There are piles upon piles of research about all of the reasons to spend quality family time together, but what if you’re stuck on ideas and can’t figure out what works for your family? Maybe movie nights were a total bust or your favorite family restaurant just went out of business. It’s really easy to give up hope when things get tough, but try to hang on just a little longer, because I think I have the solution for you!
We’re smack dab in the middle of the age of technology, so it makes sense that we sometimes lose touch with the past. How on Earth did we spend time together before the cellular device was invented? After some extensive archaeological research, I’ve discovered the answer: Board Games. I know, I know… who plays board games anymore, right?
Now, I reminisce on the old days where Friday nights were for family game night rather than football games or parties with friends and now that I’ve started a family of my own, I can’t wait to bring back this beloved tradition. I’m a pretty big sucker for themed events, so it’s only right that I give you some awesome ideas to make your family game night totally rock.
First, invite your family with these super cute family game night invitations. Our free Printable (download link is at the end of this post) has a spot for you to customize and then surprise your family! Tuck it into a lunchbox, leave it on your kid’s pillow or taped to their bedroom door so that it feels like they are being invited to a very special, exclusive event.
Food: If we’re all being honest here, I may enjoy the snacks more than I actually enjoy playing the game, so having a snazzy snack bar set-up is essential for a successful game night in my house. Keep it simple, and think snackable finger foods. These DIY snack tray Printables come in two different sizes (download link is at the end of this post) and make a fun, easy way to serve food at your game night! I like to tuck a piece of wax paper into the tray to line it if I’m serving foods that might be a little greasy, like popcorn.
To stick with the fun party theme, pair these snack holders with fun colorful snack bowls like these . The pops of bright color add to the fun atmosphere and are a surefire way to display the assortment of game night snacks!
Go all out with fun game night decorations: If you truly want to have the ultimate family game night, of course you have to go all out! What better way to do that than with fun party decorations? Set the mood for the night with fun rainbow party streamers like these , or supply everyone with one of these fun party hats. You could also do both if you want; I promise I’m not judging.
I’m what today’s kids would call “extra” when it comes to planning parties, whether it be a birthday bash or intimate gatherings (like family game nights). I go above and beyond to make sure everyone I host has the best possible time. With fun and easy decorations like the ones mentioned above, you’ll be on the right track to your ultimate family game night.
You can’t have a fun family game night without the game! It’s literally impossible to have game night without an actual game. Choosing the right game for your family can be tough. If you’re a family of ultra-competitors, Monopoly probably isn’t the right game for your family. To make your game night planning a little easier, I’ve compiled a top 5 list of the best games for the ultimate family game night:
Game type: strategy
This easy-to-understand matching game is perfect for families that love a good strategy game. It can help develop cognitive, spacial recognition and interpersonal skills all while being “color-blind” friendly as you match similar shapes.
Boom Boom Balloon
Game type: chance
I’ve seen countless “Youtubers” use this game as a Youtube challenge and I’ve wanted to try it out for a long time despite my irrational fear of balloons popping. In this game, you take turns rolling a die and depending on the number you roll, you have to “click” sticks into a balloon the number of times you roll. First one to pop the balloon loses and you keep going until one person is left to be declared winner.
Game type: guessing/charades
Originally an app developed by the Ellen Degeneres Show, this one is like the new and improved charades. If you haven’t heard of Head’s Up before, the objective is to successfully guess as many charades correctly in the allotted amount of time.
Game type: mystery
This classic is great for families who enjoy a good mystery. Clue is all about using your head and is a great game to sharpen your problem-solving skills. Of all the games mentioned in this post, Clue is definitely the most popular in our house.
Game type: action
I haven’t personally tried this game yet, but I’ve heard so many wonderful things about this game. Silly Street is perfect if you have younger kiddos because it helps develop social skills, encourages creativity and imagination, communication and confidence. To move your pieces in this game, players must draw a card and act out what the card tells them to. Actions may be inventing made up stories, holding contests between two players or dramatic animal reenactments.
The secret to any successful family game night is to cater the night to how your family works. If you’re a family of mystery lovers, Clue is certainly the game of choice. If you’re a family with younger kiddos, Silly Street is a great game to include everybody in the family. It’s all about knowing how your family works and what everyone likes to do. Family game night is no fun if not everyone is fully engaged in your game(s) of choice.
By amping up the night with good food and decorations and adding in the perfect board game for your family, you have the perfect recipe for the ultimate family game night.
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** Click here to download your Game Night Invitations.
** Click here to download your Game Night Snack Tray Printables (both sizes are in one file). We designed it so that you can either fold it up with the “Game Night” wording on the inside of the tray, or the decorations showing on the outside, like the picture below: