How to Host Game Night

I had a super fun weekend, how about you?  Life has been pretty busy around here since Christmas and last weekend we finally had a weekend where we had nothing planned so of course I planned something!  We hosted a game night and had a really good time.

I’m sorta totally the type who waits till the last minute to put a party together so unfortunately this post isn’t so much about the iPhone photos (sorry) as it is for the easy why aren’t I having more party tips.

1.  First pick a theme.

The theme was obviously game night & the menu & decorations were simple, easy and cheap.

how to host a game night

2.  Pick the menu.

For the food portion of the night I went sorta old school and made mini burgers, chips and onion dip and mini brownies made to look like dominoes.   We also have a really great popcorn maker so we made lots of popcorn and I put them in individual popcorn bags.  Seriously it never fails if you make mini anything I guarantee everything will be gone by the end of the night!  Total cost about $50.00.

how to host a game night

how to host a game night

3.  Figure out the drinks.

For the cocktail portion of the night I asked everyone to bring their favorite drink, this not only saves money, it also ensures your guests they’ll have a drink they’ll enjoy.  It also always seems to be a conversation starter for guests who are just meeting each other for the first time.  I do however always make one large batch of drinks (for game night it was cosmos) and I also supplied the bottled water and red strawberry soda and cream soda Jones soda pops.  The drinks were either clear or red.   (The colors kept with the theme.)

how to host a game night

how to host a game night

4.  Decide how you will decorate for the party.

For the decorating part I just pulled a ton of games from my husband’s stash and put them around the room.  I also went to the Goodwill and our local thrift store and picked up  game boards I didn’t mind if they got messed up to use as trays or to put on top of the desk I was using as a makeshift bar.   I didn’t bother with flowers and just lit candles all over the room.  Just simple white tea lights and white pillars.  I used mason jars and filled them up with colorful game pieces and put the candles and I placed large pillar candles on scrabble coasters.  I also just ran to Party City and bought themed paper plates and napkins.  I don’t think I even paid $15.00 for everything.

how to host a game night

 

how to host a game night

how to host a game night

5.  Pick out the games.  (Pick at least 3)

We played Five Seconds, Taboo and ended the night with our favorite Cards Against Humanity.  We always start with a short and easy game first and once if the group is hitting it off and the drinks are flowing we end the night with Cards Against Humanity!

how to host a game night

The total cost for the party was less than $70.00 which is pretty great when you figure it was for 12 people, and less than what it would of cost for Drew and I to go out on a date.

Do you have a favorite game?  What’s your favorite reason to throw a party?  Need more entertaining tips, you can click here!

 

 

 

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