Guest Author - Lynn Little
Hosting a board game night can be a fun experience for both guests and host. Inviting friends over for an evening of playing board games is affordable. Not only will it be cheaper than a night out, playing board games with friends is just a fun way to build lasting memories. With some planning and preparation, your friends will have a wonderful evening.
Snacks are a very important component of board game night. Snacks fall basically into two categories: salty and sweet. Chips, pretzels, and peanuts are good salty snacks. Cookies and cake are examples of sweet snacks. You can either supply snacks or ask your friends to bring a snack.
Decide which board games will be played before guests arrive. Poll your guests when you invite them for their top 5 board games. This will give you a starting point for deciding which games you can play in an evening. Choosing the board games earlier will give your more playing time. Sometimes it can be difficult to get a majority opinion when everyone gets together. Conversations will go off-topic, and time can pass very quickly. Having a board game agenda will keep game night on schedule.
Consider playing more than one board game at a time. If you have a large group, then divide your guests and play two board games. Some board games can have many players. The more players you have, the longer the game will last. If you are not interested in playing a three hour game of Monopoly, then set a maximum number of players for each game. Some friends may enjoy talking and snacking while they wait their turn to play a game. Poll your guests to see if taking turns or playing two games is a good idea.
Implement house rules on your board games. To keep games from lasting hours, put a time limit on each game. If someone is closer than someone else in winning, then they win the game. For some games, it may be unclear just who is closer to winning. Have a house rule that will help determine a winner fast when time is running out.
When you are playing host for board game night, remember to be flexible. Not everything will go as planned. Guests may be in the mood to play different games. Just remember that the most important part of board game night is to have fun with your friends.
Hosting a board game night can be a fun time to catch up with good friends. Playing board games can be a good way to relax and just enjoy time with friends. With a little planning and flexibility, a good time will be had by everyone.