Throw a Game Night Party with Style

You don’t have to be a little kid to enjoy a game night party! Throw some cocktails, finger food and endless laughter into the mix, and you’ve got yourself a solid (and affordable) Saturday night with friends. Whether you want to play classics like Monopoly and Life or modern and provocative games like Cards Against Humanity, your game night party can be an exciting success. Try these game night ideas for your next soiree:

Gather Some Games

Video, card or board games are all great for a game night party, but remember that you need to have options that allow for lots of players. Taboo, Scene It, Monopoly, Cranium and Clue are all great for a game night, and most people know the rules. However, if you want to spice it up a bit, the recent phenomenon Cards Against Humanity is an adult-version of Apples to Apples, with provocative, offensive and downright crude cards. But if you have a light sense of humor, and your friends do as well, this card game can be a blast.

Prepare the Space

If you are going to have a big gathering for your game night party, you’ll want to clear enough space for everyone to sit comfortably. This can be in your living room, kitchen or outdoor patio–whatever works best! Prepare the space before guests come over by clearing off surfaces and placing enough chairs around a table for everyone to sit. If a game is going to be played at a coffee table, consider having a few pillows on the ground for friends to pop a squat on the floor.

What to Serve

You can serve whatever game night food you’d like, but you’ll want to think about when you should put it out to eat. If you are planning to have dinner before playing games, you can let your imagination run wild. However, if food is going to be going out while games are in play, you might want to think twice about whipping up some tacos. Consider finger food that is easy to eat while playing a game so you don’t end up with greasy cards or game pieces. In addition to a few dips, try baked mozzarella sticks or buffalo chicken rolls.

Make it Interesting

A little friendly competition is fun, so why not make your game night one with prizes? You don’t have to splurge on anything too extravagant, but a gift card, bottle of wine or 6-pack of craft beer will give you and your friends a nice incentive to be in it to win it. If you’re low on cash, ask your friends to all pitch in $5 to go toward the prize.

Make it a Theme Party

If you’re planning on playing a themed game, you can encourage guests to come dressed up and serve food that goes along with the same theme. Whether it’s Western, Hollywood or Star Wars themed, you and your friends will be able to get that much more into it if you’re sporting attire that goes along with a game.

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