Last Updated on August 18, 2022
If you have a dinner party coming up, take a look at our top 10 best dinner party board games to keep the conversation going while the wine is flowing.
Board games are the perfect activity to break the ice and get to know people better. So, once you’ve finished off a delicious meal, crack open another bottle of wine, and play one of these board games best suited for a dinner party!
🏆 Our Top Picks for Best Dinner Party Board Games
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#1. Dixit: Odyssey
Playing time: 30mins
Dixit: Odyssey is an imaginative game where players tell stories as their imaginations unlock the tale. In this creative guessing game, a player selects a card and thinks up a clue inspired by the card. Other players choose a card they think might match. Cards are then shuffled and a secret vote reveals the card that best matches.
With gorgeous dreamlike illustrations, players are immersed in fantastical situations and unexplored realms.
If you’ve got a creative bunch at your dinner party, bring out Dixit: Odyssey!
Playing time: 30mins
Splendor takes place in the Renaissance period where players work to become the greatest gemstone merchants to acquire glory and prestige!
Players will try to take advantage of trade routes and master the gem trade to attract the wealthiest of nobles. But, building a commercial empire is no easy job. You’ll be investing in mines, sending ships to faraway lands, and recruiting the most renowned artisans.
Splendor is a game of strategy where players work to collect gem tokens to acquire cards, like mines, boats, storefronts, and caravans that’ll help develop their empire. Although it’s a strategy game, it’s easy to learn and set up, taking only 30 minutes until you can give your strategy another go!
#3. The Resistance: Avalon
Playing time: 30mins
Secret identities, deduction, and deception come together as good and evil battle it out to control civilization.
The Resistance: Avalon is set in foggy medieval mythology where King Arthur attempts to bring prosperity and honor to Britain’s future. With his brave warriors by his side, he’s sure to take charge and lead Britain to glory. But, among his brave warriors lurks Mordred’s corrupt minions. Merlin, one of Arthur’s most loyal servants, knows these agents of evil but can only talk in riddles.
Avalon is a standalone version of the Resistance that’s set in the fantasy world of Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. It’s a fantastic party game and will let you know who among your friends is the best liar.
#4. Hunt a Killer: Death at the Dive Bar
Playing time: 30-180mins
A group of like-minded women who enjoy relaxing to serial killer podcasts will do amazingly well at Hunt a Killer: Death at the Dive Bar. After all, hours upon hours of delving into the minds of killers has got to pay off somehow.
Hunt a Killer: Death at the Dive Bar is an immersive murder mystery experience where players become investigators, examining evidence, eliminating suspects, and trying to catch the killer. A murder has taken place in a local dive bar by a masked figure. All in the town are potential suspects. The death has been ruled an accident but foul play is suspected and you’ll need to prove it. To solve the crime, players will need to decode ciphers and try to piece together all the clues and evidence.
Hunt a Killer feels like you are actually solving a real-life murder mystery by engaging everyone in the game experience, making it a perfect option for dinner parties.
Do you have what it takes to crack the codes and find the killer?
Playing time: 15mins
Think you’re good at calling people’s bluffs? Coup will make you question everyone, turning a dinner party into an interrogation. But, like, in a fun way.
Coup is a very simple game to learn, beginners will pick it up quickly, but it’s not so easy to win. You’ll need to be cunning and know when to lay low and when to call your opponent’s bluff.
There are only 5 roles, Captain, Assassin, Ambassador, Duke, and Contessa, each with different abilities and powers. You’ll only get two cards, playing one action each turn. The game moves fast as you try to work out who’s being honest and who’s lying.
These are turbulent times, you’ll need to bluff your way to absolute dinner table power.
#6. Llamas Unleashed
Playing time: 30-45mins
Llamas Unleashed is alpaca-ed with fun and excitement.
The creators of Unstable Unicorns are back with some hilarious llama-related puns. From the ‘illamanati’ to ‘alpacalypse’, farmageddon is upon us as the most epic barnyard battle breaks out.
Llamas Unleashed is a card game where the first person to collect seven llamas, goats, alpacas, or rams, wins! Pretty simple, but with magic, instant, upgrade, and downgrade cards you can progress to winning by destroying your fellow farms.
With hilarious puns and adorable artwork, the game is sure to be a hit at the dinner party!
#7. Codenames: Pictures
Two rival spymasters know each of their agent’s locations. Can they contact their spies through coded messages, telling them where to go for clandestine meetings? Operatives must also be careful as a decoding mistake could lead to an assassin.
A game of clues and deduction, Codenames: Pictures has players race to be the first to contact all their agents, but only one team will be successful. If you’re planning a larger dinner party there’s a Codenames: Pictures XXL version to include all your guests.
#8. Trash Pandas
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
In Trash Pandas: the raucous raccoon game, players paw through the deck of day-old pizza, luscious leftovers, and half-eaten candy as you try to stash and trash your way to victory. Roll a die and collect tokens, as you’ll need them to perform actions. But, watch out for doggo and kitteh…if your opponents gain these cards, they’ll get a leg up on you!
Another one of Gamewright’s great card games, the more you roll, the more actions you can take so you’ll need to compete fiercely without getting too greedy.Trash Pandas
#9. Mountain Goats
If it’s coming towards the end of the night but your guests want to play one more board game, Mountain Goats is perfect for the nightcap before everyone goes home.
Mountain Goats is a quick game where players try to get their goats to the top. You’ll work to move your goats up six different mountains. Although you can share spaces with other goats, once you reach the top, there can only be one goat king!
You’ll need to get your timing right as you try to reach the top of each mountain. Others might be there already trying to knock you off. Keep an eye on your opponents while still maximizing your score and goat king should be your title in no time!Mountain Goats
#10. Blank Slate
Playing time: 20-35mins
The game where great _____ think alike.
Blank Slates is a fun party game where you have to try to figure out what everyone’s thinking.
In each round of Blank Slate, a player picks a word cue card. Players then have to write a word they think best completes the card’s phrase. You’ll also try to match it to another player’s word while not giving a hint.
It’s super easy to learn and quick to play, making it a great choice of board game for guests of different gaming abilities.
We hope you enjoyed our list of the best dinner party board games and after-dinner card games to keep your guests entertained long after dessert has been served! Social party games and easy-to-learn card games are a great way to finish off a delicious meal while the wine is still flowing.
We hope you’ve found the best board game for your dinner party guests! Have you tried any of the games on this list? Did we miss any of your dinner party favorites? Drop a comment below and let us know what you think! We’d love to hear from you.
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