It’s Saturday afternoon. You’re caught up with the laundry. You’re bored. The kid’s are bored. What else is there to do….
Oh I know, Host A Family GAME NIGHT!
If you are now really excited, then you’re my kind of people.
If you are not that excited but still need some ideas, you’re still in the right spot.
Either way, you need to hash out this games night in order for it to be successful. So, we’ve put together the best family game night games and ideas for you!
You’re here because you want to host an epic games night, right?
The first question is, how big do you want this get-together to be?
Is it just you and your immediate family. Or do you want to extend the invitation to your favourite families on the block?
If you’re just doing a small games night with the members of the household then a simple word of mouth will probably be good enough.
And, if you do plan to invite others outside of the home a simple text or phone call will do I’m sure.
Or, if your creative spirit is itching to make a statement, then you should check out this awesome games night free printable package from the Dating Diva’s. It includes a fantastic invitation template that will generate more excitement and can be used for a small or large group!
When we host a games night we typically stick to foods that are easy to eat and not messy!
If it’s only us (me, my hubby, our two kids and our dog) we might opt to do a take out dinner. We rarely do take out so it’s always a treat when we do and we only choose special occasions.
Assuming you’re eating in, we’re going to focus on a few no-mess, no-fail eats in this article!
- Party Pinwheels. These are super easy to make, and there are so many varieties you can do to keep it interesting for any meal. I like to visit this site for different recipes. The ham roll ups are my favourite.
- Mini Quiche. These are just tasty and pretty easy to make. Yes, they might be better off for a breakfast or brunch but if you’re like our family breakfast is our favourite meal anytime of the day! You can find four great quiche recipes here and a bonus tip on how to freeze them.
- Cauliflower Bites And Nacho Cheese Dip. This healthy snack is as satisfying as eating a bowl of nachos and dip! Try the recipe here.
- Flatbread. This is a yummy and easy finger food to serve. This Roasted Vegetable Flatbread is a really good recipe to follow.
Those are just some ideas to get you inspired. I would add your family’s favourite snacks, chips and dips as well.
We can’t forget about our sweet tooth either. Sweet treats are a must on Games night. I’ve gathered some delicious recipes to give the family a little sugar rush to keep the energy levels up for the evening.
*Yes I know there are healthier ways to keep energy levels up. However, you’re on a party planning website – special occasions require special treats. Need I say more?*
- Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies. A classic treat for a classic party you can’t go wrong! Here is an awesome recipe to follow.
- Apple Pie Bites. Just try these, you won’t be disappointed! Here is the recipe.
- Popcorn With A Twist. Popcorn is an easy snack to serve. Try mixing it up by adding treats to it. I like to add bits of chocolate, nuts, raisins, pretzels… you can add anything really. Here is a cute recipe. If you are hosting for adults and you’re aiming for a more sophisticated vibe, you can switch out the m&m’s from the recipe and use a less colourful chocolate treat. The brookside chocolates are a good choice.
Some other fun ideas are adding Twizzlers, ice cream sandwiches, junior mints…. any of your childhood faves can work for this occasion!
The Most Important Part of Games night – The Games
Here are some fun games your guests will love. Some are Classics and some you might not have heard of yet, but will sure to become a family favourite.
- Catch Phrase. For ages 12 +. This is a hilarious game and encourages guest to interact with each other. You will need two teams for this game so a team of 4 + players is perfect.
- Wit’s & Wagers. Recommended for ages 8+ but some reviewers have stated 10+ is preferred. Another fun filled game that you and your guests will want to play again. This can accommodate up to 21 players making it perfect for a larger party!
- Codenames. For ages 14+ and groups of 4 to 8. Players are split into 2 groups. This is a fun game that will keep you on your toes.
- Apples To Apples. This can be for ages 7+ to 12+ Depending on the edition you choose. This is a popular game for our family! In this game, you match up adjectives and nouns for a night of truly funny comparisons.
- Monopoly We all knew this was coming, right? There are so many variations of this game so that it accommodates ages 4+ and up. This is a classic and one that we pull out on any night of the week!
- Pictionary. For ages 8 +. Another classic that kids and adults alike will find joy in playing!
- Skip-BO. For ages 7+, 2-6 players and teams of 2 can be done if you have a larger group. Skip-Bo is the best in my opinion! If you haven’t played this game yet, you should. If you need a break from Skip-Bo, Uno and Phase 10 are just as fun but add a different element than Skip Bo.
I’m sure you have a selection of games that’s popular for your family games night. We would love to hear about it- leave a comment below and let us know what your favourites are!
Step Up Your Game
If having tasty food and a great game selection isn’t enough. We have one more idea that will bring up the level of fun for the evening.
Create a point system for the night and hand out prizes at the end. You can do this by making a chart with everyone’s name and offer points to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.
Whomever has the most points wins a prize. You can make the prizes as big or as little as you want. You can hand out a gift card or even offer one of the games that you played.
You can also create a Prize Booth. It’s a creative way to build excitement for your Family Games night. It also fosters healthy competitive skills for the little ones.
Have A Winning night
Family games night can easily become a tradition and a wonderful memory to hang on to.
If you have a hard time committing to such an occasion, try marking it in your calendar. You can turn this into a weekly, monthly, bi – monthly event – whatever works best for you and your family.
As mentioned earlier in the post you can even send out invites. Then, if you send an invitation there’s no turning back.
Doing a little prep work for a games night will help you follow through with your intentions and will give everyone something to look forward to.
Let us know how much fun your games night was in the comments below and be sure to tell us what your favourite game is!