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Secrets to Hosting an Epic Family Game Night

As a child, many of my memories with my parents and siblings involved family game night.  Fondly, I remember how those times of laughter and love seemed to cement our bond that even the storms of life could not break.

If you have regular family game nights, you know exactly how precious those moments can be. But has your night of fun gotten boring and stale?  Here’s a few simple secrets to make family game night a memorable event for years to come.

Make theme snacks according to the games you have planned

In our house, snacks on game night are a must, but gathering the crew together to make themed snacks before hand, will make a whole new set of memories.

Kids will love the task of planning and creating delicious snacks to fit the theme of your night.

Check out these mouthwatering ideas for the perfect treat for your next game night.

Bunco Snack Mix (perfect for any dice game!)- Make the Best of Everything 

Trivia Pursuit Cheesecake- Taste of Home

Cookie Dominoes- STL Cooks

Checkerboard Sandwiches- My Recipes

Invite another family over to play in teams

There’s nothing like a little healthy competition to bring members of the family together, and playing against another family will promote a spirit of unity as you try to beat family friends.

It's time to create a memorable night of family fun! These simple tips will help you have a family game night that will make memories with the kids you'll be talking about for years to come.

Borrow games from a friend

Borrowing games is a great way to try out new ones before you invest.  It’s a fun way to keep things exciting and interesting, too! (Psst… Games like Pie Face Showdown will keep the whole gang in stitches!)

Pie Face Showdown GamePie Face Showdown Game Borrowing games is a great way to try out new games before you invest.  It’s a fun way to keep things exciting.  Games like Pie Face will keep the whole gang in stitches!Borrowing games is a great way to try out new games before you invest.  It’s a fun way to keep things exciting.  Games like Pie Face will keep the whole gang in stitches

Have a family Olympics

Creating a family Olympic games is a fun way to vary the games you play on your typical game night.  Alternate between board games and physical games, and award recognition for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.

You can even keep score and make the Olympics on-going, which gives you the ability to start and stop the games with ease.  (And who wouldn’t want to compete for the family trophy?)

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Make your own game

Making and designing your own game is a fabulous way to unite the family.  Together you’ll decide on rules, layouts, game pieces, and more.  Imagine the fun you’ll have sharing your creation with friends for years to come!

This post, 10 Ways to Make Your Own Board Game from Kids Activities Blog, is the perfect place to help you get started.

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How often do you have a family game night?  Is this something you do on a regular basis?  How can you spice it up a bit?

2 Comments

  1. These are some great ideas, Sarah Ann. I especially like the snacks. We’re big Yatzee fans and love a dice game called 10,000 too. As my kids have gotten older, family game night is not such an “event” as when they were little, but we do often still play games. I keep things easy to match with high school schedules and my changing energy level (and increased responsibiity!)

    1. How fun and what special memories! I love that you keep things simple and I am a big believer that family time doesn’t have to be elaborate! Good for you for changing with the times, and adjusting your schedule to fit busy teenagers. I need to write that great idea down!

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