How to Host a Family Game Night
Let the games begin!
Between school, work and extracurricular activities, it’s no wonder we find ourselves away from home more often than we’d like. Bring your family back into focus by planning a fun-filled game night. Here’s how.
Set a Date and Time
Start by establishing a date and time that works for everyone in the family, such as a Friday night. Then, a few days before game night, place a written reminder on the fridge or send out a text alert.
Plan Your Menu
Prep for the big night with plenty of family-friendly bites. (Not sure what to make? Skip ahead to find eight game-inspired options.) Depending on the time, you can opt to serve an entire meal, or just set out a spread of snacks.
Set Up the Games
About an hour before game time, set up the boards. Depending on the size of your family, opt for one long game (like Monopoly) or a bunch of shorter games. You can place tokens on the board, deal cards and set up scorecards in advance.
Editor’s Tip: Short on games? Buy some from a local thrift store (just check to make sure all of the pieces are in place) or check the library—some let you borrow board games in addition to books.
Set Up the Snacks
Once the games are ready to go, set out your snacks. Paper plates, small bowls and stacks of napkins make it easy for family members to grab what they want in between turns. Plus, at the end of the night, clean-up’s a breeze.