How to Host an EPIC Game Night
Getting together with family and friends for a night of friendly competition is always fun. It’s a great way to strengthen the bond between you and your loved ones. Such fun moments also help ease any mental pressure one could have, which might prove quite important in the long run.
However, it can be quite tricky to plan a party that suits everyone’s needs. That’s why game nights are perfect for all ages. You can combine fun and competitive games with everyone’s favourite snacks and you’re on your way to host an epic game night.
Game night at our house can get pretty competitive and it’s always a night full of laughter and let’s face it, bragging when someone wins.
It’s all about the bragging rights! The good thing about such events is that you always have a reason to boast of your skills and prowess in games such as indoor shuffleboard and scrabble.
Of course, as a first-timer, planning such a night can be quite daunting, especially if you’re not much of a gamer. Well, it’s for that reason that we came up with this detailed article. Read on for tips that will help you host a game night that will have your guests excited and waiting for your next event.
1. Have a Good Selection of Games
As earlier mentioned, game nights are the best because of the wide variety of games you can play. However, not all of them are ideal for your guests. As such, it’s important that you prepare only those that’ll not only be interactive, but also very exciting. So, how do you know which games to pick?
For me, I always say it is good to have the classics like UNO. You know, the games that everyone knows and loves. With that said, you are going to want to think outside the box and have games that both kids and adults will have a blast with.
For example, Flush N’ Frenzy. If you would have told me that I’d be plunging a toilet and catching a piece of poop with my family on game night, I wouldn’t have believed you.
Then there is the game like Gas Out, that’s well, flatulence. You have to not be the one to make Guster the Gas Cloud fart.
It’s these type of interactive games that are the best for all. Just make sure you mix the classics with fun and interactive games and have adult-geared games on hand too. The more variety, the more fun you’ll have. Believe me!
2. Prep the Game Area
Another very important aspect that you must keep in mind is the game space. When preparing this area, make it spacious and comfortable. Apart from the games themselves, the environment will also play a huge role in making it a successful night.
If you like to sit around a coffee table on the floor, make sure you have plenty of comfy cushions and pillows that people can lounge on. In the case that you are more of a dining room gaming crew, make sure there are plenty of seats that are comfortable too. Make sure the tables are clear and have enough room for all the game pieces and for players to have enough space.
3. Set Out the Grub
It is always a good idea to have finger foods, portable, and ones that people can enjoy in between moves. You can set up a chip bar with all types of chips and dips, a candy bar, or even a fruit and veggie tray. If you’re super extra like I can be sometimes, you can even make special snacks and appetizers that are themed with the game you’ll be playing. If the party goes on, you can always order pizza and you’ll be set.
4. Keep Them Hydrated
Make sure to have plenty of drinks. Water, soda, and juice are always a safe bet. I usually grab diet and regular sodas. Just in case there are people who only drink one or the other. If you will be having more adults, chill the wine and beer, and it’s going to be a good time! Of course, this is up to your own discretion and you can gauge that best.
5. Collect All Smartphones
Gasp and clutch your pearls but, yes. Ask everyone to surrender those phones, the internet will be there after your epic game night.
You can have them nearby in case of emergencies but, make sure your guests know your landline number (yes, people still have those) so that they can get a hold of any guests if they absolutely need to.
You can cheat and take a few snapshots of all the epicness if you want but, then put it away. After all, it’s those connecting moments, laughter, and engagement that make a game night truly epic.
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How do you do game night, do you have any tips?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela, and wife to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.