What Are Some Fun Entertainment Ideas for Parties?

Games that get people to interact with one another and exchange objects and ideas, such as a white elephant gift exchange, camera hot potato or a game of "Who Am I," are fun ways to entertain guests at a party. The goal with party entertainment is to break the ice, get people talking, and keep the mood fun and light.

A white elephant gift exchange, also known as Yankee Swap, is usually considered a holiday game but can be played any time of year. Each participant supplies one wrapped gift, puts it in the middle of the room and then gets to select a gift. Throughout the game, players can select a wrapped gift from the pile or "steal" an unwrapped one from a player who previously picked. This creates a soft sense of competition that can allow guests to bond and better get to know each other.

To play camera hot potato, someone sets the self-timer on a point-and-shoot camera, and then guests briefly point the camera at themselves at arm's length (like a selfie) before passing it to the left. The fun of the game is that guests never know when the camera will go off and take an awkward picture that can be posted to social media for laughs and amusement.

For "Who Am I," guests each get an assigned name and put that name on their foreheads or backs (so that they can't see their own assigned names). Players get up to 20 "yes-or-no" questions to determine who they are. The game is fun for parties because it gets people to talk to one another and can allow guests to befriend one another through silly questions and the pursuit of a goal.