One of the most challenging parts of planning a party or small gathering is brainstorming activities your guests will enjoy doing. The challenge lies because everyone has unique personality types, and you don’t want anyone to feel left out – especially introverts!
Being an introvert at a party can be difficult, especially when there are games involved. For many introverts, parties can feel like a daunting experience that is filled with uncomfortable small talk and unnecessary attention. It’s no surprise then that being asked to take part in games at a party can bring up feelings of dread and anxiety.
There is a common misconception that introverted people are very shy and don’t like to spend time with other people. But this simply isn’t true. Introverts can enjoy spending time with people. They just prefer to spend time with a few close friends rather than large groups of people. And, they typically enjoy low-key, quiet activities more than rowdy ones.
So, how can you plan activities that will appeal to both introverted and extroverted personality types? In my experience, the best thing you can do is to plan quiet group games. I’ve included some of my favorites on this list. These will be exciting enough to keep your extroverted guests happy while still being quiet enough that they won’t drain your introverted guests.
How Do Introverts Have Fun At Parties?
Since introverts tend to prefer quiet, low-pressure activities, you will want to plan games and activities that fall into these categories. This will ensure that everyone has fun at the party.
I would also encourage you to choose games that all your guests can take part in at the same time. This will eliminate the need for anyone to decide who and where to hang out, something that can be very overwhelming for an introverted person.
And lastly, try to include activities that will get an introvert out of their shell so that they can connect with others at the party.
12+ Low-Key Party Games That Introverts Will Love
Introverts can still be a lot of fun to spend time with. You just need to be mindful of their personality type when you are planning events and activities. Each of the games listed here is perfect for introverts and extroverts alike. They will help bring these two personality types together so that everyone can enjoy your gathering.
What’s nice about this game is that introverts can stay relatively quiet, only having to speak up when they are guessing alongside their teammates. This kind of game can help introverts interact without draining all of their energy.
How to play: The goal of charades is for one person to act out a phrase or word without saying anything. Then, the other players at the party must guess the phrase or word.
Plus, it’s always funny to see someone act out the most random words!
Similar to the above, Pictionary allows introverts to interact with a group of people in a low-pressure environment. Buy the game here.
How to play: It’s very similar to the game of charades. However, instead of guessing what someone is acting out, you are guessing what they are drawing. This is a really fun and silly game that doesn’t require any “acting”.
This hilarious game can be played with up to 8 people and will definitely get your guests laughing.
How to play: everyone at the party is given a sheet of paper and a marker or pen. The first person draws something on their sheet, then passes it to the person next to them. That person then has to guess what it is, draw their interpretation of it on their paper, and then pass it to the person next to them.
This goes around until everyone playing has drawn their interpretation of the picture they were given.
Then, the first person who drew explains what the original picture was.
This game usually results in some pretty funny moments, and encourages creativity and lightheartedness, perfect for a party with introverts!
Cranium is an awesome party game that can be played with up to 8 players. It’s low pressure and quiet, but still manages to get everyone involved and having fun. Buy the game here.
How to play: The objective of the game is to get your team from one side of the board to the other by completing different activities, such as charades, word puzzles, and trivia.
For an extra low-pressure atmosphere, you can make it so that everyone has to work together to complete each task and get their team to the other side of the board. This encourages everyone to work together as a team and allows introverts to participate in a low-pressure environment.
5. Two Truths and a Lie
This low-key game isn’t only fun, but it can also be a great icebreaker for your party. Everyone will know something new about each other, and it’s a great way to foster friendships between your party guests.
How to play: The rules of the game are simple: each person at the party must come up with two truths about themselves and one lie. Everyone else at the party then has to guess which statement is false. The person who guesses it correctly wins.
Bingo isn’t just for the old folks home, introverts love it too! If you are hosting a much larger party, then you should consider playing bingo. It is fun, low-pressure, and can keep everyone entertained at the same time. Plus, it’s incredibly easy to set up, which is nice for you as the host.
How to play: Each person gets a bingo card with different numbers on it. Someone calls out a number, and the first person to get all five numbers in a row wins. You can offer fun prizes for the winners.
If you are hosting a party with 5-10 guests, then I would highly recommend playing this game with your guests. Buy the game here.
How to play: To play the game, each person is given a list of categories (e.g., movies, countries, animals, etc.). Then, a letter is chosen by the roll of a die, and everyone has to write down something in each category that starts with the same letter.
Once the timer is up, everyone will begin revealing what they wrote down. If anyone else has the same answer as you, you don’t get the point, and vice versa. You only get points for answers that no one else came up with.
The player with the most points at the end wins.
What’s particularly great about this game is everyone can be quiet while they play, and are only required to speak when they are revealing what they wrote down. This makes it very low-pressure, perfect for introverts. But it’s also incredibly fun and encourages everyone to get involved!
8. Mexican Train Dominos
While this game can only be played with up to 8 players, it is a really fun game for a party with introverts and extroverts. It’s very low-pressure, and anyone who wants to socialize while playing can.
It also encourages everyone to work together as a team and creates an environment where introverts can stay relatively quiet without feeling out of place.
How to play: The objective of the game is to be the first person to play all of your dominoes. The more you can chain together, the better.
Yahtzee is an all-time classic game that can be played with up to 8 people. It’s low pressure, low noise, and low impact, making it perfect for introverts who don’t want to take part in a loud or rowdy game.
How to play: The objective of the game is to fill in your scorecard. To do this, you have five dice that you will roll three times on each turn to create one of the combinations listed on the card. The person with the highest score at the end wins.
Rummy is a really fun card game that can be played with up to 8 people. It’s easy to learn, low pressure and encourages friendly competition among players.
It also requires concentration and strategy which makes it perfect for introverts who want to engage in the party without having to draw too much attention to themselves.
How to play: Each player will be dealt 10 cards. The goal of the game is to be the first person to get rid of all your cards by making sets or runs with them.
There are a lot of different rummy variations, so look up a few different sets of rules before your guests arrive so that you can explain the gameplay when they arrive. This is my favorite way to play the game.
11. Blackout (Also Known As Oh Hell)
Blackout is a card game that can be played with up to 7 players. It does require a bit more strategy than some of the other games listed which a lot of introverts enjoy so that they can focus on the game.
How to play: The objective is to score the most points which you do by correctly predicting how many tricks you will take in a given round.
To learn how to play Blackout, or Oh Hell, go here.
12. Cards Against Humanity
Are you looking for a game that will seriously get your guests laughing? If you are, then consider cards against humanity! There are lots of new expansion packs that keeps the game exciting as well. Buy the game here.
How to play: It’s a very low-pressure game, with the objective simply being to make the funniest pairing that you can with the cards you have in your hand. Whoever has won the most rounds at the end of the game wins.
13. Never Have I Ever
Get people out of their shells and spill their secrets with this card game. It comes with 485 questions and additional rule cards to shake things up.
The last player remaining at the end wins the game. But honestly, this game isn’t really about winning in my opinion. It’s about starting a conversation between your guests and sharing a laugh.
Other party game ideas for introverts:
- Drawful – This is a really fun party game part of the Jackbox series. You can run Jackbox games on your computer or various gaming consoles.
- Head’s Up! – This is a classic party game that is easy to fun on your cellphone. The player holds their phone to their forehead so they cannot see what is listed on the screen. Then, the other players need to give clues as to what it is. It’s a great game for a lot of laughs.
- Chess – If you have multiple chess boards, you can set up individual stations (as Chess is a two-player game).
No matter what type of party you’re throwing, there are plenty of low-key games that will keep your introverted guests entertained. From card games to board games, I hope you have found some ideas of things you and your guests can enjoy at your upcoming party! If there are any other party games perfect for introverts, be sure to let me know so I can add them to the list!