Games for Couples Parties
- For more decoration ideas, menus and party activities, see our fun Valentine's Day Party Ideas!
"Who’s Your Mate?"
This game is similar to the Newlywed Game. Have one person from each couple leave the room. The host/hostess tailors some planned questions to the group and to certain couples. The other half of each couple stays in the room, and answers questions about their mate/date. They’re supposed to answer each question the way they think their mate/date would respond. They need to write each answer down, so that when their partner returns he/she can give their own answer to each question. Assign point values for each question that is a match. Then reverse roles of the couples for the next set of questions. The couple with the most points wins a prize. Make sure the prize is something they can share!
Divide the group into teams. In a jar, fold up slips of paper that have different "love/relationship" related words on them. Team #1 gets to draw first, and they must sing a song (at least one line of lyrics) with the word they have chosen in it. Then Team #2 must match them, and keep going back and forth until one of the teams gets stumped. Then the other team wins the point.
You need to have an even number of people to actually participate in this game. (The odd person, or the host, can be the one to stop the music). Turn some music on, and begin the game by selecting 2 people to dance with each other (fast or slow). Have someone turn the music off at different intervals, and tell the 2 people dancing to select new partners. Continue to play the game and select new partners until everyone is dancing.
Write 25 romantic or sexy words on index cards, such as throbbing, lips, passion, candlelight, roses, chocolate, and so on. On another 25 index cards write some non-romantic images, such as ironing board, wallpaper paste, bikini wax, nose hair, motor oil, and so on. Stack the two piles separately, and distribute paper and pencil. Have each player draw a card from each pile. When everyone has 2 cards, ask them to write a silly love poem using the two words or phrases they have drawn. For example: "Roses are red, they make me hot! Your eyes are sexy, your nose hairs are not!" Have them read their poems aloud one at a time.
"Valentine’s Day" Thumper
Before the game begins, everyone involved must sit in a circle and think of a sign related to Valentine’s Day such as, crossing your arms for a hug, puckering your lips, signing "I love you", pointing to your heart, etc. (The signs can be as fun and playful as you choose). When everyone is somewhat familiar with the signs of the other group members (go around the circle and have everyone show their sign), the designated Leader yells out, "What’s the name of the game?" Everyone replies, "Thumper!", as they pound on the table with their fists. The Leader continues, "And how do you play?" and everyone responds, "You thump!" Then everyone repeats the following motion throughout the game... Slap both hands on your lap, clap, snap your left hand, snap your right hand. As everyone is repeating this motion over and over, the leader gives his/her sign as well as another person’s sign. The player whose sign was chosen has to then give his/her sign and the sign of a person of his/her choice. And so on and so on. While different people are choosing signs the rest of the group must continue to go through the "slap, clap, snap, snap" motions. This game continues until someone misses a sign, or gives the wrong sign (Then that person is out and the game starts at the beginning with the people who are "out" outside of the circle). The person who doesn’t miss a sign throughout the entire game is the winner!
Find a variety of items that your guests can guess "How much…" For example, "How many red jellybeans in a jar," "How many Red Hots in a jar," "How many pieces of heart shaped pasta in a bag," etc. Award a prize to the person who has the closest guess for each item.
"Tie a Red Ribbon…"
This is a great way to get the party started if you have an even number of people at your party. Buy some red yarn or ribbon, and cut the ribbon/yarn up into various lengths (at least 100-400 uneven pieces). Put everyone into pairs, and have them search throughout the house to find as many pieces of ribbon/yarn as they possibly can. They must work with their partner to tie each piece of ribbon/yarn together to create one long piece of yarn/ribbon. Whoever has the longest piece of ribbon/yarn at the end of 10 minutes wins the game (It is OK if not every piece of ribbon is found).
Human String Relay
First of all, you need to tie a spoon to the end of a ball of yarn. Line up both teams single-file. When the host/hostess says, "Go," the first person from each team must put the spoon down his shirt, as well as his pants. When it comes out of his pant leg, he must then pass it to the next player (As it is still attached to the first player). When it has gone through the entire line, and everyone is attached, then the last person at the end of the line must reverse the process (While the first person winds the string into a ball as it comes back out of each person’s clothing). When the team finishes unwinding the string then the first person in that line needs to shout, "Done!" The team to finish unwinding the string first wins.
Mix and Match
Before the party begins, find a lot of oversized clothing (both male and female). Try to include everything from pantyhose and lingerie to shoes and hats. Make sure that there are even amounts of both the male and female clothing. Mix up the clothes and put them into one laundry basket. An area is then designated as the finish line. There is a person in charge of timing the couples with a stopwatch. When that person says, "Go," the first couple runs to the basket of clothes to get dressed as fast as possible. The woman puts on the men’s clothing, and the man puts on the women’s clothing (over their own clothing). As soon as they are both dressed they have to run to the finish line hand in hand. Each couple goes through the same motions, and the couple with the fastest combined time wins.
Name That Song
Gather a selection of lyrics together from tunes like, "What’s Love Got To Do With it," "I Will Survive," Heartbreak Hotel," "Love on the Rocks," etc. Do a "dramatic reading," or a dramatic interpretation (also called "Charades") about the song and award prizes to the first person who guesses the correct title of each song.
"Bag a Mate"
At some time during the party, separate the men and women. Put the men in one room, and the women in another. Put a large paper bag over each person’s head, and send both sexes back into one room. There is no talking allowed, and each person must "feel around" to find his/her mate. There are no real winners or losers (unless you really grab the wrong mate). Note: When placing bags on the heads of your guests, you have the option to provide eyeholes or not.
"Give Me Some Sugar"
Partners must face each other with their hands tied behind their backs. Blindfold each player, and then put a sugary treat in one partner’s mouth (it could be a snack cake, candy bar, doughnut, etc.). If the treat is wrapped, they must somehow unwrap the treat, and feed it to their partner. The couple who finishes the entire treat first, without using their hands wins a prize!
Blindfold the men and line them up on one side of the room. Place the women on the opposite side of the room with a frozen daiquiri. The object of the game is for the women to take a spoonful of the frozen drink, carry the spoon by the handle in their teeth, and feed the drink to their partner. This game has to be done without using any hands, and the first couple to finish their drink wins! (This game is also a lot of fun with ice cream instead of daiquiris).
When the host/hostess says, "Go," the first partner has to eat two crackers. Then as quickly as is possible, whistle a designated tune to his/her partner. When the partner guesses the tune correctly, he/she has to pop a balloon (that is already blown up) by sitting on it. The partners then get together, and must run to the finish line with an orange between their lips. To show that they have finished, one must sit in the other’s lap!