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How to Host Game Night, Part 1

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Hosting a game night in your apartment here in Magnolia, Texas can be a fun and rewarding experience, but knowing where to begin can be overwhelming. As with planning any party, it can be difficult to know what you should need. Luckily, The Mansions on the Park Blog is here to help! Here is a checklist to go over when planning a game night in your apartment. Stay tuned for a follow-up article later this month that focuses on games we suggest you have for your night of fun!

1. Games

We’ll go into a further detailed list of what specific games to have at your next game night in our next blog post. As for what type of games or where to get them, keep reading!

When planning a game night, it’s important to keep in mind the players. Unless you’re planning your evening around a group that all loves one type of game, it’s a good idea to have a variety that people can choose from. The last thing you want is to have a game that takes an hour to explain, or for someone to be left out because they can’t play or don’t want to play a certain type of game. So, choosing a simple word or card game is always a good idea due to the high number of players that can join a game.

2. Food and Drink

Unless previously planned, don’t cook a huge dinner for game night. Keep it simple with snacks that can be quickly grabbed between turns. While chips are a popular choice, keep in mind that you may not want people handling greasy foods and touching game components. Keep hand sanitizer and napkins readily available, or try other popular snacks, such as pretzels, crackers, M&Ms, and other treats, that won’t leave much residue on cards or game pieces.

As for drinks, punch is always a classic. Check out some of these tasty punch recipes.

3. Seats and Table

This really depends on the games you’ll be playing. Some games require a lot of standing, some are in an open area, and some are required to be played at a table. The most important thing is to make sure the seats are comfortable. Odds are people will be sitting quite a bit during the evening, so get something that you’d feel comfortable sitting on for a few hours. Keep plenty of pillows available, too!

It’s also important to make sure that you have a big enough playing space. If you need a table, choose one that is big enough so that everyone can sit around comfortably — you won’t want to be sitting so close together that the person next to you can see everything in front of you, especially if you’re attempting to hide information during a game.

We hope you have a fun and successful game night this month in your apartment! Check back next time for a few board game suggestions. Thanks for reading!

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