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Celebrilicious: My favorite new party game

I was just at my sister’s house for her birthday party, and we played a party game that I’d played once before but had totally forgotten about. I have no idea what it’s called or if it even has a name, so I’m just going to call it Celebrilicious. Even if it does have a name, Celebrilicious is just sexy and I guarantee it’s better than anything else it’s ever been called.

Anyways, next time you’re throwing a party, or just having a get-together, play this game, damn it. (Please note the use of the term damn it, to imply how serious I am.) You’ll be laughing so hard your faces will fall off.

CELEBRILICIOUS

1. Each person writes the name of a well known Celebrity, public figure, famous person, whatever, on 3-6 different slips of paper (the more people there are, the less slips of paper you use). Just make sure the names are people that almost everybody will know. Fold them all in half and put them in a bowl (or a hat if you’re feeling super out-of-the-box crazy).

2. Split into two teams and each of you separate to your respective side of the room.

3. Set a timer for one minute. Choose a team to go first (no fighting please, surely you can find a diplomatic way to handle this). One person from that team spends his one minute helping his teammates guess the names on the paper. In this round, the only rule is that you can’t say the famous person’s name. Once the minute is up, the bowl (or hat if you opted to go super crazy) is passed to the next team.

4. The next team then has one minute to do the same. The bowl is passed back and forth until there are no more slips of paper. Both teams count their total slips of paper and mark their total score down on a fresh, clean, beautiful, good smelling sheet of paper.

5. All of the celebrity names are then put back into the bowl, and the teams take turns again, doing the exact same thing, with the exact same names. Only on round two, whoever’s up front can only say ONE WORD to explain the celebrity.

6. After round two has ended, points have been counted, and the papers have been put back in the bowl, we move into… (this is crazy, I know…) round three!

7. Round three is done exactly the same as the other rounds, except that it turns into a twisted version of Charades. No talking, only acting out the names in the bowl. In other words, you better have paid attention during the other two rounds to know what celebrities are in the bowl.

And that’s it! Count up your total points between the three rounds. Winners get to stand on chairs and bark orders at the losers who have to do anything the winners demand, such as clean up the party mess, go for an Near Beer run, or dance “the worm”.

Optionally, the losing team can opt to give back rubs to the winners instead. Just be careful that back rubs in the front room don’t lead to front rubs in the back room.

Did I really just say that? Maybe I shouldn’t be writing blog posts at 2 am. Maybe I shouldn’t drink so much Near Beer.

Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing

PS, have any of you ever played this? What’s your favorite party game?

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91 comments
Tiffani
Tiffani

I've also played a variation of this game. When I played, we used movie titles instead of celebrities, and the charades round was the second round instead of the final round. Plus we didn't have the cool prize for winning :)

dramafro
dramafro

Hey Dan (and fellow Danoah fans), I play the game that you talk about in your post all the time, but we call it Triad, as there are three rounds (okay, yes, your name is way cooler). BUT. We play it with a secret 4th round that we don't tell anyone about until we've finished round 3. It's the Under the Blanket round.The person has to act out the words while standing under a blanket (hands and arms under the blanket too). I know, it sounds ridiculous and un-doable, but not only do people guess them right (most of them have memorized all the options by that round anyways), but it is THE funniest thing that you've ever seen. Seeing someone act out Justin Bieber or DIsneyland while under a blanket? Priceless.Enjoy!- Liz ;D

Karlina Nichole Dacy
Karlina Nichole Dacy

i have played this before but instead we did a person, a place, and a thing, and first did the guessing, then charades,then one word, and then you did the charades with the person acting it out under the sheet...stinkin' hilarious

Cassandra
Cassandra

Seriously..Pretty Pretty Princess.. you have not lived until you crown an almost 40 year old man the prettiest princess.. We played this one night with just adults. It was awesome.

Return2workmom
Return2workmom

Play this all the time: we call it Celebrity. It's a Thanksgiving staple and great with multi-generations. Love having Granny guess Fergie and little kids guess Larry King! Also the perfect birthday party game we've used for years: with four kids aged 11-18, everybody loves it. Glad you did too!
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wendy ann
wendy ann

a cool game:

everyone writes fill-in-the-blank sentences on little slips of paper which are folded and put into A HAT (pff. bowl)

someone starts as the reader, and that person reads the sentence, and then everyone else writes a word or phrase to fill in the blank, and the slips are collected by the reader.

the reader reads people's answers out loud, and then gives each person, starting on the reader's left, a chance to guess at who wrote one of the answers, until all the writers have been discovered. if you guess right, you get to hang onto the answer slip[s]

next round, the person to the right of the reader becomes the reader, and a new sentence slip is chosen.

whoever has the most answer slips at the end is the winner, and gets to wear a special hat and eat cake in the tub.

you will cry from laughing.

Shelby Williams
Shelby Williams

tee hee - front rubs. *blush*
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Karin
Karin

I am sadly disappointed by this post, Dan. :( Celebrity games and too much alcohol and the suggestion of a beer run? Surely you weren't really drinking near beer and surely if you went for a run, someone is driving at least tipsy, unless you have a DD, which I suppose you could have.
Sorry. I just felt like I was reading the blog of a frat boy, not Dan Pearce, SDL. Having fun is fine.
Maybe I'm jumping the gun on this one. Who knows? Maybe I'm just a bitter SML who is jealous because she can't have parties and play celebrity games while drinking beer. Or maybe I just expect a little more quality and better content from you.
Whatever the case, I'll keep reading. You're still one of my faves. Just party responsibly. :)

Jenn
Jenn

OK, next time we have our post-Christmas pre-New Years party, this is going on the game list. Love It!
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Kim
Kim

Pssst...Hey JJ ! See the comments under my original post! I added "Fruit Basket, "Do you Love Your Neighbor?" and a bonus game called "Wink." (It's as flirtatious as it sounds!)

I will add a vote for Balderdash. Pictionary is always a classic, but now they have a new version called "Pictionary Man" that gives you a little guy and some props to draw on, and you can use him for actions. My nieces and nephew love it.

Restless
Restless

That sounds like fun. The game a recently discovered and really liked is Settlers of Catan. I realize it's been around for a while but nobody told me. :P

Yvette Francino
Yvette Francino

I love Party games, but can't happen to think of the name of my fav right now. Balderdash is pretty fun, though. Actually, it's the people that make it fun. If you have the right group of people, any game is fun!

(I get so tired of all the online dating people who say they aren't looking for "game-players!" Geez! What's wrong with these people! ;-) http://singleagainonlinediary.blogspot.com/2010/1...

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Kimberly
Kimberly

My all time favorite party game is Mad Gab. It gets funnier the more inebriated everyone gets.
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Ann
Ann

I have no idea what the name of this dice game is, but each person starts out with 3 quarters (or dollar bills if you're feeling super crazy). The first person rolls 3 dice: roll a 6, $ goes to the left; roll a 5, $4 goes to the right; roll a 4, $ goes to the pot in the middle. Roll as many dice as you have quarters (or dollars) in front of you, limit 3. The person who ends up with $ at the end wins the pot. It's most fun when you have double or triple pots, when the last die rolled ends up a 4.

We also like to play Tripoley, Clue and Balderdash. All great games.

Danielle
Danielle

I would lose at this game. I am terrible with who celebrities are! I LOVE playing card games, like Mystery Rook or a board game like Settlers of Catan. There's also a fun game called Bullet, I think thats what its called. Its a game that comes in a tin bullet. I've only played it twice and don't really remember how it was played, but remember it was fun!

~JJ~
~JJ~

You should try playing Hilarium. It is the most fun you can have sober or drinking! We play it at every party. You will be rolling on the floor laughing (literally!) Google it!

Kim
Kim

We love the game Psychologist or Mafia. It's a whole lot of fun. :D

Tonja
Tonja

Dan - where are you? I think I want to marry you. :)

Martha
Martha

I've played this many times, under the name of "Celebrity" - I like Celebrilicious more!

Jen
Jen

Oh and p.s. a really fun board game is 25 Words or Less...it gets really competitive!! You should try it out :)

Jen
Jen

I'm probably just tired & reading carefully, but round 2 is using one word to describe & round 3 is charades, what do you have to do in round 1 to get your team to guess the name? It sounds like a fun game!!

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

Sounds like alot of fun, especially if it leads to front rubs in the back room! lol! You're a HOOT!

Carrie
Carrie

When we played this game, we considered putting in the names of each other or people we knew in our community. We decided that it just might be offensive and hurtful no matter how funny it might be. I think it could be really funny if everyone has a sense of humor but alas and alack!

Debra
Debra

Here's one for a Christmas party: Have everyone bring an inexpensive wrapped gift to the party. have everyone gather in a circle while the host reads the poem, "Twas the Night Before Christmas." Every time the host says the word "my" everyone passes their package to the person on their right. Every time the host says "I" gifts are passed to the person on the left. Sounds simple, but every time I've seen it done, people start laughing uncontrollably, trying to keep their rights and lefts straight. It gets even funnier if everyone has had a couple of drinks first.

Tomi Ann Hill
Tomi Ann Hill

Oh, that was such a blast! Highly recommended game, y'all!

However, Dan neglected to mention that multiple people at the party put HIS name in the box as one of the celebrities. It was pretty funny!
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@TheNoobieMom
@TheNoobieMom

That sounds insanely fun.... especially if you add in liquid encouragement!
We always played Kings (Card drinking game) or 3 man (dice drinking game). Both of which I fear I am too old for now!
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Cherie
Cherie

We have played this game with groups from teenage girls, to old married couples....laughed each and every time! Love it! It is great because it gets everyone to participate even in a group where not everyone knows each other.

JulieZ
JulieZ

In school my friends and I always played Cranium. Good times. I need to find some party peeps who actually like to play games ... it's been ages!

Santear
Santear

Never played that, but I like playing Dirty Minds. It is a blast to see if you can get people to take a seemingly innocent item, use the dirty sounding descriptions, and see what people come up with. LOL. Most people can't help guessing dirty. It is fun and funny.

Laura
Laura

Haven't played that but sounds like fun. Best party game I ever played was a box game called "True Colors" but you need to play with adults you know well. Everyone votes on questions like "Who here is most likely to moo at cows?" or "Who here most likely has on sexy underwear?"

@adriennemay
@adriennemay

Have I told you that I love your son's name? my son's name is Noah also!

Lancelot
Lancelot

We Did a version of this for new years eve party for teenage kids and let me tell you it was a blast..funny and fun.

Amy
Amy

Intersting game. I don't know if we'd be able to make it work amongst our friends, but it may be worth a shot.
Some favorite games around our house, and group of friends.
Munchkin. The more sets you can cram together the more fun and insane it gets... and it's making fun of pretty much everything.
A general group favorite is a game called Betrayal at House on the Hill. It's a haunted house game and uses tiles, so never the same twice. Much enjoyment from it, though it has a million peices and can be quite time consuming.
Recently my husband and I got a game that we've loved digging out with our friends called Dicecapades. There are action, trivia and I forget theother section.But it really is a lot of fun.
And the game I can't wait to try out that my husband just barely got for us, way to go Ebay. Star Trek Scene it.
And in the not board game games, well I have a bowl of assorted dice to attest to the fact that we play Dungeons and Dragons and my husband plays some of the White Wolf games and we even have books to a few others. We are nerds.
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MusiBrigitte
MusiBrigitte

heh! well what d'you know...! never even heard of this game until last December 19.. when I played this exact same game with my family at my Mom's birthday! with just one slight difference: we play round two as the third round and your round three is our second round. must be a European variation.. The Dutch Touch or smth ;) just as much fun I'm sure :) I know we had lots of it. played it twice now, and am loving it!

struck me as pretty weird to have heard of this game for the first time not even two months ago, to have never heard of/from anyone else knowing/about this game since, and now 'hearing' you 'talk' about it from across the globe so shortly after.. odd, or what? I mean, what are the odds? at least that's what I thought..

Kim
Kim

My favorite party game is Apples-to-Apples, by far! Even the kids version is fun to play...with kids! Another good one is a board game called "Ticket to Ride." It's a train building game and you have certain routes you are trying to complete while blocking other people from completing theirs. I also got a card game for my brother's family that they just love. It's called "Five Crowns, and while it's similar to Phase 10, it's easier to play and moves much more quickly. Their kids love it.

My parents played a couple of games that are suitable for large groups, like a church youth group for example. Both are insane variations of musical chairs. For both, you need several adults (and lots of space, like a recreation hall or a gym) to make them work, but they are HILARIOUS and worth the effort. I wish I could remember the name of the first one. Before the game starts, the floor is laid out with several large random shapes in masking tape. Start the music and the kids walk around the room and around the shapes. When the music stops, everyone has to cram themselves into the nearest shape on the floor that they can find. Any body parts (arms, feet, elbows) deemed by the game moderators as insufficiently within the space defined by the shape renders that person "OUT." The music starts again and the game mods run around to all the shapes, pull up the tape, and re-apply it to make the shapes on the floor smaller. The next time the music stops, the people left from the first round now try to cram themselves into the smaller shapes, and more people are deemed as OUT. They watch the fun from the sidelines, as the music starts again, and the shapes get...even smaller! This continues until one by one, the shapes are eliminated all together with the exception of one, which now has about 3 or 4 people circling it like sharks, strategizing as to how they are going to fit in there as it is taken down to about a foot square. The music stops and BAM, those kids are practically climbing up in each other to try to fit into that little teeny square! Believe me, it is hysterical!

The second is called, "Bus Stop." Depending on how many people there are, set up chairs in several rows, one chair for each person playing the game. For example, If you were playing with sixteen people, you would set up four rows of four chairs each. This is the "bus." Each person chooses a seat, and that seat and that seat ONLY is "their" seat. They can only enter their row from one end, and exit their row from the other end...one way in, one way out. Start the music, and all the players circle around the rows of chairs in ONE direction...no backtracking! When the music stops, they must reach their seat as quickly as possible. If they have already passed the entrance to their row, they cannot back up! They must complete the entire circuit around until they reach their entrance, and then climb, leap or whatever it takes to get over whoever may be in the way of THEIR seat! Last one to sit down is out. They are eliminated from the game, but their chair stays in place. Eventually, you come down to a race between two people walking around those 16 chairs, eying each other as they wait for the music to stop so they can either scoot into the entrance to their row, or hurl themselves around trying to pass the other person before he gets to the entrance to HIS row...Oh yeah, it's a blast!

And then, of course, there is always "Fruit Basket" and "Do You Love Your Neighbor?" Those are fun,as well!

Kim

Rosanne
Rosanne

You Are Hilarious. I can't wait to play this game!
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Michelle
Michelle

My favorite is "What if?" You pass out pieces of paper and everyone writes a question starting with "what if" the sillier the question the sillier the outcome. Then everyone tosses the paper back in, mixes them up, and everyone draws a paper. They write the answer to the question answering it so that it actually matches the question. Everyone then tosses in the papers again, mixes them and picks out a paper.

Sitting in a circle, the first person reads the question on their paper. The person next to them reads the answer on their paper. It continues around until the last answer is given. It results in pretty funny answers to questions sometimes. LIke for instance somebodies question was "What if Chase (a dog) had puppies?" Naturally the answer to that was, "She (the owner) would have him neutered." Well someone else's question was "What if Barnaby tried to kiss Mindy" Through the mix up the answer to that ended up being, "She would have him neutered". Needless to say we who were playing the game ended up on the floor doubled over with laughter.

Suzanne
Suzanne

I really want to have a party now just so I can play this game!!!
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Emily
Emily

I'm sure it's funnier than it sounds! I would definitely go crazy and use a hat though ;-) What really got me laughing was your last comment. I think you should write more of your blogs very late with a ton of beer. lol.

wendy ann
wendy ann

OH WOW! i miss that game! i wonder if it's still in my dad's attic? i'll have to dig it out.
and dream phone.
and mall madness.
and party mania.

wendy ann
wendy ann

this game is totally awesome!!!

wendy ann
wendy ann

hehe my family plays this at thanksgiving!

Melani
Melani

In round 1, you just can't say the person's name that you're trying to get everyone to guess, so I suppose everything else is fair game! :)

discoverylover
discoverylover

Another one for a Christmas party is "Evil Santa" - everyone brings an inexpensive wrapped gift. Everyone sits or stands in a circle with all the gifts in the middle. The first person chooses a gift. Then the next person can either steal the first persons gift, or choose another one out of the middle (if the first persons gift gets stolen they get to choose another one). And so on and so on. We usually play that a gift can only be stolen 3 times and then the last person gets to keep it. It's lots of fun, especially if people get creative with the wrapping so you can't tell what the gift is!

Kim
Kim

I am sooo suggesting that for next year's work christmas party!

Kim
Kim

Oh now that's funny!

~JJ~
~JJ~

Well now you are going to have to explain Fruit Basket nad Do You Love Your Neighbor! LOL THese sound like fun!

Kim
Kim

All rightie then! You asked for it! These are both sit-in-chairs-in-a-circle games. Fruit Basket is a good one for kids. Everyone in the circle is assigned a fruit by whoever is explaining the rules of the game. You want to make sure that there is more than one person with the same fruit, so you can count them off. "Apple, pear, cherry, orange, apple, pear, cherry...etc" until everyone is assigned. One person, who has no chair, stands in the center, and their goal is to snag a seat. The person in the middle might call out, "Apples!" and all the apples have to get up and switch their seats, while the center person tries to steal one. If they succeed, then whoever failed to land a seat is now in the center. That person might call out "Pears and oranges!" and all the pears and oranges have to get up and find new seats while the center person tries to steal. And if the center person calls out "Fruit Basket Turned Over!" well, guess what...EVERYONE has to get up and find new seats while the center person tries to steal one in the inevitable pandemonium. Play until everyone is bored and ready to do something else!

"Do You Love Your Neighbor?" makes a great adult mixer game because you learn things about people while you play. Same set-up, everyone in chairs in a circle. About 10 people is about right. The person in the middle chooses someone in the circle and asks them, "Do you love your neighbor?" If that person says "Yes," then the two people to either side of that person have to get up and switch seats while the center person attempts to steal. If they succeed, whoever lost their seat is now in the middle. That person chooses another person in the circle and asks, "Do you love your neighbor?" If that person says "No," then the middle person asks, "Who do you love?" "Oh, well, I love every one who has ever (fill in the blank)." Suppose they said, "I love everyone who has ever been to Canada." In that case, everyone in the circle who has ever been to Canada has to get up and switch seats while the center person tries to steal. Get the idea? Again, play until you're done!

While we're at it, I might as well give you "Wink!" This is a fun flirting game. All the girls sit in the chairs in a circle, and every girl has a boy standing behind her. (The other way around works too!) There's one guy standing in the center, and the boys who are standing behind the girls are NOT allowed to look him, because they aren't allowed to see who he's winking at! NO PEEKING! The boy in the center looks around the circle and finally winks at a girl. That girl has to bolt up out of her seat, and the guy behind her had better be quick because his job is to grab her shoulders and keep her from escaping! If she fails, the guy in the center has to stay and try winking at another girl. If she succeeds in getting up from her chair, then the guy behind her goes to the middle, and the guy in the middle takes his place behind that girl, so all the boys and girls eventually get mixed up. It gets really funny when TWO girls think they are being winked at and both of them bolt at the same time! Fun times, fun times...

I hope you have enjoyed this little trip down Kimmy's memory lane! LOL!

discoverylover
discoverylover

Fruit bowl sounds a bit like fruit salad (yes I know!) but we used to play it where the person in the middle said something like "if you have blue socks on then move"