Hosting a game night is a wonderful way to create bonding with your team, your family, or simply meet up with your neighbors. And the best part of it is that there’s no need to prepare or decorate too much. Read on for essential preparations for a game night that surely brings everyone a good time.
Find a Game Night Location
First things first, you need to decide on the location of the night – whether you want to host every game night at your house, at an apartment rental, or you want to rotate homes.
The perfect game night should be held where it can provide both comfort and flexibility. If you are going to host it at your house, move furniture in order to spare space for everyone to sit in a circle or a semi-circle. This is to ensure everyone can see each other and nothing blocking their view of other players. Seeing others’ facial expressions or hand gestures is very important when you play some of the games.
If there’s not an adequate amount of space and lighting as expected, you can utilize local places to find the perfect location for your night. Such places as recreation centers, private rooms at bars, local libraries, coffee shops, or board game stores are some of the options you can choose from.
Pick The Games
There are tons of games you can play with your team, from card games to board games, yet you’d better determine the theme of the night first. Scrabble, Monopoly, Uno, or traditional card games, such as poker, or spades are best for a relaxing game night with casual conversation. Meanwhile, such games as Outburst, Pictionary, Bunko, Scene It! or Twister will make the night more lively and bring out everyone’s competitive side.
You may want to have a discussion with your team in advance to choose a highlight game. If you have a group that often plays games together, do it in rotation: on each game night, each player will pick the game he wants to play and the others follow no matter whether they like it or not. The pick then moves to the next player down the list. And as each one prefers a different game, consider board game rental instead of buying.
Prepare Some Food For Game Night
A game night won’t be fulfilled without food and drink. Snack and finger foods that leave no residue are my most favorite food for a game night because they are very quick to prepare and easy to find. They also do not require any utensils involved and are cleaner to eat.
Some people don’t eat while playing games because they want to keep it clean and focus on the game. However, this is obviously part of the fun – don’t have to be too strict about eating around the game board, just prepare plenty of napkins for your guests to clean off their fingers before playing their turn.
Here are some of the top food for a game night that requires a little prep work upfront:
- Mini candies & cookies
- Crunchy chips
- Pretzel bites
- Bread rolls
- Cut up fruits
- Veggies and dip
- Corn dogs
- Nuts and nut mixes
- Gummy bears
Game night is considered a really good ice breaker and the best way to bring your family closer, and know your friends better. If you are so into playing games with your team, the above-mentioned points will help you prepare for a memorable game night.