To make your game night a smashing success, incorporate some of these ideas:
- Let the kids help plan the event. Little ones will have fun ideas you may not have thought about.
- Invite another family, and ask them to bring a favorite game.
- Use the event to do a good deed by identifying seldom-used games and donating them to a children's hospital, nursing home, needy family, or charity.
- Wrap small gifts, such as a deck of cards or a book of crossword puzzles, to give as prizes to the winners or the first person who rolls doubles in a dice game.
- Let each person pick a game to play. Choose at least one game that people of all ages can enjoy so the group doesn't have to be split up the entire night.
- Make your own fun. Begin a game with the phrase "Once upon a time ..." and let everyone take turns building a silly story.
- Turn off the TV and phone, and put on some heartwarming music.
- Buy the season's hot new game, and let the kids unwrap it for your game night kick-off.