It’s the most wonderful time of year, which means lots of family get-togethers. I firmly believe board games are one of the best ways to spend quality time with other people. Whether you know everyone well, or only see them a couple of times a year for major holidays or special occasions, playing games is an excellent way to create lasting memories.
These party game suggestions give everyone something to do before and after dinner is served. Since holiday gatherings bring together family members of all ages, I like to choose family-friendly games that can accommodate a large number of players and have rules that are quick and easy to explain.
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Speechless, from Arcane Wonders, is a fun twist on the classic game of charades. Instead of splitting into teams with one person acting out a prompt and their team shouting guesses, each player acts out three clues, and the rest of the players write down their guesses.
While the game only comes with a certain number of dry-erase boards, you could add additional players writing their guesses on a piece of paper. Depending on how many relatives are visiting, you could split into pairs or small teams if needed.
Balderdash is one of my favorite party games. This one is better suited to playing with tweens, teens, and adults. There is a lot more reading and writing involved in this one, but it is guaranteed to result in lots of laughs.
In Balderdash, one player reads a prompt from the card (there are several categories), and everyone else makes up an answer. The player then reads all of the made-up answers and the real answer, which the other players vote on. This is a great game to play with relatives because you are sure to make hilarious memories.
Monikers is a party game in which players get their teams to guess which celebrity they are describing or imitating. There are three rounds, during which the types of clues change. In the first round, players can say anything except the name. In the second round, they can only give one-word clues. In the third round, they can’t say anything and can only act out clues. Monikers accommodates a large number of players and can get really silly!
We hope you make lots of memories and strengthen family connections playing these games with relatives throughout the holidays. If you are traveling, check out this roundup of board games to take on a trip or our list of games you can play on road trips.