Out of all the things that you can do with friends, hosting an at-home game night is an unusual, inexpensive way to hang out and have some fun. Friends of all ages and interests can come together to play games in your Long Beach, California apartment.
Potluck Party Using Evite
Even if you’re largely inviting neighbors from your Long Beach apartment community, go ahead and issue a formal invitation through Evite. This will allow you to include an option where people can sign up to bring particular things to the party. Throwing a potluck is the easiest way to guarantee that there will be food. Also, you won’t be on the hook for all the cooking.
Coordinate the People With the Games
Don’t invite your card shark friend over for poker with those who don’t play at the same level. It’s no fun to be continually beaten at a game. Choose groups of friends with the same style of game play. Some people love competitive games while others just like to play for fun. Also, choose games that your guests will enjoy. Some people do well at word games, like Balderdash or Taboo, while others prefer strategic games, like Stratego or Risk. Games like Monopoly, Yahtzee, Spades, Dominoes and Scrabble are time-tested favorites for many people.
Arrange Your Space
Couches and coffee tables are cozier than the kitchen table, so pull out the folding chairs and rearrange your living room for game night. Offer floor pillows and bean bags as well. Make sure that each guest has a place where he can set his drink and plan for plenty of coasters to protect your furniture. Clear all the magazines and knick-knacks off of the coffee table so you’ll have plenty of space for game boards.
Prepare Games Ahead of Time
Set out five or six games for your guests before they show up, and make sure that all of the pieces are in the box. Know and understand the rules of your games before they arrive, so you’ll be spared the awkwardness of trying to remember and explain the rules to your friends while they’re standing there waiting.
Have a Flexible Beginning Time
Allow for up to an hour of social time before you pull out the games. Allow time for people to introduce themselves, chat and get something to eat before you jump into the games. Watch your guests for cues that they’re finished eating and ready to move on to the main event of the evening.
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