How to Host a Family Game Night
A family game night is fun for everyone, especially when there's good food and friendly competition involved!
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Why Have Game Night?
Add a little excitement to your at-home time! With these ideas, your family game night will be fun- and food-filled with a little bit of friendly competition, of course. Now, get your game face on!
Pick What to Play
After you and your crew decide on a night that works for everyone, here comes the hard part: agreeing on a game. Be sure to gear your selection toward your group. If you have little ones, opt for a classic like Candy Land. School-age kids love Sequence. And teens and adults can’t seem to get enough of Catan.
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.
Select Your Snacks
You’ll want your menu full of small, mess-free munchies that can be grabbed, dunked and devoured in between rounds. Think homemade Mini Corn Dogs, this luscious Lake Charles Dip and loaded Chocolate Caramel Cookies. Check out this collection of game night recipes, plus the themed treats below!
Set the Table
First, place the game and its pieces on the table to ensure there’s enough space. You can even divvy up tokens, deal cards and set up scorecards in advance. Next, set out your snacks in the remaining space.
Editor’s Tip: Serve the small bites on a lazy Susan. That way everyone can reach, even as they’re strategizing.
And no, we don’t mean playing by the rules! That’s important, too, but so is keeping the table and game pieces tidy. Place slices of lemon and a shallow dish of warm water at each place setting. When fingers get greasy from snacking, simply splash ’em in the water and rub with the fruit to freshen up quickly. A spritz of hand sanitizer will help, too.
You’re finally ready to call in the crew and get gaming. For optimal family bonding, make game night a tech-free zone. Have everyone place their phones in a separate room and turn off the TV. Now, it’s time to snack—then attack!