Planning a super fun games night

Having my friends over at mine is one of my favourite things in the world. It’s way more intimate than being at a restaurant or bar, plus, there are no rules. We can stay as long as we want, and it can be easier on the pocket if done right. Bonus point: I don’t have to leave my flat💃🏽🕺🏽💃🏽 (anyone that knows me, knows that I am an obsessive homebody, sometimes I go weeks without leaving the comfort of my home).

Enter Games night 🎉🎊🎉: It’s a perfect casual hang out with some of your favourite people. You make all these great memories (especially if you play with me – I am hilariously competitive, so there’s always a story to be told after one of my games nights). And the best part, it can be super easy to put together and I’m here to help you plan your own simple super fun games night. You’re welcome 😉

Essentials you’d need for a super fun games night: games, ambience, food, drinks and friends.

Friends
When planning your own super fun games night, you might firstly want to consider the number of guests and the types of people you want to invite. Invite an even number, where you can help it. 6 would be a perfect number.

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Games
What’s a games night without the games?? You can choose the games to play based on the people you invited to your party. But you can never go wrong with the classics: board games, Taboo (a great crowd pleaser), Jenga, Charade, trivia or concentration games. You can also have a potluck games – have your guests bring their own games (BYOG).

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Ambience
There are key ingredients when it comes to having a successful night, aside from the booze and food; so it is very important you set the scene.

  • Theme: If you’re feeling “extra”, you can make your party super fun by choosing a theme. You can decorate your apartment according to this theme and even take it a step further by having your friends come in costume.
  • Music: Make a playlist that can last the entire span of the party, you don’t really want to be interrupting the games to search for and change songs. Consider making a playlist or using already made playlists from Soundcloud, Spotify, Youtube, or 8tracks
  • Space: You can move your furniture around to make sure everyone has somewhere to sit. Throw some pillows and throw pillows on the floor to make more sitting space.
  • Trust me, it would help to have a scented candle burning. Having several bodies in one space can lead to some unwanted smells. You don’t want a certain smell to outshine your fun party.

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Food
Rule of thumb for games night food is “Keep it simple”. Avoid cooking if you can. Perfect for games night is creating a potato chips bar with a variety of chips and dips to allow guest to make a custom blend.

Make this: Chunky Guacamole

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You can also serve veggies with hummus. Just slice the veggies into strips to make it easier to dip. Other acceptable games night food: pizza, tacos, quesadillas, enchiladas, chicken wings and salad. Just think, “Simple”. Also don’t forget the dessert. The sugar would give your guests the energy they need to compete all night. I always go for giant chocolate cookies. And remember that presentation is key, so if you choose to use store bought dips, remove it from the packaging and place in a nice glass bowl. Small details go a long way

Drink
Making a punch is perfect for a crowd: you can make a big batch before the party to avoid being a bartender all night. You should also consider your guests who don’t drink alcohol. It is also acceptable to have a BYOB party. BYOB also ensures everyone has something they like and there will be enough to go around.

Make this: Sangria

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Make this: Virgin Mimosa

Pool-side Mimosas at The Standard Hotel
By vxla – Flickr: Pool-side Mimosas at The Standard Hotel, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.ord/w/index.php?curid=25629832

I guess you’re ready to host your own games night now.

Good luck,
JC 💋

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