Get some realistic tips and tutorials with these Game Night Party Details! Make your party as elaborate or simple as you’d like and your guests will still love it!
I tend to overdo things. The original post idea was for my Hand Lettered Cake Topper…and that turned into a full blown staged party. I say staged because no one was actually invited to this shindig. My husband asked why I didn’t invite anyone and I pointed to my disaster of a kitchen. It’s hard to stage a gorgeous party AND keep a clean house…so this got me thinking about what this post was really about. This is about giving you ALL The Game Night Party Ideas and tips for you to choose what details you would like to keep and which ones you want to scrap!
Decide What is Important for your Game Night Party
This is where I always start out. The decor is important to me, but so is food. However, I’d rather spend my time making the party look nice, so I opt for food that is tasty, but requires little prep work. For this party, I created a meat, cheese, and cracker bar with a Virgin Peach Sangria. Even though my family was the only one to enjoy this meal, it was still delicious and I would definitely serve this at any party. For a Game Night, it’s even better because people get to snack.
So, when you start party planning, pick out 3 things that you absolutely must have. Is it a pretty cake? Gorgeous printables? The cleanest house ever? Or do you just want to have a really good time? Make those things a priority before you choose the colors, the theme, or even the board games!
Sort your budget and stick to it
Some may say this is the first thing you look at, but I think you should choose your priorities first, then budget your Game Night. The reason? Because I think if you really want something, you’ll make it work. If decor is important, you can DIY almost anything (like these gorgeous Agate Napkin Rings), and printables are ridiculously cheap or free. You can make that work in your budget. I find with food, that making your own dishes is much cheaper than buying premade. Look for bargain games on Amazon or in your local store. I’m a HUGE advocate for creating budget friendly parties (though if you have the money for elaborate affairs, I’m all for that, too!) Going into debt or even spending more than your budget allows for a party just doesn’t make sense to me. Your friends just want to be with you and have fun…they don’t want you to starve after the festivities are over 😂
One thing I would like to add before you buy all new decor, work with what you have. You can repurpose things, mix and match your dishes, or do what I did and use your board games as part of the decor! I will admit, I bought the dishes with this party in mind…but it’s mostly because I just really wanted the dishes and I had some birthday money left over! Since I had some of these items before, not everything listed will be EXACTLY what I have, but close!
If you’re wondering what kind of budget you need to throw this GAME NIGHT PARTY, here’s a list of where to buy everything:
- SVG Files for Paper products
- Gold Glitter Cardstock
- Glitter Vinyl
- Gold Balloons
- Gold Mini Lanterns
- Turquoise Mini Lanterns
- Mint Tissue Paper Honeycombs
- Dishes, goblets, from Pier1
- Gold Bar Cart
- Board Games
- Rock Candy
- Peg Games – this is one of those things I overdid. They look beautiful, but holy cow…don’t marble paint them and create a faux gold nugget effect on the top of the peg. That took me freaking forever. Don’t do that. However, this is one of my favorite games and you should totally have them at the table for people to play with while they chat and eat.
This one is a biggie. I’m a control freak when it comes to parties and I don’t like help…I’m one of those if you want it done right, you have to do it yourself. Only…here’s the thing…most times, no one notices when something isn’t done perfectly. I know…I need to take my own advice on this!! If you have friends that would be willing to help with the setup…LET THEM! If you’re having an actual party and you don’t have to take Pinterest-worthy pictures, don’t worry about the imperfections. Your guests will remember the games, the talks and the fun times you had…not if your cake topper is straight 😉
So now that I have all that out of the way…and you have your party priorities in order, here’s a list of the tutorials from this party: