In this article, I’ve listed 30 fun retirement party games (including virtual retirement party games) to help you organize a fun and amazing retirement party. To make things even a lot easier, I created a printable Retirement Party Game Bundle with 10 amazing party games you can download right now >>.
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1) Retirement Emoji Pictionary (Free Download)
Everyone uses emojis when connecting with friends and family. And so that is why I’ve created a fun emoji dictionary game where guests need to guess travel destinations with only emojis as clues. The quickest and/or the one who scores best wins the game. You can divide the guests into teams or do this game individually.
It is a fun game for guests but also inspires the retiree on where to travel next in retirement. And is suitable for a virtual retirement party. You can download this PDF printable game for free by clicking on the button below:
2) Who Knows The Retiree Best?
The title says it all. Who knows the retiree best is a game where guests need to answer questions about the retiree. The person with the most correct answers wins the game. This party game is also very suitable for a virtual retirement party and can be played in teams or individually.
You can create your own list of questions about the retiree yourself or get my Retirement Party Game Bundle, where this game is included. You only need to download and print, and you can play.
3) Has The Retiree Never or Ever
A fun game where guests need to guess if the retiree ever has never or ever… been arrested, got a speeding ticket, won the lottery, etc. It is a hilarious way to get to know the retiree differently and dig up some fun stories about his/ her past.
If you know the retiree very well, you can create your own list of never’s or ever’s. But if you’re in a rush or don’t have time or inspiration, do not worry. I created a Never or Ever game that everyone can play at any retirement party. It is part of the bundle, including 10 fun retirement party games. Click here for more information.
4) Retirement Feud
This game is based on the classic Family Feud, in which you guess the most popular answers to retirement-based questions. You can make your own Retirement Feud game or purchase it on Etsy.
5) Would Retiree Rather…
This game is a list of options where guests need to choose would the retiree rather… go to the beach or the mountains, sleep in or wake up early in retirement, etc. It is a great game to get to know the retiree even better and can also be used during a virtual retirement party game. The Would Retiree Rather game is also part of my printable retirement party game bundle.
6) How To Write ‘Happy Retirement’ Around The World?
It’s a slightly different version than the Happy-Birthday-around-the-world game, where guests need to link the right foreign phrase of ‘Happy Retirement’ to the correct language. The person or team with the most correct answers wins the game. Perfect for a virtual party as well. You can download this game (including the correct answers) together with nine other fun games here.
7) Guess Me!
At the entrance of the party, you hand out a piece of paper where guests need to write a fun/awkward/ special memory or anecdote they share with the retiree, but they don’t write their name on the paper. Then the retiree needs to read all stories out loud and guess who wrote them. You will have an absolute blast and hilarious time with this game. I’ve created a Guess Me Game template which you can hand out during your retirement party.
8) Photo Scavenger Hunt
This is an interactive game where you make a to-do list of fun moments or items that all guests need to search for and take a picture of or with. And where the funniest or most creative photo scores the most points. For example, a photo with the retiree, a selfie eating cake, the workplace of the retiree, etc.
I’ve created a photo scavenger hunt instant download to make things easy for you. Click here to go to the download page.
9) Retirement Hobby Race
The retirement hobby race is similar to the Retirement A-Z game. For each letter of the alphabet, guests need to suggest a fun retirement hobby. The person who finishes first wins, or the guest/ team with the most creative hobby suggestions wins. With this game, you inspire the retiree with a list of fun hobbies he/ she can explore in retirement. Click here to download this game. This game is also suitable for virtual retirement parties.
10) Find The Guest Bingo
This game can get a little crazy and is fun to do when you want guests to move around and meet other guests in a fun way. Each guest or team gets a Bingo Card, and they need to find the right person at the party that matches the instruction, such as: has the same job for 10 years, the youngest person in the room, etc. I created a Find The Guest Bingo Template. Click here to go to the download page.
11) Well Wishes And Advice For The Retiree
This is more of an activity than a game. At the beginning or entrance of the retirement party, you can hand out well wishes and advice cards they can fill out and put in a box. At the end of the party, you give this box as a gift to the retiree, which will be a fun and inspiring way to wish him/ her well and have the best time in retirement. I’ve made Well Wishes And Advice Cards that you can print out easily. Click here to go to the download page.
12) Never Have I Ever Bingo
You can play Never Have I Ever Bingo. It is a fun ice-breaker and a great game for guests to get to know each other in a hilarious way. You can easily create a Never Have I Ever Bingo yourself that is suitable for the crowd at your retirement party or download a free template from interest. This game is easily made into a virtual retirement party game.
13) Pin The Retiree’s Next Travel Destination
Another interactive game to get guests out of their seats is Pin The Retiree’s Next Travel Destination, where you have a large world map guests need to pin and guess where the retiree is traveling next in retirement. Or use it as an inspiring game for the retiree with the title where should I travel in retirement? If this sounds familiar, then yes. It is a different version of the pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey game.
14) The Best Bucket List Idea
You can set up a Bucket-List-Bucket at the entrance of the party with fill-in cards so guests can give fun ideas for the retiree’s bucket list. You can make it into a contest where the retiree chooses the most creative or funniest bucket list idea. Or give it as a gift later during the party so that whenever the retiree feels bored in retirement, he/ she can go through this bucket with fun ideas.
15) Memory Bank
You need pens, index cards, and a decorative bucket or container to collect them for this game. At the entrance of the party, you ask guests to write down their favorite memory they share with the retiree and end with their names. These can be meaningful, embarrassing, and funny moments. It doesn’t matter. Give this memorable gift later at the party.
16) Pocket Scramble
This is a hilarious game where you only need guests. No supplies are needed.
You start by dividing all guests into three teams or more and select one caller (this can be the retiree). The teams need to empty their pockets, wallets, and purses, and when the caller shouts out an item (e.g., comb, condom, gum, etc.), they need to search for the item within their team and run to the caller as quickly as possible. The first team that arrives at the caller receives the most points. You can also give out bonus points for the funniest or rarest item.
17) Write The Funniest Caption
You need a big board/ wall and fun photos for this game. These can be fun photos made at the office, during the retiree’s life, or ask guests to bring photos of great moments with the retiree. You hang up all photos and put a piece of paper underneath. Let guests write the funniest captions underneath each photo. The funniest caption gets points, and the person with the most points wins the game.
This game creates hilarious moments during the party but is also a great conversation starter.
When you have a room where all guests know each other and you want to have a laugh. This game is perfect. It’s especially hilarious when it’s an only office retirement party.
You need to write the name of each guest on a different card. As guests arrive at the party, they pick out a card from the bowl, read the name, go into character, and play the role of the person on the card. They have to stay in character until someone else guesses who they play. Then they act normal and give the card with the name to the person who guessed it right. The game ends when all persons have been guessed right. And the guest who collected the most cards wins the game.
19) The Roast
The infamous roast is also a very popular game during retirement parties. Especially if the retiree has a great sense of humor and can take a couple of good jokes, and it’s also a game where not everyone has to participate.
Tips for a good roast
- Ask a maximum of 4 people to roast the retiree.
- Create an area where the retiree is in the center of attention and is visible to everyone in the room
- Estimate how funny each roast will be and schedule the order of speakers from funny to the funniest. You want the most hilarious person to be the last one and to go out with a bang.
- Each roast is no longer than 5 minutes. Keep it short, funny, and interesting for everyone. Preferably a roast should not take longer than 20 minutes. So you won’t take up to much time from the party.
- If it’s necessary, mention the no-go topics to all the speakers beforehand. Sometimes very sensitive subjects are best excluded from a roast. You want to make it fun, and a roast is also allowed to be a bit embarrassing, but you don’t want to humiliate anyone.
- Make sure the retiree has the last word. Perhaps, he or she can come up with a couple of jokes last minute to end the roast. Or take this moment to give a speech.
- Do a soundcheck beforehand, and make sure the audio is loud and clear everywhere in the venue. To make an audience laugh, they need to hear the jokes.
20) Two Truths And One Lie
Three guests at the party take the stand to tell a short story about the retiree. An embarrassing moment, a funny anecdote, etc. Two of the stories are true, and one of them is a lie. The other guests at the party need to guess which one is a lie.
If the liar successfully tricks the other guests, then they get a prize.
You can prepare this beforehand together with the three guests so they can prepare their stories in the best way possible. Or you can use index cards where guests get suggestions about a topic such as hobbies, family life, and characteristics. Two of them can tell the truth, and one person needs to come up with an untrue story on the spot.
21) Name That Song
You divide guests into two teams, but you can play this game in different ways.
Option 1: you play a song and stop suddenly so that each team needs to finish the lyrics of the song. Each team can take turns and receive points when they sing the words correctly.
Option 2: you have a buzzer where each team needs to press as quickly as possible when they can name the song and singer of the song you start playing. The quickest team that has the correct answer gets points. If the answer is incorrect, the other team gets the points.
You can select the retiree’s favorite songs of all time or use typical retirement songs for this game, such as:
- “Hit the Road Jack” by Ray Charles.
- “Hello, Goodbye” by The Beatles.
- “This Ain’t Goodbye” by Train.
- “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” by Green Day.
- “9 to 5” by Dolly Parton.
- “My Way” by Frank Sinatra.
- “Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin'” by Bing Crosby.
22) Act Out Memorable Moments Of Retiree
For this game, you write down funny and memorable moments of the retiree on index cards. And divide all guests into two or more teams. Each team has to pick an index card out of the bowl and decide which person on their team can play out this moment the best way. The retiree or other teams need to guess the moment.
23) Retiree Trivia
This game needs a little bit of preparation beforehand, where you ask family, friends, and coworkers for facts about the retiree. Then you write each fact on an index card and divide the guests into teams. Each team draws an index card and needs to try to ask the correct question the fact is answering. This game is also suitable for virtual retirement parties.
24) Smash The Clock Pen-ñata
Smashing a pinata is not really a game but a fun moment during a party.
You can have the retiree smash a pinata with the number of working years, champagne pinata, or smash a pinata clock, as they no longer need to wake up to an alarm clock or watch the clock during retirement.
25) Musical Chairs
Here is a classic party game. And very simple.
Create a circle of chairs facing outward. If ten people are playing, you need nine chairs, so there is one person without a chair. Every round, there is one chair less than the number of playing guests.
When the music starts playing, guests need to dance or walk around the seats and sit as quickly as possible when the song stops. The person without a chair is out of the game. And you take out an extra seat until you have two people battling for the last seat. The one who remains is the winner.
26) Great Minds Think Alike
This game is about choosing the answer you think everyone else will choose. The more people who get the same answer, the more points you earn. You can make up your own questions or use this free printable.
You don’t need the game. You can do it yourself by getting a drawing board and making your own Pictionary game cards that are applicable to the retiree’s life, such as family, education, work, etc.
Divide the guests into teams, and the team who can guess the most cards that are drawn wins the game.
28) Don’t Say Yes
You can play this game in two ways.
You can put the retiree on a stand and interview him/ her about his life, career, and retirement plans. But he or she is not allowed to say yes, no, and uuuh (thinking word). After five mistakes, the game ends, but everyone knows a lot more about the retiree in a hilarious way.
Or you can have all guests involved. No one can say yes during (a moment) at the party, and when they do, they get a sticker on their shirt. It will be fun to see who has the most stickers at the end of the party.
29) Press Conference
This is a fun and unique game.
The retiree or someone else at the party holds a “press conference” and answers questions from the other guests. The catch is that the person who holds the conference doesn’t know who they are pretending to be, but the rest of the guests do.
30) Story Starters
This is a perfect game when the retirement party is a mix of guests and where not everyone knows each other. This game will be a good ice-breaker and a fun way to get to know each other. But it can also be played perfectly with guests who do know each other well.
This game starts with the beginning of a story (you can come up with the beginning) and then ask the first guest to continue the story. And that person stops and points out the next person who needs to continue. The story continues, moving from one person to another. The results are often hilarious, and you never know which turn the stories are going to take.