A game night is not strictly child entertainment. Adults may have some genuine fun at a game night as well. And a game night for adults does not necessarily mean adult pc games or something online. Sheer fun is guaranteed even with less sophisticated games. It is difficult to set up a proper game night for adults. There are busy schedules and a lot of worries from everyday life. Here are some useful tips that will help you to set a perfect game night.
Write the List of Guests
A game night is a perfect opportunity for social interaction with different kinds of people:
- You may invite your family members or close friends. Despite doing a lot together already, you still have a chance to learn more about each other and communicate in a relaxed environment.
- The guest list can be crossed. Invite different people: your friends, colleagues, even neighbors. These people do not know each other, but a game night is a perfect place for them to get acquainted. Besides, it will help you to make your social circle closer. But, the important condition for that type of guests list is that everyone wants to play games. There are not many things that can spoil the mood worse than an inactive player.
- Finally, if you just moved and barely know someone, a game night would be a nice chance to get to know each other better. Invite people that surround you even if you don’t really know them yet. A good game night will help to establish social connections and get familiar with your new circle.
Choose Games Beforehand
There’s not much time for improvisation during the actual game night. Thus, you need to decide what games it will be in the first place. If you gather a small company of close friends, something fast and approachable would be a neat choice. For example, Uno for a short variant. If you feel more adventurous, Monopoly or Cluedo may work too.
If you gather a big company who would be settled across the room, some active games would fit more. For example, Drop a Hint, where you need to guess an entity with a single word description. Mirror charades are also very fun and help to stretch your creative muscles.
Another good social game is React and Act. In this game, guests make impressions of certain situations, and the rest of the group needs to guess what situation is shown. This game is similar to charades, but you can do words and noises too. A perfect icebreaker for a big company.
Prepare Your Space
Make sure you have enough space for tables, flat surfaces for placing the games and snacks, and, naturally, sitting places. Pillows and blankets, if it is cold outside, would be a nice consideration as well. These preparations are natural for any game night. Yet, if you do so before the actual game night rather than right in the middle of it, it will be a more pleasant experience for your guests.
One of the easiest ways to prepare snacks for a game night is to suggest a potluck. Everybody brings food and drinks to share with the rest of the guests. The best snacks for a game night are finger food. The idea is similar to the preparation of space – you don’t want to spend time in the kitchen while your guests are gathered around the table. Besides, a game night is not about food. Naturally, you treat your guests, but the meal is not the primary subject of the evening.