One of my favorite things to do is host a game night with friends. It’s fun, and it’s also a great way for us to catch up in person rather than just on social media or via text messages. But there are some steps you can take to make sure your game night goes smoothly and everyone has fun—and they don’t involve too much work on your end! In this post I’ll share some tips that will help ensure your next game night is epic.
Pick the right game.
When choosing the game to play, you want to make sure that it is easy to learn and doesn’t take too long. You also want to make sure that your friends will enjoy playing it. If they’re not having fun, then what’s the point?
When deciding which games are best for your group of friends, consider these factors:
- Easy-to-learn: You don’t want your guests spending valuable time trying understand how things work instead of actually playing! A good rule of thumb here is if someone can pick up the rules in under 5 minutes (or less), then it’s probably a good choice.
- Fun but not too much fun: Some games can get pretty intense! If someone loses their cool or gets upset during one round, this could ruin everyone else’s enjoyment of the evening–especially if there isn’t enough time left at that point anyway.* Family friendly: Some people have kids who might find certain things inappropriate or offensive; others may be sensitive about certain topics themselves (i.,e., politics). It pays off when everyone feels safe sharing laughs together without worrying about offending anyone else’s sensibilities along with keeping those same sensibilities intact themselves
Set the mood.
The first thing to do is ensure your space is set up for success. You’ll want to have a comfortable space where people can play games and hang out for hours, so make sure you have:
- A well-lit room (or even better, one with windows)
- A place for everyone to sit down comfortably–if necessary, pull up some extra chairs or couches from another room in your house!
- A safe and quiet environment free of distractions (that means no phones).
Prepare some snacks.
When you’re hosting a game night, it’s important to think about the snacks. You want your guests to be comfortable and happy while they play their games, so make sure you have some easy-to-eat food that can be eaten quickly.
Ideally, these snacks will also be easy on the cleanup crew (you). Avoid messy foods like pizza or wings; instead go for finger foods like chips and salsa or crackers with cheese spread on them. If you’re feeling ambitious, try baking up some brownies or cookies ahead of time and storing them in an airtight container until ready for consumption–they’ll stay fresher longer this way!
And finally: don’t forget about drinks! Make sure there are plenty of beverages available (alcoholic and non), as well as cups for people who prefer theirs in liquid form rather than solid form (we know some folks out there).
Prepare an activity in case everyone gets bored of playing games.
In case your guests get bored of playing games, it’s a good idea to prepare an activity in advance. A good activity is something that everyone can participate in and doesn’t require any special equipment or knowledge–it should be fun, but not too competitive. Some examples of activities are:
- A game of charades or Pictionary (you can even do both).
- A puzzle you’ve made out of cardboard boxes, paper clips and string (with some glue). The first person has to put together whatever was on top of their box/clip/string bundle when they opened it last night before passing it on to the next person who will add another piece to their puzzle until all pieces have been assembled into one big picture! This is great for kids because they learn how much patience goes into creating something beautiful from simple materials; adults love doing this because it gives them time away from screens while still being creative and productive! Plus there will always be arguments about whose turn it is next – which means lots laughs!”
Get there early, but not too early.
The best way to ensure that your game night is a success is to get there early. If you show up right when everyone else does, you’ll have plenty of time to set up and play a couple of rounds before the first guests arrive.
However, if you arrive too early–say an hour or two before anyone else–you run into two problems: 1) people won’t be able to find parking because all of the spots are taken or 2) they may still be stuck in traffic on their way over and thus unable to attend at all!
In order for this plan to work out well for everyone involved, make sure that (1) there’s enough space available in your home/apartment so that everyone can comfortably fit around one table without feeling cramped; (2) everyone understands what time they need show up so as not disrupt other guests’ plans; and finally (3), after everything has been set up properly (including food & drinks), leave yourself plenty of extra time before leaving so as not disrupt anyone else’s evening by rushing out after cleaning up after yourself
The most important thing is to have fun. This is your game night, so you should be able to enjoy yourself and the company of your friends. If someone’s not having a good time, talk with them privately and see if there’s something you can do to improve their experience.
If everyone isn’t playing a game they love, then it won’t be a great experience for anyone! Make sure that everyone has access to games that interest them–and ask questions about what kind of player each friend is before choosing which games will be played during the evening. You’ll want to make sure there are enough copies available so that no one feels excluded from participating in any way (or worse yet: left out). Also keep an eye on how much time has passed since last food or drink break so that nobody gets too hungry or thirsty!
Finally: be friendly! Hosting an epic game night isn’t just about making sure everyone has fun; it also means creating an atmosphere where people feel comfortable interacting with each other while having fun doing so!
You can host an awesome game night with friends by following these tips.
The best way to ensure that your game night is a success is by planning it. You can’t just invite your friends over, hand them controllers and expect them to have fun. You need to think about what you’re going to play, what snacks you’ll have available and how much time you want the evening to last.
There are plenty of great games out there for groups of people–board games like Catan or Pandemic; video games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe; card games like Poker (or Uno). But no matter which ones you choose, make sure they’re appropriate for all ages and skill levels in attendance.
If some guests aren’t as familiar with tabletop gaming as others, consider bringing along an introductory tutorial video or two on YouTube before starting the game itself so everyone has a fair chance at understanding its mechanics quickly enough not only enjoy themselves but also contribute effectively toward winning!
You can host an awesome game night with friends by following these tips. I hope this guide has helped you decide what games to play, how to prepare for your game night and what activities to do in case everyone gets bored of playing games!