Guess the Month
Go through old magazines from the past year, or to your local library (this is fun research though) to search through old news articles. Find many events that took place in the past year. Make a list of these events, and have your guests guess which month the event took place in. For example- "During what month did the King of Pop die"? Whoever guesses the most right wins a prize.
Charades of the Past
Go through magazines and newspapers to pick out events from the past year. Use these events as "titles" to act out for Charades or "Win, Lose or Draw". For tons of fun, make each of your guests team up in two’s and act out whichever past year’s event that they have randomly drawn.
Guess Whose Resolution
Make each of your guests write down 5 resolutions, each on its own slip of paper. Pull one slip of paper out of a hat at a time and read it out loud. Everyone has to write down who they think made each resolution. At the end of the readings, the person who guessed the most correctly wins a prize. Read some of the wrong guesses out loud for fun!
Find Your Prediction
Make up some phony generic predictions like, "In the New Year you will shave your head", and attach it to a corresponding item (a wig). Hide predictions with their corresponding items. Tell guests that predictions are hidden around the room with corresponding wrapped items, and that they each need to find one, read it aloud to the group, and open it (these make nice funny favors too).
This is a game that is patterned after the game "Taboo." Before the guests arrive write down the name of a person who was big in the news in the past year on each index card. On the back of the card (or somewhere on the front of the card) write down four words that the person who chooses the card cannot use to describe the name on the card to the other guests. Split into two teams. The other guests have one minute to figure out what the name is without the "chooser" of the word using any of the four words that are not allowed. If the "chooser's" team cannot guess the name then the other team gets one chance to guess the correct name. The team who guesses the most names correctly is the winner. For example: The name is "Al Gore". The four words that cannot be used to describe him are vice-president (ok, so that's 2 words), Tipper, Democrat, and election. So the "chooser" could tell the team that "he is close with Bill Clinton, he works in politics, etc.".
New Year's Eve Word Mix
Everyone is given a word that has to do with New Year's Eve (everyone uses the same word) and make as many other words as they can in 5 minutes using only the letters in the original word. Repeating a letter is not allowed unless it is repeated in the original word and proper nouns do not count as words. The guest who writes down the most original words is the winner.
Guess Which Guest
Before the party, write down a statement about each guest from the last year. For example, you could write, "Gave birth to twins." "The name of the person______________". "The names of the twins_________________ and __________________". Or a statement like, "Wore the same outfit every day for 2 weeks". "The name of the person_________________". "A description of the outfit __________________". Put all of the statements together on one piece of paper, and give each guest a copy. Have all of your guests mingle, and ask each other questions to determine whose name belongs with each statement. Whoever has the most names filled in correctly after about
10-15 minutes wins.
Who Wins a Prize?
Every 10 minutes or so (or longer, depending on how long the party is supposed to last) call out a question that relates to guests at the party, such as "Who’s the youngest here?" "Who brought the best food?" "Who said the last word?" "Who laughs the loudest?" "Who’s sitting next to the hostess?" and so on. Award a prize each time you call out a random question. Soon lots of people will have prizes- and they won’t have to stay for the entire party, or worry about missing all of the games because they are party hopping.
True or False
Write the names of each guest at the party on a piece of paper. Next to each name write several different statements that can be true or false. Give each person the paper about an hour into the evening. Next to each statement each guest must either write "true" or "false". The person who answers the most statements correctly wins a prize. When everyone has handed in their papers, tally up the true and false votes too. It's pretty funny to see what others think is true.