Most people really love to play games. Some families have a game night on a set night to help get their family together to bond. The same can be done with friends, but with a party atmosphere. There are lots of things that you can do to liven up a game night party and to keep everyone from becoming bored with a game. Try a few of the following suggestions or brainstorm a few of your own.
Plan to have everyone dress up as someone else or a character. Make the party have a certain theme. Asking everyone to dress up as superheroes, animals, or celebrities is a great way to get people talking and having fun. Game nights do not have to be quiet nights spent indoors. They can be anything you want them to be. All you need to do is determine where everyone would be most comfortable.
Match the food to the theme. If, for example, your theme is zombies, then you should make your food and snacks reflect that. Concoct brains out of gelatin or other food mixtures. Make cookies from Halloween cookie cutters. Hang decorations if you are really ambitious. People will be surprised and entertained with the extra things that you have done to bring the game night theme all together.
You can always make up a game of your own. You don’t have to stick to rule books or any game at all. Use your imagination and make up a game that can include everyone. Ask your friends for ideas and jot down the best ones. Make your own rule book if you need to remember the details. You can do this at the party or beforehand. Everyone can give you some input on what they would like to do.
Make sure you have game stations or a plan to play a variety of games. If you are going to have a lot of people at your party, the chances are that only a few games would be able to incorporate them all. Set up other tables with a few other games for people to play. Having a variety keeps the night going and keeps people from getting bored too easily.
You know your friends better than anyone else. Think of some games that everyone can benefit from and make sure you are not excluding anyone. Nothing is worse than being left out at a party. Make sure everyone is able to play certain games together. Take into consideration any disabilities that may impact a friend’s ability to play games that include certain physical activities, but try not to draw any unnecessary attention to that fact. You don’t want anyone to feel like they are holding everyone else back.
At the end of the party or a certain game, have small prizes for winners available. You don’t have to spend lots of money on prizes. Prizes could be a treat bag filled with candy or other goodies, small gag gifts found at cheap dollar stores, or you could print out silly awards to be given to your friends. These little gifts will be something that people will remember and be fond of when they think of your party.
Remember that you don’t have to plan everything out exactly to have a great party. When good friends, food, and games come together, everything else is just a bonus. As long as everyone is having a good time and no one feels left out, your game night party will be a great success. Soon after the first party, everyone will be asking you when your next game night party is going to take place.