Off Limits Party Game

This adult party game is so much fun! Use it anytime to keep your guests on their toes!

You'll need:

  • Mardi Gras Type Beads (one per guest)

    To Play: Give each guest one necklace to wear. Tell your guests that one word is forbidden at the party. As party host/hostess, you'll have to figure out ahead of time what the forbidden word will be.
  • The word that can't be spoken should be something that would normally be spoken many times at the event. For example, at a baby shower, you would expect to hear the word "cute" many times. So "cute" would be your forbidden word.

    When someone says the forbidden word, they must give up a necklace to whoever catches them saying it.

    Mardi Gras Beads

    The guest with the most necklaces at the end of the game wins!

    Alternative ways to play

    I have seen this game played with other things than Mardi Gras beads, although I do think that they are easy and inexpensive to come by, while being fun. Other things I have seen used for this game are clothespins or stickers.

    You also don't have to limit yourself to one word. You can also uses phrases or several words. During the holidays if you are playing this as one of your adult Christmas games, you might make Christmas, shopping, decorations...those sorts of words taboo. And of course if it is a know what word to leave out!

    This fun game works for large or small crowds - wherever there are enough people to mix and mingle.

    Put into Practice...

    One of our site visitors, Pauline from London, UK, wrote in: "for our mostly adult 3 year old's party - since her favourite word was 'No' we had a hilarious, very popular No Off Limits game..."

    What about you? Have you played this at a party or a shower? What were your "off limits" words?  

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