Sometimes the best social events happen in the comfort of your own home. The familiar environment invites relaxation, and you’ve got food, drinks and various entertainment options at your fingertips.

If you’re looking to save money without skimping on the fun factor, a game night with friends could be the answer. Challenge each other to friendly competition or bond over a collaborative endeavour. Here’s how to plan the evening so that your guests are guaranteed to have a great time.

Curate the guest list

Firstly, curate the guest list. It might be tempting to do an open invite, but having too many people at game night will be hard to manage. This is because most games have a maximum number of players, so too many people will lead to multiple games happening all at once which could prove chaotic rather than relaxing!

It would be best to have an even number of guests (including yourself) as well because this is easy to divide if you’re required to play in pairs or teams.

Pick a fun theme

To add extra excitement, pick a fun theme for the evening.  This could be centred around the games you’re playing, such as dedicating the night to traditional board games, or an overarching idea like the Roaring Twenties which combines elegance with excess.

Pick up the theme in your decorations and your food. You could also go all out and incorporate fancy dress, especially if you’re celebrating a special occasion like a birthday or anniversary.

Utilise technology

There are several ways that you can utilise technology to take your game night to the next level.

Using your smartphones, you and your friends can connect to a digital game and play as a group. Examples include a round of online bingo, a virtual escape room, and murder mystery investigations.

You can also use your television and gaming devices such as a PlayStation or Xbox to play exhilarating one-on-one or group player games such as racing challenges or fantasy quests.

Put on a spread

Last but not least, remember to put on a spread for your guests! You’ll need plenty of fuel to keep your minds active and energy levels high for thrilling and enthusiastic gameplay throughout the night.

If you’re not basing the cuisine around a theme, go for party food favourites that are sure to please the crowd. You can find easy party food recipes online or keep things simple with shop-bought finger food. Popular choices include pizza, garlic bread, crisps and dips and sandwiches.

Avoid any food that is difficult to serve or eat without a table – chances are your dining area will be devoted to playing games!

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