Cyndi Lauper said it best when she released her iconic tune, Girls Just Want to Have Fun. And what's more fun than having some games for girls' night? With the right party game, you can transform a chill night into one filled with fun and hilarious memories your besties will cherish.
Don't go broke entertaining your guests with expensive games. Many of our fun suggestions include girls' night games that don't require anything except you and your BFFs.
Ring My Bell
This fan-favorite party game needs nothing more than a small bell from the dollar store. One person acts as the game host, listing off scenarios that help everyone get to know each other better. Every 10 minutes, or randomly throughout the night, the game host will ring the bell to get everyone's attention. They will then ask everyone the following prompt: "I am looking for someone with..." which can range from something simple like looking for someone with candy in their purse to something more risqué like looking for someone with the wildest tattoo. The person who answers earns a point. Whoever has the most points at the end of the night is the winner.
Need an idea of what questions to ask? We got you covered. You can start off by printing out the list of questions provided using Adobe and later add your own. If you need help downloading the printables, check out these helpful tips.
Some scenarios you can use include:
I am looking for someone who has...
- the oldest car
- a motorcycle
- the most tattoos
- the most kids
- the most piercings
- the most exotic pet
- been married the longest
- the heaviest purse
- the most pets
- the weirdest celebrity crush
- the smallest shoe size
- the weirdest laugh
- the wildest travel story
- the most pennies in their purse
- slid into a celebrity's DMs
- the ability to whistle
- the best Mickey Mouse impression
I am looking for someone who is...
- the oldest (only ask this one with a crowd that won't take offense!)
- wearing the most red (or black, pink, green, etc.)
- the newest in town
- wearing the highest high heels
- wearing the most buttons
- able to juggle
- able to do a handstand
- the one most likely to start a kitchen fire
- able to do the "Thriller" dance
- most attached to their cell phone
- able to perform a split
- the best singer
- wearing two mismatched socks
Get this game ready before the girls meet up by writing a list of Ring My Bell questions that'll be fun for your gang. You may also want to include a grand prize for the winner.
Cookie Cook Off
If you are having a girls' night near a holiday, you can have a cookie cook off. This can be done in one of two ways. First, each attendee can bake her favorite cookies at home, and then bring a plate of the cookies to the party. As a group, you can have a taste-test contest to decide who is the Queen of Cookies. (Hint: we think this cookie recipe is a sure-fire winner.)
Since baking chocolate chip cookies requires a bit of time and preparation, you can purchase premade dough or bake a bunch of plain sugar cookies ahead of time and then have a decorating contest. Divide your guests into groups and provide plenty of decorating supplies. Time the teams and see who can decorate the best batch of cookies in five minutes. The best part of this game? Everyone is a winner as you get to eat the cookies.
Purse Treasure Hunt
Who is the Mary Poppins of the bunch? More specifically, who has the purse that seems to have everything you need? One person will act as the game host, where they will create a list of common items you'd find in a woman's purse. These might include items like:
- A mirror
- Hair clip
- Particular coins
- Credit card
- Shopping list
- Old receipt
The person hosting the game will call out one item at a time. The first woman to produce that item from her purse is awarded one point. Whoever winds up with the most points by the end of the game wins.
Playing I Never is one of the classic girls night games. Some women can get pretty wild with this game, so be careful if alcohol is involved. The game tends to be played with one person saying "I never" and following it with a statement. For example, "I never speed on the freeway on the way to work." Everyone who has done what the statement mentions must take a drink. For a non-alcoholic version, everyone who has done what the statement mentions must stand up and do the Hokey-Pokey as they turn around. A little silliness only makes the game more fun.
If you're looking for a winner or loser in this game, you can start with everyone having open palms. Every time someone has performed one of the "I never" statements, they put a finger down. The first person to put all their fingers down first loses, and the one who keeps the most fingers up wins.
Learn things you never knew about your friends before! All you need is a small notepad and writing utensils.
- Give each of your gal pals a piece of paper and ask them to write down something about themselves or something they've done that no one else knows about. For example, one friend might have had an exotic pet as a young girl, or another may have a birthmark in an unusual place. You can be as risqué or tame as you'd like with these facts.
- Have them fold their notes and drop them into an empty bowl or glass.
- Take turns drawing out one note at a time, reading it to the group, and having everyone guess which friend wrote it.
Play just for fun, or award a point to the first person who guesses correctly. The person with the most points can win a special prize, like a free cocktail or free dessert that the rest of the group chips in to purchase.
This game is best played during a girls' night in party. Ask everyone to bring some clothes and accessories befitting a beauty queen, from glittery tiaras to costume jewelry, feather boas, or even glam party dresses and shoes. Put all of the items in a large garbage bag or laundry basket. The game itself is played in a similar fashion to musical chairs. Sit in a circle and start the music, or put a DVD in to play and pass the bag around the circle. When the music or movie stops, the person holding the bag must take out an item and put it on.
Continue like this, without removing anyone from the circle, until all the clothing and accessories are being worn. Then make sure to take a few pictures of you and your glamorous beauty queen friends! If you'd like to crown a winner for this game, pick the person wearing the most or fewest items or the one who looks most befitting of the title of beauty queen.
Who Am I?
There are two ways to play "Who Am I?" Both of them start out with someone writing down the names of famous people on Post-It notes, writing the names on the non-sticky side and creating enough so that each person can draw one. Choose celebrities who are well known for their mannerisms and style or who are relatively simple and fun to emulate. Fold the sticky notes in half, place the names in a bowl, and have everyone draw one, being careful that the notes don't all get stuck together.
For the first way to play, make sure that you and your friends do not look at the name you've drawn. Open the notes without looking, and have everyone stick the Post-Its to their foreheads. This way, others can read the names, but no one can see her own. Take turns asking questions about who your celebrity might be, using only questions that can be answered with a "yes" or a "no." The first person to guess who she is wins the game.
For another take on this game, you can use plain paper instead of sticky notes for the names. Have each person draw a celebrity and look at the name. Then, throughout the evening, try to act like your chosen celebrity from time to time. Throw out a movie quote that the star might have said, recite lyrics from a musical celebrity, or try to mimic the star's signature style or quirks. When someone correctly guesses who you are, hand over your note with the celebrity name on it. At the end of the evening, the person with the most notes wins the game.
Kiss, Marry, Kill
Ladies' night is a safe space, but that doesn't mean your girlfriends aren't judging your romantic taste. You'll start by picking three celebrities and then having each girl choose which of the three they would rather kiss, marry to wed, or hypothetically put to death. This is a fun game to play, even if some of your friends already have spouses. If you really want to spice up the night, you may want to choose people that you all personally know in real life. Just make sure your girls are okay with talking about these folks.
Like I Never, this game can get rowdy fairly quickly. Play only one round unless everyone is planning to spend the night, or opt for a non-alcoholic version, which can be just as much fun.
To set up the game, put out a variety of liquids commonly used in cocktails, such as alcohol, juice, and more. Set these out in an area where people can mix a concoction without anyone else seeing her, such as a corner of the kitchen. Choose a few common items mixed with some more unusual ones, such as:
- Flavored liqueurs
- Sparkling water
- Orange juice
- Iced tea
- Tomato juice
- Hot sauce
- Chocolate syrup
- Pickle juice
You'll also want to have lots of small cups or plastic wine glasses and some small spoons or stir sticks handy.
To play the game, the first person goes to the "bar" and creates a cocktail with two or three different ingredients. She then brings the cocktail in, and everyone gets to take a sip. The first person to correctly guess the ingredients gets a point. If nobody guesses correctly, the cocktail creator gets the point for that round. Continue playing until everyone has had a chance to create a cocktail. At the end of the game, the person with the most points wins. You could give a nice prize for this game, such as a cocktail shaker, or go with something funny, like a bottle of aspirin.
If you don't want everyone sipping out of the same glass, you can use an old bartender's tasting trick. Give everyone a straw. Have them dip the straw in the drink, press their thumb to the top of the straw to draw in the drink, and then hold the straw over their mouth and release their thumb to taste.
Fountain of Youth Craft Table
Take a trip down memory lane where you would sit with your besties in art class. If you weren't spreading glitter over handmade greeting cards, you were probably gluing everything you set your eyes on. Set up your table with the supplies you'll need to do some youthful craft projects. The ideas below use simple materials and are quick to make, but feel free to substitute your own favorites.
Starburst Candy Wrapper Bracelets
Gather your candy wrappers and make matching bracelets that will instantly tag you as best friends! You'll need 36 wrappers for each one, along with enough safety pins for everyone to keep them on your wrists.
Pipe Cleaner Flowers
Remember playing with pipe cleaners? You could make all kinds of cool stuff with them! Pick up some pipe cleaners in various colors and bend them into flowers. You can make a bouquet to celebrate a guest of honor or just create a souvenir of a great night out.
If you want to spend the night laughing, try doing each other's makeup — without seeing what you're doing. You can choose a game host who will pick two names out of a hat. The first person will have their makeup done by the second, who has their eyes covered with a blindfold or sleep mask. Afterward, the person who went first can now do the other person's makeup. Don't forget to commemorate your beautiful makeovers with a group selfie.
Girls' Night Games Create Stronger Friendships
Girls' night can mean a number of different things: drinks and/or dinner out on the town, a quiet night in with sweet treats, or even a favorite chick flick in the DVD player. Games can add to a fun night between friends and can help break the ice for any newcomers joining the group. No matter how big or small the social circle, there is a game to liven your gal get-together.