Over the weekend we invited some friends to join us for a family games night. Some weeks ago the kids and I sat down and planned this night of fun. It was a great learning experience: we talked about our expectations, who to invite, what games to play, how we would organise the evening, what food we would eat. We talked about the logistics of getting food to the table with that number of people and how that affected the menu choice. The only thing that I didn’t talk to them about, that I wished I had, is the budget and how some meals are better (budget wise) than others when you have a crowd. Can I encourage those with older children to include them in the planning stages next time you have people coming over – they will learn a lot.
Our evening was to be a tag team games night. The plan was that we would have a long table with 7 different board games that could be played with just two players. We would divide into two teams and each game would be played (at the same time) for 10 minutes – then we would rotate to a different game, different opponent. The tricky bit was that when you arrived at a new game you needed to pick it up at the place where your team member left it.
We played: Checkers, Take Two (a derivative of Scrabble), Othello, Yahtzee, Boggle, Sequence, and Pick up Sticks.
We played games for about 1 ¼ hours while we ate nibbles, then the kids went Cane Toad hunting, before we ate dinner. As you can see in the photos we actually set this up outside. The lights did attract the bugs but that is a part of living in the Kimberley and other than that it was a lovely night outdoors.
It was a fun way to spend the evening with friends – we will definitely repeat this idea.