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How to Host a Bingo Party
Remember the fun game, Bingo? Every child learned to play it. Every senior citizen partakes in it at church or the local centers. Why should only children and the seniors have this fun? Bingo is still a fun game. Rediscover the fun by hosting a Bingo party.
When you think of Bingo as only people sitting at tables and marking cards, you are limiting the possibilities of the game and the fun you can have. Hosting a Bingo party helps you see new dimensions and have more fun. Here are some useful tips to help you organize and host a Bingo party.
When should you have a Bingo party? The answer is anytime. There is not perfect time. You could have it in December which is Bingo Month. Have it in the summer so you can have the outside to work with. Have it around the holidays to use decorations. Combine it with a birthday, shower, or any other holiday/event. You might not want to make it the same time as other major events if you want people to attend. Pick the date the same way you pick the date of any event.
Next, determine your invitation list. Who do you want to invite to the Bingo Party? Make your list. Set it aside for a couple of days. It is during that time that you think of others to invite or some to scratch off the list for important and rational reasons. When you have the list in place, create your invitations. This is where some fun can begin. Get creative. Make the invitations into Bingo cards. These can be the Bingo cards that your guests use to participate in the party’s game. On the invitation state that extra cards can be obtained with a canned good for the local food pantry. This way your fun party can also be a charitable event. The invitation is what brings your guests in.
Instead of having a caller yell out the numbers, have the numbers be located all over the party area. Place a “B10” in a picture frame somewhere in your house. A “I30” can be on a coaster. Your Bingo game is really a scavenger hunt. Use flower arrangements, magazines, knick knacks, clocks, anything around your house, on the patio, or in the yard. Be sneaky. Be creative.
As mentioned before, your coasters can be Bingo numbers. Create placemats that resemble Bingo cards. Sprinkle Bingo chips on tables. Turn your party area into a Bingo fantasy land.
All Bingo games have prizes. Yours should be no exception. What can your prizes be? Almost anything. Prizes could include a bouquet of flowers, something you have made, a clock, or gift certificates. They could also be gag gifts. A bag of Bingo chips, Bingo coasters, or anything else you can come up with. Sometimes seeing what the gifts are turn out to be just as much fun as finding the Bingo numbers.
The Actual Party
When the guests arrive, direct them to where they can “purchase” more Bingo cards. Explain the rules again for anyone that is confused. Make sure that everything is in place. As the host, do not participate. You are there to facilitate the fun. If guests begin to have trouble finding the numbers, go around and give subtle hints. Turn the hints into riddles. Make your guests work for the numbers.
For food, have small round appetizers to mimic the chips. Try to create plates that look like Bingo cards. If you really want to be creative, label food using the nicknames of the various Bingo numbers. Here are few examples:
1 - Kelly’s eye – deviled eyes with a black olive in the middle.
2 - One little duck – duck/chicken teriyaki skewers
3 - Cup of tea – Maybe try some tea?
There are a total of 90 numbers (90 for British Bingo and 75 for American Bingo). There are so many things you can do with the numbers.
Your Bingo party could be a regular event especially if you turn it into a charity event. In fact, make a community event out of to support the high school drama team, the girl scouts, a cancer victim, a housing project, or the firefighters. It could be a real blast for all and a memorable event.
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