How to Host an Epic Game Night for Adults

Are you ready to level up your game night? If you want to create an unforgettable experience for your friends, then you're in the right place. I've been hosting epic game nights with my friends...

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Are you ready to level up your game night? If you want to create an unforgettable experience for your friends, then you're in the right place. I've been hosting epic game nights with my friends for years, and I've learned a thing or two along the way. So, let me share my best tips to make your game night a smashing success!

Invite the Perfect Crowd

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The key to a successful game night is to invite the right people. Make sure to invite a good number of individuals who are equally passionate about playing games. Team games work best when you have an even number of participants. Avoid any buzz kills or naysayers who might dampen the mood. Remember, a large group brings more excitement and energy to the event.

Choose the Perfect Game

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Before the game night, take the time to choose the perfect game. Discuss game options with your friends in advance to avoid heated discussions on the actual night. If your friends need assistance, provide them with a list of game options. Whether it's taboo, mafia, celebrity, or balderdash, find the games that your group will enjoy the most. And don't forget to spice up your old board games with some personalized game pieces!

Create an Unforgettable Atmosphere

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A successful game night is not just about the games; it's also about the overall atmosphere. Start the evening with some casual conversations and laughter. As the host, it's your responsibility to get everyone in the mood for gaming. When the main game is over, have a backup game ready. Telephone Pictionary is an excellent choice to end the night on a high note and create lasting memories.

Set the Stage

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Creating the perfect gaming environment is essential. Clear off your coffee table and make space for the games and some coasters. A relaxed vibe is always better, so playing around a coffee table instead of a dining table is recommended. Embrace the cozy atmosphere with cushions and pillows on the floor. Show your guests that comfort is a priority.

Food and Drinks

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While playing, it's essential to have easy-to-eat finger foods that don't require flatware. Chips, dips, and frozen appetizers are always crowd-pleasers. And if you're not in the mood for cooking, order a couple of pizzas for everyone to enjoy. Don't forget to provide plenty to drink, whether it's wine, cocktails, or non-alcoholic options. Keep everyone energized throughout the night.

Sweet Endings

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To ensure your teammates stay in top form until the end, provide a sweet treat. A box of donuts is a simple and inexpensive option that's guaranteed to be devoured by everyone. And if there are any leftovers, you can turn them into party favors. I'll be sharing a printable with you next week for that extra touch of fun!

Relax and Have Fun

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Finally, relax and have as much fun as your guests. Don't worry about setting the mood with music and candles; let the games take center stage. Background music is fine, but make sure it doesn't distract from the gaming experience. Remember, the most important thing is to create an environment where everyone can let loose and enjoy themselves.

Now that you have all the tips you need, go ahead and plan that epic game night. Get ready for a memorable evening filled with laughter, friendly competition, and unforgettable moments. Good luck, and may the best player win!

Photography: Mary Costa Location: The Moon & Co This post is in partnership with Kendall-Jackson. All opinions are 100% my own.

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