Thanksgiving party games are the perfect way to break the ice during family gatherings. It can help those who haven’t seen each other for a long time mingle again. Plus, party games are simply a fun way to celebrate the holiday.
Exciting Thanksgiving Party Games
Most Americans celebrate Thanksgiving at home or their relatives’ place. The hosts of these family gatherings painstakingly prepare grand feasts with Thanksgiving turkey and desserts. They also prepare activities, many in the form of various Thanksgiving Day party games.
These Thanksgiving party games are perfect for family gatherings. Moreover, there’s an activity for a family of every size, whether big or small. They make the holiday special and genuinely bring people together.
1. Spin-the-Pie Game
Spin-the-pie is among the most fun Thanksgiving dinner games for adults and kids. The spinnable wheel will have six categories. Each person spins the wheel and says something they’re thankful for related to the category the wheel landed on. Everyone can take turns and share what they appreciate about life in true Thanksgiving spirit.
The host must prepare a paper plate with six segments: family, work, friends, home, travel, and pets. Then simply make a piece of colored paper into a pie with six slices, one slice cut out. Place it on top of the paper plate with a brad pin.
2. Face the Pie
Face the Pie is undoubtedly a fun game if you want some lighthearted Thanksgiving party ideas for adults. Participants must use their mouths to fish out edible letters from a pie tin full of whipped cream. They must form the chosen word on a separate plate — the first to finish wins the game.
You only need plenty of pie tins, gummy letters, and whipped cream. It’s easy to set up and perfect for large gatherings with many relatives and guests.
3. Feather Float
This game is suitable even as a family Christmas game or other similar events or gatherings. It’s simple to prepare. All you need are small and light fake feathers. The goal is to blow the feather and keep it afloat for as long as possible; whoever keeps the feather floating the longest wins.
This game can be done individually or by teams. Individuals can keep the feathers floating for one minute, while teams don’t need a maximum time. The winners can get small prizes like treats or Thanksgiving trinkets.
4. Tree Slab Tic-Tac-Toe
Many families go camping to celebrate the holiday, making setting up Thanksgiving party games a little tricky. However, this doesn’t mean they can’t have them at all. One simple party game people might enjoy is tree slab tic-tac-toe.
It’s the same as regular tic-tac-toe, but the board is made of a round wooden tree slab. The grid is made of leather strips, while the tic-tac-toe pieces can be rocks, pinecones, or fallen autumn leaves. You can make multiple sets so more people can play.
5. Apple Toss
Apples and varying sizes of apple bushels are all you need to create this game. Simply place three bushels at a distance and mark a standing point. Each bushel will have different point assignments, with smaller bushels having larger points. The goal is to stand at the standing point and toss apples into the bushels. Whoever earns the most points with their set of apples wins the game.
This can be done individually or via team. Teams can assign one apple per person so everyone can participate. The host only needs to prepare decent prizes to award the winners. Perhaps they can get a Thanksgiving food basket or some prize money.
6. Thanksgiving Jeopardy Game
Group games for Thanksgiving can be fun for big families. One way to encourage everyone to participate is to host a Thanksgiving Jeopardy game. The scoreboard, categories, topics, and prizes can all be in line with the holiday theme. If you have the budget, you can allot a huge pot of prize money.
7. Thanksgiving Murder Mystery Party
Add some spice to your Thanksgiving gathering by hosting a murder mystery game. Each person can get a unique character with roles to play during the party. The host only needs to arrange the clues and the elements of the murder. Then, all that’s left is for people to guess who the murderer is by the night’s end.
8. Thanksgiving Charades
Who doesn’t like a game of charades? The words can all be related to the holiday season, with the attendees split into teams. It’s sure to be a fun activity for everyone involved. Moreover, it’s the perfect party game for large gatherings. It’s also pretty easy to set up, as all you’ll need are words on strips of paper.
9. Thanksgiving Sack Race
A classic sack race is the perfect way to celebrate Thanksgiving if your family and guests have young kids. The kids can participate with their parents. You don’t need anything fancy — just use the standard rules and gather a few potato sacks. To make it more festive, you can also provide Thanksgiving-themed snacks.
10. Turkey Scavenger Hunt
Families with children are sure to enjoy the classic Thanksgiving scavenger hunt. Just print turkey silhouettes with numbers on them from 1-12. Then, hide them all around the house or backyard. If the kids find them all, they can get a small prize like candy, snacks, or toys.
11. Thanksgiving Heads Up
Playing a game of heads-up is sure to get everyone engaged and conversing. Everyone at the dinner table must stick a piece of paper with a word on their forehead. Each person will need to guess their Thanksgiving-related word. The participants can help each other make their guesses by providing clues.
12. Thanksgiving Bingo
A classic bingo game is perfect for families with kids and elderly members. The same bingo rules apply. However, the only difference is the host needs to print or purchase bingo cards with a fall or Thanksgiving theme. The cards can have turkeys, pies, and other pictures randomly placed on the grid.
Fun for Everyone
Thanksgiving party games are a fun way of celebrating the holiday with family and friends. This way, Thanksgiving gatherings can be more exciting. People can gather together not just to eat but also to bond.
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