Ice breaker games serve to loosen up a group, get them acquainted with one another, start them laughing, and sometimes to get them familiar with each other’s names. I have put together a list of some of my favorite ways to accomplish this objective.
The formal definition of an ice breaker is "an opening remark, action, etc., designed to ease tension or relieve formality." That is exactly what these party games do. It is no wonder that the term comes from the ship with the same name.
Have you ever been to a party where you only knew the Host, or very few other people? Kind of awkward if your not a party person who can start up conversations with ease. Here is a way that YOU as the Host/Hostess can make your guests feel comfortable and at ease... play a few of these games. Make it simple for a shy guest to learn names. Even the ones who aren't that shy need a little help getting to know the other party guests.
Don't be afraid to use some of these games with a group of friends that already know each other well. You can have a ton of fun while cementing the relationships even deeper. This is especially true if the activities are played at a family reunion where several family members have not seen each other in years.
Many of our Get to Know You Games work well also. Plus, we have a long list of simple questions you can add to many of our games. You will find them on our Get to Know You Questions page.