Game nights are a great way to spend the evening with friends and without the crowd, high-priced drinks and, at this time of the year, cold weather. Below are a few tips on how to host a game night where everyone wins!
Determine if your game night falls during dinner hours. If you’re hosting a large group during that window suggest for everyone to bring an item for pot-luck style dining. If it’s a smaller group consider creating a pot of chili with bread or springing for a pizza.
Treat Your Guests
If the game night begins after dinner plan to have small snacks on hand or something sweet. A DIY hot chocolate bar or little bowls of ice cream are easy and affordable options that can be rolled out on a bar card for guests to enjoy throughout the night.
In addition to cheering for your guests during the games, make sure they can do the same with their glasses. Keep is simple by stocking up on beer and/or wine or create a large-batch of spiked cider (more ideas here!)
Know Your Audience
When choosing your games or asking guests to bring a few of their favorites, it’s important to consider who’s attending. Are guests bringing kiddos? Maybe opt for Apples to Apples or Randomise, instead of Cards Against Humanity. Do you have anyone who leans on the shy side? Avoid games that might be outside their comfort zone like Charades.
Invite guests to bring their favorite game, break out nostalgic games like Hungry Hippos or Candy Land and make sure to have a few staples on hand like Taboo, Clue, Scrabble, etc. If you’re looking for a new idea, you can also check out my review of Randomise.