Ladies Game Night
How To Start a Ladies Game Night in Your Neighborhood
Have you ever thought of starting a Ladies Game Night in your neighborhood?
When you're a busy mom taking care of a family, there's nothing more fun than a night out with your friends once in a while, that's why I looooooooveeee Ladies' Game Night!
As much as we all love our children, spouses, and families, it's just so nice to get out of the house and let loose with your girlfriends and have a fun night out!
Game Nights are a fun way to get to know other moms in your area
How to Get People Involved
If you're the mom of young kids, chances are you go to the bus stop with them in the morning. What a great place to meet your neighborhood moms!
You can approach the subject one day just by saying you read about starting a Game Night in the neighborhood and generally asking people if they're interested in possibly coming to a trial Game Night at your house.
If people seem interested and willing to try it out, bring a sign-up sheet for emails the next day. Send out your email telling everyone the date of the first Game Night and ask them to respond by a certain date to let you know whether or not you are coming.
In the email, include your plan for the evening, telling people basically what you will be serving i.e. dinner, snacks, beverages or if there's a theme to your Game Night. Include your address and phone number in the email in case people don't know specifically where you live and can call if they have a last minute change in plans.
So now that you're on your way to a fun night, you need to get started planning!!
You Deserve a Night Out with Your Girlfriends!
We all deserve a break so make sure your significant other knows the date of your Game Night in advance or you set up a sitter in advance.
Spending a little casual time with your friends can really give you renewed energy and patience. Wow, imagine that, to have a night where you can just be you and not have any responsibilities of taking care of anyone else!
There are many different ways to have game nights so on the following page I am going to describe to you how it works for my neighborhood to give you some ideas. Read on...
Mom with kids
If you don't take care of your children's mother, who is going to take care of her children?
~ Dr. Phil McGraw
How to get started...
When I moved from Long Island, NY to North Carolina eleven years ago, one of my new neighbors invited me to a Ladies Game Night.
I had no idea what it was, but my desire to get to know people in my new neighborhood and surrounding areas made it easy to say "Yes, I'd love to come." And I am so glad I did!
There are about 16 to 20 of us in the group and we each take turns hosting a month during the coming year and a half. It's usually the first Thursday of the month but that can be changed if the host has a prior commitment.
Since you are the one who's starting the game night, perhaps you could bring a sign up sheet and everyone could pick a month that they would like to host at your first ladies night.
Whoever is hosting for the upcoming month will contact everyone in the group by email probably giving them two weeks notice to let them know that they are hosting, providing their address to let them know where to go.
The hostess will set the date and ask everyone to RSVP by email to let them know if they will be able to make it.
This way it's easy to plan how much food to have, the game that's to be played, oh, and, of course, let's not forget the prizes!
What Should I Serve?
Remember that the emphasis is on FUN not Food but you want everyone to have something to snack on
Years ago, before I joined the Ladies' Game Night in my neighborhood the girls that were in the group used to have everyone bring a dish to the hostesses' house.
This way there was less stress on the hostess to provide the food in addition to the home, game, and prizes.
Having everyone bring a food dish has its pros and cons.
1) The hostess doesn't have to worry about cooking or have the expense of providing food for twenty people
The bottom line is that even though it might be a bit stressful to get everything ready for Game Night at your house, food, game and prizes (oh and of course you want to clean up before all the ladies get there, lol!), it is only once every year or so that you have to do this and when all is said and done, if you enjoy entertaining, it can be fun. You also have a whole year and a half to plan for it and decide how you want Game Night to play out at your house.
2) It alleviates some stress from hostessing because decisions don't have to be made about what you want to prepare, you don't have to shop for the food, or worry that everyone will enjoy it.
3) Whoever is hosting only has to prepare food once every year and a half or so and then she can just enjoy going to other Ladies' Game Nights without having to bring an appetizer or dessert, no worries, and nothing to forget.
Remember to keep the food simple, you're not trying to impress anyone!
You could keep the snacks on the light side...
1) Other people that are coming to Game Night at your house just might have something come up and not be able to make it at the last minute and if this happens, there might not be enough tasty food to enjoy (I had heard this happened to someone that was hostessing and she was a little embarrassed that she didn't have great food at her party even though it was not her fault at all).
2) Every month you have to commit to bringing a dish to someone else's house and if you're working and have kids, it might become sort of stressful to have to remember either buy something or prepare something before you go to someone else's house.
The bottom line is that when all is said and done, even though it may be a bit stressful to clean the house, prepare the food, plan the game and plan the prizes, we have found that it's much easier to do this once every year and a half or so than to have everyone contribute a food dish every month.
One of the benefits of doing it this way too is that you have a whole year or so to plan for Game Night at your home and think about how you want it to play out.
If you enjoy entertaining, it can actually be fun and rewarding too to have a successful Game Night at your house and have everyone enjoy it because they are all so different this way.
Punch is always a nice drink for Game Night! (click the picture for recipe)
Chances are someone you know would like to join a Game Night too! Why not be the first to bring it up?
This is a really easy and fun dice game that we played at one of my friend's game nights. Can't wait to play it again!
What Game Should I Play at My Game Night?
Sometimes Ladies Game Night is referred to as Bunco. Our group started out playing Bunco which is a fun game of rolling dice, however, it has morphed into the hostess deciding what game to play at her home. We've played everything from Charades to Trivial Pursuit to games that the host made up.
Some of the games that are more fun are the ones that are not serious. Word games like Taboo and Apples to Apples in my opinion are the best games to play and the most fun. If the ladies in your group don't know each other that well, these kinds of games can give you a great way to break the ice and get to know each other better too.
A general rule of thumb in regard to choosing the game, is to make sure it's sort of easy to learn (i.e. not A LOT of rules) because when the ladies get together and are having some good food and wine and chatting up a storm it's hard to get everyone to calm down enough and be serious enough to learn a complicated game... and it's not easy for the hostess to explain it either.
Another tip is that it's fun to break the group up into teams because, well, it's just fun to work on a team. But fyi... you might get a little "snarky" and competitive with each other like we do, so...
One more tip: It's all in good fun - DO NOT take the game too seriously!!! ;)
Of course, you don't have to play Bunco at your Game Night, but here is a link to the game if you decide you want to try it after all...
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