If you're looking for a fun and easy party theme for kids and adults, think about throwing a game night party.
Something about playing physical games, has a unique way of bringing people together. Don't be surprised if the night ends with everyone standing around cheering!
I enjoy hosting game night parties at our house, so I thought I'd share tips on how I do it.
TIP 1 - Get fun games!
I put out a mix of old-school games like Scrabble, Sorry, and Life, and some newer games like Coup, Forbidden Island, Abandon Ship, Castle Panic, Q-bitz, and Quirkle (my favorite of the bunch)!
TIP 3 - Snacks, snacks, snacks!
We partnered with CVS's Gold Emblem abound on this post, and they provided the snacks. What makes their snacks so great, are their unique flavors.
Here's what we served:
In fact, as part of our game night, we all voted on our favorite Gold Emblem abound snacks. Scroll to the bottom of the post to see which snacks won!
- Jalapeno Cheddar Quinoa Puffs -- these have a nice, spicy kick
- Barbecue Potato Fries -- these bring lots of crunch and smokiness
- Heavenly Light Popcorn -- salty and satisfying, perfect for kids
- Blueberry Lemon Almond Crunch -- nice mix of sweet, sour, and crunchy
- Berries and Nut Clusters -- sweet and salty flavors in big clusters
- Pistachio and Almond Blend-- high quality pistachios and almonds mixed together
TIP 2 - Keep the games as structured or open-ended as you like
I like to make my game nights fluid, and let people pick the games they play in groups of their choosing. The other way to go is to have a more formal setup, where everyone plays the same game and there's a winner at the end.
I find that if there is a big spread in ages, it works best to let people pick their own games. If there are only a few people at your party, or everyone's around the same age, setting up a tournament can be great fun.
TIP 4 -- Make it casual
I like to place snacks and drinks out, and let everyone graze. This way people can focus on their games, and still have tasty food to nosh on.
Hands down, the favorite game our guests played was Coup. It's a pretty easy card game to learn, but what makes it so engaging, is the bluffing. Are your opponents lying or telling the truth?!
Tip 5 - Decorate with our free Game Night printables
To add easy and inexpensive decor to your party, download our free Game Night party printables. Just print them out and decorate!
I used the water bottle labels, cupcake toppers, welcome sign, and tented food cards, but the collection has so many other great items you can see here.
As part of our tasting contest, I used the printable tented cards so people could taste all the different Gold Emblem treats!
TIP 6 - Finish off the night with something sweet
I bought cupcakes at the grocery store, printed out some cupcake toppers, attached them to lollipop sticks, and served adorable cupcakes at the end of the night!
And now, to reveal the winners of our Gold Emblem tasting contest. In first place... the Heavenly Light Popcorn! I think because your party had lots of kids the popcorn won hands down.
The silver medal went to the Barbecue Potato Fries, and the bronze medal went to the spicy Jalapeno Cheddar Quinoa Puffs (these were popular with the grownups! My personal favorite was the Pistachio Almond Blend, but I was unfortunately outvoted. :(
Having something like the snack tasting contest added to the overall fun of the night, because it got people talking and comparing. Otherwise, I recommend adding a DIY popcorn bar or make-your-own sundae bar to your party. It will give it another touch of fun!
Disclosure: I’m proud to partner with CVS Pharmacy to promote their exclusive Gold Emblem and Gold Emblem abound snack lines. I am being sponsored by CVS Pharmacy for my posts and activities, but all opinions expressed are my own, and all product claims or program details shared should be verified at CVS.com or with the appropriate manufacturers.