Whether your divorce was the consequence of an unloving marriage, a toxic relationship, or two individuals simply drifting apart, it’s undeniably one of the most difficult events a person can face in life.
And this is the reason that divorce parties exist.
A divorce party can help the newly single person turn over a new leaf once the long (and often costly) proceedings are finally over.
Whether you’ve wanted out for years and are in a festive mood, or you were caught off guard by the failed relationship and are still sorting through all of your emotional baggage, a divorce party can help the recently turned single start a new chapter once the long court hearings are finally over.
Here are ten excellent divorce party game ideas:
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1. Create your perfect man
This game aims to create your ideal companion and remind yourself that your divorce is not the end of the world. On a piece of cardboard or a sheet of paper, draw your perfect man.
Label all the parts of him that would make you happy. Do you want a partner who’s tall or perhaps blonde? Draw a silhouette that’s tall and has blonde hair.
When you draw your perfect man on a piece of paper, you compel the universe to manifest the perfect guy for you.
Now your job is done. It is time to wait and watch the universe work its magic.
2. Pin the middle finger on the man
This one is similar to the child-friendly game we all know and grew up playing – pin the tail on the donkey. The concept for this game is the same; it’s just been customized for some adult fun.
Here’s how it goes.
Take the ugliest picture you have of your ex and blow it up on a poster. You can then hang the poster on the wall. The title can read “You Suck” or something similar to that effect.
But wait. The fun twist is still left.
After you are blindfolded and spun three times, your task is to pin the middle finger cardboard cutout as close as you can to your ex’s face.
The one who can get the middle finger up your ex’s nose wins.
3. Hello Tinder? I’m Single.
Was your ex deceitful or a cheating piece of junk? It’s time that you return the favor. And what better way to do that than to hook up with someone new?
While this “someone new” doesn’t have to be the love of your life, he should be someone alluring enough to have a rebound with.
Make a dating profile and put up your sexiest pictures.
Swipe right until you find the man who ignites that special spark. If he swipes right too (and why wouldn’t he?), go to town and forget about the nights you cried yourself to sleep.
It’s your time to let the good times roll in.
4. Make a mood board
If you’re a sucker for Pinterest-esque mood boards, then this party game is perfect for you. Plus, this game is COVID-friendly, which means that you can play this in a virtual setting as well.
All you have to do is set out a blank canvas, some adhesives, and lots of magazines.
Then, with the help of your friends, give titles to the mood boards you feel like making and get the party started. The concept is simple.
If you decide to make a mood board on the topic “Revamping My Wardrobe: New Beginnings,” you can peruse all the magazines set out for what your ideal wardrobe should look like.
Cut out the letters to spell out the title, then cut out pictures to illustrate what your perfect wardrobe would look like.
You can include tiny details from doorknobs and accessories to bigger items like closets and shoe racks in this mood board of yours.
Remember, you have the creative freedom to do anything you like.
5. Kick the ex
If you’re genuinely pissed off at your ex, this game lets you kick them around a bit. You’ll need a ball, a field, and some homemade goals.
Take a photo of the ex and use cellophane tape or glue to attach it to the ball.
Split the group into two teams and play a soccer-style game of kicking the ball, scoring as many points as possible. To liven things up, add your customized rules to the game.
The game is a beautiful workout, a lot of fun, and it will help you forget about your problems by channeling them into some tough but lawful “butt-kicking.”
6. Divorce-themed movie marathon
There are only a handful of movies that address the topic of divorce in a meaningful manner and most people are not very familiar with them.
If you want to go all out on your divorce party, then you can set up a movie theater in your living room or even your backyard and host a divorce-themed movie party.
You can turn the movie time into a game by hosting a small trivia at the intervals between the movie or asking people to predict the ending without reading up about it online.
Purchase cute party favors to give to the guests who answer correctly.
7. Purge your past
If you are hosting this divorce party as a way to purge your past and cleanse your soul of the agony you were put through, then this game is essential for you.
Gather everyone in a ring with paper and pens and have everyone write what they disliked about your ex on a bit of paper.
Then put all of the bits of paper in a container and bury them, burn them, or tear them up into tiny pieces.
Reading them aloud may amuse everyone, but the process of burning or burying the hatred is an excellent way to cleanse your soul for a new beginning!
8. Smash the piñata
What’s better than smashing a piñata to let some steam off?
If you’re looking to host a divorce party that focuses on what you’ve gained, not what you’ve lost, then smashing a huge piñata shaped like your ex might be the funniest way to do it.
Not only should you have an ex-shaped piñata, but you should also make the piñata wear your ex’s old clothes and maybe print out a picture of your ex’s face and place it at the head of the piñata.
Remember to play this game at the start of the party because giving bats to drunk guests is never a good idea, especially if you’re hosting the party at home.
If you want, you can keep the piñata empty to symbolize the truth of your relationship with your ex.
9. Karaoke parody
A karaoke session is the perfect party game to have regardless of the party’s mood.
So, if your divorce is not for the sad souls but rather the ones who want to live life to the fullest, a karaoke party is the way to go.
Make a playlist of all the songs you used to love when you were with your ex and rebrand them as songs that you now sing with your friends.
You can make parody versions of old romantic songs to give them new life and stop yourself from thinking of your ex whenever you hear them.
10. Rate the man
If you’re feeling particularly raunchy after your divorce and want to start your life again with a new man or just fantasize about doing it, then this game is perfect for you.
Have your friends bring a list of the top ten hottest men that they would like to date. Make a list of your own too. Ask them to bring pictures and posters of these men.
Then sit around in a circle, drinking bubbly, and rating each man on parameters you decide – height, jawline, eyes, smile, and anything else that floats your boat.
Dealing with the post-divorce party blues
Here are some suggestions for overcoming loneliness and establishing a new social life:
1. Follow your interests and passions
Doing the things you enjoy will introduce you to a whole new universe of opportunities. It also allows you to meet people who share your interests.
2. Experiment and step outside your comfort zone
Getting over your fears by doing something you’ve never tried will give you more confidence and make you a fascinating person with more stories to tell.
Travel to new places, go hiking or skydiving, visit a bookstore or an art gallery – do things you’ve never tried before, you never know, you might like them.
3. Be joyful and truthful to yourself
It’s critical to acknowledge your loneliness because it’s often the isolation that forces you to find a romantic interest even if you don’t have the emotional capacity to be in a relationship.
Asking for the support of your friends and family when you feel the need is the best way to let yourself heal.
Divorces can be tough, but you are tougher
Popular culture has encouraged us to believe that if we find the right person, our relationship will never end and we will always have an infinite supply of heartfelt, earth-shattering moments.
However, habituation is unavoidable in human relationships, much as repetitive exposure to dogs makes you unafraid, or listening to a new song repeatedly makes it uninteresting and tiresome.
It’s as biological and predictable as it is emotional. Relationships change and evolve all the time. And sometimes they end.
But that doesn’t mean that you end with them. Every end is a new beginning. That’s just the cyclical nature of life and the relationships we choose to become a part of.
At the end of the day, it’s important to realize that you still have the most important person by your side, and that is yourself.
You have helped yourself in many troublesome situations, and while no one expects you to breeze through something as traumatic as divorce, you have to believe that you will come out stronger on the other side.
Why are divorce party games important?
What’s a party without some good old-fashioned merriment?
Some top-notch party games will bring back the light in your life and make you realize a new chapter is beginning and that you deserve to cherish it!
Activities and games can be a playful way to add some levity to the situation.
Just don’t go too dark – for example, with a target practice of your ex’s face – as this will only dampen the mood and may make some of your guests uncomfortable.
These games can range from elaborate to simple and succinct, but one thing is for certain, divorce party games can be incredibly fun to play!
The end of your marriage can also mean the beginning of a new and incredible journey.
It’s great that you’re celebrating the conclusion of this tough chapter in your life on a positive note. Just remember not to make the entire party about your spouse, mocking him and ridiculing him.
Instead, it should be a celebration of your own life, a new start with a dizzying amount of freedom.
Take the time to figure out what makes you truly happy and how to enjoy your alone time.
There will be times when you feel lonely, but that is part of what it means to be human, and embracing your emotions rather than dismissing your feelings allows you to enjoy the simple pleasures that life brings you.
Going out into the world might seem difficult at first, but if you stay the course and endure, then you will find what truly brings you joy.