Between work obligations, running kids around to activities, and keeping up on household tasks, it can seem like life’s to-do list is never-ending; which makes it even more important to schedule a fun, family activity to look forward to!

Hosting a family game night is the perfect way to kick-back, disconnect, and relieve the stress of our often over-booked lives. Not to mention, it is a great social outlet for both the adults and children! Whether you are inviting over several friends or keeping the game night just in the family, here’s a few tips and tricks on hosting an ideal night of fun and entertainment with the people you love the most:

  1. Plan a Potluck: If you’re inviting guests over to hang out for a game night, food is a big factor to consider. By hosting a potluck-style game night, you’ll not only take the pressure off yourself to cook enough food for everyone, but you’ll also end up with a fun, diverse menu that has something everyone is bound to enjoy.
  2. Pick Your Games Ahead of Time: Especially when you’re dealing with kids, choosing a game that everyone wants to play can take up half of the night! Avoid the arguments and get down to the fun sooner by deciding on the games that everyone will be playing before game night. You can even ask your guests to bring along a few of their favorites to share!
  3. Get the Kids Involved: Since you have children and adults to consider when hosting game night, the best option is to try and strike a balance. Plan out a few games that everyone can play together; even if that means younger children need to be on an adult’s team for a difficult game. And if you choose to break out the more challenging board games, you can also plan a few “kid-only” games that can be played in an adjacent room.
  4. Be Flexible With Timing: Everyone’s life is busy, so it’s always a wise idea to send out invites a couple weeks in advance to make sure your guests can plan ahead. Also, expect that you’ll have some late arrivals on the actual game night, so plan an early start time that gives you leeway for people to get settled in before the games begin.

Hosting a family game night shouldn’t be something that you stress over! Instead, it should be a time to disconnect from the pressures of daily life and spend some quality time with friends and family that you enjoy being around. With a little planning and forethought, your family game night can be exactly what you need to relax and rejuvenate after a long work week!   

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