Who’s game for game night? Follow our guide to plan a game night party that’s fun for all ages!
Pick a favorite game and use it as the inspiration for your game night decorations. If you love Twister, make your pad Twister-ific by decorating with red, blue, green and yellow balloons and polka-dotted streamers. Or if Parcheesi is more your speed, you could decorate with colorful saris for an Indian theme (Parcheesi, or Parchisi, is the national game of India).
To get in the mood for this kid-friendly party theme, deck out your party room like a teenage bedroom or college dorm room with rock posters and celebrity cut-outs. Spread blankets, quilts and pillows on the floor to create a casual atmosphere where guests can spread out and get comfortable.
Board game suggestions for your game night party:
- Trivial Pursuit
- Apples to Apples
Keep in mind that you’re not limited to store-bought games. For games like charades and the name game, all you need are strips of paper and a good imagination. Take a look at our top 10 party games for inspiration!
To create your own word-definition guessing game, find obscure words in a dictionary and ask everybody to come up with inventive possible definitions for them, while one person writes down the correct definition.
There are various ways to run your game night, and you can make it as casual or as formal as you’d like. Here are some tips for getting your game on:
- If your group is too large or unruly to all play the same game, set up stations for different games or team people up for group play.
- To make games more challenging and to get people interacting, separate couples and really close friends.
- Playing with a shy group? Start off with a team competition, where people can get more comfortable with one another and with playing games. Also, be sure to choose games with different topics to play to everyone’s skills — for instance, don’t do all pop culture trivia or word games.
- If your games require score-keeping, drawing or sculpting, gather lots of pens and pads of paper and purchase extra modeling clay.
Playing Candyland? You know exactly what kind of food to set out for your party.
But if you’re thinking more along savory lines for your game night party, you can’t go wrong with pizza. Make your own from scratch and have your friends add fun toppings (goat cheese, marinated artichoke hearts, fresh basil, etc.) Ordering plain cheese pizzas and adding toppings at home will achieve similar results, with less time away from gaming.
Eating and playing games don’t have to be mutually exclusive — it is possible to drink creamy tomato soup from a mug as you roll the dice and move your mice. Bite-size, non-greasy finger foods, like finger sandwiches, also work better than those requiring a knife, fork, plate and a table, since you’ll want to save the valuable table space for the games you’re playing.
- 1 part lager
- 1 part ginger ale, ginger beer or carbonated lemonade
Combine ingredients and serve cold.