19 Birthday Party Games That Cost Nothing

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These birthday party games will make your birthday party or the one you're hosting a hit without having to spend any extra money on supplies for the party games.

A few of the birthday party games below require supplies but they're common objects that you probably already having laying around your house. Also don't be afraid to improvise if you have a similar object or you can still play that game with a slight variation. Chances are your guests won't even notice.

This list of birthday party games are great for all ages and you can often add variations to make them work for adults or even younger children. They'd be great for family birthday parties too.

You can find even more birthday freebies such as free birthday invitations that will help you throw the best birthday party ever.

If your party is for a holiday or near one, take a look at these party games for Halloween, Christmas, Valentine's Day, and even the Super Bowl.

Treasure Hunt Game

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This birthday party game gives clues to the guests that lead them to areas around the house or yard until the reach their final prize.

I love this birthday party game because you can customize it for little kids all the way up to adults. More

Three-Legged Race

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This is such a fun birthday party game that is fun with kids but hilarious for adults.

All you need for this game is something to tie each pair's legs together. More


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Who has the button? Let your guests play detective to find out.

All you need to play this birthday party game is a button! More


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The classic game of charades that can be adapted for children of all ages and adults.

It's a great idea to match a game of charades with the theme of your party. More

Elephant Tug of War

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A fun game of tug of war that doesn't need any supplies at all.

This is a great game that will really encourage your guests to use their imaginations. More

Fruit Basket

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This birthday party game is great for larger groups of guests and kids and adults will equally love it.

This is an inventive game that takes barely any prep work. More

Marco Polo

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This classic water game is just as fun on land. Add some funny voices and you've got yourself quite the party game.

Be sure to scroll down to view the variations you can use to put a spin on this birthday party game. More

Obstacle Course

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Set up an obstacle course in your backyard or large area in your home using items you have on hand.

You'll be surprised what items you have that may "trip" up your guests. More

Hot Potato

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The classic game of Hot Potato is a lot of fun and bring about a ton of laughs.

The person left may be the winner but you can keep the game going by having them be the next caller. More

Red Rover

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We all know the birthday party game Red Rover and it will be a hit at your next birthday party.

This is a great game to play outside and even better if you have a fairly large group. More

What's In the Bag?

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A guessing game that makes a super fun birthday party game.

This game can be easily changed for older kids. More

Simon Says

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Last but not least, the favorite game of Simon Says that can be played anywhere at anytime without anything to buy.

Put a twist on this popular birthday party game by changing the name "Simon" to something to fit your theme. More


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A cross between I Spy and Hide and Seek will keep kids of all ages into this birthday party game.

You only need one object for this game and it can be one of your choosing. More

Dress Up Relay Race

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In this birthday party game, the guests will compete in relay races where they pile on the clothes and accessories. You can even customize all the clothes and accessories to fit whatever the theme of your birthday party is.

There are also lots of other variations for relay races you'll want to check out. More

Steal the Bacon

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A unique spin the classic game of tag that uses just one simple item you are sure to already have in your house - and guess what? It's not actually bacon.

This game works with a just about any group of people, you'll just need to divide them up into teams. More

Water Balloon Toss

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This birthday party game is best played in the warmer weather and needs to be outside.

Pair up the guests and have them see how long they can go before they break the water-filled balloon. More

Capture the Flag

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A fun, classic birthday party game that's best played outside. You can use flags, bandanas, or just about any soft object. More

Cross the River

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This is a great birthday party game that's sometimes called Cross the Lava.

How many of the guests can make it to the end point without falling in the river? More

Animal Party Game

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A fun guessing game that incorporates physical activity makes this birthday party game an easy one to plan and execute.

Since there's no winner and losers, and the game can go on as long as you want, this is a great party to fill in the extra time. More