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2024, HERE IT COMES! 9 AWESOME NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY GAMES FOR TEENS

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9 FRESH AND FESTIVE NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY GAMES FOR TEENS

Whether your teenagers are joining in with a party you are hosting on 31st December or having a New Year’s Eve bash of their own, here’s a bunch of party games that always work well for teens.

Anyone who has been a teenager knows that the teen years can bring with them a certain amount of awkwardness. Be it not wanting to conform to what’s expected, being too self-conscious to join in any organised fun, or just wanting to do their own thing without their annoying family getting all up in their grill.

At the same time, teens are often just as excited to ring in the new year as the rest of us. So here’s a list of fun party games that will help ensure teens have a wonderful New Year’s Eve celebration that they’ll remember forever.

Group of teenagers with fireworks in the sky behind them.

9 PARTY GAMES FOR A BRILLIANT TEEN NEW YEAR

I’ve included the ideal minimum number of players for each game, the props you need and step-by-step instructions on how to play.

1. MOVIE TITLE CHARADES

  • Number of players: 4+
  • What you need: Either pens and paper or a computer/printer and a bowl

How to play:

  • Write down or type a list of movie titles that have been popular over the last 12 months. Include big blockbusters, movies that have blown up as a result of TikTok trends, NetFlix movies, and retro and nostalgic movies that teens love.
  • Cut the movie titles up into chits, fold them and put them in the bowl.
  • Either have the teens play against each other individually or divide them into teams.
  • Each person takes their turn to pull a chit and then silently act out the title of the movie.
  • Either everyone else or that player’s team has to try to guess the movie title.

2. GUESS THE RESOLUTION

  • Number of players: 6+
  • What you need: Paper chits, pens and a bowl

How to play:

  1. Invite each party guest to write down a single New Year’s resolution on a chit, fold it over and give it back to you.
  2. Get the players to sit in a circle.
  3. Pass the bowl to the first player. They must pull a chit from the bowl and read out the resolution.
  4. Everyone else has to guess who made the resolution.

3. WHO AM I?

  • Number of players: 6+
  • What you need: Post-It style notes (like these), pens

How to Play: 

Come up with a list of celebrities or well-known public figures who have been in the news or very visible over the past 12 months. You will need at least one name for each player.

Get everyone to sit in a circle, then go around and stick a post-it note to each player’s forehead. Make sure that they don’t see the name on their post-it.

Each player takes a turn asking yes/no answer questions about their famous person.

For example:

  • Is this person a man or a woman?
  • Is this person in their 20s?
  • Is this person a singer/actor/politician?
  • Does this person have red hair?
  • Is this person tall?

Each player can either keep going until they guess correctly or give up, or you can give each player a set number of questions they can ask.

4. NAME THAT TUNE (FROM THE LAST YEAR)

How to play:

Divide the players into two teams and have one neutral person to operate the playlist and keep score.

Play the first song on the playlist.

The person who correctly shouts out the song title and the artist/group wins a point for their team.

You can spice things up a little more by giving bonus points for extra information on the song, like whether it was included in a movie soundtrack or which month it was released. Just make sure you know the correct answers!

The game continues until every song on the playlist has been played. The team with the most points wins.

Prize idea: A Spotify gift card would make a great prize.

5. FORTUNE TELLER GAME

Fortune Teller is a light-hearted look into the future for all the party guests. 

  • Number of players: 6+
  • What you need: Paper/ sticky notes and pens and four bags 
  • How To Play:
  • There are four categories – Marry, number of children, place, and profession. 
  • Each party guest writes down a name, place, number and profession on one of four pieces of paper
  • Fold the paper up so the writing can’t be seen
  • Put the paper into one of four category bags 
  • Each player takes a turn to pick a piece of paper from each one of the bags
  • That player then reads out their four category results
  • The levels of laughter will depend on how random the sentences are based on how random the details are on each piece of paper

I’ve taken this game from my roundup of the best 32 party games for teens, as it makes such a perfect NYE game.

6. WOULD YOU RATHER

Would You Rather is a great ice-breaker game to get teens feeling relaxed and ready to party.

  • Number of players: 3+
  • What you need: A set of funny, interesting and challenging questions appropriate for teens. You can buy a set of Would You Rather cards to make life easy. 

How to play

  • The party guests sit in a circle
  • The first guest starts the ball rolling by asking the first ‘Would you rather…’ question to the person sitting opposite them in the circle
  • Play continues until the teens have had enough!!

I’ve put together a free PDF printable set of over 200 Would You Rather Questions for Teens you. can grab.

7. FORTUNE COOKIE FACE CHALLENGE

Fortune Cookie Face Challenge is a riff on another absolute classic game that works really well for teen parties. It involves getting a fortune cookie from the forehead to the mouth without using hands. 

  • Number of players: 4+
  • What you need: A packet of Fortune Cookies. I always buy these Fortune Cookies.

How to play:

  • Everyone is given a fortune cookie to place on their forehead.
  • Each person uses their facial muscles to try and move the fortune cookie to their mouth.
  • The first person to successfully hold the cookie in their mouth can break it open and read out their fortune.

8. JUNK IN THE NEW YEAR’S TRUNK

The Junk in the Trunk game is pure comedy genius. It is a great game for ensuring that everyone is up and moving and having fun.

  • Number of players: 6+
  • What you need: Empty rectangular tissue boxes, something to tie the box around a waist (bumbag/fanny pack style). 8 ping pong balls per tissue box, an energetic party music playlist and a stopwatch on your mobile/cell.

How to play:

  • Junk In The Trunk involves a lot of dancing, shaking and moving around. 
  • The game can be played one player at a time or everyone can play at once if you have enough junk sets.
  • Put eight ping pong balls in each tissue box, and cut slits in the box so you can thread a belt/tie through it.
  • Ask each player to tie the belt around their waist with the box at the back.
  • The player/s get one minute to shake their bodies and get the balls out of the box.
  • Any player who manages to get all the ping pong balls out of the box wins a prize. 

For anyone reading this who was a teen in the early 90s, here’s a recent YouTube clip of Donnie Wahlberg of New Kids On The Block fame shaking his booty in a game of Junk in the Trunk.

YouTube video

9. BABY WHO?

I think Baby Who? is a great game for New Year’s Eve because it ties the past in with the future, and the future is what NYE is all about. It’s also a great game because teens are just getting old enough to feel nostalgic about their childhoods.

Number of players: 6+ (the more, the merrier to keep everyone guessing)

What you need: As everyone in advance to bring out a printout of a photo of them as a baby, a washing line or string and some clothes or mini pegs, and a printout with a number for each of the baby photos.

How to play:

  • Take each baby photo as the guests arrive (make sure no one else sees the photos), and write a number on the back of each.
  • Peg the photos to string or a washing line that you’ve strung up.
  • Give each player a sheet with a list of numbers and ask them to write the name of the person they think is pictured in each baby photo by the correct number.
  • Do a big reveal at the end by taking each photo one by one and asking the person whose baby photo it is to stand up.
  • The player with the most correct guesses wins.