Hello! Lauren here, from LaurenKelp.com and while I am already dreaming of warmer weather, these snowy days have me inspired to host a fun “snowed in” themed game night. Gather some girlfriends or invite a few couples over for a wintery battle of the boardgames, complete with appetizers, some good wine, a little bit of friendly competition, and lots of laughs!While I am not usually a board game gal, there is something about winter weather that makes gathering around a fire with good friends, giggling over a game of Scrabble, with a glass of wine sound like the absolute perfect evening.The goal is to create an atmosphere that is intimate and low-key so your guests feel comfortable to kick off their shoes and settle in for a long night of easy fun. Dinner parties can be a bit labor intensive, so take the pressure off and host a night filled with lots of laughs by inviting your guests to bring their favorite game. Set the mood by lighting a cozy fire and make sure you have plenty of seating. Grab some blankets and overstuffed pillows to place around a coffee table so your guests can have separate games going on but still have a cohesive group feel. Encourage your guests to bring their favorite games, but make sure you’ve got some backups just in case! Apples to Apples and Scrabble are a sure-thing for any crowd and quick to pick up if your guests haven’t played them before.
If you are feeling extra festive, grab a large pad of paper and get a game of charades going. Nothing makes a great game night quiet like slightly embarrassing yourself in front of your best friends.Now this wouldn’t be a true Lauren Kelp post without some food tips! Set out the perfect spread by filling small plates, dishes, and bowls with your favorite snacks. Flavored popcorn, good chips and guacamole, a nice baked brie and fig crackers, and a couple of bottles of good wine will keep the spirits high and the atmosphere jovial.Entertaining doesn’t have to be stressful. Whether you send out a fun themed email invitation or a mass text, hosting a game night is the perfect excuse to get some friends together and have a good time! Plus, you might just make some lasting memories with those charade antics.