Icebreakers designed for couples help guests interact, get to know one another, and keep everyone entertained. Use icebreakers at the beginning of a party or get-together for introductions and during the event whenever you need to add some additional fun. Make sure you plan your icebreakers before your party, assembling any needed supplies and gathering small prizes for the winners. If you wish, instead of using prizes you can present winners certificates with titles such as “Most Romantic Man,” “Most Romantic Woman,” “Most Affectionate Couple,” etc.
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An icebreaker game for couples that takes almost no preparation, you are guaranteed to get the couples talking and laughing.
- Have each woman apply her lipstick as heavily as she can. Darker and bright colors work best, so you may wish to have some colors available for guests to use.
- When you tell the group to start, each woman is to kiss her mate on the face as many times as she can within 30 seconds.
- The couple with the most kisses on the man’s face wins.
2. Changing places
- Have your guests sit in a circle and have one of them stand in the center and say, “Everyone wearing red change places and greet your neighbors on both sides.”
- Everyone wearing red changes places and the person in the center tries to slip into a vacant seat. If the person is successful, the individual left without a seat takes the place in the center and issues another command such as, “Everyone who drove their car here today change places and greet your new neighbors.”
- The person in the center again tries to find the empty seat, everyone greets their new neighbors, and the game continues until everyone has met one another.
3. Mix and Match
The supplies required for this icebreaker game for couples are plenty of over-sized items of clothing including panty hose, under garments, shoes, socks, and hats.
- Pile all the clothing into a large pile or basket.
- The goal of this game is for men to put on the women’s clothing and women the men’s clothing over their own clothing.
- Yell, “Go!” and set a timer for two or three minutes.
- When you yell, “Stop!” the couple’s get together and the best-dressed couple wins.
4. Bag a Mate
For this couple’s icebreaker game, you will need a brown paper bag for each person.
- Separate the men and women into different rooms and put a large paper bag over each person’s head.
- Then send both the groups back together and tell them to find their mate by feeling only.
- Remind them they are not allowed to speak. Once a couple finds each other, they are to quietly inform the host and that couple wins.
- The other players keep looking for their mate and the game ends when each couple pairs up.
5. Garage Sale
For this couple’s icebreaker game, pass out blank pieces of paper to all your guests.
- Tell each guest to write down the name of an item they would like to get rid of in a garage sale and the five reasons they would like to do so.
- When everyone has finished, tell your guests to cross out the name of the item and write their spouse or partner’s name in its place.
- Take turns having each person read their list saying, “I want to get rid of _________________ because he (she) . . .”
- Make sure you only play this with couples who have a sense of humor and are good sports, as responses are funny, but can sound insulting.
6. Shave Your Partner
Although a bit messy and requiring advanced preparation, this icebreaker game for couples is certain to be one your guests will remember long after the party is over. You will need a can of spray whipped topping, a blindfold, a plastic spoon, a towel, and a clip fastener for each couple.
- Begin by having the man put the towel around his neck with the end secured by the clip fastener at the back.
- The women wear blindfolds and shave the men with the plastic spoons after apply the whipped topping.
- Give no longer than two minutes for the women to complete the task.
- Give prizes for the funniest shave, best shave, and worst shave.
7. Ribbon Run
A modified icebreaker scavenger hunt, couples in this game work as a team.
- Purchase some inexpensive ribbon and cut it into various lengths.
- Before the party, hide the ribbon pieces in locations in some rooms and tell your guests what areas they can search.
- Give the couples ten minutes to search and then tie the pieces they find together to make one long piece of ribbon.
- Measure the completed pieces and the couple with the longest ribbon piece wins.
8. Key to Your Heart
It has been said the key to a man’s heart is through their stomach and this couple’s icebreaker game draws on this premise. Place apples, donuts, cookies with holes, or large soft pretzels on 2 foot strings. Have the men sit in chairs blindfolded while the women stand behind them holding the string in front of their blindfolded mate with the chosen attached food. The men must attempt to eat the entire item and the first couple to succeed wins. If you have a large group of couples, pick four to five couples to play this icebreaker game with the other guests watching.
9. Newlywed Game
Although this game is played at almost every couple gathering, it never gets old. Pick some couples to play the game and have the women leave the room. Ask the men some questions and record their answers. When the women return, ask the women to answer the same questions and see which match. The winning couple has the most matching answers. Use the following questions or choose some of your own:
- What is your wife’s favorite song? (Movie, flower, book, etc.)
- The thing I love most about my wife is _______________.
- My wife hates my __________________.
- My wife will say I do (or do not) get along with my mother-in-law.
- What is your wife’s favorite candy?
- If you wife could have a new car or new clothes, which would she choose?
- What color is your wife’s favorite robe?
- When did you last give your wife flowers?
- What is one thing your wife has too much of?
- Who was interested in marriage first – you or your wife?
- Where was your first date?
- What was the first car you bought together as a couple?
10. Romantic Poetry
Choose 4 or 5 couples to participate without telling them what they will be doing. Find a romantic poem for each man to read to his mate. The audience will judge the presentation based upon sincerity, applause received, inflection, and motions used. Each man takes a turn reading the selection to their wives and the audience votes for a winner. Provide the winner with a certificate for “The Most Romantic Man of the Year” with your party date and place.
11. Win, Loose, or Draw!
When this familiar game is played with couples, choose categories that relate to their relationships and experience. Choose simple things to keep the game short, more complicated things for a longer game. Write the words telling what is to be drawn on pieces of paper ahead of time, with one on each piece of paper.
Each team picks individuals to draw, with each person taking a turn, alternating between teams. The person whose team it is picks a paper and draws the labeled thing. Find a place where the paper can be posted for everyone to see. Give a set amount of time and use a timer to monitor progress and stop the drawer’s turn. The drawer’s team calls out guesses as to what the drawing is. If the team guesses correctly before time is up, they earn a point. The team with the most points wins.
12. Drawing Rules
- The drawers can only sketch pictures, arrows, or signs.
- The drawers are not allowed to sketch anything that would be considered a part of the alphabet, a number, or the name of the thing.
- The drawer cannot speak or mouth words.
- The drawer may draw an ear for “sounds like.”
Here are some sample suggestions for couples to draw:
- Valentine’s Cards
- Diamond Ring
13. Couple Coconut Mania
A couple’s game for good sports, couple coconut mania begins with each couple having a coconut held between each couple’s foreheads. The host or hostess acts as the judge and instructor. Commands are given, such as, “Jump! “Move two steps to the right,” or “Move the coconut from between your foreheads to between your chests.” The teams follow the instructions trying not to drop the coconut. Eliminate teams when they drop their coconut. The last team remaining wins.
14. Ring a Bell Couple Icebreaker
A fun introductory icebreaker game for couples, the host or hostess announces that they are going to describe a category and ring a bell when they do so. A couple that matches the description is to raise their hands. Use the following categories or come up with some of your own:
“I am looking for the couple who . . .
- on my “go,” can hold the longest sustained kiss without looking around.”
- can show me the most pictures of the two of them together.”
- can tell me the funniest real-life honeymoon story.”
- birthed the most children between their wedding day and 5th anniversary.”
- had the shortest honeymoon.”
- married on or closest to an official holiday.”
- married on or closest to one of their birthdays.”
- has the most unique hobby they enjoy doing together.”
- looks most alike.”
- lived the furthest apart when they went out on their first date.”
- has travelled the furthest distance together this year.”
- have the most matching letters in their first and middle names
“I am looking for the person who . . .
- is wearing the most gifts given to them by their spouse
- has given the most creative Valentine’s gift to their spouse at any time.”
- has done the sweetest thing for their spouse’s parents.”
15. Make a Heart Tree
You will need some sort of large artificial plant for this couple’s icebreaker game. Ask couples to turn in photos of them when they were either babies or very young prior to the party. Make a printer copy of each picture. Paste the couple’s pictures together, attach them to construction paper hearts, and hang them on the tree with colorful ribbon. At the party, have everyone guess who the couples are. Give a prize if you wish to the person who gets the most couples right. Number the hearts on the back and keep a list of the corresponding couple’s names to provide the answers.
16. Count Your Blessings
This intimate icebreaker game for couples is an excellent way to close a party.
- Invite your guests to sit in a circle.
- Dim the lights or light some candles to create a personal ambiance.
- Explain that your guests are going to delve deeply and share specific examples of blessings in their lives. Instead of making broad, general statements, such as, “my family” or “my health,” participants should be encouraged to share specifics, such the about a new family member, or a recent illness cure.
- This icebreaker game is a wonderful opportunity for couples to share the special things they love about each other and can also serve as a good conversation starter.
Couple icebreaker games can relax your group and get them ready to have a great time at your party or get-together. Some of the games we listed are personal and require couples to be comfortable with each other, while others are designed to get the couples acquainted. The successful use of an icebreaker for couples requires you know the personalities and character traits of your guests. Get ready, prepare, choose the right icebreaker games, and have fun!
Susan majored in English with a double minor in Humanities and Business at Arizona State University and earned a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Liberty University. She taught grades four through twelve in both public and private schools. Subjects included English, U.S. and world history and geography, math, earth and physical science, Bible, information technologies, and creative writing.
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