Last Updated on January 17, 2023
It’s your birthday, and it’s time to party! What better way to have fun than some social party games?
Our top picks for the best birthday party board games are sure to take the cake. They’re quick to learn and great for groups. So you can jump right in without wasting any precious party time.
Just remember, it’s your day to celebrate! So go on… grab a board game, and get started.
🏆 Our Top Picks for Best Birthday Party Board Games
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Playing time: 30-60 minutes
Monikers is an excellent game to get the party started.
Two teams of competitors battle it out, guessing well-known figures over three rounds.
In the first round, you can say anything you’d like. What movies did they act in? What are they famous for? You better help your team remember all the celebrities — in the second round, you can only say one word. And in the third, it’s charades only… no words allowed.
Monikers is a lighthearted, social game. It’s super easy to learn with minimal setup required. So you can jump right in!
Playing time: 20 minutes
Bring the party together with Just One.
Just One is a collaborative word association game. One player is the guesses. Everyone else looks at a target word and gives one-word hints.
You’ll need to be strategic and get in your teammates’ heads. If you write the same clue as another player, that word is thrown out.
The guesser gets… Just One chance to guess the word correctly! You have 13 words in total. Aim for all 13, but as long as the group has fun, you can call it a success!
Playing time: 40 minutes
Concept is a word-guessing game based on pictures. But put away those pencils – the images are already included!
In concept, two teams work to guess a target word. One person on each team is the Cluemaster, carefully choosing pictures on the board to describe their word.
There are significant clues and more detailed descriptions. If your word is karaoke, you might use music as your big clue, then add other details like singing and party. But the only word you can say is “Yes,” so use those clues wisely!
Word options vary from easy to difficult, so you can play will all levels. There’s also a Concept: Kids version for younger players.
Concept does an excellent job of uniting teams and getting them to think outside the box.
Wits & Wagers Party
Playing time: 25 minutes
Wits & Wagers Party is a social gambling game. Players are asked silly questions such as “How many Pringles chips come in a standard-sized can?” Players write their guesses and lay them out on the board.
Then it’s time to place your bet! This happens similarly to Roulette, with different wagers earning different amounts. The closest answer wins – and winnings are distributed.
Wits & Wagers Party is a simple game to learn but allows some strategy, gambling, and fun guessing to get the party going.
They say the average of everyone’s guesses usually comes up with the correct answer. So will you be too high, too low, or spot on? Make a wager to find out!
Playing time: 10 minutes
Werewords is a twist on the classic Werewolf game. Think Werewolf meets 20 Questions.
There’s an element of social deduction, but the main goal is to guess a secret word. An app supplies thousands of words and takes the pressure off the moderator.
Players ask yes or no questions to figure out the word. The Seer and the Werewolf know the word, so they may try to help or hinder others with their guesses.
You’ll only have 4 minutes. If you can guess the word, the villagers are victorious! But if the Werewolves can identify the Seer, they get the win.
Werewords is perfect for party-goers who might need some variety from the traditional Werewolf – and enjoy word games as well.
A Fake Artist Goes to New York
Playing time: 20 minutes
A Fake Artist Goes to New York is an artistic social deduction game. One player is the Question Master and assigns everyone the same word to draw — except one person. This Fake Artist gets an X.
Stroke by stroke, everyone draws the image to the best of their ability. Don’t worry about your drawing skills — different interpretations only add to the fun!
The Fake Artist tries to keep up, but the more detailed the drawing, the harder this becomes. If the scam artist is identified, it’s game over! But if they can make it till the end, the Question Master and Fake Artist win.
So, can you fake it till you make it? Or will you be labeled an imposter? Head to New York to find out!
Playing time: 30-45 minutes
Get into the minds of your teammates. In Wavelength, a target hides on a spectrum. In each round, a set of opposing words is presented. The Cluemaster gives a hint — getting their team to guess where the target lies.
Let’s say the opposing words are hot and cold. If your target is right in the middle, your clue could be room-temperature. It won’t always be that easy — you’ll need to play to your audience and think creatively.
Wavelength is all about connecting with your team. Get on the same Wavelength, and you’re sure to win!
Playing time: 30 minutes
Junk Art is a race to create a masterpiece! In this Jenga-like game, players build structures using pieces of all shapes and colors.
Pick a location card to determine this round’s rules. Each place has unique gameplay. In Monaco, players work individually to add ten pieces to their structure without falling. In Paris, players might take turns adding to the same structure.
Junk Art is constantly changing and creating unpredictable elements, which can be equally fun and frustrating!
It’ll take coordination and strategy to beat your opponents. So be quick and creative — and you might be the winning artist!
Playing time: 20-30 minutes
Could you sell snake oil as medicine? Put your sales skills to work in this game.
Snake Oil is all about pitching sales ideas to your audience. Players get six-word cards. In each round, one player is the customer. They may be a babysitter, doctor, or mechanic.
Combine two-word cards to create a product. Then, pitch this product to your audience. If your customer is a babysitter, you might use the words sleep and machine. Getting kids to sleep instantly sounds like a babysitter’s dream!
The customer chooses the best product and awards that salesperson. Be the sneakiest salesperson, and make the most sales, to win!
Playing time: 20 minutes
Taboo is a word-guessing game. One player must describe a word for their teammates to guess. And while the phrases may be simple, you’ll need to avoid 5 commonly used terms.
Flip the timer and start guessing! Every correct guess is one point. But say a taboo word – and you lose a point.
The opposing team monitors the word cards. If they hear a taboo word, they can use an obnoxious buzzer to call it out.
Guests might get a little rowdy as they play. But it’s all in good fun!
We hope you enjoyed our list of the best birthday party board games! These games have high player counts, are simple to learn, and will keep your guests entertained for the whole party!
Have you tried any of the games on this list? Did we miss any of your birthday party favorites? Drop a comment below and let us know what you think! We’d love to hear from you.