Top Ten Tips For Hosting Game Night
As the weather cools, bring the fun inside with game night! Simple to host & easy to tailor to make it your own, bring out the old school board games and share a bottle of Odd Lot with friends!
1. GUEST LIST
Make sure you invite the perfect number of people (we suggest 6-8 people, or 3-4 couples). Too few guests won’t be quite as fun and too many people are difficult to keep up with when playing!
2. PHONES DOWN
Have everyone leave their phones in the foyer or kitchen. Without the distraction of notifications and calls, everyone will be able to keep their mind in the game and more importantly, enjoying the company of the other guests.
3. PERFECT PLAYLIST
A little background music helps set the mood for a fun night. Whether you prefer classic rock, easy listening or the righteous 80s, tunes will add to the ambience of the evening.
4. GAME SELECTION
Set-up a variety of games so that the majority can choose what you’d like to play. Keep it classic with board games from your childhood, be active with charades, or be bold with an adult party card game.
5. SELF-SERVE BAR
Set up a bar cart near the festivities so that everyone can self-serve. Provide enough clean glasses and plenty of Odd Lot Red Blend. Use festive wine glass charms so everyone can keep up with their glass throughout the evening.
6. EASY NIBBLES
Particularly if your guests are coming from work, they’re going to be hungry! Prepare a simple but hearty one-pot dinner like chili with a toppings bar of shredded cheese, sour cream, and green onion, or a one-pot pasta with a crusty loaf of bread on the side.
7. FUN PRIZES
Keep it interesting with inexpensive gifts cards for coffee or the movie theater for the winners. Want to really reward the champion? A bottle of Odd Lot should do the trick. ;)
8. BE FLEXIBLE
Someone can’t make it at the last minute or everyone’s not into your favorite game? No sweat! Keep it light and be flexible to keep the night fun and easy. If necessary, switch out players or games and make it work.
9. QUICK CLEAN-UP
Use small easy-to-was or disposable dishes for a quick clean-up. Put away the games before the guests leave, or better yet, pass along to the next game night host!
10. HAVE FUN!
Don’t take the outcome of the games too seriously! Enjoy the conversation and comradery with your guests. Want to make it a bi-weekly or monthly happening? Switch out hosts and keep the fun going.