How to Host a Game Night

Tell your squad you're hosting a game night and invite them over for some friendly competition.

By: Sara Raffensperger, Editor,
How to Host a Game Night
How to Host a Game Night
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Inviting all of your friends over to play board and card games is the adult equivalent to saying "do you want to come over and play with toys?" as a child. It's a really fun way to spend time with your friends and maybe relive the times you spent playing games instead of studying in college. You want your friends to have the best time possible, but you don't have any experience hosting game night. We're here with some tips and tricks on How to Host a Game Night. We've collected the best game night ideas for adults just for you and you're bound to have a lot of fun!

Adults work hard every day, so they deserve to kick back with some friends and play games. Get out your best finger foods and your favorite drinks and relax a little by playing your favorite board game, like Settlers of Catan or a throwback like Candy Land. You and your friends will be arguing about the game play and not worrying about work in no time. It's a great way to let off steam and form closer bonds with your buddies. No matter what games you play, you're sure to have fun surrounded by good friends, creating memories that will last for years to come.

Game Night Ideas for Adults

How to Win at Hosting a Game Night

  1. Send out your invites. Invite a mix of your best friends and some new friends. Game nights are a fun way to bond with people without the awkwardness of get-to-know-you conversation over dinner.

    Game nights don't require a lot of in-depth conversation but everyone's personalities will still shine through during the fun times and competition.

  2. Choose what games you're going to play. There are a lot of games where you can play with a limited amount of players. Depending on how many people come by, you might want to have multiple game stations set up or pick games that accomodate a lot of people.

  3. Arrange your furniture to accommodate a group of people sitting around a game board or table. If you're having a few different game stations set up, then moving your furniture might be required. If not, bring some extra chairs into the living room and set some cushions on the ground for all of the extra people.

  4. If you serve food, make sure it's easy to eat while also playing games. Chips and salsa (don't forget the guac!) and other finger foods are great for casual game nights. You can also ask your friends to bring drinks or food over. Making it a potluck is a great way to share with your friends and also keep costs down.

  5. Don't bother setting the mood. You can have music on in the background, but chances are people will turn it down just to argue about a point of interest in the game. Instead of candles, use lamps so that you can more easily see the game board.

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