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How to Host an Indoor Game Night

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After months of being apart, people are starting to get back together. How can you provide a safe and comfortable space for friends and family to gather and reconnect? 

At ​​ICO Fairbourne Station in West Valley City, Utah, one of our favorite methods is to host a game night! This casual, low-key event helps people unwind, work together, and enjoy one another’s company without any pretense or expectations. Let’s take a look at some steps you can take to make sure your game night is a rousing success!

Make a Game Plan

According to Game Night Gods, there are a number of things to consider when planning your get together:

  • Invite the right amount of people. One thing you definitely want to be aware of is the amount of space you have in your home. Generally speaking, a group of four to eight people is usually enough to have an enjoyable game night since the point is to keep everyone engaged, and that can become more complicated with larger groups.
  • Don’t single anyone out. It’s traditionally best to invite equal amounts of people from similar friend groups, rather than a large group who knows each other with one or two people who don’t know the rest. Game nights are a great opportunity to introduce new friends, but you don’t want anyone to feel out of place in the group.
  • Select the right games for your audience. Things like age groups and personalities might play a factor in the games you choose since you don’t want to make anyone feel uncomfortable. One easy way to address this is to include the game or games you plan on playing in the invitation; if it’s a game that someone isn’t comfortable playing, they can let you know ahead of time rather than after they’ve already arrived.

Set the Scene

Now that you’ve got the guest list and the games planned out, it’s time to get your home ready. This might require moving your furniture around to make sure everyone has a seat facing the action. If you plan to use a coffee table, consider throwing down some pillows or cushions for guests to sit on. Designating an area for the games helps to encourage your guests to participate.

If your game night is going to last for a few hours, you may want to put out some easy food and drink options for guests or invite them to bring a snack to share with the group. It’s best to refrain from serving anything too large, as plates can occupy valuable space. Drinks can be just as simple, using either cans or disposable cups to make the cleanup easier.

Use Tried-and-True Classics

If you’re having a hard time deciding on a game to play, any classic group-centric game is a good place to start. Pictionary or Charades don’t require too many additional materials, or if you’ve got a deck of cards and some flatware, you can play a game or two of Spoons.

If you want to try something completely new, an Amazon search for popular party games might give you some ideas. Technology can also play a part, with the development of a number of virtual party games that you and your guests can download from the Apple App Store or Google Play directly onto your phone.

Now that you’ve got some ideas, you can start planning your next indoor game night. And if you’re in the market for a new apartment in which to host your guests, ICO Fairbourne Station’s West Valley apartments are a perfect choice. Contact us today for more information!