Planning a game or two is a nice way to add fun to a party. Games break the ice when couples are meeting each other for the first time. It's also fun for couples who are longtime friends to get better acquainted and make new memories together. A successful party with good friends, good food, and good fun leaves guests longing to get together for the next party.
The Celebrity Couples Game
Prior to the party, select names of celebrity couples such as Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. Write the name of each celebrity on a sticky note. As couples arrive, place one sticky note on each person's back without letting them see the name. The object of the game is for each person to find their celebrity partner. To achieve this, they will need to discover the name that is on their back. Guests may only ask each other questions about their celebrity identity that require a "yes" or "no" answer. Divine Dinner Party suggests a twist on this idea: throw in such cartoon characters such as Fred and Wilma Flintstone, or other television couples.
How Well You Know Your Sweetheart
Give each person two pieces of paper and a writing instrument. Instruct them to title one page, "Things I Like." Have them write at the top of the other page, "Things My Partner Likes." They can choose anything they want, but feel free to offer suggestions such as books, movies, songs, vacation spots, favorite foods, or sports. When everyone is finished, ask them to trade lists of things their partners like and match the responses with their own list of likes, to see how well they know each other, as suggested by Purple Trail. The couple with the most combined responses wins.
The Newlywed Game
All Party Ideas suggests a home version of the Newlywed Game. Purchase two small dry erase boards and two dry erase markers. Before the party, write questions on small squares of paper and place them in a decorative jar. Questions can be anything the couple should know about each other: "What is my husband's least favorite household chore?" or: "What is my wife's favorite spot for date night?" When it's time for the game, give each partner a dry erase board and marker, have someone else draw a question and read it. Both partners write their answer down and reveal them to the other guests. Couples earn a point for each answer that matches their partner's answer. The couple with the most points wins a small prize.
Ring a Bell
Write a list of statements that could apply to any couple. These statements can be things like "the person wearing the most gifts given to them by their spouse," or "the couple who met under the oddest of circumstances." At the party, give each couple a small bell. A designated host reads the statements one at a time. The couple who thinks they have the best answer rings the bell. If more than one couple rings the bell, the host will award the point to whomever he feels has the best answer. Points may be awarded to more than one couple per round. Offer a small gift to the winners.