips with the names of different holiday movies, songs, or characters on them and put them in a hat (extra credit if its a Santa hat). Split your guests into teams and play charades.The team with the most correct guesses wins!

For Everyone!: Holiday Costume Contest

This is the easiest game for the host! All you need to do is put together a panel of 2-3 judges, send out an announcement before the party that there will be a holiday-themed costume contest! The judges will pick the winner at the party!

Make sure to keep an eye out for when Besst hits the App Store in 2019! It is guaranteed to add even more excitement and competition to your holiday party!