Game nights never go out of style. They’re suitable for any occasion, fun for the whole family or a group of friends of all ages, and they’re easy to host even on a tight budget.
The trick is knowing how to create an atmosphere that showcases what a great night it will be. Apply the next few tips to your next game night and have fun!
Get an Assortment of Finger Foods
You can stick to the traditional chips and salsa combo for game night snacks and have a great time. But for the ultimate game night, put a little more thought into the food to wow your guests.
It’s best to always go for finger food. You can get an assortment of options, so there’s something for everyone.
To spruce it up, you can pick a theme and bake cookies or cupcakes. You can also create a buffet with a selection of sweet and savoury snacks to appeal to everyone.
Have Game Options
The great thing about game nights is that they don’t require much planning, but the more you plan ahead, the better the evening will be. Start by selecting the game options and have your guests make suggestions.
By getting an idea of what games to include, you can ensure there’s something for everyone.
Some go-to’s that you can predict will be on the list, so if you haven’t already, invest in some quality playing cards as they offer an array of games on their own. Get some popular board games like Monopoly, Scrabble, and Pictionary.
You can also take things up a notch by going for games like Charades. Play it Jimmy Fallon style with 2 teams, a whiteboard, and sticky notes.
Party Decor and Entertainment are a Must
Family game nights usually contain a game or two, some chips and salsa, and a cozy gathering around the coffee table, but if you want to have the perfect game night, plan it like a party.
Party decor plays a huge role in the ambiance of the night and gets everyone in the mood, so why not head down to your local stationery store and get some banners, party hats, and decorations for the theme of your choice.
You should also never skip entertainment. Music is the best addition to any get-together because a fun soundtrack makes the night memorable.
Create Some Structure
As Monica Geller eloquently put it, “Rules help control the fun,” and she wasn’t wrong.
When planning the ultimate game night, create a structure so that there’s a great party flow – just like you would plan any other kind of party.
This way, you’ll know if you’re going to start indoors and make your way outside, how to arrange the games and when to bring out the beverages.
A little organisation will ensure that everyone gets to do what they love, and you’re not pressed for time before you get to the good stuff.
The perfect game night is not about how big the budget is, but how much thought is put into it.
By taking the time to prepare the best food, choose the most upbeat music, and provide the best game options, you will show your guests that you have worked really hard to make their night special.
With these tips, you can create the right atmosphere that will have your guests coming back for more fun and games.