The 15 Best Teenage Party Games

Planning a party for a group of teens? Need some prom after-party ideas? Your event will be way more fun if there's more to do than just standing around eating snacks and trying to think of things to say. Dress up to look and feel your best, and when everyone arrives, break out one of these fun teenage party games. They're a great way to break the ice, make your party memorable, and get everyone involved in the fun.

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The Mummy

Teenagers (18-19) playing a board game
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Break into groups of two or three. Each group gets a roll of toilet paper and picks one person to be the mummy. When the clock starts, all the teams have to wrap their mummies using the whole roll of toilet paper. Two teams win: The one rolls up their mummy the fastest, and the team with the most creative mummy.

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I Never

Have everyone sit in a circle, and give each person 20 pieces of candy. Going around the circle, each person names something she has never done. For instance, "I've never been to Europe" or "I've never stayed up all night." After every statement, anyone who has done that thing eats a piece of candy. Whoever eats all their candy first is the winner. 

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Eat the Doughnut

Thread a thick piece of string through doughnuts (one for every two people), and hang the string between two trees. Break off into boy/girl pairs, and see which pair can eat their doughnuts first without using their hands or arms. If the doughnut falls on the ground, the corresponding team is eliminated.

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Musical Chairs

Yes, it's the same musical chairs from when you were a kid, but it can be even more fun now that you're older. Create a song playlist and have one person control the music's starting and stopping (using a different song each time). For a flirty twist, add a rule: As long as you're on a chair with your feet off the ground when the music stops, you're safe. This will encourage a whole lot of lap-sitting.

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Baby, Do You Love Me?

Sit in a circle and designate one person as "It." "It" picks someone in the circle, sits on his lap and says, "Baby, if you love me, smile." The other person has to respond, "I love you, baby, but I just can't smile!" If he cracks a smile when he says it, he becomes "It." If he doesn't smile, the person in the center has to pick a new lap to sit on and try again.

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Freeze Dance

Make a party playlist that's fun to dance to. As with musical chairs, choose one person to be in charge of the music. Everyone dances while the music's playing. When the music shuts off, anyone who doesn't freeze in place is eliminated. The winner is the person who lasts on the dance floor the longest.

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Lap Chain

This is another flirty circle game. Stand up in a circle and have everyone turn to face the right. Then squeeze in, making the circle smaller and smaller, till everyone's close enough to slowly start sitting on each other's laps. The goal is to have everyone sitting down without the chain collapsing and everyone falling.

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Prepare game cards with words that are common in songs, like, "rain," "stay," and "hand" (or just buy the official board game version.) Break the party into two teams. Flip over a card and show everyone what it says. Each team takes turns singing songs that have that word somewhere in the lyrics. When one of the teams can't come up with a song after 30 seconds, they lose the round, and the other team is awarded a point. The first team to earn 10 points wins.

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Two Truths and a Lie

This game is good for playing with people you don't know that well. Everyone takes a turn saying three statements about themselves: two that are true, and one that's a lie. The rest of the group has to guess which one's the lie.

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Human Pretzel

Everyone stands in a circle and holds out both of your hands. Each person links both his hands to other hands (of anyone except for either person standing next to him). Once everybody's thoroughly tangled, try to untwist yourselves into a circle without letting go of anyone's hand.

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Twister's a classic party game that always ends in giggles. Buy it ​or make your own mega-board out of an old bed sheet and markers or construction-paper circles. The bigger your homemade board, the more people can play at once.

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Name That Tune

Build a music playlist with songs that your friends have probably heard before. Start playing a song (either at the beginning or the middle), and call on whoever raises a hand fastest to guess the name of the song. If she guesses right, she gets a point; if she guesses wrong, she loses a point. Whoever has the most points at the end of the game wins.

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Trade Up

Break up into teams of three or four, and give each team a pencil.  The goal is to go "door-to-door" and try to trade up your object for something better. For example, if someone trades you an old Barbie doll for your pencil, see if you can trade the Barbie doll for something even better. After an hour, all teams meet back up and see who ended up with the coolest item.

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Freeze Improv

This is an improv game that's more fun when your party's made up of creative people who like to ham it up. Two people get up on "stage," and the rest of the group shouts out a situation (for example, "buying a puppy") and a relationship (like, "husband and wife") that they have to improvise a scene around.

At any time, someone from the audience can yell, "Freeze!" and both performers have to freeze in place. Then, the one who yelled "freeze!" taps one of the performers on the shoulder, replaces him, and starts a new scene, based on a new situation that they all make up. The game keeps going until everyone has a turn on stage.

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Suck and Blow

The name of this game makes it sound a lot dirtier than it is (though the game is still a little dirty.) Stand in a circle and pass a playing card around the circle using only your mouths, so the person with the card on their mouth has to "blow" it onto the next person's mouth as that person "sucks" it in. If the card drops, both people are eliminated.