Icebreaker Games for Small Groups
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The Lie Detector GameSummary and Supplies: This game is a great way for people in a mixed group to get to know each other-- and to get laughing and talking happily, even if they're strangers. This doesn't work particularly well with groups of close friends, as everybody will be able to spot the lies, but it's one of the best icebreaker games for small groups of people who don't know each other well. No supplies are needed.
The Celebrity Couple Party GameSummary and Supplies: As far as icebreaker games for small groups go, this is one of the liveliest and most fun ways to start a party. All you need is a good knowledge of celebrity couples, a pen, and a stack of post-it notes.
Alteration: You can also instruct guests to treat each person as the celebrity name on their post-it to help speed up the process. The wacky conversations and sometimes physical antics that stem from this are pretty fun to watch!
Note: This is one of those great icebreaker games for small groups of any kind-- even those that don't follow celebrity gossip. So don't limit yourself to real-life celebrity couples. Change it up by adding couples such as "Yogi and Bobo," "Romeo and Juliet," or even "milk and cookies" -- there's no limit to how silly you can make your guests look.
The "No" Party GameSummary and Supplies: This is one of the most rowdy icebreaker games for small groups you can play-- and the competition can get vicious, so watch out! This is a great one to play during a cocktail party or while guests nibble appetizers at a dinner party. To play, you need one necklace (such as a lei or beads), or tag on a string or clothespin for each player. In this example we'll use leis.
Note:You can choose whether or not to allow the word "know" to be used for this game-- both ways are fun. It's pretty interesting to see the lengths lei-less players will go to get leis from winning players-- especially as the game progresses. The hilariously convoluted things your guests will say in order to keep from having to say the word "no" make this one of the best icebreaker games for small groups.
The Press Conference Party GameSummary and Supplies: You don't need anything to play this simple party game but a wicked sense of humor and a rowdy group. This is one of those icebreaker games for small groups of strangers-- it's great for getting people to laugh together at a dinner party.
Note: This is also fun to play secretly. That is, during a party, whenever somebody gets up from the table to use the bathroom or leaves the room for any reason, assign them a character while they're away and start the "press conference" when they return-- without them knowing what's going on.
The Movie Buff Party GameSummary and Supplies: This is one of those icebreaker games for small groups (of 3 or more) that only movie buffs will play. So if you have a group of movie lovers, this is a great way to get them talking about their favorite films, actors, and actresses. You do not need any supplies for this icebreaker party game.
Guest 1: Golide Hawn
Guest 2: Overboard
Guest 3: Kurt Russell
Guest 4: Stargate
Guest 5: James Spader
Guest 6: Two Days in the Valley
Guest 7: Ah! I've never even heard of that movie.
Other Guests: Eek! Me neither.
Guest 6 wins one point. If he/she can name another actor/actress in Two Days in the Valley, he wins a bonus point.
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