Best Board Games for New Years Eve

Happy Monday and Merry Christmas Eve! All eyes are on Christmas but we will blink and it will be over. At least we have New Years Eve celebrations to look forward to. We always celebrate with friends and all of our kids. Our celebration always includes a few games and each year we usually add in a new game. Today, I am sharing our favorite games to play on New Years Eve. I’ve included both family friendly and grown up options depending on your celebration!

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5 Family Friendly Board Games for New Years Eve

If your celebration includes a mix of kids and adults, here are a few games to keep everyone entertained! Almost all of these games are high energy and funny! On New Year’s Eve it is all about staying up to midnight, so these games will keep you awake!!

What Ya Mouth

Watch Ya Mouth is a very hilarious game to play with kids and adults. You use a mouthpiece (don’t worry you don’t have to share) to say various phrases and your team has to guess what you are saying. It makes for a lot of laughs and also a lot of photo opportunities! Everyone looks pretty hilarious wearing the mouthpiece. It is a great game for kids to play with each other with minimal adult assistance.

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Watch Ya Mouth

Exploding Kittens

Our kids just got Exploding Kittens as an early Christmas present and we are loving it! It is a fast action strategy card game that is for kids and adults ages 7 and up. It took a few minutes to understand the rules of the game, but then it was very easy to execute. It’s a great portable game that you could pop in your purse and play anywhere.  Also a fast moving game, so it can be perfect if you don’t have a lot of time.  I will definitely bring this game with us on New Years Eve.

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Exploding Kittens


When I asked my kids what games they like to play on New Years, my daughter mentioned Yahtzee. This is a totally classic game that we play year round. But it is a great one for New Years because it is fun for all ages. If you have little kids in the crowd, you can always pair them up with a bigger kid to make them feel included!

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There are many different version of Hedbanz including a lot of family versions. We have this Pokemon version but this Hedbanz Family Edition would be a crowd-pleaser! Everyone wears a headband and has to guess “What am I?”  You must ask yes or no questions to figure out if the card on your head is an animal, food or man-made object. This game is great for even young players! It is great way to get everyone engaged and talking with each other!

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Hedbanz Family Edition

Pie Face Cannon Game

If your crowd is willing to get a little messy, than Pie Face is very hilarious game!! Take turns trying to cannon a load of whipped cream into each other’s faces. You can corral the kids (and willing adults) and let them play this game on their own. As you can imagine, it can be a little messy. But the kids love getting a little whipped cream on their face (to lick clean!) Be sure to purchase whipped cream in advance!

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Pie Face Cannon Game


5 Grown Up Board Games for New Years Eve

If you have a chance to play some grown up board games, I’ve got a few ideas for you!

Catch Phrase Uncensored

We have been playing Catch Phrase for YEARS. It is a great game for a big group of friends. I just saw this Uncensored Version and I am sure it would be a lot of fun. Our particular Catch Phrase model is 10+ years old, so the terms are a little outdated. I might have to update to this version.

This game is a cross between hot potato and charades. To play, you divide the crowd into two teams. One person from each team goes up at the same time and the two representatives pass the Catch Phrase device back and forth. The captain is trying to get their team to guess the phrase on the device. Once the team guesses the phrase, the device is passed to the other team captain. Whoever is holding the device when the timer (that is inside the game) runs out loses. The device keeps track of the score making things even easier!

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 Cards Against Humanity

Cards Against Humanity came out several years ago and it seemed like it would be a fad. But this game has endured! With a 5 star rating on Amazon and over 32, 000 reviews, it is clearly a winner!!  It’s a game that you have to be among good friends because it is pretty raunchy and NOT politically correct. But it can be hilarious and it is a game that will produce a lot of laughs! This game is easy to learn and has minimal set up and materials. Perfect if you just want to be able to hang out and talk! There are tons of themes and expansion packs if you need new material!

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Cards Against Humanity

Evil Apples

Evil Apples is very similar to Cards Against Humanity but you play it on your phone. Everyone downloads the app to their phones and you play the game entirely on your phone. It is good if you don’t have Cards Against Humanity. The only downside is that you are staring at your phone. But it is nice that the app keeps track of your score and whose turn it is. Fun option if you do not want to purchase a board game!

What do you Meme?

Recently, we were out to dinner and the restaurant had board games including  What do you Meme? , After playing a few rounds, we decided it would be fun to play on New Years Eve. We were with the kids so we only showed them “kid appropriate” cards. It is definitely another party game that is not suitable for kids. Compete to create the funniest meme by pairing caption cards with the photo card in play. Similar to Cards Against Humanity, there is a rotating judge who determines who has the best answer. In this case, it is who has created the best meme.  This game also tons of themed expansion packs!

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What Do You Meme? 

Hot Seat

This is another game that you would want to play with good friends! Everyone is in the hot seat as they have to answer questions like “What would a documentary about my life be titled up to this point?” and “What will my gravestone say”? There are a mix of funny and somewhat deep questions. Unlike Cards Against Humanity which is just about having funny answers, Hot Seat requires you to answer openly and honestly! Fun game if you want to get to know your friends even better!

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Hot Seat


Best Board Games For New Years Eve


It is fun playing board games on New Years as it is a great way to add energy and pass the time until midnight! What are some of your favorite games to play with friends and family?

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  1. December 24, 2018 / 9:31 am

    Great suggestions! I have an old version of Catchphrase too. I have been thinking we might like Exploding Kittens!

  2. December 24, 2018 / 10:31 am

    Our kiddos are still pretty small so a good game of Toss Across and Animal Match are our go to…. but as they get older, these will definitely be family-style games that will be a must-have!

  3. candy
    December 24, 2018 / 1:38 pm

    We always got a new board game for our kids when they were at home. My daughter loves the something now. Love family time together.

  4. December 24, 2018 / 3:52 pm

    Great ideas!!! We are staying in for NYE this year and some of these would be perfect. Iā€™m intrigued by what do you meme

  5. December 24, 2018 / 4:14 pm

    I have the Disney version of Hedbanz; it’s fun, but there are some tricky characters on there for sure!! I’ve played Cards Against Humanity before – def. for the adults, but it’s fun!


  6. December 24, 2018 / 5:39 pm

    We just that Watch Ya Mouth game so I think that will be played at our family New Year’s Party. Hadn’t heard of the Exploding Kittens games but based upon the name, seems like something my kids would be into! šŸ˜‰

  7. Blue DeBell
    December 24, 2018 / 8:53 pm

    I love cards against humanity. It’s always such a laugh! They just released a cards against muggles which is all Harry Potter which is super fun as well (especially if you’re a wee nerd such as myself)

  8. Monidipa Dutta
    December 25, 2018 / 5:33 am

    Leave alone kids. i would love them. However they sound fun.

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