Sometimes all that’s needed between old friends and new is a little bit of light-hearted fun & laughter. Nothing breaks the ice better like a party game. And if the old friends are sporting enough, a game night will bring the zing back in your conversations, giving you something to reminisce about.
So now that you’re convinced that a game night is just what you need to host, here are some tips to make it a night to remember.
This will depend on what your gang is likely to enjoy and how sporting they are. E.g. If a lot of them are Game of Thrones fans, you could host a party with that medieval decor, dated costumes, traditional food and gory games. Or if they are all first-rate gamblers, you could organize a poker night, but with interesting twists. If you’re all from the same field, then use this to your advantage by hosting something on the lines of Mad Men on the prowl or Big Bang Theory in Practice.
Your invitations, whether emailed or snail mailed, will set the stage for how successful your party is. Let the invite scream your theme and give your guests a sneak peek into what’s in store. You could also point them to a store where they are likely to get the themed merchandise. Be clear about the dress code. If your games need guests to bring something, call it out on the invite.
Do your research. The internet has a lot of ideas on games related to every kind of theme. You could also wear the creative hat and design a game of your own. Even if you decide to go with the tried & tested Poker, be sure to have some variations in the rules. To add a more serious touch, you could print and laminate the rules and hand them out as soon as the guests arrive. If space is not a constraint, including a game that requires people to move around might be a good idea to keep things fluid and get people to mingle.
No matter how fun the décor and people are, incidentally it’s the refreshments that get the party ingrained in people’s minds. While beer is the obvious choice, you could also put up some Do-it-Yourself Cocktails like a Mojito or the Blue Lagoon. Keep the mixers on the bar and stick a cocktail recipe on the counter to let people have some fun with their drinks. Make additional provisions for ice. You could keep the finger food less greasy and messy to not let it interfere with the gaming. Canapes, olives, cheese, dips will be hassle-free to serve & devour. You could also serve cooked starters like lemon & pepper chicken, beer battered prawns or stuffed mushrooms, which may be time-consuming to create but will definitely add sophistication to the event.
Generally, for game nights, dinner is not the focus. So a single dish dinner like biryani or pizza will also do the trick.
It might be a fine idea to send off your guests with a little something as a memoir to the event. You could buy inexpensive accessories related to the theme or send them personalized photos of them really getting into the game. The more embarrassing, the better.
Whether you decide to go all-out or keep it simple, if you just remember to appeal to the child in all of us, you’re on your way to planning the perfect game night. Besides, the possibility of winning is bound to bring out everyone’s competitive streak. This should bring the party up a couple of notches.
Lastly, don’t forget to have fun yourself. That’s the whole point of a game night, after all.
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