Creating party games for large groups comes naturally to me. I honestly feel like I was born to have fun and help others do the same. I love working with large groups of people. The more the merrier!
I do volunteer work with teenagers, both large and small groups. I just love their energy!
Because of this, I have planned, played and/or created several large group games. I have even planned and executed a week long camping experience for 200+ girls that included hiking and cooking outdoors.
I have taken about the same amount of people into the wilderness for three days to re-enact a pioneer experience from the late 1800's. We dressed in period clothing and pulled our gear in what is called a handcart (think wooden wheel-barrel). I had them play authentic pioneer games and some other activities I made up for the experience. I also had these city folk milk some goats!
Planning for large groups is not foreign to me. And I love doing it. I have gathered some of my favorite games you can use with large amounts of people and put them here. Some are meant to be played outdoors, while others are perfect for an indoor winter party.
Have fun browsing the selection. If you see a description you like, click on the link for a printable instruction sheet.
Many people come to this site looking for a couple specific games. When they find them, great, the job is done. But there is one thing I want ALL my guests to know regardless of how many or how few pages they read. Therefore, if you see this box again on a few more pages, skip it and move on to finding more games for your event.
But for those reading this for the first time, here is the best advice I can pass on from my many years of experience planning and executing large and small events. Read on…
“Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.” These are great words from A.A. Milne, the creator of Winnie-the-Pooh. I couldn’t agree more. And a solid foundation of organizing and planning is needed for most events. But I am here to tell you even with the BEST organization, no event is going to proceed EXACTLY as planned. You may even have a Plan B, C or D as a back-up. That’s fabulous! But trust me on this one; something will happen that you had no way of anticipating. So what now? Here is the trick. Pay close attention to this because it is the single most important piece of wisdom I can share with my readers.
Are you ready?
That’s it. I could write an entire page on how to “be in the moment” and “have fun at your own party.” But neither of those will happen if you don’t have the mindset that it’s alright to have things turn out differently than you imagined. The good news is that usually what you planned in your head that didn’t come through was never even missed by most.
So if you are going along, playing a game, or any other group activity, and it leads you down a road you didn’t foresee… Enjoy the ride.