If you need an excuse to get together with friends and family, I’ve got one for you: games. After all, who doesn’t enjoy a bit of friendly competition? Hosting game night can make for a fun tradition – all you have to do is organize the event. This is where I come in – I’m here to help you with everything from what food to serve to which games to have so you don’t have to worry about a thing:
Start by sending invitations
Forgo the mass text or email and opt for party invitations instead. Aside from the time, date and location of the event, here are a few things you’ll want to be sure to include on the invites:
Games: Let your guests know whether you will be supplying all the games, or if they should bring their favorites to the event.
Food: If you’re planning on serving food, inform your guests. Say something like, “We’ll be serving a number of appetizers and tasty treats, so come hungry!” If you’re not supplying the beverages, ask guests to “bring your own beer (or beverage),” otherwise known as BYOB.
RSVP: In order to get an idea of how many people will be eating and playing games, request that your guests RSVP to the party by a certain date. Include a phone number or email address that they can use to get ahold of you.
Create the menu
When it comes to game night, it’s best to keep the menu simple. After all, you want to be focused on playing games rather than tending to the oven to check on dinner. Opt for some appetizers and maybe a few desserts as well. Here’s a sample menu for you to consider:
- Shrimp with tarragon aioli
- Mini grilled cheese sandwiches
- Pears with blue cheese and prosciutto
- Guacamole deviled eggs
- Roasted edamame
- Bacon-wrapped dates
- Chocolate chip cookies
- Cake pops
- Berry cupcakes
- Bourbon brownies
Bring on the games
It’s always a good idea to have a variety of games from which to choose. This way, you can find one that everyone likes. Combine classic games with a few that not everyone might know for a truly entertaining evening. Here are a few of my favorite games:
Apples to Apples: The object of this game is to win the most green cards. The green cards have an adjective on them, like “ecstatic.” Your guests must then choose a red card (a noun) from their hand that best describes the word “ecstatic.” The person who drew the green card is who determines the winner of that particular round.
Scattergories: In this fast-paced game, you and your guests must fill out a number of different categories only using words that start with a pre-determined letter. For instance, you might have to come up with a term of endearment that starts with a “Y.” Good luck – you have to beat the clock.
Pictionary: You can never go wrong with classic Pictionary. You must have your party guests determine what it is you’re attempting to draw. Even if you have zero artistic talent, this game is a blast.
Catch Phrase: In this electronic game, your guests must guess the word on the screen using only your descriptive phrases. People will likely shout out some hilarious answers – Catch Phrase is a definite party pleaser.
Choose the perfect location
Hosting game night means that you need a room in your home that has plenty of seating and clear table space. Declutter your coffee table or dining room table to make room for the games. Poufs and floor pillows are perfectly acceptable to use for additional seating. After all, game night usually implies a fun and laid-back atmosphere.