Host A Game Night

This is the perfect time of year to host a Game Night with friends or family. It can bring on that warm sense of comfort from childhood, not to mention a healthy dose of competition! Here are some good ideas to get you started.
Start with an invitation that sets the scene. Guests can contribute games for the evening or you can provide several options. A cute and creative way to customize the event is to use some old game boards and carve out (using an exacto knife) openings for pictures or competitive phrases like “Game On!” “Don’t forget to eat your Wheaties!” or “Anti Up!”With a scrabble board you can even spell out and glue on the words with the letter tiles.

 For decor and snacks make it fun and simple. Fill glass vases with dominos, checkers, dice, poker chips, or Scrabble tiles. Insert a smaller vase into the larger one and fill with water and flowers. Then fill the area between the two vases with your filler items…you need less “filler” that way. Make name cards or food labels with playing cards, and create some fun drink charms with game pieces (you can photocopy squares from the game board onto card stock).
Food should be simple but hardy, and easy to pick up and go. Think pigs-n-blankets, pizza squares, mini burgers, mini sandwiches (arranged like a checker board!), chips, and veggie sticks. Serve french fries in cones made from paper printed with crossword puzzles or word searches. You can get “Puzzle” books inexpensively and just pull out the pages and roll it into a cone. Find vintage game boards and use them as “trays” to serve the food or drinks on. Use the Scrabble letters & holders to spell out different game areas or the signature cocktail of the night.
To cap off the evening, serve a whimsical dessert/candy buffet. “Domino” cookies and brownies fit the bill, and a colorful display of candies is perfect for filling up a favor bag and taking home. This way Everyone’s a Winner!
So what do you think? GAME ON!!!
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About Chris

Chris Nease is a party stylist and home entertaining expert with over 15 years of experience. In addition to her work as founding editor of Celebrations At Home, Chris is an editorial stylist and contributor to Homes.com, Marie Callender's, and SheKnows. Most recently her work has been published in Woman's World, Yum Food & Fun for Kids, and Cottages & Bungalows.

Comments

  1. Shelley @ Divine Party Concepts says:

    I love game night! We usually do one in January or February so I guess I better start planning :)

  2. Mindy Lockard Etiquette says:

    We try to make Friday nights family night. This makes the perfect theme. I'm going to borrow your idea. Thank you.

  3. laura@makemerry! says:

    Love your ideas, Chris! I'm totally stealing the one about using puzzle paper for cones. :)

  4. Our friends hosted a Lego party which was a lot of fun. The invite specified the challenge: Use every Lego (and our friends have a lot of Legos!)
    http://kidoinfo.com/ri/host-a-lego-party/

  5. I LOVE these ideas! The domino cookies and chessboard sandwiches are too cute – I will definitely be throwing a game night sometime soon. Thanks for posting :)

  6. Love this idea…sounds like fun and how creative! Plan it and I'll be right over with a game in hand! I love the food checker board.

  7. such cute ideas! Game night is the best!

  8. Kustom Kreations by Elisha Akram says:

    Love the idea of Game night. I need to plan one really soon. Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. Because of the bad storm we had at Christmas there were 11 of us for 3 days playing games! Unplanned…no party themes, but so fun. :)

    I love the phrases! Cute ideas. Who doesn't love a good game???

    Thanks for sharing.

  10. Kendall @ Entertaining Life says:

    My favorite party games are Taboo, Balderdash, Battle of the Sexes, and Apples to Apples. Any other good suggestions?

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