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Party Games: List of the Best

Last updated: March 27, 2024

If you’re someone who likes being over-prepared and you’re worried about what will happen if only a few people show up at your party, have a board or card game on hand.

The Best Board and Card Games for Small Parties

Here are games that work well:

A Note from The Author (Nick Gray)

You’re doing it! This will be fun.

My big goal in writing this book and these articles is to get 500 people to host their own party and tell me about it.

You can see my current list and count at

Send me an email or text me with your party date.

Email to [email protected] or text me at +1-917-635-9967

I reply to every message, usually quick. And I’ll give you a few bonus tips and tricks or answer any questions.

Send me a note now. Email to [email protected] or text me at +1-917-635-9967

More ideas? Email me your suggestions.

The only two games that I have are SET and Timeline. I’ve only used them once.

You shouldn’t need any of these party games when you host an event like the one I describe here and in my handbook. My parties are more about new connections where everyone is always standing up and in conversation. These games are just an emergency backup in case you have tons of no-shows or late arrivals.

The Nudge Party Game Hall of Fame

See the list of games you can do that involve drinking and games that don’t involve drinking here.

Icebreaker Cards

I wrote an article about some of the best icebreaker card decks. Read about my favorites here:

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Icebreaker Cards: Review of 5 Different Decks
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About the author

Nick Gray is the author of The 2-Hour Cocktail Party. He’s been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and in a popular TEDx talk. He sold his last company Museum Hack in 2019. Today he’s an expert on networking events, small parties, and creating relationships. Read more about Nick Gray here.

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